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.


How a street cleaner gave a family back its memories

By Jessica Elgot, December 23, 2010

Five family albums dumped in a rubbish bin in Western Scotland have been returned to a delighted family - who now live in Israel.

The photos, which include the wedding and barmitzvah pictures of the Shenkin family, were found in Ardrishaig, Argyllshire, around 90 miles from Glasgow, and traced back to relative, Yaron Soifer, whose mother is originally from Glasgow.

Tel Aviv businessman Mr Soifer hopes to receive the photos in time for his mother Lorna's 70th birthday on New Year's Eve - but snow may prevent the albums reaching Israel in time.


Masorti tribunal

December 16, 2010

An Employment Tribunal in Glasgow has given the green light to Warren Bader, a member of the Masorti movement, to pursue a case against the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2004.


Coffee keeps up Scottish spirits

By Stephanie Brickman, November 25, 2010

Fifteen young people who cleared litter, cleaned headstones and weeded at Glasgow's Glenduffhill and Sandymount cemeteries were fortified by coffee provided by a local Starbucks, whose staff also helped with the clean-up.

Other young community members collected food from shoppers at Giffnock's two kosher delis for distribution to a project for the homeless and served tea to Scottish Jewish Care clients.

The activities were co-ordinated by UJIA youth worker Jared Ross.