Possibly the largest matzah ball in the world was unveiled in New York last week, and immediately drew complaints from elderly Jewish diners.
The enormous dumpling was made from 1,000 eggs, 80lb of margarine and a mountain of matzah meal. It weighed 267 lb and its diameter was 29.2 inches - vital statistics that did not bode well for its fluffiness.
Kol Simcha, one of Europe’s oldest Klezmer bands started as a wedding band in Switzerland playing the Jewish simcha classics, but now play to concert halls with their mixture of jazz, classical music and klezmer, a brand of east folk music with a distinctly Jewish flavour and a strong clarinet.
Now, as one of the genre’s most successful groups, they are part of the Klezmer revival happening this summer in the UK.
The group will play at the Cheltenham Festival on July 9, and will be preceded by a special screening of a film by Simon Broughton Klezmer: Fiddler on the Hoof