Sandy Rashty

'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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Neighbours at war over the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2014

A quiet street in south-east London is the last place you would expect to be caught up in the Middle East conflict.

But the suburb of Brockley is the unlikely arena where two Jewish neighbours are at war over Israel.

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Teacher took indecent images of schoolboys

By Sandy Rashty, October 1, 2014

Police have discovered indecent images of children on the computer of a “respected” deputy headteacher who died last month.

The images of schoolboys undressing in changing rooms were found on the computer of Martin Goldberg, who taught maths at the Thorpe Hall School in Southend for 23 years. It has been suggested that Mr Goldberg is Jewish.

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Israeli Jews boycotting Arab businesses

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

A survey of Israeli Jewish consumers found that 24 per cent are boycotting Arab businesses.

The telephone survey, conducted by Geocartagraphia, found that the figure had fallen since Operation Protective Edge, when that 29 per cent said they would boycott Arab businesses.

According to a report on Globes, the figures tally with a fall in sales at Arab supermarkets.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism offences

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2014

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been found not guilty of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.

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Samuel and Rose are favourite baby names

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2014

Trendy baby names come and go but biblical ones are here to stay - particularly for boys.

That is message from a study of the birth announcements published in the JC in the Jewish year 5774.

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Pro-Israel activists protest over Qatar links with terror

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2014

Pro-Israel groups gathered outside the Qatar embassy in London in a bid to challenge its support of terrorist organisations.

More than 50 pro-Israel supporters held up placards at the protest co-organised by Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) and the Israeli Forum Task Force.

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Boris Johnson’s New Year message to London’s Jewish community

By Sandy Rashty, September 19, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson has issued a Rosh Hashanah greeting to the capital’s Jewish community.

Mr Johnson said: “As well as looking ahead to a new year, Rosh Hashanah is a period of reflection for the Jewish community.

“It is also an opportunity for us all to consider the great things that Jewish people have done to help our city prosper.

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Board of Deputies to launch its election manifesto in Manchester

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2014

Senior MPs will attend a communal event in Manchester this weekend in a bid to highlight key areas of the Board of Deputies’ manifesto ahead of the 2015 general election.

Tory MP Graham Brady and Labour MP Ian Lucas will speak at the event of Sunday, alongside Gillian Merron, Board chief executive. This will be Ms Merron’s first official engagement in Manchester.

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Students scrap motion claiming campus antisemitism is exaggerated

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2014

The National Union of Students (NUS) has scrapped a motion that claimed reports of rising antisemitism on campus had been exaggerated in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.

In a meeting on Wednesday, the NUS national executive committee agreed to withdraw the controversial proposal after lobbying from the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).

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Student leader attacks NUS for failing to respect Jews

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2014

The National Union of Students (NUS) has been condemned by a communal leader for its “failure to afford Jewish students the respect any other minority would receive”.

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Israel counter-terror experts warn of potential High Holy-Days attacks

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Islamic State terrorists may target Israelis and European Jews ahead of the High Holy Days, according to a memo released today by Israel’s National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

The memo cited the rise in anti-Israel activism in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.

In a statement, a bureau spokesman said: "During this period, the potential threat has grown.

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Security guard bars Jewish schoolboys from entering sports shop

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Leading retailer Sports Direct has apologised to customers after a security guard allegedly barred “Jews” from entering its store.

The security guard was removed from the store after he told Jewish students - Nathan Rosen and Daniel Levitan - they could not enter the branch in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, on Friday afternoon.

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A woman's charitable drive to bank time

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2014

Pass a Morrisons or Sainsbury’s supermarket in Harrow and you might spot Leonie Lewis shaking a donation tin outside.

For years, she has braved British weather collecting for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities.

Lewis, the director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, and a senior collector for Mencap, has always led by example.

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Film festival seeks cash to cover cost of boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 28, 2014

The UK Jewish Film Festival is trying to raise money to cover the extra costs caused by the Tricycle Theatre's boycott.

Director Judy Ironside said that arranging new venues had inflicted an unexpected financial burden on the festival.

The theatre did a U-turn last week and told the UKJFF it would screen their films but this will not happen immediately.

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Fashion faux-pas over yellow star

By Sandy Rashty, August 28, 2014

High-street fashion chain Zara has apologised for selling a T-shirt which resembled uniforms worn by concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust.

The retailer removed the T-shirt - which featured a large yellow star adorned with the word "sheriff"- from its website on Wednesday, just hours after it went on sale online.

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New venues for UK Jewish Film Festival

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) have released a list of new venues that will host the event this November.

Films for the 18th festival will now be screened at more than 15 venues, after the Tricycle Theatre’s boycott forced organisers to make alternative arrangements.

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Zara says sorry over ‘yellow star’ T-shirt

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Leading high-street retailer Zara has apologised after it sold a striped T-shirt with a yellow star which bore a striking resemblance to the uniforms worn by concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust.

Zara has removed the T-shirt – which had a six-point star on the left breast - from its website on Wednesday.

The garment had been available in the UK.

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