Sandy Rashty

Vanessa Feltz dances out of Strictly

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2013

Vanessa Feltz became the second celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing when she lost a dance off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

The broadcaster expressed her sadness at leaving but said her time on the show had been "lovely".

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Wedding video nasty: cameraman hits back

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2013

The videographer caught making antisemitic comments while filming a Jewish wedding has said he regrets what he did but feels unfairly attacked because his conversation was “private”.

Anthony Aurelius, 42, accidently recorded himself and an assistant as they made derogatory remarks about guests at the wedding of Claudia and Stan Gocman last year.

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Dutch official report supporting Hamas ‘promotes extremism’

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

A Jewish human-rights group has asked the Dutch Prime Minister to reject an advisory report that “demonises Israel”.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, accused the Dutch parliament’s advisory council on international affairs of producing a one-sided report on the Middle East conflict.

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New job for woman who championed Israel’s Arabs

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

The director of an organisation that raises awareness about issues affecting Arab citizens of Israel, has stepped down after more than three years at the helm.

Alice Wood has left UK Task Force to take up a consultant position at a public affairs company.

“I’m sad to go, but I’m really ambitious and want to try new things. I decided that I needed a new challenge,” she said.

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Sinatra, the Gershwins and me — a life of American song

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

Michael Feinstein says Americans have lost their appreciation of the arts. So the singer, pianist and purveyor of The Great American Songbook is eagerly anticipating his capital concert next month as part of the London Festival of Cabaret.

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A Jewish bride and antisemitic wedding video

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

When fashion executive Claudia Gocman organised her big day, she planned everything in minute detail.

She chose a prestigious central London venue, wore a beautiful white dress and even had a singer as well as a DJ to entertain her 150 guests at the black-tie reception.

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Holocaust survivor wins Nobel in physics

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

A Jewish scientist has received a Nobel Prize in physics for his groundbreaking work on the origins of subatomic particles.

Belgium-born Francois Englert, 80, spent decades working on the “Higgs boson” particle, and was recognised “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”.

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BBC admits it was wrong over pro-Israel commentator

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

The BBC has said it was wrong to hide a commentator’s pro-Israel credentials in reports on the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza last year.

BBC News 24 interviewed Jonathan Sacerdoti four times over two days last November.

During his appearances Mr Sacerdoti supported Israel’s right to defend itself from Gaza rocket attacks.

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Falling into money for Jewish Care

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2013

A wheelchair-bound Jewish Care client jumped from a plane at 15,000 feet on Sunday to raise more than £5,000 for the charity.

Simon Davies, 38, has cerebral palsy and has been a resident at Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge for over 15 years.

“Everyone told me I was mad doing this jump but it was something I have always wanted to do,” he said.

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Feltz and Riley survive first Strictly Come Dancing elimination

By Sandy Rashty, October 6, 2013

Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley survived the first elimination on BBC One dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The pairs' respective waltz and salsa performances took them to the next round after veteran golfer Tony Jacklin was the first to be eliminated tonight - after losing a dance-off to fellow contestant and fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

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Hofesh Shechter named Brighton Festival guest director

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

An Israeli choreographer has been appointed as a guest director of the Brighton Festival 2014.

Hofesh Shechter, 38, is globally renowned for his work with his dance troupe, the Hofesh Shechter Company, which has been a resident group at the Brighton Dome since 2008.

Now he will be the creative force behind the festival which attracted almost half-a-million people last year.

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Why Vanessa Feltz is sobbing ahead of Strictly performance

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Vanessa Feltz says reheasing the waltz for Strictly Come Dancing this week has made her want to cry.

The broadcaster and journalist has spent the week practising the dance with her partner James Jordan, for a performance on the BBC show tomorrow night.

She said: “The waltz is about love and loss. Just like everyone else, I have been through some tough times.

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Security checks after Nairobi shopping centre attack

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Security at Westfield shopping centres is being monitored in the wake last month’s terrorist attack in Kenya.

At least 60 people were killed after al-Shabaab Islamists conducted a siege at the Israeli-owned Westgate Mall.

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Ed Miliband appalled at Daily Mail reporter's intrusion at memorial service

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Geordie Greig, the editor of the Mail on Sunday, has "unreservedly" apologised for sending a reporter to a memorial service for Ed Miliband's uncle.

Mr Miliband today attacked chairman Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday Lord Rothermere over the presence of a journalist the memorial service of his late Jewish uncle, Professor Harry Keen.

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Bagels for counter PSC Brighton protest

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Supporters of Israel turned out in force to counter the national day of boycott activity at the weekend.

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Jewish Care attacked over Wonga appearance

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Jewish Care has defended its decision to host Wonga founder Errol Damelin as guest speaker for a fundraising event in the face of concern from some members of the community.

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Idan Ofer donates £25 million to a London business school

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2013

Israeli-born billionaire Idan Ofer has donated £25 million to the London Business School – believed to be the largest single donation ever made to a UK business school.

Mr Ofer, 57, whose net worth is estimated at over £4 billion, graduated from the LBS with an MBA in the 1980s and went on to secure his fortune in shipping and energy.

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Arrest of Golden Dawn members welcomed by European Jewish Congress

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The European Jewish Congress has welcomed the arrest of far-right politicians in Greece.

Over the weekend, more than 10 senior members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were arrested after anti-fascist hip-hop singer Pavlos Fyssas was allegedly stabbed to death in Athens by a party supporter.

The party has denied any involvement in the killing.

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Hospice helper nears £250,000 goal

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

A Hampstead grandmother is closing in on a £250,000 fundraising goal for the North London Hospice after a 20-year campaign.

Helen Bloom, 75, was originally inspired to support the hospice in appreciation of the care it provided to her late uncle Leslie Joseph before his death from cancer.

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