Sandy Rashty

Working hard for a real share of power

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

JEWISH ORTHODOX FEMINIST ALLIANCE UK

FOUNDERS: Established by Dina Brawer — Jofa’s UK ambassador — in June 2013 and formally launched with its first UK conference attended by over 200 women and men. The group is inspired by two Orthodox feminist organisations — Kolech in Israel and Jofa in the USA.

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Women’s equality? We’re already there

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

A JC survey of new Jewish women’s groups has thrown into sharp relief the divide between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox movements in tackling gender inequality.

Over the past year, Orthodox women’s organisations have secured access to lay leadership roles — including chair and trustee positions in the United Synagogue — and lobbied against all-male panels at communal events.

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Loss of Lady Hazel Sternberg

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2014

Christian and Jewish groups have paid tribute to Lady Hazel Sternberg, wife of interfaith pioneer Sir Sigmund, who died aged 86 last Saturday after battling a long illness.

Lady Sternberg was the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the Papal Order of St Sylvester and also received the Order of St Francis.

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NHS probing use of logo at Brighton anti-Israel demonstration

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2014

The NHS is investigating the use of its logo at an anti-Israel protest last weekend.

People holding the NHS banner stood by boycott activists outside the Israeli-owned fizzy-drinks store EcoStream in Brighton. An NHS England spokeswoman said: “It’s nothing to do with us — these are just individuals. We don’t know anything about it. The South-East NHS is investigating.”

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Teaching union tweet backs demo against EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014

A British teaching union has been condemned for backing a planned picket of an Israeli-owned store in Brighton this weekend.

A representative of Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers used Twitter to alert members of the boycott, led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), outside Israeli softdrinks shop EcoStream.

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Sleuth wins top award after finding heroes

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014

A private investigator has received a top award after he successfully tracked down the families of five British soldiers who saved a Jewish girl from the Nazis.

Anthony Davis was named Investigator of the Year 2014 award by the Association of British Investigators, for helping five prisoners of war to be recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

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Kosher caterer closed owing over half a million

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Kosher caterer Carole Sobell Events Ltd went bust owing more than £500,000 to 23 companies, according to a list of creditors obtained by the JC this week.

The liquidated company — formerly run by Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell — has racked up debts totalling £543,634.50, including £50,000 to the United Synagogue Kashrut Board.

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Jewish women listed in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence might have topped FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll this year, but British and American Jewish women followed soon after.

An incredible ten per cent of the list was Jewish.

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Richard Desmond set to sell Channel 5 for £450 million

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

British Jewish businessman Richard Desmond is set to complete the sale of Channel 5 for £450 million, it was reported this morning.

The deal - which is yet to be confirmed by Mr Desmond or buyer Viacom, the American broadcaster and owner of MTV – falls £250 million short of the billionaire’s initial £700 million asking price.

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Anger over Jews For Jesus Auschwitz film

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Jewish, Christian and Holocaust education groups have condemned a “sickening” promotional video that depicts Jesus being sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

The That Jew Died For You video was produced by Jews for Jesus, a group that seeks to convert Jews to belief in Jesus as the messiah.

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Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star in Bad Neighbours, released next week

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2014
Jewish actors Zac Efron and Seth Rogen star together in new Hollywood film, Bad Neighbours.

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John Kerry regrets Israel 'apartheid' comment

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2014

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed regret over his Israel “apartheid” remarks ahead of Yom Hashoah.

In the wake of criticism from Jewish and pro-Israeli organisations, Mr Kerry issued an apologetic statement on Monday evening.

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Blue singer Antony Costa on Twitter antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2014

British singer Anthony Costa has been targeted by antisemitic trolls on Twitter.

The former Blue band member, whose mother is Jewish, told the Daily Star: "I get it all the time, I've had antisemitic comments, 'Jewish c***' and 'I hope your mum dies', everyone's got an opinion now."

The 32-year-old added: "No one prepares you for the other side of fame.

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'That Jew Died For You': Jews for Jesus video ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2014
A Jews for Jesus video has been condemned for drawing connections between the Holocaust, Jesus and punishment ahead of Holocaust Rememberance Day (Yom Hashoah) next week. The ‘That Jew Died For You’ video, which has had more than one million views on YouTube, opens with actors recreating scenes of Jews being deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943.

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Rabbi condemns 'disgusting' Jews for Jesus Holocaust video

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2014

A UK Jewish leader has condemned a Jews for Jesus promotional video showing Jesus carrying a cross at the gates at Auschwitz.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi for Reform Judaism, criticised the three-minute YouTube clip during a Radio 4 interview on Friday morning.

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Netanyahu: Abbas deal with Hamas means no peace with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2014

Hamas and Fatah have signed a groundbreaking reconciliation deal, amid the breakdown of the Palestinian Authority’s peace talks with Israel.

Representatives from the groups announced the deal today after a meeting in the Gaza Strip.

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MDA appeals beyond Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2014

Magen David Adom UK has dedicated part of its Pesach appeal to fundraising outside of Israel for the first time in a bid to attract younger donors.

MDA UK chief executive Daniel Burger said that those who were not core supporters were more likely to donate to causes other than Israel.

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How former BT boss Lord Livingston got a new calling

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2014

Ian Livingston is on a tight schedule. It’s unsurprising given that the BT chief executive turned UK Trade Minister now has political challenges to contend with.

In a room buried deep inside the Foreign Office surrounded by mahogany furniture and posters promoting the British economy, Lord Livingston is being briefed by a flurry of government assistants.

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Happy Pesach! Six13 lead a top tribute to the Jewish festival

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2014
This award-winning Jewish acappella group from New York perform a top tribute to Pesach, using musical inspiration from Usher to Kesha.

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Kosher caterer Carole Sobell closes business

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2014

A high-end kosher caterer has gone bust again — but a new simcha catering company has already been set-up in the family name.

Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell said she plans to pursue new avenues after her catering company, Carole Sobell Events Ltd, went into liquidation last month.

This comes after her previous companies ceased trading.

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