Sandy Rashty

Feltz and Riley survive first Strictly Come Dancing elimination

By Sandy Rashty, October 6, 2013

Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley survived the first elimination on BBC One dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The pairs' respective waltz and salsa performances took them to the next round after veteran golfer Tony Jacklin was the first to be eliminated tonight - after losing a dance-off to fellow contestant and fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

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Hofesh Shechter named Brighton Festival guest director

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

An Israeli choreographer has been appointed as a guest director of the Brighton Festival 2014.

Hofesh Shechter, 38, is globally renowned for his work with his dance troupe, the Hofesh Shechter Company, which has been a resident group at the Brighton Dome since 2008.

Now he will be the creative force behind the festival which attracted almost half-a-million people last year.

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Wheeling in need for private tutors

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

They started off as two independent schoolboys dissatisfied with their private tutors. Now Marcus Ereira and Luke Shelley run one of the largest tuition agencies in the UK: Tavistock Tutors.

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Why Vanessa Feltz is sobbing ahead of Strictly performance

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Vanessa Feltz says reheasing the waltz for Strictly Come Dancing this week has made her want to cry.

The broadcaster and journalist has spent the week practising the dance with her partner James Jordan, for a performance on the BBC show tomorrow night.

She said: “The waltz is about love and loss. Just like everyone else, I have been through some tough times.

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Security checks after Nairobi shopping centre attack

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Security at Westfield shopping centres is being monitored in the wake last month’s terrorist attack in Kenya.

At least 60 people were killed after al-Shabaab Islamists conducted a siege at the Israeli-owned Westgate Mall.

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Ed Miliband appalled at Daily Mail reporter's intrusion at memorial service

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Geordie Greig, the editor of the Mail on Sunday, has "unreservedly" apologised for sending a reporter to a memorial service for Ed Miliband's uncle.

Mr Miliband today attacked chairman Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday Lord Rothermere over the presence of a journalist the memorial service of his late Jewish uncle, Professor Harry Keen.

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Bagels for counter PSC Brighton protest

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Supporters of Israel turned out in force to counter the national day of boycott activity at the weekend.

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Jewish Care attacked over Wonga appearance

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Jewish Care has defended its decision to host Wonga founder Errol Damelin as guest speaker for a fundraising event in the face of concern from some members of the community.

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Idan Ofer donates £25 million to a London business school

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2013

Israeli-born billionaire Idan Ofer has donated £25 million to the London Business School – believed to be the largest single donation ever made to a UK business school.

Mr Ofer, 57, whose net worth is estimated at over £4 billion, graduated from the LBS with an MBA in the 1980s and went on to secure his fortune in shipping and energy.

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Arrest of Golden Dawn members welcomed by European Jewish Congress

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The European Jewish Congress has welcomed the arrest of far-right politicians in Greece.

Over the weekend, more than 10 senior members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were arrested after anti-fascist hip-hop singer Pavlos Fyssas was allegedly stabbed to death in Athens by a party supporter.

The party has denied any involvement in the killing.

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Hospice helper nears £250,000 goal

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

A Hampstead grandmother is closing in on a £250,000 fundraising goal for the North London Hospice after a 20-year campaign.

Helen Bloom, 75, was originally inspired to support the hospice in appreciation of the care it provided to her late uncle Leslie Joseph before his death from cancer.

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Shivah book aids secular

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The United Synagogue has launched a prayer book that can be used by both religious and secular Jews at a shivah.

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Maureen Lipman 'turned down' Strictly Come Dancing opportunity

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2013

Veteran actor Maureen Lipman turned down an opportunity to join Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Last week, the 67-year-old told the Loose Women panel that: "I turned it down, if anyone talked to me like that panel talk to those people, I'd bop them.

"I've worked hard all week to be this good, how dare you tell me my bum's fat? How dare you? I'd bop them."

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Daniel Radcliffe denies he will take Freddie Mercury role

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe has denied rumours that he will replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic.

The Harry Potter star was widely reported to be lined up for the singing role after Mr Cohen pulled out of the film following creative differences with surviving Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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I'm not sorry for faith schools

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

A spirited debate quickly descended into a table-thumping row as a close friend and I discussed the effect of faith schools after the experience was played out in last week’s JC.

He regurgitated the conventional misgivings: a Jewish school promotes insularity, ignorance and a fear of mingling with the non-Jewish world from university to the workplace.

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Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz admit to Strictly nerves

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley have both admitted to feeling nervous about competing on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

The pair are among the 15 celebrities taking part in the BBC One dance-themed reality show.

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Sylvia Young turns pop svengali

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

She established the national theatre school that trained chart-topping pop stars from Amy Winehouse to the Appleton sisters.

Now Sylvia Young has gone one step further and set up her own record label, Seymour Place Music, and formed a British band made up of four of her students.

But she insists media comparisons with music mogul Simon Cowell are well wide of the mark.

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Obama calls for a ‘meaningful’ deal with Iran at UN

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama welcomed the new Iranian government’s “moderate course” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly today.

He also called for a “meaningful agreement” on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear development and a resolution on the Syria chemical arms issue.

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UK Jewish charities raising thousands for Syrians

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

Jewish charities in the UK have raised thousands of pounds to support Syrians fleeing the country’s civil war.

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