Sandy Rashty

Service user who stole the show at women's awards

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Women of Distinction were honoured at Jewish Care's annual WoD fundraising lunch on Monday. But the biggest ovation from the 200 guests at the Institute of Directors went to service user Susan Schlaen, a resident at the charity's Sidney Corob House for adults with mental health issues.

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Police chief urges joint approach against abuse

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick told 300 Jewish Women's Aid supporters that communal groups had a responsibility to work with the force to tackle domestic violence.

Addressing a central London lunch that raised over £170,000 for the abuse charity, she said that the issue was not one for the criminal justice system alone.

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Wealthiest Jews on the Sunday Times Rich List

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2014

Jewish figures from the worlds of business, property, sport and media are among the wealthiest people in the country, it was revealed today.

Music and media investor Len Blavatnik, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and London-based Israeli shipping magnate Idan Ofer feature prominently in the Sunday Times Rich List, which details the 1,000 most affluent people in the UK.

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Israeli men near top of world life expectancy league

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Israeli men have the highest life expectancy in the Middle East and the fourth highest in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organisation, published on Thursday.

Israeli men born in 2012 will live for an average 80.2 years.

Men from Iceland were likely to live the longest, at an average 81.2 years, followed by Switzerland at 80.7 years and Australia at 80.5 years.

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New deal keeps Iraqi-Jewish archive in US

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Jewish groups have welcomed a deal between the American and Iraqi governments, which will allow the Iraqi Jewish Archive to remain in the United States for an unspecified period.

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'Jews v Nazis' drinking game sparks outrage

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Americans are known for their use of red and blue plastic cups at alcohol-infused student parties.

But the new "Jews vs Nazis" drinking-game - in which players create a swastika out of red cups and star of David out of blue cups - has caused an international uproar.

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Late cartoonist Kuhn suffered 'mental breakdown'

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

A British-Jewish political cartoonist who died after jumping in front of a train, suffered a mental breakdown after his 30-year marriage ended, an inquest heard this week.

Leon Kuhn was killed after jumping in front of a train at London's Finchley Road tube station in December.

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Palestinians shot dead in Nakba Day protests

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank after participating in Nakba Day riots.

Soldiers reportedly shot the men in the heart with rubber bullets during a riot outside the Ofer Military Prison near Ramallah today.

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Wealthiest Jews in Britain were born abroad, super-rich list reveals

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

The wealthiest Jews in Britain were born abroad, according to the Sunday Times Super-Rich list, published on Sunday.

Jews made up around 20 per cent of the 104-strong rich-list — with a combined fortune of more than £67bn out of the total £301bn.

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Kosher store goes bust owing £150,000

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2014

A kosher grocer and butcher with stores in north and east London and Hertfordshire has gone into liquidation after 14 years in business. But a new company will be set up to continue trading.

Just Koshered Limited owes around £150,000, according to owner Avi Hotter, who insisted that creditors “will be paid”.

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I ventured away from Brent Cross and survived

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

For a Jewish girl who has lived in London her whole life, all my shopping, sporting and general out-and-about activities have been confined to the north-west of the capital.

Like many members of the community, I prefer to spend my free time in local areas where there is parking, rather than travelling to places that may be just a few tube-stops away.

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Roy Hodgson tells CST key to managing England

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

England football manager Roy Hodgson recalled a visit to Auschwitz with some of his players during a fundraising breakfast for the Community Security Trust on Friday.

According to a blog posted on the CST website after the event; Mr Hodgson, who visited the concentration camp in Poland in 2012, said members of the England squad had been keen to learn more about the Shoah prior to the visit.

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Time to condemn fascist fashion

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

Like so many Jewish women, I’ve fallen for fashion.

I’ve stocked my side-table with glossy advert-infused magazines, filled my wardrobe with their seasonal “must-haves” and admired the artistry behind a thousand-pound couture gown.

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Working hard for a real share of power

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

JEWISH ORTHODOX FEMINIST ALLIANCE UK

FOUNDERS: Established by Dina Brawer — Jofa’s UK ambassador — in June 2013 and formally launched with its first UK conference attended by over 200 women and men. The group is inspired by two Orthodox feminist organisations — Kolech in Israel and Jofa in the USA.

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Women’s equality? We’re already there

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

A JC survey of new Jewish women’s groups has thrown into sharp relief the divide between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox movements in tackling gender inequality.

Over the past year, Orthodox women’s organisations have secured access to lay leadership roles — including chair and trustee positions in the United Synagogue — and lobbied against all-male panels at communal events.

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Loss of Lady Hazel Sternberg

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2014

Christian and Jewish groups have paid tribute to Lady Hazel Sternberg, wife of interfaith pioneer Sir Sigmund, who died aged 86 last Saturday after battling a long illness.

Lady Sternberg was the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the Papal Order of St Sylvester and also received the Order of St Francis.

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NHS probing use of logo at Brighton anti-Israel demonstration

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2014

The NHS is investigating the use of its logo at an anti-Israel protest last weekend.

People holding the NHS banner stood by boycott activists outside the Israeli-owned fizzy-drinks store EcoStream in Brighton. An NHS England spokeswoman said: “It’s nothing to do with us — these are just individuals. We don’t know anything about it. The South-East NHS is investigating.”

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Teaching union tweet backs demo against EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014

A British teaching union has been condemned for backing a planned picket of an Israeli-owned store in Brighton this weekend.

A representative of Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers used Twitter to alert members of the boycott, led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), outside Israeli softdrinks shop EcoStream.

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Sleuth wins top award after finding heroes

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014

A private investigator has received a top award after he successfully tracked down the families of five British soldiers who saved a Jewish girl from the Nazis.

Anthony Davis was named Investigator of the Year 2014 award by the Association of British Investigators, for helping five prisoners of war to be recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

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Kosher caterer closed owing over half a million

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Kosher caterer Carole Sobell Events Ltd went bust owing more than £500,000 to 23 companies, according to a list of creditors obtained by the JC this week.

The liquidated company — formerly run by Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell — has racked up debts totalling £543,634.50, including £50,000 to the United Synagogue Kashrut Board.

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