Sandy Rashty

Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z visit Anne Frank's house

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Beyoncé Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z have visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

The American couple, who are currently performing on tour around Europe, viewed the former Frank family safe-house that was later discovered by the Nazis, on Wednesday.

Beyoncé, wearing a denim jumpsuit and black hat, was pictured signing the visitors book.

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The TV tale of the happy slappy beauty consultants

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Take two cheeky blonde beauticians, tell them to sell a “ridiculous” face-slapping treatment to trusting customers and you’ve got a great TV show.

At least, that’s what Channel 4 executives thought when they recruited Melissa Hartzel and Sammy Jacobs to take part in Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade, whose opening episode was broadcast on Monday.

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Wartime friends reunited: 71 years after fleeing the Blitz

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

When a four-year-old evacuee returned to his Hackney home after fleeing the Blitz, he received a letter from the well-to-do prep school boy who had become his wartime best-friend.

But despite his mother’s insistence, Barry Spencer never replied. It was a decision he came to regret for more than 70 years.

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I stand by my SodaStream decision, says defiant Scarlett Johansson

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has mounted a strong defence of her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream.

The actress resigned as an ambassador for Oxfam after the charity criticised her role advertising fizzy-drink products made in a West Bank factory.

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Purim highlights at JFS

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2014
JFS students flocked to the Kenton-based campus dressed in outfits from the Teletubbies to Where's Wally? as part of the Jewish secondary school's 2014 Purim celebrations. Bouncy castles, magicians and popcorn machines were also on hand for entertainment.

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Roger Waters denies he is antisemitic

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters had denied he is antisemitic, in the wake of comments from Jewish philanthropist Gerald Ronson.

The musician, who is known for his criticism of Israel, wrote an open letter to Mr Ronson in the Daily Telegraph.

In it he said: "I am not an antisemite or against the Israeli people. I am a critic of the policies of the government of Israel.

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United Synagogue Women role models joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of only two men in the room at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College on Sunday as United Synagogue Women held their annual conference. The only other male among the 100 women was the chief’s security guard.

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Jewish and Muslim women finding common ground

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Addressing 130 Jewish and Muslim women at the Foreign Office, Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi said the religions had more in common than circumcision, ritual slaughter and good food.

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Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.

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Zuckerberg plea to Obama over online surveillance

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

Barack Obama received a call this week from disgruntled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Jewish-American tycoon, 29, phoned the US president to complain about excessive governmental surveillance on the social media site, which has 1.2 billion users across the globe.

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Age not an issue for me, or my teenage comrades, says IDF’s oldest paratrooper

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A former Londoner has become the oldest recruit to join the Israel Defence Forces’ elite paratroopers unit, at the tender age of 29.

Isaac Allen, who received his red beret last month, has been trumpeted as the IDF’s latest poster-boy in a campaign to close the army generation gap.

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Gaza terror group declares ceasefire

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Islamic Jihad has announced a ceasefire after launching a massive rocket barrage at southern Israel over the past 24 hours.

The Gaza terror group said that the truce had been brokered by Egypt – but Israel has not yet confirmed it.

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Chief Rabbi calls on leaders to act over Syria

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Rabbis across the religious divide have called on world leaders to commit to peace talks in Syria on the third anniversary of the outbreak of civil war.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis along with representatives from the Sephardi, Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements signed an open letter sent by World Jewish Relief this week.

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Israel charity worker mugged

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

A senior charity worker is being treated for a brain injury after he was attacked by a gang of thieves.

Dan Rickman, the head of fundraising at Magen David Adom UK, was knocked unconscious as he walked to his home in Hendon, north-west London in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.

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British mothers battle stress of having children in IDF

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Twenty-one British mothers have banded together to help each other cope with the stresses of having children who serve in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) .

Camille Compton, former Emunah charity chair, co-founded Mahal Mums after her 19-year-old son, Max, volunteered for the IDF after leaving Immanuel College last summer.

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Historian’s distress over shelved book

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2014

An award-winning expert on antisemitism this week condemned a publisher’s “deplorable” decision not to release his book in the UK in the face of a threat of libel action from Holocaust denier David Irving.

Professor Robert Wistrich, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, revealed his frustration during a debate at the London Jewish Cultural Centre on Monday.

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Girls, beware of cruel Jewish mumzillas

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2014

The sight of my mother striding into our kitchen with bags of shopping is not unusual.

At this point, my dad, sister and I must stop what we’re doing. She has trawled the shops and shlepped back stuff that she wants to show, unwrap and mull over.

Keen to keep her daughters pretty, she’s brought back goods that will ensure we’re presentable when we next go out to work or play.

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