Scotland

The Israeli ambassador's Glasgow breakfast

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub attended a breakfast with members of the Glasgow Jewish community last Thursday.

Stanley Lovatt, Israel’s honorary consul in Scotland, organised a breakfast with 80 guests on Thursday morning at the Glasgow Hilton hotel.

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Israeli ambassador meets Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond met the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, last week in Edinburgh on the ambassador’s first diplomatic trip to Scotland.

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Glasgow row over future of Calderwood Lodge school

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

A war of words has broken out between the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (JRC) and the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council over the religious future of Glasgow’s only Jewish school.

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Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”

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Husband fined in Scotland for calling his wife a 'greedy little Jewish princess'

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A man from Scotland was fined £1,000 on Wednesday for calling his wife a “greedy little Jewish princess” in a deluded drunk-dial outburst on Christmas Eve last year.

Mark Symington, an investment broker, told his wife: “You’re just a silly little gold-digger [with] a few fur coats,” according to a report in the Daily Mail.

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Kosher deli owner sparks kashrut row in Glasgow

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2012

The Lubavitch owner of a kosher deli has caused a stir in Glasgow by choosing to supervise it himself rather than come under the umbrella of the local kashrut authority.

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs took over Hello Deli in August, announcing that it was under the “strict” supervision of himself and his wife Tzirl.

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Scotland's new report on being Jewish

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

A major report into Jews living in Scotland, from cities to the Highlands, has found many concerned about anti-Zionism and antisemitism and a hunger for more Jewish contact from those who live far from established communities.

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Scottish Jewry: Hiding our identity 'to avoid abuse'

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Scottish Jews hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Israelis living in the country reported that they often pretended to be French or Turkish to "avoid uncomfortable situations".

Being Jewish in Scotland was compiled by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

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Why did they leave?

By Stephanie Brickman, December 15, 2011

A Scottish Goverment-funded survey examining the experience of Scotland's Jews was launched this week.

Being Jewish in Scotland is the brainchild of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. It is being led by project officer Fiona Frank, who explained that it would focus "on people's stories and reflections on what's good, and not so good, about being Jewish in Scotland".

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Braveheart receives his reward

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

A Glasgow Reform leader who saved a woman from drowning in freezing water has been presented with a Brave@Heart award by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond at Edinburgh Castle.

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