Sandy Rashty

A day at the races? No, we’re filming a BBC thriller about the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

I’m on set with the stars of the BBC’s latest political thriller, The Honourable Woman, which deals with the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the lives of the Stein family. As the story goes, the Steins once ran a lucrative Zionist arms procurement company under the watch of patriarch Eli Stein, who came to Britain as a Holocaust refugee in 1939.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Two teenagers arrested over Manchester cemetery desecration

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Two teenagers have been arrested after a Jewish cemetery in Manchester was desecrated.

The attack at the Rochdale Road cemetery – in which swastikas covered tombstones and 40 headstones were pushed over, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage – was described as “sickening” by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

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Women call for greater role in Orthodox life

By Sandy Rashty, June 26, 2014

A leading feminist has claimed that institutional "control" prevents women from having an active role in Orthodox Jewish life.

Blu Greenberg, the American founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), addressed more than 150 men and women at their second UK conference on Sunday.

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UK-Israel ties spark a record trade year

By Sandy Rashty, June 26, 2014

MPs and business leaders celebrated a record-breaking year of bilateral trade at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday.

Deals worth more than $2 billion were struck between the two countries in the first four months of this year - a 6.5 per cent increase on the same period last year.

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Investment fund 'regrets' Israel boycott move

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2014

A major investment group reportedly regrets its decision to blacklist Israeli banks.

A Dutch fund manager has told the Financial Times that senior executives at Netherlands pension fund PGGM wish it had not pulled funds from Israel's five top banks earlier this year.

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Palestinian killed in clashes as IDF hunts teens’ kidnappers

By Sandy Rashty, June 16, 2014

More than 150 suspects – including Hamas officials - have been arrested by the IDF since Saturday, following the kidnapping of three yeshivah students last Thursday.

Last night, one Palestinian man was killed in clashes with the IDF, and two men in Hebron were arrested.

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Big Brother watch: Will Davies now learn?

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Sigh. Big Brother is back and it is more mind-numbing than ever.

Sixteen fame-hungry contestants are vying for the show's prize money and the possibility of a subsequent media career.

But no housemate's entrance has been more embarrassing than that of former JFS student Matthew Davies.

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Jewish Care's record £4.4m meal

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Jewish Care raised a record-breaking £4.4 million at its annual dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday.
In the week after charity chairman Steven Lewis accused British Jews of becoming more "materialistic and selfish", more than 1,000 guests at the central London venue demonstrated their support for the community's largest welfare organisation.

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Spoilt boy's Big Brother gaffe

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

An antisemitism watchdog has criticised a former JFS student for recycling "stereotypes about Jews and money" on the Big Brother reality TV show.

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Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Aish UK's wonderwall

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

The executive director of Aish UK is running on just three hours sleep.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff had left his office at 4.30am - hours before we met - to prepare for the Jewish education charity's first major fundraiser in a decade.

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Reuven Rivlin elected as the new president of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2014

Reuven Rivlin has been elected the new president of Israel.

The Likud party MK – widely known as Rubi Rivlin - will replace Shimon Peres as the 10th president, after 116 Knesset members voted in a secret ballot this morning.

After the second round of voting, Mr Rivlin received 63 votes, while MK Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party received 53.

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Prince Charles honours Holocaust victim in D-Day tribute

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

The Prince of Wales named a church bell after a Jewish-born philosopher and Shoah victim, at a landmark D-Day commemoration service in France today.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by international leaders – from US President Barack Obama to UK Prime Minister David Cameron – at the 70th anniversary service for the Second World War landings.

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Prince Charles honours Holocaust victim in D-Day tribute

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

The Prince of Wales named a church bell after a Jewish-born philosopher and Shoah victim, at a landmark D-Day commemoration service in France today.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by international leaders – from US President Barack Obama to UK Prime Minister David Cameron – at the 70th anniversary service for the Second World War landings.

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We're all becoming too selfish, says Jewish Care charity boss

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Jewish Care chairman Steven Lewis has accused British Jews of being more "materialistic and selfish" than ever before.

Mr Lewis, who has chaired the UK's largest communal welfare organisation since 2011, said: "I think we live in a society that is materialistic, which has become more selfish.

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Jewish Care charity chair steps out of the shadows

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Steven Lewis, the chairman of Jewish Care and a trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council, does not like the limelight - he never has.

But after an "off-the-record" chat at a fundraiser and a nudge from his press representative, he agrees to an interview at the charity's flagship campus in Golders Green, north-west London.

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Ex-JFS boy shaken by jeers as he enters Big Brother house

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Former JFS student Matthew Davies said he was “not the typical 23-year-old Jewish boy” ahead of entering the Big Brother house on Thursday night.

In a video clip, aired ahead of him taking part in the Channel 5 reality show, Mr Davies said: “I went to the largest Jewish school in Europe.

“Everyone was quite spoilt, money comes naturally really.

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Israel rejects Hamas-Fatah unity government

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked international governments to reject a new Palestinian Authority government made up of representatives from Fatah and Hamas, a terrorist group.

Mr Netanyahu, who issued a statement ahead of the “swearing-in” of the new Palestinian cabinet today, said Hamas “was calling for the destruction of Israel”.

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Mirvis welcomes modern app-roach to learning

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Jewish education must not be forced down children’s throats, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish Interactive supporters at the charity’s annual dinner.

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Chatham shul in major art launch

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

An independent synagogue in the south-east of England has launched a national arts campaign, in a bid to bring more attention to regional Jewish communities.

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