May 12, 2013
MEMO 351 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.
May 12, 2013
Following protests from SCoJeC and others to the Church of Scotland about the Church and Society Council report on "The Inheritance of Abraham?", the Council of Christians and Jews arranged a meeting between representatives of the Church and the Jewish Community, following which, a joint statement was issued.
- Rabbi Aaron Gol...
May 12, 2013
You would think that the Rabbis of the Kotel, the Western Wall of the Temple of Jerusalem, would be delighted that way over 5000 people thronged into the holy space to mark Rosh Chodesh the beginning of the Hebrew month of Sivan, many thousands more than would ordinarily be in attendance. Indeed, they would have been delighted that the vast majority were haredim, ultra-orthodox Jews. The majority had been shipped from seminaries, were female and organized by a new organization, Women For The Wall to oppose the rights of women to pray as they wish, wearing religious garments. They came with good intentions to peacefully protest.
Unfortunately, they were joined by males, mainly teenagers from seminaries who had only come to hurl abuse and in some cases objects including water bottles, chairs and stones at the hundreds of women who had dared to gather to pray at the Kotel. Many of the Women For The Wall stood to protect those who had gathered in tallitot and tefillin even though sharply disagreed with the practice.
Women of the Wall have been gathering to mark Rosh Chodesh for quarter of a century. So why on this occasion did thousands come to pray or protest rather than the usual handful?
- Leon A Smith
May 10, 2013
Bert Tann – who you may ask is Bert Tann? To me it’s a name evocative of the 1960s. Bert Tann of course died in 1972. He was the Bristol Rovers manager for 18 years from 1950 to 1968 At one point he was the longest serving manager post-war. His accomplishments as Bristol Rovers manager were in relative terms considerable. Bristol Rovers finished 6th in Division 2 in 1956 and 1959. Quite an achievement. Yet even his life’s work has been eclipsed by Sir Alex Ferguson who far exceeded Burt’s tenure and his accomplishments were even greater. Sir Alex’s rein endured for some 26 years!
Longevity in organisations can be a very positive thing. A safe and trusted pair of hands and continuity are vitally important factors. I do appreciate that the link/parallel between Sir Alex Ferguson, Bert Tann and myself is stretching credibility a smidgeon but how ever tenuous that link might be, it is still one that I want to make.
Some of my readers will know I have now been working for Nightingale Hammerson (Nightingale House) for 40 years and I have been the Chief Executive for 16 years. That’s quite a long time. Indeed, I started work at Nightingale House just a year after Bert died (no direct connection there!). I will now be stepping down from the role of Chief Executive of our Charity and will take on a new role as an external ambassador focussing on fundraising and representing the organisation within the community and the care sector. I am very much looking forward to this exciting new role.
- Jonathan Hoffman
May 9, 2013
The recognition of the Church of Scotland that "the report ... has given cause for concern" - and the good faith they have shown by immediately removing it from their website pending revision - are both very welcome.
However the real test will be whether the revision is unobjectionable. In particular it will not be acceptable if the revision consists solely of an additional preamble, leaving the remainder of the document unchanged.
- Jonathan Hoffman
May 8, 2013
The Cambridge spokesman Tim Holt has changed his story: “We have now received confirmation from Professor Hawking’s office that a letter was sent on Friday to the Israeli President’s office regarding his decision not to attend the Presidential Conference, based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott. We had understood previously that his decision was based purely on health grounds having been advised by doctors not to fly."
May 7, 2013
מספר ימים אחרי יום העצמאות, ערך סקוג"ק ארוע לישראלים החיים ברחבי בסקוטלנד
May 5, 2013
MEMO 350 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.
May 5, 2013
A few days after Yom HaAztma’ut, SCoJeC hosted a Scotland-wide event for Israelis living in Scotland, when more than 40 people, including children and partners, came together to celebrate their culture and mark Israel’s 65th Independence Day.
May 3, 2013
The document from the Church and Society Council on "The Inheritance of Abraham" is an outrage to everything that interfaith dialogue stands for. It reads like an Inquisition-era polemic against Jews and Judaism. It is biased, weak on sources, and contradictory. The picture it paints of both Judaism and Israel is barely even a caricature. The arrogance of telling the Jewish people how to interpret Jewish texts and Jewish theology is breathtaking.