The Diary

Peace is no joke for Peres

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is never one to turn down a celebrity meeting and here he is with actor Jason Alexander, best known as the hapless George in Seinfeld.

Alexander was heading a delegation on behalf of the organisation One Voice, which promotes support for a two-state solution among grassroots Israelis and Palestinians.

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For Weekend-only Jews

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

Weekend retreats for yoga, diets or exercise are all the rage, but last weekend a different kind of boot-camp was run in Somerset – "Be A Jew for the Weekend", by a Christian outfit, Ammerdown.

The programme asks: "Have you ever wondered what it is like to live as an Orthodox Jew? If so, then this course is for you!

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Ex-editor's lifeboat sale

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

It's a strange piece of JC history: a model lifeboat, presented in memory of one-time JC editor Michael Henry, is being auctioned in London next week by Charles Miller Ltd.

Mr Henry, who had started a fund for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, died aged 45 in 1875, after a fire in his office.

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Rabbi's son takes to stage

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

Jamie Romain, the son of two rabbis, has been offered his own pulpit, as a resident of the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho, with his group A Band of Buriers.

The son of Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain of Maidenhead Synagogue and Rabbi Sybil Sheridan of Wimbledon, Jamie was a leader of RSY Netzer and chair of Young Limmud.

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Sky-high priced cuppa

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

El Al are offering passengers Illy cappuccino for $5 (around £3.20) and espresso for $4 (£2.55) a cup, according to YNet. Crew have been instructed to serve it with a free chocolate.

You will be pleased to learn 30 per cent of the coffee proceeds will go to a worthy cause: flight attendants' parties

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Bowling for Beersheva

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

In Third Man in Havana, due to be published next spring,Tom Rodwell describes cricket in unlikely places. One instance is a remark from George, the opening bowler for Beersheva Cricket Club in Israel, who notes: "It's not easy keeping your line and length under the threat of a rocket attack."

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Olympic leap for salmon

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

Given some of the sports admitted to the Olympics, then slapping a ball as far as you can with a side of smoked salmon would be probably more entertaining than most.

Which is not quite what is being advertised here by Lance Forman (above), managing director of Forman's, the century-old London smoked salmon company.

When he first learned that the premises of the family business was to be demo

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Boris's timely appearance

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

Congratulations to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has struggled to make it on time to a couple of recent Jewish events.

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Boy George's fast track

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

Could celebrity fasting on Yom Kippur be the next spiritual craze? Cultural Club singer Boy George tweeted that he was forgoing food for the day, prompting good wishes from Jewish comedienne Sandra Bernhard, "Have an easy fast, boy, you are such a mensch."

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A rather tall order

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

A television production company is looking to recruit young Jewish men to appear in a new faith dating show. Eligible bachelors should be aged between 24 and 29 and – here's the catch – they should be over 5 foot 10. That somewhat narrows the field.

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