Sandy Rashty

British Jewish doctor helps paralysed man walk again

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2014

A British Jewish doctor is behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, which has been hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Geoffrey Raisman, who grew up in Leeds, pioneered a new method of treating injuries previously thought to be incurable.

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Bearing fruit: The ‘super’ berry that changed a couple’s life

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2014

Nine years ago, timber merchant Simon Fineman took a trip that was to change his life.

He had planned to go sailing in Norway with his wife Evie and their sons. But when weather forecasts predicted storms, he decided to play safe and go to a friend’s holiday home in Canada instead.

And they liked it so much they decided to buy a small farm in Nova Scotia with room for an orchard.

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Mark Lewis: Hacking’s like speeding. You know it’s wrong, but you do it

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2014

Mark Lewis steps on to a makeshift stage outside the Qatar embassy in central London.

As a lawyer, he is well known for representing more than 120 victims of phone-hacking and exposing the News of the World’s role in the scandal.

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Jewish candidates survive first round of The Apprentice

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2014

Two Jewish candidates taking part in The Apprentice business show have survived the first round of eliminations.

Daniel Lassman, 27, and 23-year-old Ella Jade Bitton progressed to the next round after company director Chiles Cartwright was fired by Lord Sugar.

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The Apprentice is back, will we have a winner?

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2014

A Maccabi league footballer and a teenage business prodigy are among the 20 candidates vying to win The Apprentice.

As the BBC's reality show kicks off its 10th series this week, Daniel Lassman and Ella Jade Bitton will be hoping to take home the prize of £250,000 worth of investment and a chance to co-own a company with host Lord Sugar.

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Some artistic differences, but a great deal to appreciate

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Art appreciation is a subjective business. And so it proved at the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Art House exhibition, which drew more than 150 enthusiasts, artists and friends to LJCC's Golders Green premises for the announcement of the 2014 prize-winners.

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Two Jewish entrepreneurs to compete on The Apprentice

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Lord Sugar is back for the tenth series of The Apprentice – and two Jewish contestants are hoping to win the BBC’s business-themed reality TV show.

Former JC reporter Daniel Lassman, 27, and Ella Jade Bitton, 23, are among 20 candidates hoping to take home the prize of £250,000 worth of investment.

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Despite Gaza war, UK-Israel trade up 28%

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Trade between the UK and Israel is at a record high, in spite of concerted efforts by campaigners to push for an Israel boycott during the Gaza conflict this summer.

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How I put my own twist on Challah

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

I've a newfound respect for Jewish women who bake their own bread.

Seriously. There's something to be said for women like Rebbetzin Joanne Dove, an educator and mother-of-eight who bakes challah at midnight for her Friday night dinner table.

Or Ruth Mimran, who runs the Manna Deli in Hendon. While catering for other people, she managed to bake six challot hours before we met last week.

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Chief to attend 'scrolls' event

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is to be the guest speaker at the opening of an exhibition about Torah scrolls which survived the Nazis, in a move which marks another departure from his predecessor Lord Sacks.

The display will mark 50 years since 1,564 scrolls were brought from Czechoslovakia to Westminster Synagogue by philanthropist Ralph Yablon.

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BBC announce programmes to mark Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2014

The BBC is to broadcast a special series of programmes to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz next year, the corporation has announced.

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'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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Neighbours at war over the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2014

A quiet street in south-east London is the last place you would expect to be caught up in the Middle East conflict.

But the suburb of Brockley is the unlikely arena where two Jewish neighbours are at war over Israel.

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Teacher took indecent images of schoolboys

By Sandy Rashty, October 1, 2014

Police have discovered indecent images of children on the computer of a “respected” deputy headteacher who died last month.

The images of schoolboys undressing in changing rooms were found on the computer of Martin Goldberg, who taught maths at the Thorpe Hall School in Southend for 23 years. It has been suggested that Mr Goldberg is Jewish.

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Israeli Jews boycotting Arab businesses

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

A survey of Israeli Jewish consumers found that 24 per cent are boycotting Arab businesses.

The telephone survey, conducted by Geocartagraphia, found that the figure had fallen since Operation Protective Edge, when that 29 per cent said they would boycott Arab businesses.

According to a report on Globes, the figures tally with a fall in sales at Arab supermarkets.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism offences

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2014

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been found not guilty of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.

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Samuel and Rose are favourite baby names

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2014

Trendy baby names come and go but biblical ones are here to stay - particularly for boys.

That is message from a study of the birth announcements published in the JC in the Jewish year 5774.

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Pro-Israel activists protest over Qatar links with terror

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2014

Pro-Israel groups gathered outside the Qatar embassy in London in a bid to challenge its support of terrorist organisations.

More than 50 pro-Israel supporters held up placards at the protest co-organised by Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) and the Israeli Forum Task Force.

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