Sandy Rashty

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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Champion of Jewish liberal values Bloomberg to step down

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will stand down from City Hall on December 31.

Since he took up the position in 2002, the Boston-born Jew has battled for the rights of Jewish communities and been applauded by Israel advocacy groups across the globe.

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Limmud Conference 2013

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

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Mandela ‘trained in sabotage by Mossad’

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2013

Nelson Mandela received security training from Israeli agents, according to reports.

The South African anti-apartheid hero, who died this month aged 95, was trained in weaponry, judo and sabotage by Mossad during his struggle against the country’s white government in the 1960s.

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Property millionaire found guilty of murdering his wife

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

Jewish property tycoon Robert Ekaireb was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey today.

Mr Ekaireb, 39, was convicted of having murdered his wife, former lapdancer Li Hua Cao.

Ms Hua Cao, 27, was believed to have been 22 weeks pregnant when she went missing in October 2006.

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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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Hunger-strike businessman exits Bolivia jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the US after being detained in Bolivia for more than two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being put under house arrest.

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Charity will appoint new trustee after probe

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

A Jewish charity has agreed to appoint a “fully independent trustee” to its board following an investigation by the Charity Commission.

Mayfair Charities Ltd, which provides grants to Jewish educational and poverty-relief organisations, this week confirmed that it would comply with the recommendations outlined in the regulator’s report.

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Stephen Fry hires John Galliano as costume designer for Oscar Wilde show

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

Stephen Fry has employed disgraced fashion designer John Galliano to design the costumes for his theatrical production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The move comes two years after Mr Galliano faced criminal charges for a drunken antisemitic rant.

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Hunger strike businessman freed from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the United States after being detained in Bolvia for over two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being placed under house arrest.

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Need a £1m investment? Speak to customers first

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2013

An Israeli entrepreneur has secured over £1 million from private investors for his award-winning UK-based property company.

Nitzan Yudan, founder of Flat-Club, which helps young professionals find short-term accommodation by renting through their trusted social networks, says the funding will boost the company’s global presence.

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Chicken and egg: My dream restaurant

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2013

In 2010, Fiona Gale was sitting in her kitchen, cooking a chicken.

The 59-year-old divorcee had forfeited her share in a successful catering business, Artus & Gale, to look after her two young children.

Now they were grown up, she was considering what to do next.

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