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Gay rights pioneer dies

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2013

Michael Brown, the activist who founded the first Jewish gay organisation in the world, has died aged 82 after losing his battle against leukaemia.

Mr Brown was instrumental in the establishment of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group in 1972, as a place to "meet and socialise with like-minded people".

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Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson to divorce

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

Charles Saatchi has announced that he and Nigella Lawson are to divorce.

The art collector said the decision to end his 10-year marriage to the 53-year-old TV cook was "heartbreaking".

He revealed that the couple were splitting after Ms Lawson failed to defend him during the media storm which followed the publication of photographs showing Mr Saatchi gripping Ms Lawson's neck.

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Mum's the word for Chai on Kilimanjaro

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

Twenty-three north-west London women have raised over £320,000 for Chai Cancer Care from an eight-day Kilimanjaro climb.

Alexandra Maurice, whose 44-year-old sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, had the idea for the fundraiser, whose participants were aged from 37 to 53.

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Mitzvah Day has a lot on its plate

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

High-end Mayfair tableware store Thomas Goode was the unlikely venue for a Mitzvah Day fundraiser on Tuesday evening.

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Should Israel export its natural gas?

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

Israel has made headlines with its uncovered wealth of natural gas. The fields, which hold 900bcm of natural gas, will impact citizens’ lives and boost the political and economic bargaining power of the Jewish state, according to a leading energy expert.

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Nicole Farhi has gone into administration

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2013

High-end fashion label Nicole Farhi went into administration on Wednesday morning.

The brand, founded by the north London-based Jewish fashion designer in 1982, has run out of money, putting 120 staff members at risk. The brand has five stores and 10 concessions.

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Children struck by lightning at Reform Jewish summer camp

By Sandy Rashty, July 1, 2013

Three children were injured after being struck by lightning at a Reform Jewish summer camp in Indianapolis.

The children – a 12-year-old boy, and a girl and boy both aged nine - were caught in a sudden storm during an activity day at the Goldman Union Camp Institute.

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Esther Levanon, CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, says Israel has much to offer EU investors

By Sandy Rashty, June 25, 2013

Israel has a close economic relationship with the European market. The European Union is Israel’s largest source of imports (34.5 per cent) and its second largest export market at 26.1 per cent. There has been a surge in collaboration on high-tech programmes and research and development.

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Former South African envoy rejects honour from ‘apartheid Israel’

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2013

The chairman of JNF UK has challenged a South African politician who refused to have trees in Israel planted in his name.

Ismail Coovadia, the former ambassador to Israel from March 2009 until last December, was presented with a gift from the Israeli Foreign Ministry at the end of his term in office.

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£33,000 makes a good row worth it

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2013

Eight Hertfordshire thirty- and fortysomethings rowed the Channel to raise over £33,000 for a breast cancer awareness charity.

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After Nigella, expert warns over treatment of women

By Sandy Rashty, June 20, 2013

Sufferers of domestic abuse should seek help, and resist the temptation to deny the problem, a leading expert has warned.

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Accept it — Kate Middleton is not a Jewish princess

By Sandy Rashty, June 20, 2013

Prepare yourself for the most disappointing news of the week — the royal baby will not be Jewish.

Hopes for a kosher birth were raised when The Times published a letter from no less an authority than the former BBC court correspondent Michael Cole, claiming that the Duchess of Cambridge had identifiable Jewish roots.

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A Cinema, hotels and parking charges: Brent Cross in 2020?

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2013

This is what Brent Cross Shopping Centre could look like by 2020, if a £4 billion expansion scheme is granted planning permission.

Brent Cross co-owners Standard Life Investments and Hammerson released this computer-generated image this week showing the proposed development, which will include two hotels and a cinema complex.

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Michelle Obama visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2013

American First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Holocaust memorial site in Berlin today.

Mrs Obama took her daughters, Malia and Sasha, 14 and 11, to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe as part of the family’s two-day visit to Germany.

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Sting to perform in Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, June 18, 2013

British pop icon Sting is set to perform as the guest of honour at the annual Auschwitz peace festival this month.

The Life Festival, which is supported by human rights organisation Amnesty International, will also showcase educational exhibitions on human rights issues.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, has previously performed in Tel Aviv and also collaborated on songs for Palestine.

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Mitzvah Day spreads the word

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2013

Four north-eastern local education authorities have incorporated Mitzvah Day into their syllabus.

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My Britain’s Got Talent dream is over — at least I can do the housework now

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2013

Impressionist Francine Lewis was this week getting over her disappointment at not winning Britain’s Got Talent with the help of a little dusting and hoovering.

Ms Lewis, who was lavishly praised by the judges in last Saturday’s final of the ITV talent show but came second from bottom with only two per cent of the public vote, said that at least she could now get on with her housework.

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Honoured at British Israeli Business dinner

By Sandy Rashty, June 13, 2013

A leading industrialist and a British investment firm were recognised for their work in promoting trade between Britain and Israel this week.

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Record surge in Israel-UK trade

By Sandy Rashty, June 13, 2013

Trade between Britain and Israel rose by 21.9 per cent year-on-year between the first quarter of 2012 and 2013.

And despite the vociferous boycott campaign, imports from Israel rose by 55.6 per cent in the same period.

The figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel show a £170 million overall increase in bilateral trade.

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