MEMO 347

April 14, 2013

MEMO 347 A weekly overview of information of interest to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations, forthcoming conferences and news reports.



Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:36

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this morning (wednesday), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4: Thought for the Day: Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:

As the funeral service for Margaret Thatcher takes place today, I will be thinking not of the public person but of the private one …

if you've missed it, you can still listen online at or read it on the chief rabbi's website

btw, a slightly surprising choice … was the chief rabbi specifically requested by lady thatcher (or the thatcher family)?


Wed, 04/17/2013 - 18:02

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the jc used to have a column giving us a heads-up of tv and radio programmes of jewish interest: let's re-start it online


this evening (wednesday), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2: Israel: Facing the Future:

John Ware visits Israel to see how the country has changed in the wake of the Arab Spring.
He meets Israelis from all walks of life to go beyond the news clichés and analyse what is next for the world's only Jewish state as both the religious and the secular battle over its future.

produced and directed by emma whitlock
preview clip available now at


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 17:53

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monday morning, 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4: Ode to Finchleystrasse:
(3rd of 3 episodes of "Journeys down my Street": the previous ones were about somalis and poles)

"Amidst all the coverage of contemporary migration to Britain, it is easy to forget the older generations of immigrants, from across the world, who have settled here and made Britain their home.
Journeys Down my Street is a new series in which Mike Berlin, an urban historian from Birkbeck College, University of London, visits individual streets at the heart of such communities, to hear the stories of earlier immigrants - their arrival, their early lives and their observations on Britain today.

3.Ode to Finchleystrasse
After the Nazi annexation of Austria, 75 years ago in March 1938, Vienna's large Jewish community fled - some to Glasgow and Manchester but the vast majority to the area of North-West London close to Swiss Cottage.
The area became so full of German-speaking refugees that anecdotes tell of war-time bus conductors calling out "Finchleystrasse - Passports Please!" as the bus drew up at the top of the Finchley Road.
The shops and cafes are no longer there, but a vibrant group of elderly refugees share their memories of Finchleystrasse with historian Mike Berlin and reflect on their conflicting desires to recreate the best of Vienna whilst assimilating into British society."

if you miss it, you can still listen online at


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