Sandy Rashty

All-female group takes fresh approach to Jewish-Muslim relations

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2015

Jewish and Muslim women have joined together in a bid to strengthen ties between the two communities.

Nisa-Nashim is a social action network set to launch formally in October and has already attracted more than 200 supporters across the country since its soft-launch in June.

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LL Camps' Ben Lewis denied bail over indecent images of children charge

By Sandy Rashty, August 14, 2015

A former primary school teacher who has been charged with three offences relating to indecent images of children was denied bail at St Albans Crown Court this morning.

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Parents left with unanswered questions as man arrested after camp is closed

By Sandy Rashty, August 13, 2015

Police have charged a man in connection with the closure of the LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Ben Lewis, who is Jewish, was ordered to appear at Hatfield Remand Court on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old, from Borehamwood, a director of LL Camps, has been charged with three offences in connection with indecent images of children.

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She was a helpless victim for his charms. He was tall, rugged and powerful­ enough to make her swoon

By Sandy Rashty, August 13, 2015

Hadassah Benjamin could not explain the strong feelings she felt for this man. He had rescued her from certain death.

He had fed, clothed and employed her when no one else would. He seemed to show her, a Jewish orphan, the love, care and kindness that she had long craved.

This strong, powerful and high-ranking man appeared to be her saviour.

He just also happened to be a Nazi officer.

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Barnardo’s to return money raised by convicted paedophile

By Sandy Rashty, August 12, 2015

Barnardo’s children’s charity has confirmed that it will return money donated by convicted paedophile Miles Esterson, after the JC revealed that he had raised the funds using an alias.

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Summer camp director charged with possession of indecent images of children

By Sandy Rashty, August 12, 2015

Police have charged a man in connection to the closure of the LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Ben Lewis, who is Jewish, was due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court this morning.

The 25-year-old, from Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, has been charged with three offences in connection with indecent images of children.

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Children teach parents better eating habits, says celebrity chef

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The tables have turned.

Children are now scolding their parents about healthy eating as a result of better food education in schools, according to a study by celebrity chef Annabel Karmel.

And Ms Karmel, a member of West London Synagogue, believes that keeping kosher is no excuse for stocking up on stodgy goods.

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The Board of Deputies calls on student volunteers to support Holocaust survivors

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The Board of Deputies is calling on student volunteers to back its Shoah Survivor Support Project.

The organisation has described the project as a great opportunity for university and secondary school students who would like to support Holocaust survivors who are not engaged with the UK Jewish community.

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‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.

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Monarch airlines announces new flights to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

Budget airline Monarch has announced two new flight routes to Israel from London’s Luton Airport.

The British airline says it will operate two new flights to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and the Ovda civilian and military airport north of Eilat from December.

Tickets will go on sale from midday today.

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Summer camp closed after man arrested over indecent images of children

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

Police have confirmed that LL Camps in Hertfordshire was shut down after a man was arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

The privately-run children’s summer camp, which is popular with Jewish families, was shut down on Thursday without notice.

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Ofsted closes summer camp used by hundreds of Jewish families

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

A children’s summer camp popular with Jewish families has unexpectedly closed leaving hundreds of parents without child care.

The LL Camps, in Bushey, in Hertfordshire, was shut down on Thursday with no advance notice.

Ben Lewis, a camp director, would not comment on rumours that a child had got out of the camp unsupervised or suggestions that the police and Ofsted may be involved.

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Queen invited to Israel as ambassador presents credentials

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has formally invited the Queen to visit Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday to welcome five new ambassadors to Israel, he told British ambassador David Quarrey: “I want to also convey my warmest regards to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend to her an invitation to visit our region.”

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PC Rashty? It's no job for a nice Jewish girl

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

I have a confession to make.

I once dreamed of joining the Metropolitan Police. It sounded like a wonderful career opportunity, a chance to make a difference and help people more vulnerable than myself.

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Celebrities fall under the spell of JFS boy who tricked his way to Hollywood

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Magician Julius Dein is not your average student.

When he is not studying for an international relations degree at King's College London, the 21-year-old is performing magic tricks at celebrity parties in Hollywood.

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Interview: Adam Richman sheds his weight

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Heat control, restraint and technique. It is impossible to cook up a good barbecue without these three key ingredients. So says Adam Richman, the Brooklyn-born personality who is co-judging ITV's latest foodie series, BBQ Champ.

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Jews in the police: ‘If we live here, we should play a part in protecting Britain’

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

When Sue Williams first told her father that she wanted to join the Metropolitan Police he was outraged.

He told his daughter, a graphic artist at the time, that it was not a suitable career choice for a nice Jewish girl.

He feared it would be a dangerous and antisemitic environment and hoped that at 5ft 4in, her height would be a barrier to joining the force.

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European aliyah? Bring it on, says Silvan Shalom

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2015

Israel’s deputy Prime Minister has hinted that more European Jews should be making aliyah.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Interior Minister, made the comment while speaking at an ORT UK round-table lunch in London last Friday.

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Convicted paedophile raised money for children’s charity Barnardo's

By Sandy Rashty, August 4, 2015

A convicted paedophile who sexually abused three brothers is raising money for a children’s charity which fights child abuse, the JC can reveal.

Former Hasmonean pupil Miles Esterson, 33, was jailed in the United States in 2010 for five years after he was found guilty of performing sex acts on three boys under the age of 12.

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Mother assaulted as burglars steal barmitzvah presents from north London home

By Sandy Rashty, August 3, 2015

A Jewish woman has spoken of her fear after being attacked by burglars at her home in north London.

Deborah Nathan, 49, was pushed to the floor as two men forced their way into her six-bedroom home in Golders Green. They ransacked the safe containing family heirlooms and stole her son’s barmitzvah presents.

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