Sandy Rashty

Samantha Cameron hails Kisharon at Downing Street charity event

By Sandy Rashty, April 3, 2014

Samantha Cameron spoke from the heart when hailing "amazing" special needs charity Kisharon at a Number 10 reception on Tuesday.

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Shul's olive branch to rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Cardiff Reform Synagogue has set up a five-person committee to rebuild "cordial relations" with Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who resigned suddenly last month after a dispute with shul executives.

"Our synagogue has had a blip, no one could deny that," said congregant Barbara Michaels, who edits the local Jewish journal, Bimah. "But we haven't fallen into a dark hole.

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A lot of love for Pixie - but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.

The 350 diners at the Marriott Grosvenor Square fell silent as an emotional Mrs Salt recalled harrowing encounters with Nazi officers.

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West End synagogues recognise the benefits of collaborative projects

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Three West End Orthodox synagogues have joined forces to plan collaborative events and forge social ties between members.

Representatives from the Western Marble Arch, Central and New West End congregations met this month to "begin to work on many social events", said Beverly Miller, a Western Marble Arch executive board member.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert found guilty of bribery

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of bribery by an Israeli court.

He was convicted on Monday morning after an investigation into his role in the so-called “Holyland affair”, in which bribes were received to speed up the development of luxury properties, during his time as mayor of Jerusalem.

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Irving's Hitler hair sample shown to be fake

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

The sample of Hitler’s hair which Channel 4 paid Holocaust denier David Irving more than £3,000 for, has been revealed as a fake.

The Channel bought the sample for its documentary series Dead Famous DNA, but said tests had shown it was not authentic.

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A lot of love for Pixie — but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.

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Teacher saves teen from death jump

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

A teacher saved a teenage boy from potential suicide when he saw him on the parapet of a bridge over a busy road.

Adam Landsman, 27, was driving to work on Wednesday — a day when thousands of other teachers were on strike — and spotted the boy who had climbed the railings and was staring down at the rush-hour A1 traffic in Hatfield.

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London meeting of Muslim and Jewish leaders hailed as 'really special'

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2014

An Iraqi-Muslim academic today described a meeting of religious leaders from Israel, Iran and Iraq as “a really special event”.

The religious leaders flew to the UK in a groundbreaking bid to forge ties and resolve the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

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WJC urges UN to drop its 'anti-Israel obsession'

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The World Jewish Congress today called on the United Nations to drop its “anti-Israel bias”.

The advocacy group urged the UN Human Rights Council to stop singling out Israel for criticism and reform its approach to the Middle East conflict.

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Pharrell Williams very happy about Israeli video

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

American singer Pharrell Williams has paid special tribute to the Israelis who covered his award-winning single ‘Happy’.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer chose the video tribute filmed in Tel Aviv, to be shown at the UN’s International Day of Happiness .

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Rolling Stones confirm they will play in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The Rolling Stones will perform their first-ever Israel concert, it has been confirmed.

Representatives said on Tuesday that the band would go ahead with its performance in Tel Aviv this summer as planned.

The Stones were reportedly offered £4.5 million to play the open-air concert in Park Hayarkon on June 4 – the largest sum ever offered for a music act to play in the country.

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H&M withdraws 'offensive' star of David top

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

A high-street fashion chain has withdrawn a line of vest tops emblazoned with a skull at the centre of a large star of David.

H&M, which has 3,100 stores across 53 countries, confirmed that the men's vest top was removed on Monday morning in the wake of complaints from angry shoppers.

“The order has been stopped and the others have been pulled,” said a H&M spokeswoman.

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Channel 4 buys Hitler's hair from David Irving for £3,000

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

Channel 4 has defended its decision to buy a lock of Hitler’s hair from Holocaust-denier David Irving.

Television executives said paying £3,000 was justified on scientific grounds.

The hair will be tested on the channel “Dead Famous DNA” programme which will be broadcast this week.

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Katherine Jenkins sings for Shoah survivors

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

Katherine Jenkins was overcome with emotion as she embraced a Shoah survivor at a record-breaking fundraising dinner on Monday.

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Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.

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Iranian leader questions the Holocaust

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

Iran’s supreme leader has questioned whether the Holocaust took place.

In a speech marking the Persian New Year on Friday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "Expressing opinion about the Holocaust, or casting doubt on it, is one of the greatest sins in the West.

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Covent Garden family pharmacy to close

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

One of the last independent shops in the Covent Garden area of central London is to close this week, with its Jewish founders blaming high rents and rates for making the business unsustainable.

The Garden Pharmacy was opened by grandparents Harry and Connie Ganz in 1984.

Surrounded by London’s top theatres, its customers include actors Rupert Everett, Simon Callow and Amanda Barrie.

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‘Happy days’ for Israeli trade as delegation comes to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

A 30-strong group of Israeli companies specialising in retail and water technology were welcomed to Downing Street last week, in a ground-breaking bid to strengthen trade ties with the UK.

Heads of British corporations, from Marks and Spencer to Tesco and ASOS, were full of praise after attending events from Downing Street to the BT Tower and Science Museum.

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Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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