Lawyer makes his case for Glasgow Jewish leadership

Lawyer Eddie Isaacs is making a strong case for the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council under his presidency. "Without meaning to sound arrogant, I've got a lot to bring to the table."

Mr Isaacs, who took charge this week, is Glasgow born and bred. He has filled a variety of communal roles, which he says has prepared him for the challenges ahead, the biggest being the rep council's Community Futures Project.

This got off to a rocky start in January with a row over invitations to the preliminary meeting, an unwelcome distraction Mr Isaacs shrugs off as a misunderstanding.

"It was never meant to be a closed group," he insisted. "And it will not be a closed group going forward. Anyone interested from the community is free and welcome to be involved."

Central to the project is the commissioning of a demographic survey. "In all probability we'll need to involve a few people to help gather the detail - ask the questions, record it, cross-check information, etcetera. It's a major task but the demographic report is very important to the whole project.

"No one can make any decisions going forward unless we have the facts."

Also elected to the council were Daniel Clapham (vice-president) and Jeffrey Jesner (treasurer). Community service awards went to Maurice Griffin, Jessica Cohen, Gabrielle Gordon, Jenna Grabiner, Alex Barnes, Gilad Amzaleg, Gemma Cowan, Hayden Krasner, Barry Landman and Max Berkley.

    Last updated: 3:35pm, June 17 2010