Sandy Rashty

Arctic bravery rewarded 70 years later

By Sandy Rashty, July 26, 2013

British servicemen who served on convoys between the UK and Russia during the Second World War have been recognised by the government.

Around 24 members of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex) received the Arctic Star award after a 70-year campaign.

The vessels travelled through German blockades to keep war materials and supplies afloat between the Allies.

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Mum’s hell as father runs off with two sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A Jewish mother has spoken of her ongoing “hell” in her legal battle to bring two of her sons back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt, 35, from Hendon, thought that her two elder sons, Daniel and Jonathan, had taken a two-week holiday to visit their Russian-born father’s family.

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Bring me the royal baby and I’ll give him the snip, says top mohel

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A leading mohel has offered to circumcise Prince George — in keeping with a Royal Family tradition.

Dr Joseph Spitzer, a GP and the head of the Initiation Society, is willing to carry out the procedure should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to maintain the practice common among royals since the 19th century.

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Special aliyah flight to Israel brings 106 children

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

A record number of children landed in Israel today as part of a unique aliyah programme.

The 106 children, from North America, arrived at Ben Gurion airport this morning as part of a Jewish Agency for Israel mission to facilitate the move of olim.

Gilad Shalit, a former IDF soldier and captive, welcomed the new arrivals on the so-called “Children’s Aliyah Flight”.

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Peres sends gift for royal baby

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

The Israeli president has sent the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a unique outfit to welcome the birth of the royal baby boy.

President Shimon Peres sent a hat, socks, white shirt, blue tie and trousers set with the message “From Israel with love” printed on the shirt.

The baby, who has yet to be named, was born on Monday afternoon and weighed 8lb 6oz.

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Barnet charges primary school for PE in park

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2013

Plans to charge a modern Orthodox free school for use of a nearby park have been condemned as “outrageous” by a Barnet councillor.

Barnet Council wants the Rimon Jewish Primary in Dunstan Road, Golders Green, to pay for the use of Childs Hill Park during physical education classes. The school has a gate that backs on to the park.

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EcoStream beats boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, July 19, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton has reported growth in its business of 40 per cent despite being targeted by boycott activists.

EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, is picketed every Saturday afternoon by anti-Israel activists.

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Teenagers mugged at gunpoint

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Three Jewish teenagers were recovering this week after being robbed at gunpoint shortly after Shabbat went out last weekend.

The boys, two aged 15 and one 14, were confronted by three masked men in West Hampstead, north-west London, as they walked to a friend’s house at around midnight on Saturday.

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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange boss to step down

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Esther Levanon, the CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, will step down at the end of the year.

A spokesperson said the decision came “at her own request”.

A successor has yet to be announced.

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Unemployment statistics do not reflect youth 'under-employment'

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Official statistics released this week indicated a 20,000 fall in youth unemployment in the UK.

The statistics, released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday, were described as “encouraging news” by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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US accuses Israel-linked drug ‘kingpins’ of laundering millions

By Sandy Rashty, July 16, 2013

Criminal charges have been filed against Colombian mobsters with Israeli connections.

United States authorities have placed 31 people on watch-list for alleged participation in a million-dollar money laundering network – with connections to bank accounts in Israel, China, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.

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Incoming Bank of Israel chief accused of shoplifting

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

A shoplifting allegation against incoming Bank of Israel Governor Jacob Frenkel resurfaced last week.

In an incident which was reported in the Israeli press seven years ago, Mr Frenkel allegedly stole perfume from a duty free shop in Hong Kong airport.

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Snake bites man’s penis

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

An Israeli man was rushed to hospital after a snake bit his penis during a visit to the toilet.

The 35-year-old received medical treatment after feeling “a sharp burning sensation” on his penis last Friday.

The man was sitting on the toilet at his family’s home in Nofit, northern Israel.

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Annual date to remember Jews from Arab countries approved

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Jews who fled persecution in Arab countries have been formally recognised by Israeli legislators.

A new law, approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, has made February 17 an annual date in the Israeli calendar to remember the 850,000 refugees.

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie reunite to celebrate son's barmitzvah

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Madonna has celebrated the barmitzvah of her son Rocco in New York.

The singer was joined by ex-husband British director Guy Ritchie at the ceremony at the city's Kaballah Centre last Saturday.

Neither Madonna or Mr Ritchie is Jewish, but the singer has studied Jewish mysticism for over a decade and has adopted the Hebrew name Esther.

She is rumoured to be house hunting in Israel.

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A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.

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Rosh Pinah head resigns - governors face 'bullying'

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

The headteacher of the troubled Rosh Pinah Primary in Edgware resigned this week, the news being conveyed to parents in a brief email the day after Tuesday’s emergency meeting at the school. The note, signed by governors chair Barbara Hotz, was “to let you know that Mr [Anthony] Wolfson has today resigned with immediate effect”. No explanation was given.

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Twitter hands over details of hate tweeters

By Sandy Rashty, July 12, 2013

The identities of people who posted antisemitic messages on Twitter have been disclosed after a year-long legal row between the French Union of Jewish Students and the American social media site.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the details of users who posted hate messages had been handed over to French authorities. It is not yet known how many users have been reported.

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Locals rally to save popular creperie

By Sandy Rashty, July 11, 2013

For more than 30 years, the crepe stand in Hampstead High Street has been a social hub for north-west London’s Jews.

For teenagers and young families, dating couples and senior citizens, La Crêperie de Hampstead has been a place to meet, greet and grab a French-style snack. Even celebrities such as Kate Moss and Mila Kunis have been known to stop by for a pancake.

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The woman who helped Alan Sugar pick Apprentice finalists

By Sandy Rashty, July 11, 2013

As one of Lord Sugar’s most trusted confidantes, Claudine Collins was the obvious choice to act as a judge in The Apprentice.

Miss Collins, the managing director of advertising agency MediaCom, appeared in the semi-final of the BBC reality show this week to quiz the remaining five candidates hoping to make it through to the last round.

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