Sandy Rashty

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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The Observer issues correction over Israel chemical weapons slur

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

The Observer newspaper has issued a correction over a claim that Israel used chemical weapons against people in Gaza.

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Lord Saatchi defends brother Charles over Nigella divorce

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

Lord Saatchi has defended his brother Charles over his high-profile divorce from TV chef Nigella Lawson.

Tory peer Maurice Saatchi, 67, said his elder brother was a victim of “persecution mania”.

Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson, respectively 70 and 53, divorced after the advertising mogul appeared to be grabbing his wife’s throat outside a Mayfair restaurant in June.

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Missing British trekker: body found

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

A body, believed to be that of a missing British trekker, has been found in Nepal.

George Abboudi, 22, was last seen at the beginning of August, before leaving friends to embark on a hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the north of the country.

A member of his family has confirmed that authorities discovered a body in the region.

There is no evidence of foul play.

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Overlooked VC hero will be honoured after all

By Sandy Rashty, September 4, 2013

The government has said that it is investigating ways to honour foreign soldiers who won the Victoria Cross while serving in the British armed forces during the First World War.

The move comes in response to protests against plans to honour only British-born VC heroes.

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Biblical names back in vogue for baby boys

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Naming babies after biblical patriarchs has made a comeback in the UK, according to a list compiled by the Jewish Baby Directory website from around 1000 birth announcements in the JC.

The list reveals that the top 10 baby boy names for the Hebrew year 5773 are Jack, Samuel, Jacob, Joshua and Joseph, followed by Harry, James, Louis, Max and Raphael.

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Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley join Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley are among the 15 celebrities set to compete on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, it was announced this week.

Ms Feltz said she had agreed to go on the dance-themed reality show to acquire a new skill. She confessed: “I can’t jive, I can’t salsa, I can’t cha cha cha, I can’t waltz — I just can’t dance at all.”

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World-famous writers campaign against destruction of Palestinian villages

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

International literary stars have signed an Israeli-led campaign to condemn the destruction of Palestinian villages in the southern Hebron hills.

The campaign was initiated by Israeli author David Grossman last June and has been backed by Nobel laureates, poets and playwrights around the world.

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Driver gets a ticket as disabled try to board coach

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

A day trip to Southend for a group of elderly and disabled Jewish social club members ended in disappointment when their driver received a parking ticket as they boarded the coach. A traffic warden fined the coach driver as he waited for around 15 members of the Golders Green-based New Faces Club, supporting the physically handicapped, to get into the vehicle.

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