Great Scots: We are up for a party

By Stephanie Brickman, May 12, 2011

Glasgow's celebration was kicked off by a blast from the shofar from Rabbi Danny Bergson, whose musical skills saved the day last year when the volcanic ash cloud prevented the scheduled Israeli performers from travelling.


Glasgow aids memorial

By Stephanie Brickman, March 25, 2011

Glasgow City Council has boosted the Sandymount cemetery regeneration project with a £4,000 donation towards the £15,000 required to create a Jewish children's memorial.

Between 1905-38, 760 children were buried at Sandymount in unmarked graves, a grim indication of the then high infant mortality rate locally.


Scots burial board settles out of court

By Stephanie Brickman, March 24, 2011

The Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society, GHBS, has settled out of court with its former burial officer Warren Bader, just hours from the start of what would have been a five-day tribunal.


Scottish MSPs want Gaza ship

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Scottish MSPs have launched a fundraising drive at the Scottish Parliament for a "Scottish ship to Gaza".

The appeal is for £500,000 to buy a vessel, a project co-ordinated by Glasgow Labour MSP Pauline McNeill, the convenor of the Scottish Cross-Party group on Palestine.


Scots enjoy lease of Life

March 11, 2011

A Scottish version of the Jewish Way of Life online teaching resource was officially launched by MSP Stewart Stevenson and Lord Winston at Glasgow's Giffnock Synagogue on Tuesday.

Mr Stevenson, who represents Banff and Buchan for the SNP, stepped in at last minute for indisposed Scottish Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell.


Glasgow's open and shut case

By Stephanie Brickman, March 4, 2011

A small Orthodox Glasgow congregation has sprung up from the defunct Netherlee, Clarkston and Queens Park Synagogue, which ceased operations in the autumn.


Ron Prosor's plea to Glasgow

By Stephanie Brickman, February 25, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor has told a Glasgow audience that regional communities should maintain active support for Israel.

Hosted by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, his meeting was held at Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue and was attended lay leaders, rabbonim, students and representatives of Israel support groups.


Glasgow shuls draw up merger plans

By Stephanie Brickman, February 18, 2011

Glasgow's two biggest Orthodox synagogues are to consider a merger.

The Giffnock and Newlands and Newton Mearns shuls have set up a joint steering group to explore closer co-operation.

Newton Mearns' new chairman Brian Fox stressed there was no set agenda."It could take months or even years but both shuls wanted to start the process that has been talked about for many years."


Academic faces Israel protest

By Jessica Elgot, February 18, 2011

The Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has called on Glasgow students to "prevent" a leading law professor from working in Israel.

Glasgow University Professor Adam Tomkins was recently awarded the Hailsham Scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University, for promoting understanding between Israel and the UK. He is a former visiting professor at the Hebrew University.

Professor Tomkins has previously spoken of his desire to "strengthen ties between Glasgow Law School and legal scholars in Israel".


Scottish youth unite

By Stephanie Brickman, February 11, 2011

Glasgow youth groups have pledged to work together in a bid to encourage greater involvement.

A Giffnock meeting -"Our children, our future"- attracted 30 people for a discussion on how to engage youth and hopefully slow the rate of decline in the community.

Held under the aegis of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, it was organised by GJRC youth representative Sue Faber.

Ms Faber was delighted with the turnout and the positive atmosphere.