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Ex-JFS boy shaken by jeers as he enters Big Brother house

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Former JFS student Matthew Davies said he was “not the typical 23-year-old Jewish boy” ahead of entering the Big Brother house on Thursday night.

In a video clip, aired ahead of him taking part in the Channel 5 reality show, Mr Davies said: “I went to the largest Jewish school in Europe.

“Everyone was quite spoilt, money comes naturally really.

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Led Zeppelin or the Jewish rock legend?

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

It is one of the anthems of 20th century rock, writes Simon Rocker. But could the opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven have been lifted from an earlier tune penned by American Jewish guitarist Randy California?

A Pennsylvania law firm is preparing legal action to insist that California — who died in a swimming accident in 1997 — gets the credit for the Zeppelin track.

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US rapper apologises after wearing ‘fake Jew’ outfit

By JC reporter, May 20, 2014

US rapper Macklemore has denied accusations of antisemitism after he appeared to don a “fake Jew” outfit for a gig in Seattle.

He issued an apology on his website, insisting that he did not intend to insult Jewish people when he wore a black suit, wig, beard and large plastic nose.

There was widespread outrage when photographs of the concert were posted online.

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Wealthiest Jews on the Sunday Times Rich List

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2014

Jewish figures from the worlds of business, property, sport and media are among the wealthiest people in the country, it was revealed today.

Music and media investor Len Blavatnik, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and London-based Israeli shipping magnate Idan Ofer feature prominently in the Sunday Times Rich List, which details the 1,000 most affluent people in the UK.

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Celebrity chef Annabel Karmel named in sexual harassment claim

By Charlotte Oliver, May 15, 2014

Claims that celebrity chef Annabel Karmel fired an employee for rejecting her sexual advances have been withdrawn, hours after a judge said she could be named at a hearing.

Until now, the identity of a “well-known media personality” accused of sexual harassment had been kept hidden.

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Wealthiest Jews in Britain were born abroad, super-rich list reveals

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

The wealthiest Jews in Britain were born abroad, according to the Sunday Times Super-Rich list, published on Sunday.

Jews made up around 20 per cent of the 104-strong rich-list — with a combined fortune of more than £67bn out of the total £301bn.

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Time to condemn fascist fashion

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

Like so many Jewish women, I’ve fallen for fashion.

I’ve stocked my side-table with glossy advert-infused magazines, filled my wardrobe with their seasonal “must-haves” and admired the artistry behind a thousand-pound couture gown.

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Backstreet are back – and heading for Israel

By Charlotte Oliver, May 7, 2014

They may be pushing 40, but that has not stopped the Backstreet Boys from dusting off their dungarees and synchronised dance routines.

The reformed US boy-band, who enjoyed worldwide fame in the 1990s with songs such as “I Want It That Way” and “Everybody”, are back on tour – and will be performing in Israel later this year.

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Broadway lyricist puts in some good words for London staging

By John Nathan, May 5, 2014

One of the early big laughs in the Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — now in the West End and starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as a couple of con men targeting rich women on the Cote d’Azur — is delivered by the song Great Big Stuff.

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Meet Tarantino’s favourites

By Brigit Grant, May 5, 2014

Having given Big Bad Wolves a well merited five star review when it was released here last December, the opportunity to interview the film’s Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado was too good to miss. But first I had to find them.

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