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Spy mystery wrapped up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

You may recall the arrest of two British journalists as spies in Libya after militiamen claimed to have found them with bandages which were "only issued by the Israeli Defence Forces".

The two men (working, ironically, for Iranian Press TV) have now been freed. Their Libyan captors had got in a linguistic muddle. It wasn't Hebrew writing on the bandages. It was Welsh.

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Bikers speed to TV fame

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Black leathers, a Harley-Davidson, the open road - and now a potential TV showcase.

Some of the 120 members of Yids on Bikes, the UK's Jewish club for motorbike enthusiasts, are set to be featured in a Sky TV series.

YoB President Loren Shefer is negotiating with Back2Back Productions for a six-part documentary about the group heading to Canada to mark Yom Hashoah on the 2,000-mile "Ride to

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Spy mystery wrapped up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

You may recall the arrest of two British journalists as spies in Libya after militiamen claimed to have found them with bandages which were "only issued by the Israeli Defence Forces".

The two men (working, ironically, for Iranian Press TV) have now been freed. Their Libyan captors had got in a linguistic muddle. It wasn't Hebrew writing on the bandages. It was Welsh.

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The Kentucky fried comedian

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Mark Maier is well-known on the comedy club circuit. But you may have spotted him on TV in another guise; as the dad in a Kentucky Fried Chicken ad.

I doubt he will be touting finger-lickin' buckets when he stars at the ZF's Israel Independence Day do next month.

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Julia Stiles to lead US remake of Israeli drama

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Hollywood actress Julia Stiles has been cast as the lead in an adaptation of an Israeli series about a mystery at a secretive commune.

Timrot Ashan is the latest in a growing list of Israeli programmes to be given a US makeover, following in the footsteps of Homeland – based on the series Hatufim – and In Treatment (formerly BeTipul).

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Interview: Gideon Raff

By Anne Joseph, March 2, 2012

A dimly lit Frankfurt hotel room filled with tension. A knock at the door; a letter is hand-delivered. A An elderly man's face occupies the screen; he wipes the sweat off his brow. "What now?" his colleague asks. "We wait," he replies. Eventually there is a telephone call. "It's a done deal," the elderly man says. "They're coming home."

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An animated choice for chief

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

There are still a few days before the deadline for applications to be Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

But a clear popular favourite is beginning to emerge and it's not Rabbi Mirvis of Finchley or Rabbi Melchior from Israel.

Go to Twitter where you'll see support is growing for the candidature of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski of Springfield.

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UK showing for Israeli series that inspired Homeland

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2012

A hit Israeli television series about a returning prisoner of war is to be screened in Britain later this year.

Hatufim (Prisoners of War), which follows the attempts of two Israeli reservists kidnapped in Lebanon to rebuild their lives after they return home 17 years later, will air on Sky Arts 1 from May.

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Why I went on a date on the BBC

By Natalie Samuel, February 16, 2012

Social Suicide. That was my instinct when I was forwarded an email looking for people for a BBC3 documentary on dating in the Jewish community entitled "Young, Single and Religious". Why on earth would anyone expose themselves to that level of ridicule?

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Someone called Oprah Winfrey came to dinner

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

The Ginsbergs and their nine children live in Borough Park, a Charedi neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. Until recently they had never heard of Oprah Winfrey. They apparently have no idea who the many celebrities who have been on her show are and they have never taken advice from Dr Phil.

But then the US talkshow queen came over for dinner, production crew in tow.

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