Sandy Rashty

Emunah Young Musician of the Year: musical youth in concert

By Sandy Rashty, February 21, 2013

Young musicians across the country will gather to compete in the Emunah Young Musician of the Year 2013 final next month — and for some candidates, the competition has taken on a family theme.

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Gefiltefest 2013: Search is on to find the best kosher food in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2013

Food charity Gefiltefest, in conjunction with the JC, has launched the 2013 search to find Britain's best kosher food.

The contest, in its third year, will have categories including best restaurant, bagel, falafel, and cheesecake.

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Prisoner X jail staff face criminal charges

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2013

Prison staff who were allegedly responsible for “Prisoner X” may face criminal charges for negligence following the revelation that the alleged Australian Mossad agent committed suicide in an Israeli jail in 2010.

Four employees of Ayalon prison, two officers and two guards, may be charged following the release of a government report on Tuesday into 34-year-old Ben Zygier’s death.

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'Care cap' issues worry welfare chiefs

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2013

Communal welfare leaders have voiced concerns over the government’s latest plan to cap care costs for the elderly.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Monday announced proposals for a £75,000 cap on care costs and to raise the means-testing threshold from £23,250 to £123,000.

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Booming bakers get a taste for expansion

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2013

A young couple who have taken over the management of a kosher bread range stocked by Waitrose for close on 10 years opened new premises with a mezuzah-fixing ceremony on Tuesday.

Avraham and Simona Cohen, both 31, showed guests around the 5,500 square foot Cohens Bakery site in Brent.

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Brighton rocked by hate slogans

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2013

Brighton city centre is a hub of anti-something protesters. At the city’s central clock tower, one group shouts slogans about NHS while another campaigns to have a prisoner of war released.

Walk on 50 metres and you are faced with protests outside the Israeli retailer EcoStream, on Western Road.

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Beauty brunch raises £900 for Chai Cancer Care

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2013

Around 30 young professional women raised £900 for Chai Cancer Care with a beauty-themed brunch.

Emily Jacobs, one of the organisers, said it was a “fun and relaxing morning”.

Activities included a complimentary make-up lesson, nail pampering session and a fundraising raffle with prizes including beauty hampers.

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Israeli drive to reverse ‘brain drain’

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2013

University leaders in Israel have launched projects to bring back academics and end the “brain drain”.

Moshe Kaveh, president of Bar Ilan University (BIU), said: “We now have more professors abroad than in Israel. It’s the most dangerous thing because Israel needs these brains — they build our economy.”

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Top police commissioner resigns after 'Nazism' retweet

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

A deputy police and crime commissioner has resigned after sending a Tweet that appeared to compare political opponents to Nazis.

Rachel Frosh, who began work in the role in Hertfordshire last December, retweeted a message which stated: “Dear #Socialists, embrace your inner #Nazism” earlier this month.

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Israeli footballer barred from training session in Dubai

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

Israeli footballer Itay Schechter has missed a team visit to Dubai as a result of ongoing political tensions between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old striker, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session.

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American-Israeli rabbi dies in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Rabbi David Hartman, known as Israel’s “avant-garde thinker”, died last Sunday at his home in Jerusalem.

The Brooklyn-born philosopher, 81, lived in Israel for more than 40 years and founded the Shalom Hartman Institute research centre in Jerusalem. The institute, founded in 1976, promotes diverse voices in the Jewish tradition.

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Sarah Silverman's sister arrested during Women of the Wall protests

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Ten women, including comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister, were arrested in Jerusalem yesterday after participating in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest.

The women were detained by police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall – an action which runs against the Orthodox rules that govern prayers at the site.

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King Solomon students commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Students at King Solomon High School commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by holding an educational seminar in partnership with other Redbridge-based schools.

The event was attended by 150 year 12 students from KS, Beal High, the Forest Academy, Wanstead High, Woodford County High, Ilford Country High, Trinity Catholic High and Valentines High.

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A large crowd of london diners support Anne Frank Trust

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

A record 630 guests attended the London Hilton for the Anne Frank Trust’s lunch to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. In his address keynote speaker Education Secretary Michael Gove said that a nation should be judged on the way it treats its immigrants.

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Menorah gets green light for £2 million expansion

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Barnet Council this week approved a £2.1 million expansion to the Menorah Foundation School in Edgware after a lengthy consultation process.

It will enable the primary to increase its capacity over time from the current 280 pupils to 480.

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Gove praises Anne Frank Trust

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Michael Gove has told Anne Frank Trust supporters that the “unique evil and prejudice” of Nazi Germany was a product of social education failings.

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Hundreds take part in Jewish students' Shropshire weekend

By Sandy Rashty, February 8, 2013

More than 350 university students attended a Genesis Challenge educational programme last weekend.

The event, held at the Condover Hall in Shropshire, was run as a joint learning venture by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

Events included a performance by comedy hypnotist Ken Webster and talks by JLE’s Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz and Aish director of schools Rabbi Shlomo Farhi.

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Protests turn nasty outside Israeli EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2013

A woman was arrested last Saturday amid escalating protests outside an Israeli store in Brighton.

Julie Warman, 44, was charged with racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress following an incident during a protest outside EcoStream, a Sussex police spokesperson confirmed.

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An Essex girl goes to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2013

Welcome to the new face of hasbarah; Samantha Faiers, star of the ITV reality show, The Only Way Is Essex.

The 21-year-old boutique owner was recently taken for her first trip to Israel as a guest of the Israeli Embassy.

She said that she would “definitely recommend” the country after visiting Jerusalem, partying in Tel Aviv and relaxing at a desert spa with her mother and friends.

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