Sandy Rashty

Hospice helper nears £250,000 goal

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

A Hampstead grandmother is closing in on a £250,000 fundraising goal for the North London Hospice after a 20-year campaign.

Helen Bloom, 75, was originally inspired to support the hospice in appreciation of the care it provided to her late uncle Leslie Joseph before his death from cancer.

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Shivah book aids secular

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The United Synagogue has launched a prayer book that can be used by both religious and secular Jews at a shivah.

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Maureen Lipman 'turned down' Strictly Come Dancing opportunity

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2013

Veteran actor Maureen Lipman turned down an opportunity to join Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Last week, the 67-year-old told the Loose Women panel that: "I turned it down, if anyone talked to me like that panel talk to those people, I'd bop them.

"I've worked hard all week to be this good, how dare you tell me my bum's fat? How dare you? I'd bop them."

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Daniel Radcliffe denies he will take Freddie Mercury role

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe has denied rumours that he will replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic.

The Harry Potter star was widely reported to be lined up for the singing role after Mr Cohen pulled out of the film following creative differences with surviving Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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I'm not sorry for faith schools

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

A spirited debate quickly descended into a table-thumping row as a close friend and I discussed the effect of faith schools after the experience was played out in last week’s JC.

He regurgitated the conventional misgivings: a Jewish school promotes insularity, ignorance and a fear of mingling with the non-Jewish world from university to the workplace.

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Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz admit to Strictly nerves

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley have both admitted to feeling nervous about competing on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

The pair are among the 15 celebrities taking part in the BBC One dance-themed reality show.

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Sylvia Young turns pop svengali

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

She established the national theatre school that trained chart-topping pop stars from Amy Winehouse to the Appleton sisters.

Now Sylvia Young has gone one step further and set up her own record label, Seymour Place Music, and formed a British band made up of four of her students.

But she insists media comparisons with music mogul Simon Cowell are well wide of the mark.

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Obama calls for a ‘meaningful’ deal with Iran at UN

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama welcomed the new Iranian government’s “moderate course” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly today.

He also called for a “meaningful agreement” on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear development and a resolution on the Syria chemical arms issue.

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UK Jewish charities raising thousands for Syrians

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

Jewish charities in the UK have raised thousands of pounds to support Syrians fleeing the country’s civil war.

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U-turn means World War One hero will be honoured

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

A Jewish First World War Victoria Cross hero will be honoured in a national tribute after a U-turn by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The government had planned to commemorate all the British-born VC winners in the 1914-18 conflict with special paving stones laid in their home towns.

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Succah built in Brent Cross in show of interfaith

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

Brent Cross was the location for an example of festive inter-faith co-operation this week, as Jews and Somalis came together to build a succah in the shopping centre.

The booth was erected by members of the Finchley Reform (FRS) and New North London synagogues with the Muslim Bravanese community.

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WJR raises £100,000 for Syrian refugees

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has raised £100,000 for Syrian refugees.

World Jewish Relief, which launched the emergency appeal two weeks ago, said the donations included £50,000 from the Pears Foundation.

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Brush with fame: Art House event at the LJCC

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.

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Big Succot date for Shimon Peres

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

The largest date in the world, which was grown in Israel, will hang in President Shimon Peres’ succah this year,

The Anerba date, which took seven years to grow and is around 10cm long and over 7 cm in circumference, will feature in the Israeli leader’s succah at his home in Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu to meet Obama at the White House

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama will meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which will take place in Washington on September 30, is expected to address Iran’s uranium fields, the ongoing crisis in Syria and two-state solution peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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Ex-pupils give Jewish faith schools mixed marks

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

These are good times for Jewish schools. An estimated 66 per cent of Jewish children in Britain are educated at institutions dedicated to providing Judaism and Jewish studies as a significant part of their curriculum.

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Homeland will not be filmed in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama show in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns after the crisis in Syria.

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Girls doing it their way

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

These women are the business. They have set up their own companies straight after graduating from university – and what’s more, the young entrepreneurs are running the companies from their family home.

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Artists enjoy their brush with fame through LJCC enterprise

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.

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