Edinburgh

Gift shop sacked him. Now he gets a donation to sue

By Adam Henderson, August 21, 2014

A man who claims he was fired for being Jewish has got cash backing from the community to take his former employers to court.

Jonathan Litewski, 26, had been working part-time over the summer at Old Town Context, an independent souvenir gift shop in Edinburgh.

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Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.

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Scottish gallery cancels Israel embassy sponsorship cash

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

A Scottish art gallery has cancelled the Israeli embassy’s sponsorship of an exhibition after anti-Israel activists threatened to mount a 90-day protest.

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Salmond enjoys a snapshot of Jewish life

By Adam Henderson, February 24, 2014

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond highlighted the Jewish contribution to the nation at a reception at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday night.

Mr Salmond was guest of honour at the launch of a photographic exhibition by Judah Passow celebrating the country’s Jewish community, which will have its first major display in New York.

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Scottish life is a picture of interest to Passow

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

London-domiciled Glaswegian Michael Mail wanted to do something to “recognise and celebrate the Scottish Jewish story”. Then he came across the work of award-winning photographer Judah Passow and knew he had found the answer.

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Edinburgh Dialogue looks to build as one

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

The Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue is making plans to decide on the best way to unite the small community.
The latest meeting — which attracted 50 people — heard Dr Jesmond Blumenfeld speak about the Oxford model of Judaism.

This includes different branches of Judaism in the one building holding simultaneous services.

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Shul's Fringe attraction

By Adam Henderson, September 9, 2013

One of the Edinburgh Festival’s enduring traditions is an open day at the city’s Orthodox synagogue featuring stars from the shows.

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Church agrees to tone down anti-Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2013

A “truly hurtful” report about Israel is to be rewritten in an attempt to diffuse a row between the Church of Scotland and the Jewish community.

The discussion document compiled by the Church’s church and society council provoked outrage after apparently suggesting that Jewish claims to the land of Israel could be invalidated by the treatment of Palestinians.

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Driving conflict

May 2, 2013

It is hard to conceive of a more one-sided document than the report on the "promised land" shortly to go to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.

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Scottish Parliament anti-Israel protesters charged

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Protesters who evaded security to climb on to the roof of the Scottish parliament have been charged.

The ten anti-Israel activists said they wanted to "occupy" the roof of the building during the First Minister's questions in order to challenge the government's approach to Israel and Gaza.

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