Sandy Rashty

Revealed: how ‘Count of Auschwitz’ saved Peres’s father

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

The full story of the wartime experiences of Yitzchak Persky, President Shimon Peres's father, are today made public for the first time.

A folder that had been hidden in the Yad Vashem archives before being given to President Peres last year has been seen by the JC. It contains the testimony of Polish-born Yitzchak Persky, given to a Yad Vashem researcher in January 1965.

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David Broza, Israel's singing legend, is performing in London

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2013

Internationally renowned folk-rock singer David Broza says he is “looking forward” to performing in London next week. The Israeli singer-songwriter has performed in Greece, South America and Australia but it has been “around 10 years since I last came to London, so it’s very exciting for me. I’m thrilled to come.”

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Burt condemns ‘indiscriminate rocket attack’ on Israel

By Sandy Rashty, February 27, 2013

Foreign Minister Alistair Burt has “condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel” in response to attack on southern Israel on Tuesday.

The rocket from Gaza, which hit a road outside Ashkelon, is the first attack since the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.

No injuries were reported.

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Purim 2013

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013
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Glasgow Commonwealth Games: 'We need you'

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Jews from throughout the UK are being urged to apply to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before next Thursday’s deadline.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council is organising a committee modelled on the group formed in London for the 2012 Olympics to offer a variety of services.

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Campbell's perfect 10 at Jcore

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Labour’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell shared his “10 point plan” for running a successful organisation with Jewish Council for Racial Equality supporters on Tuesday.

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Making the Holocaust relevant for young people

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Manchester-born Habonim Dror leader Lucy Travis, 24, represented the youth movements. “I am surprised that no one from other movements came on this seminar,” she said. “I thought we would have to fight for a place.”

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Hasmonean headteacher: ‘Pupils need to realise significance'

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Hasmonean Girls’ School head Rachel Fink was among six Hasmonean delegates. Taking studious notes throughout, she said the seminar had inspired her to rethink the school’s “enrichment programme before year nine students go to Poland. We could look at a preparatory programme as we can’t just rely on students to conduct their own research.

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Spreading the message at shul

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

The only shul representative on the seminar was Diana Bronson, a 54-year-old mother of four who runs cheder and youth group sessions at Edgware Synagogue as a volunteer. Visiting Israel for the first time in 24 years, she said she wanted to acquire the expertise “get the Holocaust better known to kids who are not Jewish.

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Teachers learning a fresh perspective on the Holocaust

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

There is calling out in class and scribbling in notebooks as 22 British students learn about the Holocaust.

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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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