Sandy Rashty

Succah built in Brent Cross in show of interfaith

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

Brent Cross was the location for an example of festive inter-faith co-operation this week, as Jews and Somalis came together to build a succah in the shopping centre.

The booth was erected by members of the Finchley Reform (FRS) and New North London synagogues with the Muslim Bravanese community.

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WJR raises £100,000 for Syrian refugees

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has raised £100,000 for Syrian refugees.

World Jewish Relief, which launched the emergency appeal two weeks ago, said the donations included £50,000 from the Pears Foundation.

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Brush with fame: Art House event at the LJCC

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.

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Big Succot date for Shimon Peres

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

The largest date in the world, which was grown in Israel, will hang in President Shimon Peres’ succah this year,

The Anerba date, which took seven years to grow and is around 10cm long and over 7 cm in circumference, will feature in the Israeli leader’s succah at his home in Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu to meet Obama at the White House

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama will meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which will take place in Washington on September 30, is expected to address Iran’s uranium fields, the ongoing crisis in Syria and two-state solution peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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Ex-pupils give Jewish faith schools mixed marks

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

These are good times for Jewish schools. An estimated 66 per cent of Jewish children in Britain are educated at institutions dedicated to providing Judaism and Jewish studies as a significant part of their curriculum.

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Homeland will not be filmed in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama show in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns after the crisis in Syria.

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Girls doing it their way

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

These women are the business. They have set up their own companies straight after graduating from university – and what’s more, the young entrepreneurs are running the companies from their family home.

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Artists enjoy their brush with fame through LJCC enterprise

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.

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Mother’s tears after court win in Moscow

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

A mother has won a landmark victory in a legal battle to bring her sons back from Russia after they were taken by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt said she was “full of tears of relief” after Moscow City Court ruled that the two boys should be reunited with her.

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Norwood's special haul

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

Norwood and Ravenswood service users triumphed at the Special Olympics GB in Bath, achieving a 19-medal haul.

The 16 men and one woman ranged in age from 25 to 60 and participated in events from the long jump to the 400m sprint. Family and friends turned out to support them.

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Chance encounter aids E-Buddy drive

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

Norwood has partnered with a leading law firm on a volunteering and specialist support initiative.
The link-up with City solicitors Clifford Chance has launched the E-buddy programme, designed to get vulnerable adults and corporate employees talking via email.

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Obama extending olive branch to Iran?

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

The US and Iranian presidents, Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani, may meet at the United Nations in New York next week following an exchange of letters between the two leaders.

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One Direction's Harry Styles fasted on Yom Kippur

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2013

One Direction fans received a surprise Yom Kippur message from boy band member Harry Styles.

The floppy haired pop star, 19, who is not Jewish, told fans that he planned to fast this year.

Before Kol Nidre came in on Friday night, he tweeted: “Eating as much as I can now. Gonna be a tough 25 hours.

“My problem is I am always hungry straight after kol nidre.

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Wanted: war stories from heroes of WWII

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2013

A new group is launching a UK-wide campaign to collect stories and memorabilia from Jewish men and women who served in the British army during the Second World War.

The Association of Jewish War Heroes has been set up to amass material to fill a new section of the Latrun military museum in Israel that will be dedicated to war heroes from Britain.

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Leaders back campaign to end all-male panels

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2013

Senior figures are backing a move to put an end to communal discussion panels that feature only male speakers.

More than 50 decision-makers, from synagogues, charities and political lobby groups, have signed up to a campaign being run by Women in Jewish Leadership (WJL).

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World Jewish Relief: It’s our duty to act on Syria

By Sandy Rashty, September 12, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has launched an appeal to help tens of thousands of civilians affected by the civil war in Syria.

The fundraising drive by World Jewish Relief (WJR) makes the charity the latest in a growing number of Jewish organisations around the world seeking to assist the innocent victims of the war.

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Mother flies to Moscow to fight for return of sons

By Sandy Rashty, September 12, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish mother has won a landmark hearing in the legal battle to bring her boys back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt said she was “full of tears of relief” after the Moscow City Court ruled in her favour yesterday.

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Jewish charity launches appeal for Syrian refugees

By Sandy Rashty, September 10, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has launched an appeal to support civilians affected by the civil war in Syria.

World Jewish Relief (WJR) set up the appeal this week as part of a global effort to provide medical supplies, housing and food to Syrian children who have fled to a refugee camp in Jordan. More than 120,000 Syrian refugees are currently at the Za’atari camp.

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