Sandy Rashty

United Synagogue Women role models joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of only two men in the room at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College on Sunday as United Synagogue Women held their annual conference. The only other male among the 100 women was the chief’s security guard.

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Jewish and Muslim women finding common ground

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Addressing 130 Jewish and Muslim women at the Foreign Office, Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi said the religions had more in common than circumcision, ritual slaughter and good food.

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Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.

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Zuckerberg plea to Obama over online surveillance

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

Barack Obama received a call this week from disgruntled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Jewish-American tycoon, 29, phoned the US president to complain about excessive governmental surveillance on the social media site, which has 1.2 billion users across the globe.

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Age not an issue for me, or my teenage comrades, says IDF’s oldest paratrooper

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A former Londoner has become the oldest recruit to join the Israel Defence Forces’ elite paratroopers unit, at the tender age of 29.

Isaac Allen, who received his red beret last month, has been trumpeted as the IDF’s latest poster-boy in a campaign to close the army generation gap.

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Gaza terror group declares ceasefire

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Islamic Jihad has announced a ceasefire after launching a massive rocket barrage at southern Israel over the past 24 hours.

The Gaza terror group said that the truce had been brokered by Egypt – but Israel has not yet confirmed it.

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Chief Rabbi calls on leaders to act over Syria

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Rabbis across the religious divide have called on world leaders to commit to peace talks in Syria on the third anniversary of the outbreak of civil war.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis along with representatives from the Sephardi, Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements signed an open letter sent by World Jewish Relief this week.

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Israel charity worker mugged

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

A senior charity worker is being treated for a brain injury after he was attacked by a gang of thieves.

Dan Rickman, the head of fundraising at Magen David Adom UK, was knocked unconscious as he walked to his home in Hendon, north-west London in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.

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British mothers battle stress of having children in IDF

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Twenty-one British mothers have banded together to help each other cope with the stresses of having children who serve in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) .

Camille Compton, former Emunah charity chair, co-founded Mahal Mums after her 19-year-old son, Max, volunteered for the IDF after leaving Immanuel College last summer.

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Historian’s distress over shelved book

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2014

An award-winning expert on antisemitism this week condemned a publisher’s “deplorable” decision not to release his book in the UK in the face of a threat of libel action from Holocaust denier David Irving.

Professor Robert Wistrich, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, revealed his frustration during a debate at the London Jewish Cultural Centre on Monday.

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Girls, beware of cruel Jewish mumzillas

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2014

The sight of my mother striding into our kitchen with bags of shopping is not unusual.

At this point, my dad, sister and I must stop what we’re doing. She has trawled the shops and shlepped back stuff that she wants to show, unwrap and mull over.

Keen to keep her daughters pretty, she’s brought back goods that will ensure we’re presentable when we next go out to work or play.

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Boy London fashion brand rejects concern over ‘Nazi’ logo

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

An international fashion label has dismissed concerns over the striking resemblance between its logo and the Nazi eagle symbol.

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Israelis get "Happy" with Pharrell in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014
Israelis from Tel Aviv and Jaffa performed their own rendition of "Happy" by hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams. The video was made by media group ISRAEL21c.

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Israeli airlines get laser defence shields

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

Israeli commercial planes will be fitted with military lasers in a high-tech bid to combat attempted terrorist attacks.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence approved the use of SkyShield, a defence system, for commercial purposes on Wednesday.

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Vogue appoints Suzy Menkes as international fashion editor

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2014

Veteran British journalist Suzy Menkes has been appointed international fashion editor of Vogue.

The 70-year-old left the Paris-based International Herald Tribune newspaper, rebranded as the International New York Times four months ago, after 25 years as its fashion critic.

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Mazeltov! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher engaged

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Jewish-Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis is engaged to long-term boyfriend and kabbalah enthusiast Ashton Kutcher.

The Black Swan star, 30, was seen wearing a large diamond ring on her wedding finger while shopping with her mother Elvira in Los Angeles this week, prompting unconfirmed reports of an engagement in E! Online and People magazine.

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Great Danes — the story of the wartime rescue

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

As a former diplomat and the current editor of leading Danish newspaper Politiken, Bo Lidegaard knows how to report a good story. He certainly does so in his new book, Countrymen: The untold story of how Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis.

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An interiors business designed to last

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Israel-born Ze’ev Aram is one of the biggest names in British design.

For the past 50 years, people in the know have filled their homes and offices with interior pieces from his Aram Store, now based in Covent Garden.

Sitting in his office above the store, Aram reflects on his journey from Haifa to opening his first shop on King’s Road.

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Cardiff rabbi's surprise departure

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Cardiff Reform Synagogue minister, Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who has served the community on a part-time basis for 10 years.

CRS chair Mel Odey declined to comment on “the recent resignation”, saying it would be “both inappropriate and premature for any statement to be made before the scheduled meeting of the synagogue members”.

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