Sandy Rashty

Sammy stars as Camp Simcha makes £1 million

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

An eight-year-old boy with a rare and incurable inflammatory bowel disease was the star of the show at Camp Simcha’s London dinner on Monday, which raised over £1 million.

Sammy Bentwood last year appeared on the West End stage as the small boy in Billy Elliot and enthralled the 900-plus dinner guests with a performance of the musical’s top song, Electricity.

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'They have given us nice memories'

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Tara Kar is grateful for the “practical support” from her Camp Simcha family liaison officer after her son Luca was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at 18-months-old. Luca, who is now three, is in remission after undergoing chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant.

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Yes, I’m professional — what’s the problem?

By Sandy Rashty, March 8, 2013

Leeds quizzer extraordinaire Barry Simmons has made it through to the finals of BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain 2013 – but not everyone is rejoicing.

The BBC confirmed that “there have been five official complaints from people who think it’s unfair that [Mr Simmons] is allowed to compete”.

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Israeli water is cool in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

British environment minister Richard Benyon welcomed a 14-strong group of Israeli water company delegates at the Foreign Office on Tuesday, for an event organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

Mr Benyon said he wanted “to attract inward investment to the UK” as the Israeli group joined more than 150 representatives from India, Europe and the USA.

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US postpones award for 'Hitler tweet' journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

An Egyptian journalist who was due to receive a US medal of honour had her award postponed and was put under investigation by White House officials after she was accused of supporting terrorist activity.

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Holocaust survivor and Occupy inspiration dies

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

Stéphane Hessel, co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an inspiration for the global Occupy movement, died last week aged 95.

Mr Hessel was born in Berlin but moved to Paris with his Jewish father and Protestant mother when he was eight. He became a naturalised French citizen in 1939.

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Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party targets schools

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

Leaders of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party have announced plans to open nursery schools.

The decision comes after the organisation ran a pilot class at the party's offices in Artemida last month.

More than 20 children, aged six to 10, were taught "Greek ideals" and mythology in accordance with the ideological values of the third most popular party in Greece.

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Brooklyn tears after hit and run horror

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

Around 1,000 members of Brooklyn’s strictly Orthodox community turned out this week for the funerals of Nachman and Raizy Glauber and their newborn child, who were killed in a car crash last weekend.

The newlywed couple, both aged 21, had been travelling to hospital for a check-up on Mrs Glauber when their taxi collided with another car.

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Burt honours Israeli ambassador shot outside Dorchester Hotel

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2013

Foreign Minister Alistair Burt has attended a memorial ceremony for a former Israeli ambassador who was shot outside London’s Dorchester Hotel more than 30 years ago.

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High security at Sussex University BDS event

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Two people were asked to leave an anti-Israel event at Sussex University last Thursday.

The event, which was held to coincide with Israel Apartheid Week, was organised by students from the university's Friends of Palestine group at a campus lecture theatre.

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Expectant couple killed in hit and run

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

A young Jewish couple, who were expecting their first child, have been tragically killed on their way to the hospital.

Strictly Orthodox newlyweds Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21, died just after midnight on Sunday after the taxi they were travelling in was involved in a crash with another car.

Their baby boy was delivered prematurely but died today.

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Barak: Israel may take ‘unilateral’ steps to solve conflict

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Defence Minister Ehud Barak told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference on Sunday that Israel would consider taking "unilateral steps" to solve ongoing tensions with the Palestinians in the absence of a "reasonable, fair, interim agreement".

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Morasha Primary gets aided status

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Barnet Council has awarded voluntary aided status to the Morasha Jewish Primary, which moves next month to a permanent home on the former Barnet College site in North Finchley.

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Eric Pickles honours UK Holocaust hero

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

Community Secretary Eric Pickles has pinpointed “the tiny acts of kindness that undermined the Nazi killing machine,” as he presented a Holocaust Hero’s Award to family members of a British prisoner of war who helped save a 16-year-old Jewish girl from the Nazis.

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Revealed: how ‘Count of Auschwitz’ saved Peres’s father

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

The full story of the wartime experiences of Yitzchak Persky, President Shimon Peres's father, are today made public for the first time.

A folder that had been hidden in the Yad Vashem archives before being given to President Peres last year has been seen by the JC. It contains the testimony of Polish-born Yitzchak Persky, given to a Yad Vashem researcher in January 1965.

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David Broza, Israel's singing legend, is performing in London

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2013

Internationally renowned folk-rock singer David Broza says he is “looking forward” to performing in London next week. The Israeli singer-songwriter has performed in Greece, South America and Australia but it has been “around 10 years since I last came to London, so it’s very exciting for me. I’m thrilled to come.”

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Burt condemns ‘indiscriminate rocket attack’ on Israel

By Sandy Rashty, February 27, 2013

Foreign Minister Alistair Burt has “condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel” in response to attack on southern Israel on Tuesday.

The rocket from Gaza, which hit a road outside Ashkelon, is the first attack since the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.

No injuries were reported.

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Purim 2013

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013
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Glasgow Commonwealth Games: 'We need you'

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Jews from throughout the UK are being urged to apply to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before next Thursday’s deadline.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council is organising a committee modelled on the group formed in London for the 2012 Olympics to offer a variety of services.

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