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Limmud Conference 2013

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

Photos: Flix 'N' Pix

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Mandela ‘trained in sabotage by Mossad’

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2013

Nelson Mandela received security training from Israeli agents, according to reports.

The South African anti-apartheid hero, who died this month aged 95, was trained in weaponry, judo and sabotage by Mossad during his struggle against the country’s white government in the 1960s.

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Property millionaire found guilty of murdering his wife

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

Jewish property tycoon Robert Ekaireb was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey today.

Mr Ekaireb, 39, was convicted of having murdered his wife, former lapdancer Li Hua Cao.

Ms Hua Cao, 27, was believed to have been 22 weeks pregnant when she went missing in October 2006.

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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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Hunger-strike businessman exits Bolivia jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the US after being detained in Bolivia for more than two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being put under house arrest.

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Charity will appoint new trustee after probe

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

A Jewish charity has agreed to appoint a “fully independent trustee” to its board following an investigation by the Charity Commission.

Mayfair Charities Ltd, which provides grants to Jewish educational and poverty-relief organisations, this week confirmed that it would comply with the recommendations outlined in the regulator’s report.

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Stephen Fry hires John Galliano as costume designer for Oscar Wilde show

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

Stephen Fry has employed disgraced fashion designer John Galliano to design the costumes for his theatrical production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The move comes two years after Mr Galliano faced criminal charges for a drunken antisemitic rant.

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Hunger strike businessman freed from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the United States after being detained in Bolvia for over two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being placed under house arrest.

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Need a £1m investment? Speak to customers first

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2013

An Israeli entrepreneur has secured over £1 million from private investors for his award-winning UK-based property company.

Nitzan Yudan, founder of Flat-Club, which helps young professionals find short-term accommodation by renting through their trusted social networks, says the funding will boost the company’s global presence.

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Chicken and egg: My dream restaurant

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2013

In 2010, Fiona Gale was sitting in her kitchen, cooking a chicken.

The 59-year-old divorcee had forfeited her share in a successful catering business, Artus & Gale, to look after her two young children.

Now they were grown up, she was considering what to do next.

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Burnham hails care provision

By Sandy Rashty, December 2, 2013

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham praised Jewish Care as a “beacon of good practice” during a tour of its Golders Green campus last Thursday.

The MP — who is proposing a model for “integrated” health care — said the charity’s inclusive social, medical and religious concept was “an aspiration for the future of health and social care across the country.

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Mirvis backs fight against abuse

By Sandy Rashty, December 2, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has urged UK Jewry to take responsibility in the campaign to combat domestic abuse within the community.

He said ignorance and sensitivity around the issue made it difficult for charities like Jewish Women’s Aid to support victims of abuse in homes across the religious spectrum.

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Chanucah rendition of Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' by The Maccabeats

By Sandy Rashty, November 28, 2013
American acapella group, The Maccabeats, have released a new Chanucah single. The music video, a rendition of British Jewish singer Ellie Goulding's Burn, features a Jewish boy struggling to embrace his Jewish identity and battle bullies.

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Hollywood producer on his double life as an Israeli spy

By Sandy Rashty, November 26, 2013

The Hollywood producer behind Pretty Woman and LA Confidential has opened up about his double life as an Israeli spy.

Arnon Milchan, who also made Fight Club and Runner Runner, claimed that he bought arms on behalf of Israel as well as technology that has been used to boost its nuclear programme.

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Hague says Iran deal 'enhances Middle East security'

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague defended the Iran nuclear deal in a speech to Parliament today.

He described the six month deal - to curb Iran's nuclear programme and lift some sanctions - as a “significant step towards enhancing the security of the Middle East and preventing nuclear proliferation worldwide.

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Mitzvah Day 2013

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2013
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Split over using synagogue resources to help new immigrants

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2013

Divisions in the community over its attitudes to immigrants have been revealed in the wake of Baroness Neuberger’s comments about the Bulgarians and Romanians expected to arrive in the UK next year.

Baroness Neuberger, rabbi of the West London Synagogue, said last week that British Jewry should speak out more on behalf of new arrivals, given its own history as an immigrant community.

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Fashion world split over Galliano job at Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2013

The fashion world is split over Vogue UK magazine’s decision to use disgraced designer John Galliano as guest fashion editor for its December edition.

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman described Mr Galliano — who faced criminal charges after a drunken antisemitic rant in 2011 — as a designer “informed by a richness of imagination and history”.

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300-year-old haggadah expected to fetch £150,000 at auction

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2013

An eighteenth century Hebrew manuscript in expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000 when it goes on auction on Friday.

The 1726 haggadah was discovered by an auctioneer at a Jewish home in north Manchester, inside a large Osem cardboard box that originally contained kosher food.

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France 'uses all it strength' to fight antisemitism, Hollande tells Knesset

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

French President François Hollande has told Israeli politicians that France "uses all its strength combating antisemitism".

In a speech to the Knesset today, the French leader also expressed concern over Iran’s nuclear programme and reiterated his support for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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