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Review: Now You See Me

By Brigit Grant, July 7, 2013

Magic tends to divide an audience. But as one camped solidly in the “Wow, how he did that?” category, I love whatever the likes of David Copperfield or homegrown Dynamo pull out of their wizards’ bags. For, once you become an adult, magic is the only thing that sustains one’s inner child. And that’s a good reason to catch Now You See Me.

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Star-studded start for JW3

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2013

Prominent figures from culture and the media, including actress Zoë Wanamaker and former Times editor James Harding, will be welcomed to London’s new Jewish community centre when it opens later this year.

After a decade of anticipation, planning and construction, JW3 will formally open in north-west London’s Finchley Road on September 29.

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Leonard Cohen moves concert after Jewish Chronicle story

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

Could it be that Leonard Cohen is planning to mark the high holy days in the traditional manner this year?

To the delight of his Jewish fans, and in a decision that would no doubt have pleased his talmudic scholar grandfather, the Canadian star has changed the date of his upcoming London concert so that it no longer clashes with Yom Kippur.

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Leonard Cohen reschedules tour dates out of respect for Yom Kippur

By Jennifer Lipman, July 2, 2013

Leonard Cohen has changed the date of two upcoming UK concerts to avoid clashing with the high holy days.

The Canadian Jewish star was due to perform on second night Rosh Hashanah in Leeds, and on Yom Kippur at the O2 in London.

Fans expressed their disappointment in last week's JC, and urged the singer to reschedule.

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Leonard Cohen fans upset over Yom Kippur O2 gig

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

Hallelujah may be Leonard Cohen’s most famous song but it hardly describes the current mood of the legendary Canadian singer’s Jewish fans.

They are down in the dumps over news that the Jewish-born star’s concert in London has been scheduled for September 14 — the day of Yom Kippur.

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Israeli acts geared up for Glastonbury

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Four Israeli groups will perform at Glastonbury this weekend, becoming the first musical acts from the country to appear at the festival.

A collective, Saz, Ester Rada and 3421 are due to play 10 separate gigs during the five-day event.

Former JC reporter-turned-Brit-Award-nominee Jessie Ware will also be singing.

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Review: Snitch

By Brigit Grant, June 21, 2013

Known to most of us only by his ring name — The Rock — Dwayne Johnson is considered one of the all-time stars of wrestling. Yes, that’s right, wrestler not actor, but that didn’t prevent him being paid a record-breaking $5.5 million for his debut role in The Scorpion King, which I’ve still to see.

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Global stars line up to sing Peres’s praises

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

A star-studded international extravaganza in Jerusalem this week celebrated President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday and served as a reminder of his 65 years of service to the state and his undying vision of peace for Israel and its neighbours.

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Express delivery: Richard Desmond's mission to rabbi’s Pinsk orphanage

By Richard Desmond, June 20, 2013

Throughout my life, I have always felt a responsibility to help many charities — UK based, those in Third World countries and Jewish causes worldwide. Rarely a day passes when I don’t get a call from someone telling me about another commendable organisation that needs help — and they all genuinely do.

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‘Uri Geller used mind powers to aid Mossad’

By Bernard Josephs, June 19, 2013

Celebrity psychic Uri Geller, famous for his spoon-bending and mind-reading antics, was a secret agent for the CIA according to a film to be screened by the BBC this autumn.

Entitled The Secret life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy?, the documentary claims that Mr Geller used his telepathic and psychic powers in a number of key CIA operations during the Cold War.

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