Sandy Rashty

Tunisian Imam expelled from France

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2012

The French government has expelled Tunisian Imam Mohammed Hammami after accusing him of antisemitism, encouraging violence against women and promoting a holy jihad.

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Milah UK to protect Jewish circumcision in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

A new group, Milah UK, has been launched to promote the practice of Jewish circumcision in the UK.

The new group will serve all members of the community, from strictly Orthodox to Liberal Judaism.

Milah UK is jointly chaired by Dr Simon Hochhauser, former president of the United Synagogue and Prof David Katz, from the defence division at the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

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The Israeli ambassador's Glasgow breakfast

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub attended a breakfast with members of the Glasgow Jewish community last Thursday.

Stanley Lovatt, Israel’s honorary consul in Scotland, organised a breakfast with 80 guests on Thursday morning at the Glasgow Hilton hotel.

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Plot to kidnap Tunisian Jews foiled

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A terrorist group that planned to kidnap Tunisian Jews has been arrested and put on trial.

The fundamentalist group, led by a senior police officer, plotted to snatch community members while on their usual seaside walk after Friday-night synagogue service.

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It’s a scary Halloween business

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A “spooktacular” party night in Camden on Saturday raised £4,500 for Jewish Care as 250 young professionals dressed to impress for Halloween. Costumes at the Rock committee’s event ranged from the traditional vampire and zombie outfits to elephant and Pink Panther bodysuits.

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Giles Coren compliments the catering at Wizo lunch

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Times food critic and broadcaster Giles Coren entertained 180 Wizo women at the charity’s literary lunch at St John’s Wood Synagogue on Wednesday — and complimented the kosher catering.

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Wartime refugee finally becomes British citizen at 106

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A 106-year-old from Swiss Cottage has become the oldest person to receive British citizenship.

Originally from Germany, Johanna Waller and her younger sister fled the Nazis in 1939.

She did not receive immigration documents when entering the country and, over the years, came to assume that she would never receive citizenship.

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Congolese join the party to thank shul for support

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A Congolese woman stole the show at an interfaith event at the New North London Synagogue on Sunday with a rousing rendition of Hava Nagilah.

Maman Georgette’s performance of songs familiar to Jews among the 350 crowd was a throwback to her training as a parachutist by the IDF at the time of the Six-Day War in 1967 and a year spent on kibbutz.

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Rise in Charedim using mental health centre

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A mental health charity working with the Charedi community is reporting an upsurge in cases.

The Talking Matters psychological therapy centre in Stamford Hill receives NHS funding for 775 clients but currently supports more than 1,200 people of all ages.

It receives £105,000 from the NHS and £15,000 from the nominal fees users are asked to pay.

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Guide to the grass-roots groups

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A new guide highlights grass-roots activities within British Jewry.

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Israeli ambassador meets Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond met the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, last week in Edinburgh on the ambassador’s first diplomatic trip to Scotland.

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Looters hit Amy Winehouse's former home

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Singer Amy Winehouse’s former home has reportedly been hit by looters who stole items worth more than £130,000.

Two iconic dresses, including the Back to Black-star’s wedding dress and a newsprint dress worn during a television appearance, were stolen from the property in Camden, north London, according to the Sun.

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Jewish couple killed by Hurricane Sandy

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2012

A young Jewish couple were killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn, New York, on Monday night.

Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, both 23, were walking their dog when they were struck by the tree in Ditmas Park, according to various media reports.

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Netanyahu to meet Hollande, visit Toulouse

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2012

The Israeli prime minister arrived in Paris this morning for a two-day diplomatic trip to France.

Benajmin Netanyahu will meet the French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

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Foreign Office minister meets Palestinian chief negotiator

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has emphasised “the urgent need to make progress towards a two state solution,” after a meeting with the Palestinians' chief negotiator, Dr Saeb Erekat, in London today.

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Egypt seizes 1.7m Jewish property documents

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

The Egyptian authorities have seized documents which reportedly confirm Jewish ownership of property in Cairo.

The 1.7 million documents, weighing two tonnes, were confiscated as they were being shipped to Israel via Jordan.

The attempted delivery of the documents was called “the most dangerous case of security breach in history” by Egyptian media on Sunday.

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Six-member Grimsby shul reopens after roof repairs

By Sandy Rashty, October 25, 2012

Non-Jewish supporters of the tiny Grimsby congregation have helped raise the £12,500 for repairs to its synagogue roof, which was on the point of collapse.

The 124-year-old community, which has just six active members, will next week hold its first Friday-night service since the completion of the work.

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UN ambassador urges Security Council to condemn Hamas

By Sandy Rashty, October 25, 2012

Israel’s United Nations envoy has called on the international body to “condemn Hamas terrorism” after more than 70 rockets were fired into southern Israeli cities yesterday.

Ron Proser, the former Israeli ambassador to the UK, issued a letter that urged members of the United Nations Security Council to “condemn Hamas terrorism without any equivocation or delay.

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Seinfeld's Jason Alexander backs President Obama

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2012

Actor Jason Alexander has urged “old Jews” to vote for Barack Obama in the November presidential election.

The Seinfeld star has campaigned on behalf of the current president in Florida, the pivotal state.

“I’m going to talk to the old Jews – some of them think [President] Obama is not pro-Israel [but] he’s very pro-Israel. I have to bring them over from the other side.”

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Jimmy Savile admitted he was 'crooked' in interview before his death

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2012

In a previously unpublished interview given just before his death last year, Jimmy Savile admitted that his reputation would collapse after his death, saying that he was “not a straight punter” and would soon be regarded as “crooked”.

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