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MDA appeals beyond Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2014

Magen David Adom UK has dedicated part of its Pesach appeal to fundraising outside of Israel for the first time in a bid to attract younger donors.

MDA UK chief executive Daniel Burger said that those who were not core supporters were more likely to donate to causes other than Israel.

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Happy Pesach! Six13 lead a top tribute to the Jewish festival

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2014
This award-winning Jewish acappella group from New York perform a top tribute to Pesach, using musical inspiration from Usher to Kesha.

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Kosher caterer Carole Sobell closes business

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2014

A high-end kosher caterer has gone bust again — but a new simcha catering company has already been set-up in the family name.

Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell said she plans to pursue new avenues after her catering company, Carole Sobell Events Ltd, went into liquidation last month.

This comes after her previous companies ceased trading.

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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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