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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-24

Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: repeating classic Chanukah TV with The Tweenies, the best place to catch the chief rabbi and Roman buys a new home in Kensington.


1. Best repeat on TV this week: In honour of Chanukah, the BBC has repeated its Tweenies Chanukah special from last year, in which the children’s favourites learn about lighting the menorah and celebrating the festival. Here’s hoping next year they don’t try repeating it again, and someone comes up with some new Chanukah telly instead.


2. Best example of a shameless plug: London finally has a weekly Jewish arts and entertainment radio show, and it’s produced and presented by the folks behind this website, hence it’s called The Something Jewish Show. Actually, not only is it London’s only Jewish arts and entertainment show, but it’s the only one in the whole of the UK. Tune in to Resonance 104.4FM in London, on Sundays between 3.30 and 4.30pm, or via its website,, to hear it.


3. Best reason to be Mel Brooks: Not content with doing versions in New York, LA and Toronto, Mel Brooks’ comedy musical The Producers is coming to the London stage in 2004, with Richard Dreyfuss and Lee Evans in the lead roles. With London’s high theatre ticket prices, expect Brooks to make even more money here.


4. Best des res: Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has spent £29m to buy two luxury flats in Kensington. Given he’s worth about £5bn, it’s small change for the Chelsea FC owner.


5. Best place to catch the Chief Rabbi: Jonathan Sacks is to officiate twice a month from May 2004 at Western Marble Arch synagogue in Central London. It marks the return to the pulpit he previously occupied before becoming Chief Rabbi in the early 90s.


6. Best non-Jew celebrating Chanukah: actor-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzegger took part in a Menorah-lighting ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacremento last week. Organised by the local Chabad, Arnie was presented with a gift Menorah and danced a spontaneous hora with Rabbis who turned up for the event.


7. Best non-Christmas turkeys on TV: according to a report on BBC London, it’s now a popular custom for Jews to buy turkeys for Christmas Day lunch. As if it hasn’t been for years.