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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-17

Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook

Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: super screen villain Jason Isaacs, Observing hip Jewish culture, and play it again Dan.


1. British Jew of the moment: Liverpool-born actor Jason Isaacs looks like he can’t do any wrong at the moment. Not content with stealing the show as Captain Hook in the new Peter Pan blockbuster, released next week, he’ll also be returning to screens next summer as the dastardly Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. Seems like Isaacs is cornering the market in playing baddies right now.


2. Thank goodness for the web: A Chanukah Celebration, a show made by the Jewish Television Network in the US and shown across the country, is available in its entirety online. The high point? Mitzvah Mouse, star of the Jewish children’s programme Alef, Bet…Blast-off!, who here gets to re-enact the Chanukah story with his puppet pals. Check it out at:


3. It’s hip to be Jewish: That is, according to the Observer newspaper last Sunday. A feature by writer Paul Harris discusses the new trendy Jewish culture that has sprung up in New York – the first time the mainstream press in the UK have picked up on it. How long before it reaches these shores?


4. Dan’s the man: if you haven’t checked out American Jewish folk rocker Dan Bern, it’s time you did. Coming over as a cross between Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen, Bern and his band The International Jewish Banking Conspiracy touch upon many serious issues on the recent Swastika EP and the album Fleeting Days (both on Cooking Vinyl Records), such as anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, as well as his Jewish identity.


5. Keeping kosher at the flicks: the Curzon cinema in Borehamwood has decided to stock up on a comprehensive range of kosher munchies. According to cinema boss Kailash Suri, almost 50 per cent of their customers are Jewish. Initially 20 products will be on sale, including pretzels, sweets and fruit drinks.


6. Greenbacks for Green: Former Carlton TV boss Michael Green is to receive a payoff worth £1.4m following the merger between Carlton and Granada, in which he was ousted.


7. Finally saying sorry: A church in Limerick, which in 1904 allowed its priest to preach a series of anti-Jewish sermons has finally apologised for allowing it to happen. As a result of his sermons, Jewish businesses in the city were boycotted and those owning them suffered hardship.