Glasgow pro-Palestinians target Israeli dates

By Leon Symons, September 7, 2010

Dates from Israel are being driven off supermarket and grocery shop shelves in Scotland in a boycott campaign orchestrated by Palestinian supporters.

Scottish Palestinian Solidarity claim that as many as 30 Asian grocery shops in Glasgow alone were persuaded to stop selling Israeli dates to Muslims during the festival of Ramadan, which ends on September 10.


Cancer charity opens extra Manchester service

September 7, 2010

Chai Cancer Care has opened a new south Manchester branch serving cancer patients and their families.

Operating from two refurbished rooms at the Morris Feinmann Home in Didsbury, the charity will provide counselling, massage, reflexology and acupuncture to cancer sufferers.


B’nai B’rith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage - Garnethill Hebrew Congregation Open day

By Bnai BrithUK, September 3, 2010
Sunday 12 September
9:00am - 1:00pm


Outspoken minister ousted

By Stephanie Brickman, September 3, 2010

Glasgow's historic Garnethill Synagogue is dispensing with the services of its long-time minister because of his "unacceptable behaviour".

Aharon Soudry has worked for Garnethill on a freelance basis for 20 years and shul chairman Gerald Levin claimed there had been many instances where his behaviour had fallen short of the standards expected of a spiritual leader.


Solicitor-General backs non-invasive post-mortems

September 3, 2010

Scottish Solicitor-General Frank Mulholland has assured Jewish representatives that the Crown Office is committed to encouraging non-surgical forms of post-mortem.

Following a meeting between Mr Mulholland and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the Crown Office is to issue new guidance to procurators fiscal and pathologists backing the use of non-invasive methods acceptable in Jewish law, which can can also speed up the release of a body for burial.


Australian Jews boycott 'anti-Israel' newspaper

By Dan Goldberg, September 2, 2010

Incensed Jewish leaders in Melbourne have severed ties with the city's major broadsheet newspaper, accusing it of "clear and consistent vilification of the world's only Jewish state".

Jewish Community Council of Victoria president John Searle and Zionist Council of Victoria president Dr Danny Lamm issued a joint statement last week accusing The Age newspaper of pursuing a continued "war of words against Israel".


Frank poetry prize awarded

By Stephanie Brickman, August 26, 2010

The inaugural poetry prize in memory of Glasgow Jewish artist and sculptor Hannah Frank has been won by a Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue member.

Freelance writer Vanessa Austin Locke received her prize in the adult category at a ceremony at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Monday. It would have been the 102nd birthday of the artist, who died, aged 100, in 2008. The competition, also reflecting Hannah Frank's interest in poetry, required entries inspired by one of her black-and-white drawings.


Glasgow fears over Israel vote

By Stephanie Brickman, August 20, 2010

Glasgow Jewry representatives used talks with city council leaders to voice disquiet about a motion passed by the council condemning the Israeli action against the flotilla to Gaza, in which nine Turkish activists died.

The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president, Edward Isaacs, led a four person delegation at a meeting with city council leader Gordon Matheson and Bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for development.


Bonnyton are the driving force on Seniors circuit

August 19, 2010

Bonnyton were the stand-out performers after winning the main prizes at the Seniors Trophy at Lee Park Golf Club in Liverpool.

The Glasgow club overcame the challenge of Moor Allerton to take the Coombe Hill Trophy in the 11-team competition for men aged over 55.

And an exceptional score of 75 from Bonnyton's Robert Kerr secured the Hartsbourne Trophy for the best gross score and the Dyrham Park Trophy for the best nett score. Lol Green of Abridge was pipped for both trophies.


'Glee' chazan to launch new Glasgow service

By Stephanie Brickman, August 13, 2010

Masorti Scotland is transferring its operations from the historic Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow's West End to a scout hut in Newton Mearns.

But Masorti Scotland chair Warren Bader insists the move has nothing to do with initial difficulties at Garnethill, when some community members voiced concern that a Masorti presence might give the impression that Garnethill was no longer Orthodox.