Sandy Rashty

Police investigate pro-Palestinian protester over 'killing Jews' remark

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2015

Police are investigating a complaint made against a pro-Palestinian activist over comments in which she appeared to support the killing of Jews.

The woman was filmed making the remarks outside Downing Street, during an anti-Israel demonstration against a visit to London by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Meet Jack and Lily, tomorrow's perfect Jewish couple?

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2015

Want to know whose names you're going to find under the wedding pictures in the JC in two decades' time?

Well, there may well be a Jack and Lily among them - for a new survey has found them to be the most popular names among our current birth announcements.

They topped the list compiled for the past Hebrew calendar year by the Jewish Baby Directory, an online resource for parents.

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The simchah band that makes stars

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2015

It takes an especially soulful diva to get all four X Factor judges clapping - but 49-year-old Jennifer Phillips managed it.

The part-time carer, who has made it through to the "bootcamp" stage of the ITV talent show, but she will have to juggle rehearsing songs for Simon Cowell with performing with the London-based simchah band, Neshama.

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Charity Commission quizzes War on Want over anti-Israel campaigns

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2015

The Charity Commission has said it is not formally investigating War on Want after a complaint about the charity’s anti-Israel campaigns.

But the JC understands that the anti-poverty group has been asked to provide information to the commission about its campaigns in Gaza and the Palestinian territories.

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Two teenagers plead guilty over Manchester assault

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to assault over an attack on four Jews in Manchester last Saturday night.

The 17-year-olds – who have not been identified for legal reasons – made their pleas at Manchester Youth Court on Friday afternoon.

Police say they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

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Charedi teenager who was victim of assault released from hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

A 17-year-old Charedi boy who was in a coma after being assaulted at a Manchester tram station is now recovering at home.

Moshe Fuerst, who was born in Jerusalem, was released from the Salford Royal hospital last night.

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Orthodox special constable wins prestigious police award

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

Charedi officer Moshe Rothstein has won a UK government award that recognises outstanding special constables and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Mr Rothstein, the only religious Jew serving in the Greater Manchester Police division, said he was “overwhelmed” on receipt of the Lord Ferrers Award at the House of Commons this afternoon.

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Manchester teenager survives coma after antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

A Jewish teenager who was kicked in the head during an antisemitic attack was recovering in hospital this week.

Moshe Fuerst was with three friends when they were approached by three men at a tram station in Manchester.

The JC understands the two groups clashed after shouting at each other.

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WATCH: Happy New Year from Israel's Technion University

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015
Israel's Institute of Technology has marked the Jewish New Year with a new piece of technology - one that picks a pomegranate from a tree, before going on to deliver apples and honey to the public research university's president. Shana Tova!

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Teenager in hospital after antisemitic attack in Manchester

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

A Jewish teenager is being treated in hospital after he was attacked by three men in Manchester in what is believed to be an antisemitic hate crime.

The 17-year-old boy, who has not been named, was one of four people who were assaulted by three men on Saturday night. The other victims were aged 20, 18 and 18.

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Boost for LGBT Jews as Keshet UK gets charitable status

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

A UK group that promotes equality for LGBT people in the Jewish community has achieved charitable status.

Keshet UK, a major grassroots LGBT forum in the British Jewish community, said the new status would help its fundraising activities.

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£3 million Israeli investment to create up to 100 jobs in Wales

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

UK government leaders have welcomed £3 million of Israeli investment into the UK – which could lead to the creation of 100 jobs in south Wales and £13 million being spent with local suppliers.

The investment – jointly made by Israeli owned technology companies – was announced today.

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On tour with Birthright: Twentysomethings enjoying their belated Israeli voyage of discovery

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

For 25 of the group of 34 twenty-somethings setting off from Luton airport to Ben Gurion, a first experience of Israel awaits.

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Three more people charged in LL Camps case

By Sandy Rashty, September 4, 2015

Three people have been charged by police in connection to the closure of the LL Camps in Hertfordshire.

Police have confirmed that two men and one woman had been charged with offences.

LL Camps co-founder Ben Lewis was charged with three offences relating to indecent images of children last month.

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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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