Sandy Rashty

Electric motor could drive down cost of truck market

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

He is a former Israeli naval officer who defended the state for six years from the backroom of an electric-motored submarine.

Now Asher Bennett, whose brother is Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, founded a UK company based on his experience in the Israeli Navy.

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Leading women want more of same

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Women executives of communal organisations have banded together in support of a campaign encouraging women to take up leadership roles.

Fifteen female chiefs of charities from Jewish Blind and Disabled to Kisharon attended the launch of the Women CEO Network, a forum set up by the Women in Jewish Leadership group.

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Model scheme backed by Barnet

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Employment charity TrainE-TraidE has received a £35,000 grant from Barnet Council to boost its new Back to Work for Women programme, seen as a model for other ethnic minorities looking to help women back to the workplace.

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Dan Snow implied Israel started war

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2013

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint against presenter Dan Snow that he implied that Israel started the Six-Day War. During the BBC2 documentary, A History of Syria, which aired in March, Mr Snow said that “Israel launched a series of strikes against Egypt, Jordan and Syria”.

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Fraudsters con elderly Jewish woman out of £2,900

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

An elderly Jewish woman was left shaken after being conned by three fraudsters posing as property managers.

The 77-year-old victim, who does not want to be identified, was approached by a man wearing a black leather jacket in Golders Green, north-west London.

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Garland, Minnelli and me: Luft on family, fame and performing

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

At 60, cabaret star Lorna Luft has seen it all. The daughter of Hollywood legend Judy Garland and film producer Sidney Luft, she lost her mother to an accidental overdose, watched her half-sister Liza Minnelli’s rapid rise to stardom and suffered the psychological impact of battling breast cancer.

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Man spends record £51m on ‘Pink Star’ diamond

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

A Jewish man from New York bought a 59.60-carat pink diamond for a record £51 million at an auction in Geneva last night.

It is believed to be the largest sum ever paid for a gemstone.

The buyer, diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, named the flawless, oval-cut diamond “Pink Dream”. It was previously known as the “Pink Star”.

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Israel and World Jewish Relief rush to Philippines aid

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

An American Jewish man watched his wife go into labour as Typhoon Haiyan hit their home in the Philippines last Friday.

Dale Streisand, the cousin of Hollywood icon Barbra Streisand, lost his house in the southern province of Bohol — but saw the birth of his newborn baby on Saturday.

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Relief for Hampstead crêpe stall fans

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2013

For more than 30 years, the crêpe stall in Hampstead has been a social landmark for north-west London’s Jewish community.

So reports last week that La Crêperie de Hampstead was finally to close was greeted with disappointment by its many loyal customers.

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Rabbi Neuberger plea on immigrants

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2013

Baroness Julia Neuberger says the Jewish community must speak out more on behalf of immigrants, and should welcome the Romanians and Bulgarians expected to arrive in the UK next year.

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IDF heads to Philippines to help storm survivors

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2013

Israeli rescue forces and Jewish aid groups have been dispatched to the Philippines to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The storm swept through the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, before heading west and hitting six central Philippine islands. At least 10,000 people are believed to have been killed.

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Man films hate attack in Montreal coffee shop

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2013

A Canadian Jewish man was attacked and racially abused by two Muslim women at a popular coffee shop in Montreal earlier this month.

The unidentified man, who was dining at Tim Horton’s cafe, filmed the attack on his phone.

He reportedly asked the women what they thought of the proposed ban on religious clothing.

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UK Jewish Film Festival opening night gala

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2013

There was a stellar cast for the the UK Jewish Film Festival's opening gala at the end of October.

Actress Maureen Lipman, filmmaker Jes Benstock and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub were amoung those for the showing of The Jewish Cardinal, directed by Ilan Duran Cohen.

The event was held at the BFI on London's Southbank.

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Jewish charity launches appeal for victims of Philippines typhoon

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2013

A British Jewish charity has launched an emergency appeal for the victims of the violent storm in the Philippines .

World Jewish Relief, which offers international support to Jewish and non-Jewish organisations, plan to send aid to the south-east Asian country, where 9.5 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Out and About: November 2013

By Sandy Rashty, November 10, 2013
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Kerry denies Iran nuclear deal as Israelis express anger

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2013

Israeli leaders have hit out against a reported deal between the United States and Iran.

US Foreign Secretary John Kerry is meeting his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva. Sources have suggested that the US will offer sanctions relief in exchange for “verifiable measures” on Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.

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Remember our fallen and fight for our future, say Jewish ex-servicemen and women

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2013

Most people know of Ajex —the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women — as the people who parade down Whitehall every November to commemorate fallen comrades.

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Rabbis’ plea over divided family

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

British rabbis have spoken out in support of a Jewish mother fighting for the return of her two sons from her ex-husband.

Rachael Neustadt, from Hendon, won a landmark victory at Moscow City Court to bring back Daniel and Jonathan who are aged seven and five. The boys had been taken to Russia by their father, Ilya Neustadt, last December.

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Bottles up! Fine time to invest in wine

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Investors have often looked to stocks, bonds and property to increase their capital. But a growing number of high net-worth individuals are turning to the fine wine market to diversify their portfolio.

David Nathan-Maister, who has 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, said investors can expect a return of up to 15 per cent per annum with the Oracle Paradis Wine Fund.

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Strictly was a bruising experience but I’ll miss it, says Rachel Riley

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Rachel Riley was this week trying to get over the disappointment of being voted out of Strictly Come Dancing.

The bubbly TV presenter left the BBC show after losing a dance-off against top model Abbey Clancy at the weekend.

“I wish I didn’t have to leave, but it’s out of my control,” she said. “I absolutely loved it and wish I could have stayed longer.”

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