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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-07-04

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture. This week: Natasha Kaplinsky dances her way to victory, Tracy-Ann Oberman's JC announcement, Vanessa Feltz takes a summer holiday and Gibraltar comes to London's Jewish Museum.

1. Dancing Queen: BBC Breakfast presenter Natasha Kaplinsky has won the BBC's celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing. Natasha and dancing partner Brendan Cole, beat seven other couples to become dancefloor champions, raising money for Sport Relief. SJ looks forward
to seeing her dancing the hora at a future wedding or Barmitzvah.

2. Chicken delight: SJ has finally sampled the culinary treats of the kosher version of Kentucky Fried Chicken. DKFC (Dizengoff Kosher Fried Chicken) offers standard fried chicken fare for around a fiver with drink and chips included. SJ's top pick: grilled chicken in a baguette,

3. Mountain Jews: Memo to the staff of Beth Jacob Seminary in Stoke Newington; if you're going up a mountain, make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing. Skirts and trainers with bin-liners to protect against the rain just isn't good enough, as you found out last week when a class of 39 of your girls got stuck up a mountain in Scotland. By all means dress modestly, but use some common sense as well.

4. The Jewish Glastonbury: Limmud, the annual Jewish education event, has another spin-off – a four day summer festival. Limmudfest will take place in Shropshire at the end of August, and attendees will have the option of sleeping in a tent instead of the usual dormitories. A special Eruv will be erected around the site.

5. East End engagement: Congratulations to actress Tracy-Ann Oberman, currently starring in EastEnders as Den's non-Jewish wife Chrissie. In real life Tracy has just become engaged to her Jewish boyfriend, businessman Rob Cowan. The announcement is included in this week's JC Social and Personal.

6. Gibraltar's Jewish life: A new exhibition at London's Jewish Museum is celebrating 300 years of Jewish life in Gibraltar. Visitors to the museum, in Camden, will have the chance to see artefacts donated by Jewish families, as well as a collection of paintings by the Gibraltar Jewish painter Jacob Azagury. The exhibition runs from Jul 6 – October 31.

7. Vanessa's vacation: TV and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz has just returned from her summer holidays – and has revealed what she got up to while she was away. "I just got back from a fabulous four-day break at a luxury hotel in Cyprus," she says. "They had a wonderful Turkish bath and a pool outside which was full of salt like the Dead Sea."