Sandy Rashty

Mother-of-one elected as youngest synagogue chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

A 27-year-old mother and part-time charity worker has been elected as the youngest chair of a United Synagogue shul.

Michelle Bauernfreund was voted in unopposed at the 220-member Alei Tzion synagogue in Hendon, north-west London.

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Time to make an impression on Britain's Got Talent and The Voice

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

She has taken on Stacey Solomon, Katie Price and Cheryl Cole. Now, celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis is hoping to win over the public on the live semi-final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show this weekend.

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How we joined the Mumpreneurs

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

Balancing a career with motherhood is tough. Some women say they manage the emotional guilt by separating their professional persona from their role as a mother. Others, namely the new breed of “Mumpreneurs”, have solved the dilemma by setting up businesses at home.

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Four arrested in connection with Toulouse killings

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2013

Four people have been arrested in connection with the Toulouse shootings last year.

According to reports, the men were arrested in Toulouse on Tuesday on suspicion of being accomplices to self-proclaimed “Islamic warrior” Mohammed Merah.

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Sick teen sets out on dream visit to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2013

A terminally ill Manchester teenager started his dream trip to Israel this week.

Ryan Grossman, 14, suffers from the rare debilitating muscular disease rod myopathy, which affects one in 47,000 Ashkenazi Jews. Ryan’s condition has confined him to a wheelchair and the King David High student was unable to join the school’s annual year nine visit to Israel.

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Hugo Bieber new chief at UK Israel Business

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

A 29-year-old marketing expert has been named as the new chief executive of the leading organisation promoting trade links between Britain and Israel.

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Hague signs scientific collaboration deal between the UK and Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has agreed an initiative that will promote co-operation on scientific issues between the UK and Israel.

The Today Memorandum of Understand on Scientific Cooperation was signed by Mr Hague and Yaakov Peri, the Israeli minister for science, technology and space.

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Baby-death case doctor speaks of prison ordeal

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

A doctor imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates on a manslaughter charge has spoken of his joy and relief at being home.

Professor Cyril Karabus, a 78-year-old paediatric oncologist from Cape Town, said it was “fantastic” to be free after a nine-month ordeal in which he had witnessed the effects of beatings and despaired of ever being released.

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Israel bank raider and victims identified

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2013

Israeli police have identified the man responsible for the bank raid shootings that led to the death of four civilians in Be'er Sheva on Monday.

Itamar Alon, a reservist captain for the Israeli Defence Force, took a number of hostages during the attack at the Hapoalim Bank on Jabotinsky Street.

Alon, 40, had been refused an overdraft loan by the bank for around £1,000 (NIS 6,000).

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Five killed in bank raid in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

At least five Israelis have been killed in what appears to be a bank robbery in Israel this morning.

Another person is in critical condition after the attack, in which hostages were held, at the Hapoalim Bank on Jabotinsky street in Be’er Sheva.

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Innovative Hasmonean girls win a trip to India from charity

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

Five teenage Hasmonean girls have won a trip to India this summer in recognition of their charitable endeavours.

Three-hundred teams of five 13-18-year-olds entered the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards, recognising innovative methods of fundraising towards free education in schools in India and Malawi.

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Immanuel College aids sick teacher

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

Immanuel College pupils, former students and staff have been raising funds for the family of its popular head of geography who has terminal cancer.

Paul de Naeyer, who joined the Bushey school in 2004, has not been at Immanuel this academic year.

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Holocaust-themed Tannhauser cancelled

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

A Holocaust-themed production of Wagner opera was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The Dusseldorf opera’s version of Tannhauser included scenes of rape, suicide and a family having their heads shaved before they were shot. Some guests were so distressed that they were treated for shock.

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Detained doctor finally returns to South Africa

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

Professor Cyril Karabus, the elderly doctor who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, has just arrived in South Africa.

His family and lawyer, Michael Bagraim, met him the airport in Cape Town.

Prof Karabus had been waiting for his passport to be returned by prosecutors since he was found not guilty of manslaughter in March.

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Senior David Cameron aide to lead trade mission to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron’s senior policy adviser will lead a business delegation to Israel on Sunday.

Rohan Silva will head the four-day visit alongside retail British representatives from supermarket chains to luxury brands.

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Cancelling Holocaust opera is 'censorship’, claims German director

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

A German director has described the decision to cancel his Holocaust-themed opera production as "censorship".

Director Burkhard C Kosminski's modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, which held its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf, was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

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Holocaust opera cancelled after guests traumatised

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

A Holocaust-themed opera production was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, had its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf.

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Abuse charity rings changes in appeal method

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

The charity helping women and children in the community affected by domestic violence used a novel and poignant method of appealing to supporters at its annual fundraising lunch, held at Lord’s in St John’s Wood.

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Tackling terrorism with technology

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

An Israeli company is battling terrorism with technology used by government agencies across the globe.

Cellebrite, founded in 1999, is headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, and more than 50 per cent of the technology company’s $200 million average annual revenue stems from its forensics division — established in 2007.

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