Sandy Rashty

Israeli airlines get laser defence shields

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

Israeli commercial planes will be fitted with military lasers in a high-tech bid to combat attempted terrorist attacks.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence approved the use of SkyShield, a defence system, for commercial purposes on Wednesday.

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Vogue appoints Suzy Menkes as international fashion editor

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2014

Veteran British journalist Suzy Menkes has been appointed international fashion editor of Vogue.

The 70-year-old left the Paris-based International Herald Tribune newspaper, rebranded as the International New York Times four months ago, after 25 years as its fashion critic.

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Mazeltov! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher engaged

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Jewish-Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis is engaged to long-term boyfriend and kabbalah enthusiast Ashton Kutcher.

The Black Swan star, 30, was seen wearing a large diamond ring on her wedding finger while shopping with her mother Elvira in Los Angeles this week, prompting unconfirmed reports of an engagement in E! Online and People magazine.

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An interiors business designed to last

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Israel-born Ze’ev Aram is one of the biggest names in British design.

For the past 50 years, people in the know have filled their homes and offices with interior pieces from his Aram Store, now based in Covent Garden.

Sitting in his office above the store, Aram reflects on his journey from Haifa to opening his first shop on King’s Road.

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Cardiff rabbi's surprise departure

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Cardiff Reform Synagogue minister, Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who has served the community on a part-time basis for 10 years.

CRS chair Mel Odey declined to comment on “the recent resignation”, saying it would be “both inappropriate and premature for any statement to be made before the scheduled meeting of the synagogue members”.

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BBC says no offence intended over Mrs Brown joke

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

The BBC has responded to an allegation that “Jewish stereotypes” were used in the Christmas Day episode of the sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, by insisting no offence was intended.

In the episode, Mrs Brown reads out the answer “Jews” instead of “Jaws” when asked the name of a film about a “great white shark”, in a game devised by dyslexic character Buster.

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Israeli tycoon Haim Saban in bid to buy Channel 5

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

An Israeli tycoon is in the running to become the new owner of Channel 5.

According to a report in the Financial Times, Haim Saban, who owns investment firm Saban Capital, is preparing to bid for the channel and explore a possible merger with Channel 4.

Egyptian-born Mr Saban, whose firm owns Spanish broadcaster Univision, created the Power Rangers franchise.

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Mr Start-up spills the beans on Starbucks’ success — and defends tax avoidance row

By Sandy Rashty, February 21, 2014

He co-founded one of the biggest names in retail, but American Zev Siegl has the manner of an enthusiastic schoolteacher.

That’s because he initially taught history at a school in Seattle before launching Starbucks with Gerald Baldwin and Gordon Bowker in 1971. It is now the largest global coffeehouse company with over 20,000 outlets.

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Sons of Nazis talk motives

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Two sons of high-ranking Nazi officers spoke about their fathers’ role in the Holocaust in an interview with Jewish writer Philippe Sands at the Southbank Centre in London last week.

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Sephardis come together for Jewish Refugee Day

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

It was a room filled with palm trees, silk tents and people from the Middle East wearing Moroccan hats, kaftan robes and dresses covered in beads and sequins.

People chatted by the meat-laden buffet, watched a troupe of belly dancers and heard Israeli actress and singer Sari Alfi perform at the hotel in central London.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's cousin faces prosecution over park keep-fit row

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

A personal trainer who is to be prosecuted for leading exercise sessions in London’s Royal Parks without a licence has appealed to the Jewish community for support.

French-born Alexis Ajavon Baron Cohen — who is related to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen — said he would rather go to jail than pay up.

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Street stalls continue to sell 'Yid' merchandise at Arsenal stadium

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Street vendors have continued to sell “yid” merchandise outside the Emirates Stadium, despite the threat of action by Islington Council.

Badges that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!” were spotted ahead of the FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

A Jewish Arsenal fan, who did not want to be identified, reported the ongoing sale to police on standby.

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Bank ‘lost’ refugee’s jewellery

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Journalist Tom Bower has accused Barclays Bank of losing two trunks full of treasure belonging to his Czech-born grandmother.

His grandmother fled to the UK to escape Nazi persecution and arrived in 1939 with two brown trunks laden with jewels. In 1986, the treasures were locked in a safe-deposit box in a Barclays bank branch in Finchley, north London.

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Jewish friendship behind Facebook purchase of WhatsApp

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

A friendship between two Jewish businessmen led to Facebook’s £11.4 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

Mark Zuckerberg, the American-Jewish Facebook founder, worth an estimated £15 billion, said the deal would connect one billion people across the globe.

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Simon Cowell celebrates birth of Jewish son

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

He’s the daddy of all things showbiz – and now Simon Cowell has fathered a baby boy with Jewish-American socialite Lauren Silverman.

The music mogul, 54, jetted from London to New York to be by Ms Silverman’s side at the birth in the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan last Friday - Valentine’s Day - at 10 45pm.

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The tablet that altered the story of Noah's Ark

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

The story of Noah’s Ark has always captivated the minds of children. Many have walked animal miniatures two-by-two into toy boats, as they imagine the vessel that saved believers from 40 rainy days and nights of flood.

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Israeli tech companies to strengthen ties with Britain

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2014

A 30-strong delegation of Israeli companies will travel to London next month in a bid to build closer commercial ties with the UK.

Israeli start-up companies, specialising in water and retail technology, will meet British counterparts at a four-day event orchestrated by the British embassy, Israel Embassy in London's trade and economic department and UK Trade & Investment.

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Teenager's First World War fashion exhibit goes on display

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Former Immanuel College student Jennifer Murad used to spend hours in the National Army Museum in Chelsea, south-west London.

She would sit by the glass cases, sketching the military jackets worn by British officers who fought in the First World War, as part of the research for her A Level art exam — for which she received an A*.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis backs mother over custody row

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has backed a mother’s bid to be reunited with her missing sons.

In a letter, he said the Rachael Neustadt’s two children were facing a tragic situation.

Three months ago, Ms Neustadt won a landmark court ruling to bring Daniel, seven, and Jonathan, five, back to the UK, after they were taken to Moscow by their father Ilya in 2012.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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