The Diary

Rabbinic dreams

By Robyn Rosen, August 12, 2010

Comedian Josh Howie has spoken of his dreams of becoming a rabbi, despite his famous mother's desire to convert to Buddhism.

The son of Lynne Franks, PR guru and inspiration for Ab Fab character Edina, told the Sunday Times Magazine: "I embarked on the road to becoming a rabbi. But I got caught with a girl and that put a stop to that. In the end I just settled for being a good Jewish boy."

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From tzitzit to Tattoos

By Robyn Rosen, August 12, 2010

Natalie Portman is the bookies' favourite to land the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the best-selling book by Stieg Larsson.

Paddy Power has made the 29-year-old Israeli-American their 11/4 favourite ahead of Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Twilight's Kristen Stewart.

The role of the tough, leather-clad, tattoo covered biker will be a far cry from her last film, New York, I love You, where she played a strictly Orthodox Jewish bride preparing for her wedding to a Chasidic man.

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Rothschilds are full of gas

By Robyn Rosen, August 6, 2010

It seems the Rothschild family have met their match in the parish village of Wilcot in Wiltshire.

The British branch of the Jewish banking dynasty are seeking planning permission for an anaerobic digestion plant on their 2,800-acre estate but have come across local opposition.

It seems they may not be able to add “harvesting biogas” to their long list of achievements.

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Not just any doctor...

By Robyn Rosen, August 6, 2010

Acclaimed theatre and opera director Jonathan Miller, who once described himself as “Jew-ish” — probably with the emphasis on the “ish”— says that he hasn't been to the theatre for at least 10 years, preferring, he says, to visit Marks & Spencer.

This is not just Dr Miller, then, this is an M&S Dr Miller....

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Peaches and scream

By Robyn Rosen, August 6, 2010

Peaches Geldof has denied rumours she is marrying nice Jewish boy American “Splat Pack” director – so called for its horror and pornographic content – Eli Roth, in a “traditional Jewish ceremony”.

Pity.

It sounds like it could have made the perfect setting for his next film.

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Melanie’s poor tweetment

By Robyn Rosen, August 6, 2010

We were all a bit shocked on Thursday when it appeared columnist Melanie Phillips had set up a Twitter account and even more surprised when by Monday she had more than 800 followers and had tweeted more than 200 messages.

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Methodists and Jews unite over kiddush wine

By Robyn Rosen, August 6, 2010

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton has married Jewish investment banker Mark Mezvinsky under rather unusual circumstances.

The £2million nuptials, which took place on Saturday, were presided over by a Methodist minister and rabbi under a chuppah.

The groom wore a tallit and kippah and family and friends recited the Shevah Brachot.

Let’s hope the discussion of boycotting Israeli goods doesn’t come up anytime soon — or Mr and Mrs Mezvinsky’s honeymoon may be short lived.

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Uncircumcised Eastenders

By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2010

I thought my colleagues were kidding when they revealed the new Jewish plotline in EastEnders.

But, alas, they were not. Teens Jodie Gold and Darren Miller were about to consummate their relationship when – in probably the most ridiculous British soap scene ever – she ran screaming out of the room at the sight of his unclothed body.

On Monday we found out why, when Jodie confided that Darren’s generative organ (not the term she used) was “just not Jewish enough”.

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Lineker's kosher craving

By Simon Rocker, July 22, 2010

Returning from presenting World Cup coverage in South Africa, television pundit Gary Lineker was straight back to work this week filminga new advert for Walkers crisps.

He was spotted along with pop star Lionel Richie in Vivian Avenue, Hendon.

Perhaps they were shooting for one of the new exotic World Cup crisp flavours including Yorkshire Pudding and Dutch Edam.

If Mr Lineker is longing for some South African cuisine as inspiration, he could always pop into the Kosher Delicatessen in Brent Street where they now stock beef boerewors.

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My Big Fat Jewish Birthday

By Simon Rocker, July 22, 2010

Yet another Jewish family has had their five minutes of fame. This time it is the Colemans from Chigwell, the stars of BBC documentary, My Child's Big Fat Birthday Party, which aired on Monday.

The narrator informed us that 13-year-old Guy's barmitzvah celebrations are "a culmination of 18 months of almost military planning by his parents" and will include a caricaturist, magician, break dancer and singer.

Rabbi Larry Becker's sentiment that he is "very uncomfortable with the large modern extravaganza" is soon forgotten by Guy, who enters his party arm-in-arm with two sparkly dancers.

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