Sandy Rashty

Facebook and Israeli embassy launch start-up competition

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

A business competition co-organised by Facebook and the Israeli embassy in London was launched this week, in a bid to attract top UK-based technology start-ups.

The Bizcamp competition is aimed at entrepreneurs, who are at the early-stage of starting up their business.

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Timewise power woman fighting for flexibility

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

Karen Mattison has forced companies to recognise the value of part-time employees and inspired mothers to re-enter the workplace.

But the award-winning British businesswoman, 45, says the fight for flexible working is far from over.

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Jewish philanthropists lead Sunday Times rich list

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

The wealthiest Jews are also among the most philanthropic, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, which was released last weekend.

Jews made up more than 11 per cent of the 1,000-strong rich list – with a combined fortune of more than £88bn out of the total £520bn.

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Hampstead stockbroker and family robbed by motorcycle gang

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

A motorcycle gang robbed a stockbroker and his wife of watches worth £20,000 as they returned to their car after a family day out at Kenwood House in north London.

Two bikes drew up alongside the VW Tiguan at around 5pm last Saturday. Four men surrounded it and one smashed a hammer into the side of the car.

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Communal groups say Prince Charles' Hitler-Putin remark was 'inappropriate'

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

Communal leaders have expressed concern over Prince Charles’s comparison of Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler over the Russian president’s actions in Ukraine.

Prince Charles made the comment speaking to Shoah survivor Marianne Ferguson during a tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Service user who stole the show at women's awards

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Women of Distinction were honoured at Jewish Care's annual WoD fundraising lunch on Monday. But the biggest ovation from the 200 guests at the Institute of Directors went to service user Susan Schlaen, a resident at the charity's Sidney Corob House for adults with mental health issues.

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Police chief urges joint approach against abuse

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick told 300 Jewish Women's Aid supporters that communal groups had a responsibility to work with the force to tackle domestic violence.

Addressing a central London lunch that raised over £170,000 for the abuse charity, she said that the issue was not one for the criminal justice system alone.

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Wealthiest Jews on the Sunday Times Rich List

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2014

Jewish figures from the worlds of business, property, sport and media are among the wealthiest people in the country, it was revealed today.

Music and media investor Len Blavatnik, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and London-based Israeli shipping magnate Idan Ofer feature prominently in the Sunday Times Rich List, which details the 1,000 most affluent people in the UK.

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Israeli men near top of world life expectancy league

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Israeli men have the highest life expectancy in the Middle East and the fourth highest in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organisation, published on Thursday.

Israeli men born in 2012 will live for an average 80.2 years.

Men from Iceland were likely to live the longest, at an average 81.2 years, followed by Switzerland at 80.7 years and Australia at 80.5 years.

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New deal keeps Iraqi-Jewish archive in US

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Jewish groups have welcomed a deal between the American and Iraqi governments, which will allow the Iraqi Jewish Archive to remain in the United States for an unspecified period.

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'Jews v Nazis' drinking game sparks outrage

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Americans are known for their use of red and blue plastic cups at alcohol-infused student parties.

But the new "Jews vs Nazis" drinking-game - in which players create a swastika out of red cups and star of David out of blue cups - has caused an international uproar.

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Late cartoonist Kuhn suffered 'mental breakdown'

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

A British-Jewish political cartoonist who died after jumping in front of a train, suffered a mental breakdown after his 30-year marriage ended, an inquest heard this week.

Leon Kuhn was killed after jumping in front of a train at London's Finchley Road tube station in December.

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Palestinians shot dead in Nakba Day protests

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank after participating in Nakba Day riots.

Soldiers reportedly shot the men in the heart with rubber bullets during a riot outside the Ofer Military Prison near Ramallah today.

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Wealthiest Jews in Britain were born abroad, super-rich list reveals

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

The wealthiest Jews in Britain were born abroad, according to the Sunday Times Super-Rich list, published on Sunday.

Jews made up around 20 per cent of the 104-strong rich-list — with a combined fortune of more than £67bn out of the total £301bn.

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Kosher store goes bust owing £150,000

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2014

A kosher grocer and butcher with stores in north and east London and Hertfordshire has gone into liquidation after 14 years in business. But a new company will be set up to continue trading.

Just Koshered Limited owes around £150,000, according to owner Avi Hotter, who insisted that creditors “will be paid”.

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I ventured away from Brent Cross and survived

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

For a Jewish girl who has lived in London her whole life, all my shopping, sporting and general out-and-about activities have been confined to the north-west of the capital.

Like many members of the community, I prefer to spend my free time in local areas where there is parking, rather than travelling to places that may be just a few tube-stops away.

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Roy Hodgson tells CST key to managing England

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

England football manager Roy Hodgson recalled a visit to Auschwitz with some of his players during a fundraising breakfast for the Community Security Trust on Friday.

According to a blog posted on the CST website after the event; Mr Hodgson, who visited the concentration camp in Poland in 2012, said members of the England squad had been keen to learn more about the Shoah prior to the visit.

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Time to condemn fascist fashion

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

Like so many Jewish women, I’ve fallen for fashion.

I’ve stocked my side-table with glossy advert-infused magazines, filled my wardrobe with their seasonal “must-haves” and admired the artistry behind a thousand-pound couture gown.

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Working hard for a real share of power

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

JEWISH ORTHODOX FEMINIST ALLIANCE UK

FOUNDERS: Established by Dina Brawer — Jofa’s UK ambassador — in June 2013 and formally launched with its first UK conference attended by over 200 women and men. The group is inspired by two Orthodox feminist organisations — Kolech in Israel and Jofa in the USA.

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Women’s equality? We’re already there

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

A JC survey of new Jewish women’s groups has thrown into sharp relief the divide between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox movements in tackling gender inequality.

Over the past year, Orthodox women’s organisations have secured access to lay leadership roles — including chair and trustee positions in the United Synagogue — and lobbied against all-male panels at communal events.

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