Former members of the Bosnian Jewish community brought to Britain from the war-ravaged country 20 years ago marked the anniversary with an emotional reunion at Jewish Care’s Wohl campus in Golders Green.
Along with World Jewish Relief and the American Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Care was instrumental in assisting the Bosnians to escape and helped them adjust to life in the UK.
The pupils and staff of JFS have found themselves in the spotlight this year. After the Supreme Court ruled the school must not enquire about the halachic status of pupils, the face of Jewish education was changed forever – sparking endless debate in the community.
JFS pupils discussed the court's decision too, says head Jonathan Miller, because they discuss everything.
Ask any Scot to complete the sentence “I belong…” and the immediate answer will be: “I belong to Glasgow, and Glasgow belongs to me”. What is true of the general population equally applies to Scottish Jewry. There is pride and passion about being a Jew and a Glaswegian.
However, two-thirds of what was once a 15,000 population now reminisce from a distance — usually London, Manchester or Tel Aviv.