Sandy Rashty

Justin Timberlake to perform in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

American pop star Justin Timberlake will perform in Israel later this year.

The award-winning singer and producer, 32, who rose to fame as part of the N Sync boyband in the 1990s, has never performed in Israel.

The Cry Me a River-singer, who has won four Emmy and six Grammy awards, will perform in Tel Aviv in May.

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Open UK’s doors to Syrians, say rabbis

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Rabbis from across the community are backing a Jewish group’s campaign to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Seven leading Charedi, United Synagogue and Reform ministers are among the 161 signatories to a Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCore) petition which calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to open Britain’s doors to Syrians affected by the civil war in their country.

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Meryl Streep labels Walt Disney an antisemite

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has described Walt Disney as a “hideous antisemite” during a speech at a New York award ceremony this week.

Ms Streep, who starred in The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia!, told guests at the National Board of Review dinner that the Hollywood mogul was part of an antisemitic lobby group - the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

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Dutch pension fund pulls out of Israeli banks

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

One of the largest pension asset management companies in the Netherlands has said that it divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance Jewish settlements in occupied territories.

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Hitchcock Holocaust film revealed

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

An Alfred Hitchcock film detailing Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust will be publicly aired for the first time - 70 years after it was made.

Memory of the Camps , was shelved by the British government in 1945 due to political sensitivity after the Second World War, according to a report in the Independent .

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Israel extends free abortions to thousands more women

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Israeli women aged between 20 and 33 will now be entitled to free abortions regardless of circumstances after the Israel cabinet passed the new regulations on Sunday.

Around £2.5 million, allocated by the Health Ministry, will go some way towards covering abortions for over 6,000 women who cannot afford the procedure.

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Multi-millionaire who murdered his wife jailed for life

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Jewish property tycoon Robert Ekaireb was jailed for life today for the murder of his pregnant wife.

Mr Ekaireb, 39, was recommended to serve a minimum 22 year sentence for the murder of China-born Li Hau Cao, a former lapdancer, in 2006.

The multi-millionaire, who owned more than 50 properties worth over £65 million and a jewellery business in Hatton Garden, was convicted last month.

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£12m rebuild unveiled by South Hampstead shul

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

South Hampstead Synagogue representatives have unveiled plans for a £12 million redevelopment of the north-west London shul.

The plans, submitted to Camden Council, involve opening a common room, café and men and women’s seating on the same level — after congregation members put forward requests to change the gallery seating.

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Tributes to celebrate Rev Weisman's 50 years of serving small communities

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

More than 100 people attended an event in Oxford to mark the 50th anniversary of Reverend Malcolm Weisman, the minister for small communities.

Since his appointment in 1963, Rev Weisman has travelled across the UK, serving small Jewish communities from Jersey to Canterbury, Stoke-on-Trent and Kent.

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Praise for Bloomberg, New York’s liberal light

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2014

As the new Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, was sworn into office this week, one Jewish community stalwart took time to remember the achievements of the outgoing head of City Hall, Michael Bloomberg.

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Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .

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Peston on UK elections and economy

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

In March, Robert Peston will step down from his post as business editor of the BBC. But as the corporation’s new economics editor, the 53-year-old journalist is not going too far.

He tells the JC that the new role will provide new challenges and simultaneously allow him to maintain a work-life balance.

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Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

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How Sussex Friends of Israel are fighting back against the boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

There is a “war” going on in Brighton, with grandmothers as troops and cakes and bagels among the weapons.

The conflict involves a band of pro-Israel supporters who have adopted an imaginative approach to the business of combating activists who support a cultural and commercial boycott of the country.

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New Year honours for theatre producer Michael Codron and writer Anthony Horowitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2013

Veteran stage producer Michael Codron has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours for services to the theatre.

Eighty-two-year-old Sir Michael is the West End's longest-serving producer and a leading influence in post-war British drama. He is the owner of the Aldwych Theatre, and a former leading figure at the National Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre.

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Jewish siblings in Apollo roof collapse

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Three siblings are in shock after they saw the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapse on members of the audience in front of them.

Nathaniel and Maya Lightman had been treating younger sister Noa to the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as a Chanucah gift.

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Robert Peston takes new BBC job as economics editor

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Robert Peston is leaving his post as BBC business editor.

But fans of his distinctively halting delivery style will not have to change their TV channels or retune their radios — his new job is as the corporation’s economics editor.

The 53-year-old journalist said: “It’s thrilling to be taking up a new challenge at the BBC, after eight wonderful years as its business editor.

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Millionaire is found guilty of wife’s murder

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

A Jewish property tycoon has been found guilty of murder.

Multi-millionaire Robert Ekaireb, who owned more than 50 properties worth over £65 million and a jewellery business in Hatton Garden, was convicted for murdering his Chinese-born wife Li Hua Cao, a former lapdancer.

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Don't want to sell pork? Fine by us, Marks and Spencer tell its Jewish staff

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

Marks & Spencer has said that Jewish employees do not have to serve pig products at tills to its customers, if it goes against their religious beliefs.

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