Sandy Rashty

EE acts after employee called Jews ‘arrogant’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

British mobile phone operator EE has said “appropriate action” has been taken after an employee described Jews as “arrogant”.

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Lord Sugar quits as Labour peer due to ‘disillusionment’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Lord Sugar has resigned from the Labour Party saying he was disillusioned with its “anti-enterprise” policies.

The business tycoon, who has been associated with the party for 18 years, resigned after Labour’s general election defeat on Friday.

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Meet the new Mad Men

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Picture this. Two Jewish film-makers sit down for a meal at boulangerie chain Le Pain Quotidien. It is Pesach, so Adam Baroukh and Eddie Sternberg are sifting through the menu for bread-free options.

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Election 2015: Ros Altmann set to take key job in new government

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a key position at the centre of government after the Conservatives' election win was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Ms Altmann will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education. Her appointment, announced during the campaign, was dependent on the Conservatives forming the next government.

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Sent to the headteacher

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

I have been called into the headmaster's office - but this time, it's not for a disciplinary.

For the first time in 15 years, I have been invited to visit my old primary by the man who set up Naima Jewish Preparatory School in 1983.

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Election 2015: Ivan Lewis holds Bury South for Labour

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

Ivan Lewis has held the Bury South constituency seat for Labour with 45 per cent of the vote.

Mr Lewis, the former chief executive of the Federation charity in Manchester, received 21,272 votes, beating Conservative candidate Daniel Critchlow who gained 16,350 votes (35 per cent).

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Election 2015: Tory Matthew Offord increases majority in super-marginal Hendon

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

Matthew Offord secured a hugely significant win for the Conservatives in Hendon, turning his 2010 majority of just 106 to a respectable 3,724.

Despite being widely touted to lose the marginal north-west London seats, Mr Offord increased his share of the vote by over six per cent to 24,328 votes.

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Gosh, you've grown into a fundraising sensation

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

First there was the "no make-up selfies" social media campaign that raised £8 million for Cancer Research UK. Then came the global "ALS ice bucket challenge", which generated £65 million for research into the neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Now two Jewish friends have started the #thenandnow campaign to raise funds for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh).

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Anger followed theatre’s ‘shameful’ decision

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

One evening in August last year, around 250 demonstrators gathered outside the Tricycle Theatre in north London. They were protesting against the venue’s decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival over its ties with Israel.

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Exclusive: Tricycle apologises for film festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

The chairman of the Tricycle Theatre has apologised for boycotting the UK Jewish Film Festival and admitted that the venue made “the wrong decision”.

Last summer, the north London theatre responded to the Gaza conflict by calling on the UKJFF to drop the £1,400 funding it received from the Israeli embassy.

The festival refused and withdrew from the venue.

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Laura Marks accused of 'flip-flopping' by rival for Board president Alex Brummer

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2015

Board of Deputies presidential candidate Alex Brummer has dismissed his rival Laura Marks, describing her as “flip-flopping”.

Speaking at a Liberal and Reform Judaism hustings on Wednesday, Mr Brummer said: “Here we have a candidate standing to be president of the Board of Deputies, who moved from a Reform Synagogue to join a United Synagogue one.

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Israel sends congratulations on birth of royal baby Princess Charlotte

By Sandy Rashty, May 5, 2015

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge received a gift and message of congratulations from the president of Israel to mark the birth of the royal baby.

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No joke - you pampered Princes are worse than us

By Sandy Rashty, April 30, 2015

So commonplace are Jewish Princess jokes, I'm willing to wager that this week you would have made, heard or, like me, been the butt of one.

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John Galliano is 'man of dignity' says rabbi who invited him to shul

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2015

John Galliano will speak at the launch of a West End of London Jewish learning programme sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.

The fashion designer was invited to next month’s event by Central Synagogue's rabbi, Barry Marcus, who has helped him repair relations with the Jewish community after he was sacked by Christian Dior four years ago for an antisemitic rant in a Paris bar.

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Israeli artist shortlisted for BP Portrait Award

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2015

An Israeli painter is in the running to winning a prestigious award worth £35,000.

Matan Ben-Cnaan is one of three artists shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award.

He was chosen for his oil painting Annabelle and Guy, inspired by the biblical story of Jephthah

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Hilary Swank to star as Lipstadt in film about Irving trial

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2015

Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson are set to star in a new film about historian David Irving’s attempt to sue Deborah Lipstadt for calling him a Holocaust denier.

Oscar-winning Ms Swank will reportedly play Ms Lipstadt, while it is unclear whether Mr Wilkinson will play a courtroom barrister or Irving.

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‘Send Muslim migrants to Saudi Arabia’, urges Ukip candidate

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

A Jewish Ukip candidate has said British rescue workers should harbour Christian migrants – but send Muslims to Saudi Arabia.

Raymond Shamash, who is standing in Hendon, north-west London, also proposed setting up “detention camps, though not on European soil – to sort out the genuine refugees from economic migrants”.

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Family’s relief as London teacher emerges unscathed from Nepal earthquake

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

The family of a British Jewish teacher spent several days terrified that he had been hurt or killed in the Nepalese earthquake – until he got in touch with them over the internet.

English teacher Simon Warner, a former JFS and Hasmonean High School student, said he was staying in a northern Nepal village when the earthquake hit.

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Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.

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IDF hits back after Palestinian rocket strikes Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2015

A rocket was fired into southern Israel from Gaza on Thursday night, ending four months of relative calm in the area.

Israelis were called into bomb shelters after the emergency siren sounded in Sderot.

The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that the rocket exploded in an open area near kibbutzim. No one was injured in the attack.

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