Glasgow minister promotes staying power

By Anna Behrmann, January 12, 2015

The new rabbi of Glasgow’s Newton Mearns Synagogue wants to re-engage with the younger community and encourage people to come back to shul.

Rabbi Eli Wolfson, 32, who previously served as the city’s youth and community rabbi, pledged to bolster the synagogue’s Jewish social and educational framework in the hope of stemming the drift of the young generation to London or Manchester.


Glasgow parties for council's 100th

By Adam Henderson, December 4, 2014

Limmud Scotland held a Shabbat dinner to give guests a taste of the main learning event in March.

More than 100 people heard from four speakers: Claire Singerman of Gathering the Voices - a Holocaust Remembrance project; UJIA Glasgow youth worker Julie Rae-King; Limmud chairman Kevin Sefton; and Glasgow expatriate Nick Henderson who works for Jewish educational programme Livnot U'Lehibanot in T


Soudry sounds the last post

By Alan Henderson, November 13, 2014

Aharon Soudry took part in his last engagement as minister of Newton Mearns shul at Sunday's Remembrance Day service.

Three years after taking up the role, Mr Soudry led the memorial service for nearly 200 of Glasgow's Jews who died fighting in the two world wars.

Mr Soudry said: "I have stood at the Cenotaph at the Newton Mearns memorial on Remembrance Sunday for many years.


Bid to set up Holocaust study centre in Glasgow

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2014

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre is looking to set up a Holocaust study centre in Glasgow.

The group will apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund and appeal to the Scottish community for funds for the centre.

The move comes after the group completed a feasibility study, funded by a grant from the Scottish government.


Flags fly in the face of opinion

By Daniel Easterman, September 4, 2014

Representatives from Glasgow's Jewish community held talks with the leader of the city council this week to discuss their concerns over the council's decision to fly the Palestinian flag over its building.


Survivor stories on show

By Adam Henderson, August 28, 2014

Holocaust survivor stories collated through a Scottish initiative are being exhibited at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Thirty-seven survivors were interviewed through the Gathering the Voices project for the exhibition, which will be made available to other educational institutions.


Scots ask to meet Salmond over hate rise

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, August 14, 2014

A leader of Scotland's Jewish community has asked for an urgent meeting with the country's First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss rising levels of antisemitism.

Paul Morron, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said he had received hundreds of emails from Jews who were concerned at the situation.

"The level of anxiety is quite unprecedented.


Games opening gives visitors a history lesson

By Adam Henderson, July 24, 2014

Glasgow Jewry has shown its hospitality - and history - to visitors to the city for the Commonwealth Games.

Local shuls and families have extended a welcome to Jews in Scotland for the Games. And Garnethill Synagogue was among the participants in Wednesday's open day of historic buildings normally closed to the general public.


Scots try the rugby rabbi

By Adam Henderson, July 14, 2014

A former schoolboy rugby star will fill a Glasgow ministerial gap over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Newton Mearns Synagogue will be bringing in Rabbi Yitzchak Greenblatt, 33, formerly known as Jared Greenblatt. Born in South Africa, he grew up in England, which he represented at under-18 level before making aliyah and studying at yeshivah in Jerusalem.


It's a tie as mosque members visit shul

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Furthering the link between Glasgow Central Mosque and the city's Jewish community, mosque members visited Giffnock Synagogue on Sunday for a tour and discussions on future co-operation.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron said: "There are so many areas in which we can work together and I hope to explore these further.