Sandy Rashty

Boycotts can hurt the UK, too

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2014

Israel's Chief Scientist, Avi Hasson, has warned that boycott campaigns could deter Israelis from trading with Britain.

Mr Hasson, whose office is part of Israel's Ministry of Economy, met senior ministers and business leaders in London at a conference co-organised by UK Israel Business and the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.


‘Charlie Kray was a charmer’

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

Every time Jonathan Goldberg QC attends a party, he faces the same question: “How can you defend a man you know to be guilty?”

It’s something he has come to expect, having acted for some of the most notorious murderers, rapists and fraudsters in criminal courts at home and abroad for the past 41 years.


Rush for tickets as film festival opens

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

At least 15,000 people are expected to attend the UK Jewish Film Festival, with organisers reporting that 60 per cent of tickets were sold out in advance of the festival opening on this week.

Israeli films, The Green Prince; The Dove Flyer and Zero Motivation have been the most popular draws in London.


IDF soldier appeals for better equipment

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

A former JFS student who is serving in the Israel Defence Forces is appealing for funds to buy equipment because the kit supplied by the army is not up to the job.

The 22-year-old Londoner, who has fought in Gaza and the West Bank since joining an elite infantry unit this year, wants to raise £10,000 to buy better boots and winter clothing for him and his comrades


Tragic tale moves MDA diners

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

The poignant story of a Magen David Adom volunteer killed on IDF duty during the Gaza conflict helped MDA UK to raise a record-breaking £1.9 million from its annual dinner in central London on Monday.

Barkai Shor, 21, had volunteered for MDA at every opportunity and trained as an ambulance driver, his father, Yaron, told the 320 guests at the Rosewood Hotel. He had hoped to study medicine.


John Galliano loses unfair dismissal case against Dior

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

Fashion designer John Galliano has lost an unfair dismissal against Christian Dior – and been ordered to pay the top fashion house a symbolic €1.

The Gibraltar born designer was sacked by Dior after he was filmed telling two Italian women that Jews should be gassed. The incident took place in December 2010.


Bid to set up Holocaust study centre in Glasgow

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2014

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre is looking to set up a Holocaust study centre in Glasgow.

The group will apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund and appeal to the Scottish community for funds for the centre.

The move comes after the group completed a feasibility study, funded by a grant from the Scottish government.


The American rapper who converted to Judaism: God is my only drug now

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2014

Damian Black grew up in a gangster's paradise.

Living in Seattle, where his family ran a drugs den, was rough. His cupboard was used to grow marijuana and he started smoking it aged 10. Two years later, he was dealing and owned his first gun.

At 13, he started rapping about his life using the name D.Black, releasing records such as You Need a Thug.


Ella Jade goes in Boardroom purge

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

One of the two Jewish candidates in this year's Apprentice has been fired.

Ella Jade Bitton, 23, was one of three candidates fired by Lord Sugar in the show's fourth episode on Wednesday, after failing to win the YouTube channel task as project manager for Team Tenacity.

On the show, Lord Sugar said: "I'm afraid to say, you do not have the acumen for this."


Israeli chain's London launch met with happy anticipation - and foreboding

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

A new Israeli cosmetics store in central London could attract negative attention from boycott activists, communal figures have warned.

Sabon, a luxury brand specialising in skincare and fragrances which contain minerals from the Dead Sea, was due to open its first UK store on Neal Street in Covent Garden on Thursday.


Charity leader wants to open 'Jewish Priory'

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

The founder of a charity established to deal with problems faced by young Jewish professionals - depression, dating and employment among them - believes it could "help thousands of people". And Rabbi Avi Hill also wants to start a "Jewish Priory".


French Jews turn to Krav Maga for self-defence

By Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2014

Young French Jews are now taking more Krav Maga lessons in a bid to protect themselves against the spike in antisemitism.

According to a report in Arutz Sheva, last week French teenagers went to Israel to partake in a special martial arts defence programme in Netanya called ‘Magen’.

The defence programme is geared to protecting French Jewish schools and synagogues.


Litigious patients keep us sharp, says the surgeon with the scalpel

By Sandy Rashty, October 27, 2014

Doctors are facing two main pressures, according to leading eye surgeon Allon Barsam.

The first is the NHS. With an aging population, resources are more limited than ever.

“To have the latest technology in the NHS is difficult. It’s very resource constrained, it’s rationed,” he says. “The public are under-informed about things that are going on, that could be done better.”


Professor Geoffrey Raisman: The tailor's son who performed a medical miracle

By Sandy Rashty, October 23, 2014

The man behind the pioneering spinal surgery that helped a paralysed man walk is adamant about where he got his drive to succeed - it was growing up in a working class Jewish family.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman stunned the medical world with a ground-breaking operation to treat a knife victim's damaged spine by transplanting cells from his nose.


British Jewish doctor helps paralysed man walk again

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2014

A British Jewish doctor is behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, which has been hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Geoffrey Raisman, who grew up in Leeds, pioneered a new method of treating injuries previously thought to be incurable.


Bearing fruit: The ‘super’ berry that changed a couple’s life

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2014

Nine years ago, timber merchant Simon Fineman took a trip that was to change his life.

He had planned to go sailing in Norway with his wife Evie and their sons. But when weather forecasts predicted storms, he decided to play safe and go to a friend’s holiday home in Canada instead.

And they liked it so much they decided to buy a small farm in Nova Scotia with room for an orchard.


Mark Lewis: Hacking’s like speeding. You know it’s wrong, but you do it

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2014

Mark Lewis steps on to a makeshift stage outside the Qatar embassy in central London.

As a lawyer, he is well known for representing more than 120 victims of phone-hacking and exposing the News of the World’s role in the scandal.


Jewish candidates survive first round of The Apprentice

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2014

Two Jewish candidates taking part in The Apprentice business show have survived the first round of eliminations.

Daniel Lassman, 27, and 23-year-old Ella Jade Bitton progressed to the next round after company director Chiles Cartwright was fired by Lord Sugar.


The Apprentice is back, will we have a winner?

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2014

A Maccabi league footballer and a teenage business prodigy are among the 20 candidates vying to win The Apprentice.

As the BBC's reality show kicks off its 10th series this week, Daniel Lassman and Ella Jade Bitton will be hoping to take home the prize of £250,000 worth of investment and a chance to co-own a company with host Lord Sugar.


Some artistic differences, but a great deal to appreciate

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Art appreciation is a subjective business. And so it proved at the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Art House exhibition, which drew more than 150 enthusiasts, artists and friends to LJCC's Golders Green premises for the announcement of the 2014 prize-winners.