Sandy Rashty

Palestinian rocket may have killed family of BBC journalist, says UN report

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A United Nations report yesterday announced that a misfired Palestinian rocket may have killed family members of a BBC journalist during the Israel-Gaza conflict last November.

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Arabic and English website tells story of Middle Eastern Jews

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A non-profit organisation, modelled on Holocaust research groups, has launched 11 new websites to detail the exodus of Jews from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Veteran American Zionist dies aged 98

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

A veteran Jewish leader who championed Zionism, challenged antisemitism and strengthened US-Israel relations, has died.

Jacques Torczyner, once president of the right-wing Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA), died aged 98.

The current ZOA president, Morton Klein, described him as a “tireless and galvanising figure of American Zionism.

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Banking on JSoc growth at Canary Wharf

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

JSocs are spreading into the corporate arena, allowing Jewish employees at major financial and law firms In Canary Wharf to get together for social, cultural and religious activities.

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Rabbi Freedman places great faith in networking benefits

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Rabbi Moshe Freedman is the Jewish chaplain within the multi-faith Canary Wharf team, working one day a week. The chaplains are independent of the Canary Wharf Group but CWG provides free office space

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‘I was helped — now I'm helping'

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Hasmonean student Pini Stimler, 16, was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four and has been in remission for eight years.

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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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