Sandy Rashty

‘Jewslims’ on love across the divide

By Sandy Rashty, October 24, 2013

Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor who has converted to Islam for love. Like others in the same situation interviewed under pseudonyms for BBC Radio 4 programme “Meet the Jewslims”, which aired on Monday, he married his British-Iranian wife Sheherazade in a Muslim ceremony but also sought to reconcile Islam with his Jewish heritage.

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Moscow court will hear Neustadt appeal

By Sandy Rashty, October 22, 2013

The custody battle, over two sons taken by their father to Russia, will be taken to a Moscow court of appeal next Thursday.

Mother Rachael Neustadt said she would be “flying straight there” from her home in Hendon after hearing the news last week.

“I’m so happy. We have so much documentation and hope this goes in our favour,” she said.

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Rachel Riley survives 'scary' Strictly dance-off

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Rachel Riley survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald last night.

The 27-year-old TV presenter and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev were saved by all four judges after they performed the quickstep to "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" by Imelda May.

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Gove observes a flying start to Etz Chaim site

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove joined communal leaders at the official opening of the permanent Etz Chaim Jewish Primary premises in Mill Hill last Friday.

Etz Chaim, one of the government’s free school projects, has been operating from nearby temporary accommodation since 2011.

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Meir Panim chooses Idol

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Former Israel Idol winner Hagit Yaso brought additional glamour to the Meir Panim UK fundraising dinner in London’s West End on Saturday evening.

The 24-year-old, who won the talent contest in 2011, treated the 250 guests to emotional renditions of Adon Olam and Yerushalayim Shel Zahav. Dinner was prepared by Michelin-starred chef Pascal Aussignac.

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She's doctor in the house for Channel 4

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2013

As a general practitioner, Ellie Cannon is well used to patients bringing in their home remedies for her approval. Now the JC’s health columnist will be sharing her views with a much wider audience in a prime time Channel 4 series, Health Freaks, which launches on Monday night.

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Available for weddings: man behind THAT video

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2013

The videographer’s assistant involved in an antisemitic conversation caught on a bride’s wedding video is running another company — and advertising its services for simchas.

Millions heard videographer Anthony Aurelius defend Hitler and call Jewish women “cows” after the JC published the story – and the video – of how he unwittingly sent a bride the unedited wedding video.

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Ort gala dinner 2013

By Sandy Rashty, October 16, 2013

Veteran BBC political broadcaster and “friend of Israel” John Sergeant was guest speaker at the annual Ort dinner which raised more than £350,000.

Former Trade and Industry Secretary Lord Young told Ort supporters of the impact on government thinking of the charity’s global educational and training network.

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Ort's Jump start to jobs impresses Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2013

Former Trade and Industry Secretary Lord Young has told Ort supporters of the impact on government thinking of the charity’s global educational and training network.

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Vanessa Feltz dances out of Strictly

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2013

Vanessa Feltz became the second celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing when she lost a dance off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

The broadcaster expressed her sadness at leaving but said her time on the show had been "lovely".

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Wedding video nasty: cameraman hits back

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2013

The videographer caught making antisemitic comments while filming a Jewish wedding has said he regrets what he did but feels unfairly attacked because his conversation was “private”.

Anthony Aurelius, 42, accidently recorded himself and an assistant as they made derogatory remarks about guests at the wedding of Claudia and Stan Gocman last year.

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Dutch official report supporting Hamas ‘promotes extremism’

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

A Jewish human-rights group has asked the Dutch Prime Minister to reject an advisory report that “demonises Israel”.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, accused the Dutch parliament’s advisory council on international affairs of producing a one-sided report on the Middle East conflict.

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New job for woman who championed Israel’s Arabs

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

The director of an organisation that raises awareness about issues affecting Arab citizens of Israel, has stepped down after more than three years at the helm.

Alice Wood has left UK Task Force to take up a consultant position at a public affairs company.

“I’m sad to go, but I’m really ambitious and want to try new things. I decided that I needed a new challenge,” she said.

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Sinatra, the Gershwins and me — a life of American song

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

Michael Feinstein says Americans have lost their appreciation of the arts. So the singer, pianist and purveyor of The Great American Songbook is eagerly anticipating his capital concert next month as part of the London Festival of Cabaret.

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A Jewish bride and antisemitic wedding video

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

When fashion executive Claudia Gocman organised her big day, she planned everything in minute detail.

She chose a prestigious central London venue, wore a beautiful white dress and even had a singer as well as a DJ to entertain her 150 guests at the black-tie reception.

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Holocaust survivor wins Nobel in physics

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

A Jewish scientist has received a Nobel Prize in physics for his groundbreaking work on the origins of subatomic particles.

Belgium-born Francois Englert, 80, spent decades working on the “Higgs boson” particle, and was recognised “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”.

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BBC admits it was wrong over pro-Israel commentator

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

The BBC has said it was wrong to hide a commentator’s pro-Israel credentials in reports on the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza last year.

BBC News 24 interviewed Jonathan Sacerdoti four times over two days last November.

During his appearances Mr Sacerdoti supported Israel’s right to defend itself from Gaza rocket attacks.

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Falling into money for Jewish Care

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2013

A wheelchair-bound Jewish Care client jumped from a plane at 15,000 feet on Sunday to raise more than £5,000 for the charity.

Simon Davies, 38, has cerebral palsy and has been a resident at Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge for over 15 years.

“Everyone told me I was mad doing this jump but it was something I have always wanted to do,” he said.

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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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