Edinburgh

Scottish Jews oppose double-decker burials

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2010

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has said it "strongly objects" to proposals to allow the re-use of graves.

The Scottish Government is expected to back the deepening of burial sites, effectively giving the go-ahead to "double-deck" graves.

It is due to announce its plans next month following a lengthy consultation into solving the increasing difficulty of securing burial space.

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Separated at birth: Jewish twins seek mum

By Jessica Elgot, July 30, 2010

A pair of identical 64-year-old twins, born in Leeds, separated at birth and raised by Catholic families, are now seeking their birth mother - Leah Cohen.

With the help of genealogist Martin Cahn, whom they met on JewishGen, Mary Holmes, from Kirkby in Ashfield, and Elaine Allin from Chesterfield, are seeking their Jewish relations.

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Refugees' regional day

July 22, 2010

The annual regional get-together of the Association of Jewish Refugees attracted members from throughout Scotland, as well as Newcastle.

The day's activities at Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation included guest speaker Paula Cowan of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, who gave a presentation on "The Changing Face of Holocaust Education".

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Middle East peace talks come to Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, July 22, 2010

Edinburgh has been hosting a summer school promoting dialogue and understanding between young Jews and Arabs in Israel and beyond.

The Windows for Peace project began as a magazine featuring letters young people wrote to one another and articles about their situations.This has now extended to two weeks of intensive workshops in a neutral country.

It is the second summer school to be held in Edinburgh and a prime mover has been Judy Sischy, director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools and an Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation member.

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Rabbi Mark Solomon is new minister in Edinburgh

By Stephanie Brickman, April 29, 2010

Edinburgh's Liberal congregation, Sukkat Shalom, formally welcomed Rabbi Mark Solomon as minister at an induction ceremony on Sunday attended by 100 people.

The induction was performed by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and in his remarks, Rabbi Solomon stressed his pride at leading a congregation which involved itself in the wider community.

Representatives of other faiths and Labour politician Gavin Strang were among the guests.

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Sheriff throws out concert protest case

By Stephanie Brickman, April 15, 2010

A Scottish sheriff has thrown out a case against five Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign protesters who disrupted a concert by an Israeli classical ensemble.

Five people, Michael (Mick) Napier, Neil Forbes, Sophia McLeod, Kevin Conner and Vanessa Fuertes, were arrested after disrupting a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Edinburgh Festival in August, 2008. They shouted: "These are Israeli army musicians. Genocide in Gaza. End the siege of Gaza."

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Protesters acquitted of Jerusalem Quartet 'abuse'

By Stephanie Brickman, April 12, 2010

A Scottish sheriff has thrown out a case against five Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign protesters who disrupted a concert by an Israeli classical ensemble.

Five people, Michael Napier, Neil Forbes, Sophia McLeod, Kevin Conner and Vanessa Fuertes, had been arrested after disrupting a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet during the Edinburgh Festival in August, 2008.

They shouted: “These are Israeli army musicians. Genocide in Gaza. End the siege of Gaza. End genocide in Gaza.”

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Synagogue-goers told to avoid anti-fascist march through park

By Stephanie Brickman, February 18, 2010

A popular route to shul for Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation members will be off limits tomorrow because of an anti-Fascist march by Scotland United, organised in protest against a Scottish Defence League rally.

The park known as The Meadows is crossed by some members of the community on their way to and from shul.

Two Lothian and Borders police officers visited the shul on Shabbat to warn congregants to avoid The Meadows on February 20.

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Scottish JSocs' hungry for haggis

By Hayden Krasner, February 4, 2010

Students from across the north flocked to Edinburgh last weekend for the annual Burns Supper.

The event, organised by Edinburgh JSoc, began with a Friday night Tu B’Shvat Seder, which saw participants enjoy the experience of trying a range of dried fruits and nuts before moving on to a more traditional Shabbat dinner.

The highlight of the weekend was the formal supper, marking the 251st birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

The meal included kosher haggis and neeps and tatties (swede and potato those south of the border). Entertainment came from a Céilidh band.

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Scottish man celebrates 106 birthday - with one regret

By Stephanie Brickman, January 7, 2010

Celebrating his 106th birthday in Edinburgh on Monday, Samuel Latter voiced just one regret.

When running a car tyre and battery firm, “I could have bought into a new business with one of my customers — wee Tommy Farmer — but I wanted to stay on my own”.

Wee Tommy Farmer is now better known as Sir Tom Farmer, head of the Kwik-Fit empire.

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