No room for gesture musician

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A songwriter who caused controversy with an antisemitic quenelle gesture is not expected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Alison Chabloz claimed on Tuesday that her 45-minute show Tell Me More Lies would run for four days during the festival at a central venue. But the site did not include her in its online listings.


Taunts and abuse greet Israel festival-goers

By Karen Glaser, August 18, 2016

"I made it," gasped a smiling Lisa Epstein as she walked into the lobby of Edinburgh's Central Hall on Wednesday.

She and around 800 other visitors to the International Shalom Festival, a day-long celebration of Israel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, had to run a gauntlet of jeers, heckles and abuse from pro-Palestinian activists as they arrived at the prestigious venue.


They are unpaid but priceless

July 25, 2016

From key fundraisers to meals-on-wheels providers, the breadth of Jewish Care's volunteer army was showcased at its awards night, held at the charity's Friern Barnet campus.

The age spectrum was also covered with long-time volunteers recognised alongside teenage helpers.


Defiant Israelis return to the Fringe

By Josh Jackman, July 14, 2016

A day-long cultural celebration of Israel will be held at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month. But the International Shalom Festival is set to be opposed by Scottish pro-Palestinian activists.

The Shalom event on August 17 is expected to sell out the city's 1,000-capacity Central Hall. It is being organised by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland (COFIS) and StandWithUs.


Mother's pride at award

By Charlotte Oliver, June 23, 2016

A mother whose daughter died following an asthma attack has expressed her pride that she is "still making an impact today", thanks to a series of student awards launched in her honour.

Daniella Sciama was 18, and had just started her first year at Edinburgh University, when she suffered a fatal asthma attack in December 2013.


Edinburgh shul hosts Lord Hope

October 13, 2015

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation welcomed Lord Hope of Craighead, who was on his first visit to a synagogue. Lord and Lady Hope were hosted by Rabbi David Rose, shul members and from Glasgow, Rabbi Moshe Rubin of Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation,andScottish Council of Jewish Communities' Ephraim Borowski and Nicola Livingston.


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.


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.


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.


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.