Sandy Rashty

The ex-JFS pupil shooting the Israeli army: Photos

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Former JFS student Morris Wald takes photos from inside the Israeli army.

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BBC changes fraud show trailer amid antisemitism concern

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

BBC producers have changed a trailer for a series about tax and benefit fraudsters following complaints that it could be seen as antisemitic.

The original trailer for Britain on the Fiddle featured the song “If I Were a Rich Man”, from Fiddler on the Roof, the 1960s film about Jews in a Russian shtetl.

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Case against Israel activist dismissed

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

A court hearing against a pro-Israel activist was dismissed because the complainant failed to attend the hearing as he was reportedly in the Gaza Strip.

Defendant Daniel Barnett, a Jewish member of Sussex Friends of Israel, had been charged with a public order offence against Chris Osmond after a protest outside Israeli shop EcoStream this year.

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Alan Sugar’s got his eye on you

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Lord Sugar is watching you — or at least his technology is.

The mogul is chairman of digital media company Amscreen which has developed technology that can scan the faces of customers as they walk into a store, and tailor advertisements to their age and gender which are then screened as they reach the tills.

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The ex-JFS pupil shooting the Israeli army

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Standing on the Gaza border in his khaki uniform, Morris Wald had finally fulfilled his dream of joining the Israel Defence Forces.

But it was not a rifle the 19-year-old north-west Londoner was holding as he gazed out over the troops and tanks crossing the landscape, but a camera.

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Rachel Riley voted off Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, November 4, 2013

Rachel Riley was the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Countdown co-presenter performed the American Smooth to "Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkinswith on the Halloween themed show this weekend.

But the 27-year-old found herself in the bottom two against model Abbey Clancy, a favourite to win the show's eleventh series.

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Jewish inventor's folding crash helmet

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2013

The experience of surviving a bicycle accident has prompted a Jewish inventor to design protective headgear that folds in half.

After his accident, Jeffrey Woolf, who received an OBE for services to innovation and business, was shocked to discover that a high percentage of cyclists do not wear one because they find them too cumbersome to carry.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis joins Young Jewish Care

By Sandy Rashty, October 25, 2013

Young Jewish Care patrons applauded Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at a fundraising Friday night dinner last week.

The event at Kinloss synagogue, formerly headed by Rabbi Mirvis, was attended by 150 enthusiastic young professionals and raised X for Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Hendon, which has an annual deficit of £413,000.

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‘Jewslims’ on love across the divide

By Sandy Rashty, October 24, 2013

Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor who has converted to Islam for love. Like others in the same situation interviewed under pseudonyms for BBC Radio 4 programme “Meet the Jewslims”, which aired on Monday, he married his British-Iranian wife Sheherazade in a Muslim ceremony but also sought to reconcile Islam with his Jewish heritage.

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Moscow court will hear Neustadt appeal

By Sandy Rashty, October 22, 2013

The custody battle, over two sons taken by their father to Russia, will be taken to a Moscow court of appeal next Thursday.

Mother Rachael Neustadt said she would be “flying straight there” from her home in Hendon after hearing the news last week.

“I’m so happy. We have so much documentation and hope this goes in our favour,” she said.

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Rachel Riley survives 'scary' Strictly dance-off

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Rachel Riley survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald last night.

The 27-year-old TV presenter and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev were saved by all four judges after they performed the quickstep to "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" by Imelda May.

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Gove observes a flying start to Etz Chaim site

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove joined communal leaders at the official opening of the permanent Etz Chaim Jewish Primary premises in Mill Hill last Friday.

Etz Chaim, one of the government’s free school projects, has been operating from nearby temporary accommodation since 2011.

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Meir Panim chooses Idol

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Former Israel Idol winner Hagit Yaso brought additional glamour to the Meir Panim UK fundraising dinner in London’s West End on Saturday evening.

The 24-year-old, who won the talent contest in 2011, treated the 250 guests to emotional renditions of Adon Olam and Yerushalayim Shel Zahav. Dinner was prepared by Michelin-starred chef Pascal Aussignac.

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She's doctor in the house for Channel 4

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2013

As a general practitioner, Ellie Cannon is well used to patients bringing in their home remedies for her approval. Now the JC’s health columnist will be sharing her views with a much wider audience in a prime time Channel 4 series, Health Freaks, which launches on Monday night.

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Available for weddings: man behind THAT video

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2013

The videographer’s assistant involved in an antisemitic conversation caught on a bride’s wedding video is running another company — and advertising its services for simchas.

Millions heard videographer Anthony Aurelius defend Hitler and call Jewish women “cows” after the JC published the story – and the video – of how he unwittingly sent a bride the unedited wedding video.

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Ort gala dinner 2013

By Sandy Rashty, October 16, 2013

Veteran BBC political broadcaster and “friend of Israel” John Sergeant was guest speaker at the annual Ort dinner which raised more than £350,000.

Former Trade and Industry Secretary Lord Young told Ort supporters of the impact on government thinking of the charity’s global educational and training network.

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Ort's Jump start to jobs impresses Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2013

Former Trade and Industry Secretary Lord Young has told Ort supporters of the impact on government thinking of the charity’s global educational and training network.

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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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