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.


Glasgow law professor wins Israeli scholarship

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

A leading British law professor has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

Glasgow University professor Adam Tomkins is this year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship, which has been awarded since 1987 to honour the contribution of influential legal academics.


Kosher haggis supplier burns with enthusiasm

By Stephanie Brickman, January 20, 2011

To communities north of the border, Burns Night is when we are not just common-or-garden Jews - we're Scottish Jews.

On January 25, haggis will be ceremonially "piped in" to celebrations of the life and works of the national bard in homes and synagogue halls - and a poem, Ode to a Haggis, recited in mock solemnity.

But no self-respecting Burns Night party would be complete without a haggis lovingly prepared by Doreen Cohen, who is marking 25 years as the world's only kosher haggis purveyor.


Scots' Israeli records

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2011

A project dedicated to charting the lives of Jews who left Scotland to make aliyah has attracted an immediate response.

Scots in Israel, an online collection of historical data, is the brainchild of Michael Diamond, who left Glasgow for Beersheva in 1987.

More than 50 people joined the site in its first week, inundating its message boards with stories of their aliyah experiences, memories of life in Scotland, and attempts to contact old friends.

Mr Diamond is working with the Scottish Jewish Archives, based at Glasgow's Garnethill Synagogue, to record details of olim.


Tribunal call delay

January 6, 2011

Former Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society burial officer Warren Bader is waiting to learn whether the society will settle a claim over his departure or go to an employment tribunal.

Mr Bader's association with the society was ended abruptly in February with no reason given. In a judgment following a November hearing, a Glasgow tribunal ruled the Masorti member was covered under its regulations, despite having served the society as a freelance.


Sainsbury's checks out Cosgrove

By Stephanie Brickman, December 29, 2010

Volunteers and local shoppers showed their support for Cosgrove Care by packing bags at Sainsbury's in Darnley, Glasgow. The supermarket has chosen Cosgrove Care to be its charity of the year and, thanks to 53 volunteers turning out in dreadful weather, £1,225 was raised.

According to Theresa McDaid, a volunteer bag packer and mother of a service-user, a good time was had by all.


'Vote seeking' claim over MSP's security question

By Stephanie Brickman, December 29, 2010

A Labour MSP in Glasgow has denied suggestions that he has exaggerated the threat of antisemitism in order to win Jewish votes.

Local leaders are furious over the action of Ken Macintosh - whose Eastwood constituency is six per cent Jewish - in submitting a question to the Scottish Parliament asking whether Scotland would follow the lead of the British government, which has pledged £2 million to improve security at Jewish schools. There is only one Jewish school in Scotland, Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge Primary.


Love in a very cold climate

By Stephanie Brickman, December 23, 2010

Love has warmed hearts in Scotland this week with the announcement that Rabbi Nancy Morris, minister of Glasgow Reform, is to marry congregant Jim Jarvie.

The couple hope to wed next August with rabbis Andrew Goldstein and James Baden, both longstanding friends of the bride, officiating at the chupah.