Security guard bars Jewish schoolboys from entering sports shop

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Leading retailer Sports Direct has apologised to customers after a security guard allegedly barred “Jews” from entering its store.

The security guard was removed from the store after he told Jewish students - Nathan Rosen and Daniel Levitan - they could not enter the branch in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, on Friday afternoon.


Shimon Cohen, the Sultan of Spin

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2014

Shimon Cohen describes himself as a “spin-consultant”.

Along with his 18-strong team, Cohen is trusted to manage the scandals and promote the work of 70 groups — including communal organisations from the United Synagogue to the Holocaust Educational Trust and Aish UK.


Financier Alan Howard gives £5 million to help state students

By Sandy Rashty, July 4, 2014

A British-Jewish financier has donated £5 million to a project that brings private school teachers to state school students.

Alan Howard, the wealthiest hedge-fund manager in the UK who is worth an estimated £1.6 billion, has given the money to the United Learning Partnership Fund. It is believed to be the largest ever single donation to benefit children in state education.


Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.


Investment fund 'regrets' Israel boycott move

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2014

A major investment group reportedly regrets its decision to blacklist Israeli banks.

A Dutch fund manager has told the Financial Times that senior executives at Netherlands pension fund PGGM wish it had not pulled funds from Israel's five top banks earlier this year.


Jewish Care charity chair steps out of the shadows

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Steven Lewis, the chairman of Jewish Care and a trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council, does not like the limelight - he never has.

But after an "off-the-record" chat at a fundraiser and a nudge from his press representative, he agrees to an interview at the charity's flagship campus in Golders Green, north-west London.


Dame Stephanie survived the Holocaust to make an IT fortune - then gave it away

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2014

Stephanie Shirley has had a remarkable life. She came to Britain as a five-year-old refugee from Nazi persecution in 1939; she had a nervous breakdown and considered suicide after her only son was diagnosed with severe autism — and now she has donated 90 per cent of her multi-million pound technology empire to more than 100 charitable projects.


Glazer death prompts flurry of hate on Twitter

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

Dozens of antisemitic comments have been posted on Twitter following the death of Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer on Wednesday.

The American billionaire, who was descended from Lithuanian Jews, died aged 85 after suffering ill health following two strokes in 2006.

One Twitter user, under the name Calma_Uefalona, wrote: “Stupid jew finally died….. Yes thank u Lord” (sic).


Facebook and Israeli embassy launch start-up competition

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

A business competition co-organised by Facebook and the Israeli embassy in London was launched this week, in a bid to attract top UK-based technology start-ups.

The Bizcamp competition is aimed at entrepreneurs, who are at the early-stage of starting up their business.


New law could change company perceptions on flexible hours

By Emma Clark, May 23, 2014

Next month, new UK laws will extend the right of all eligible employees to request flexible working hours.

Currently, the right to request flexible working hours (and the request may be rejected by the employer) is limited to carers of children under-18 and those who care for adult dependents.