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Spousal abuse is not unique to any one community: Chaya's ordeal could be yours

By Sandy Rashty, December 1, 2016

Chaya was beautiful, with the sweetest set of dimples I have ever seen.

Wrapped up in a pink scarf, she was shy, nervous and polite when we met. I liked her immediately but found the initial distance unsettling given that we were both Jewish women in our early twenties from similar backgrounds in north-west London. I mean, we knew a lot of the same people.

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Vegan shmegan - can an animal-free diet be kosher?

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2016

A vegan life is one without roast chicken or matzah ball soup; chopped liver, herring or gefilte fish. If anyone tells you these dishes can be replaced by experimental tofu and seasoning, they're lying.

I love food and have no time for faddy eaters, but, took up the challenge to set out on a week-long experiment to determine whether veganism was compatible with a Jewish lifestyle.

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Meet Dylan, the kid behind the Palme d'Or

By Sandy Rashty, October 13, 2016

A giggling Dylan Yudolph-McKiernan does not seem to be even slightly awestruck by his own precocious - and rather uncanny - major film debut.

Cradling a puppy in his family's living room in Barnet, he looks ever the happy-go-lucky eight-year-old. "Rocky is quite greedy," he says about the dog. "He likes eating hair too."

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Meet Dylan, the kid behind the Palme d’Or

By Sandy Rashty, October 13, 2016

A giggling Dylan Yudolph-McKiernan does not seem to be even slightly awestruck by his own precocious — and rather uncanny — major film debut.

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Jack and Ella lead Top 10 names for Jewish babies

By Sandy Rashty, October 6, 2016

If you were worried that British baby names were increasingly inspired by the wilder fantasies of the celebrity set, fear not: Jewish parents are largely sticking to tradition.

A study of birth announcements placed in the JC in the year up to Rosh Hashanah has revealed that British Jews still prefer classic names for their newborns, albeit with some modern additions.

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Family's agony over plight of missing soldier

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2016

On a main road adjacent to Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, protestors have gathered.

Around 20 people are standing near the Israeli Prime Minister's residence, calling for the government to retrieve the body of Sergeant Oron Shaul, of the Golani infantry brigade, who went missing in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge two years ago last month.

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Ros Altmann: 'I felt like I was in detention'

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2016

Ros Altmann has described her time as David Cameron's Pensions Minister as "the most terrible experience", and claimed that her health suffered because of the stress of being "silenced" by government officials.

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The banker who bats for charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2016

Sir Victor Blank is no stranger to political and economic chaos. When the world's economy crashed, he was at the eye of the storm, eventually quitting as chairman of Lloyd's TSB, after heavy criticism over the bank's disastrous takeover of HBOS in 2008, although some argued that he carried the can for his executives.

Now he's surveying the result of the Brexit referendum with dismay.

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My sweet sixteen Israel tour disgrace

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2016

I have a confession to make.

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Ken Livingstone accuses MPs probing antisemitism of being obsessed with Hitler

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2016

Ken Livingstone has submitted a written statement to the Home Affairs committee’s inquiry into antisemitism.

The submission, published today, comes after he gave evidence in person earlier this month and names “Hitler” 11 times.

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Sadiq Khan: warnings about security and racism after Brexit vote

By Sandy Rashty, June 27, 2016

Sadiq Khan has voiced his concerns about security and racism in the wake of the Brexit vote.

He has also called on the UK government to give him “a seat around the table” during Brexit negotiations.

The London Mayor made the comments after the UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday morning.

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David Cameron announces his decision to step down after EU referendum

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2016

Communal bodies have paid tribute to David Cameron after he announced his decision to step down as Prime Minister of the UK.

Mr Cameron announced the decision outside Downing Street at around 8:15am this morning.

The announcement came after Britain voted to leave the European Union, by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent.

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'You have chosen to help other people,' says Marr

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

More than 800 guests raised a record £600,000 at the annual Norwood property lunch last Friday.

Guest speaker broadcaster Andrew Marr spoke about the importance of the "third sector", a term used by Prime Minister David Cameron to refer to voluntary organisations.

Praising the guests at the fundraiser, he added: "You are all busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some

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Agent to the oligarchs

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

Gary Hersham, otherwise known as the estate agent to the super-rich is the man that foreign buyers come to when they want to splash out millions of pounds on a Mayfair mansion. Diamond tycoon Lev Leviev and oligarch Roman Abramovich have him to thank for finding their London homes - and many other properties too.

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Frum businessman ‘bribed police’

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

An Orthodox businessman has been accused of paying corrupt New York police officers thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force".

Jeremy Reichberg, who is at the centre of the scandal, is suspected of bribing officers with cash, Super Bowl tickets, free flights to Las Vegas on a private jet and prostitutes in exchange for numerous police services.

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