Glasgow

Anger over Scotland's 'double-decker' burials

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has said it "strongly objects" to proposals to allow the re-use of graves.

The Scottish Government is expected to back the deepening of burial sites, effectively giving the go-ahead to "double-deck" graves.

It is due to announce its plans next month following a lengthy consultation into solving the increasing difficulty of securing burial space.

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Glasgow shul closing after rabbi quits

By Stephanie Brickman, July 15, 2010

Netherlee, Clarkston and Queens Park Synagogue in Glasgow is to close after 70 years.

The move, expected for some time, is being finalised following the resignation of Rabbi Raphael Bokow after six years with the 250-member congregation. An EGM next month will determine both the closure date and the future of the synagogue building.

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Glasgow Jewish leaders' space for discussion

By Stephanie Brickman, July 8, 2010

In Glasgow it's just known as "The Blog" and is the scourge of the Jewish establishment because of anonymous contributors' frank and sometimes sarcastic criticism of community leaders.

But now the blog's hosts, the Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum, have extended an olive branch to representative council president Eddie Isaacs - an offer of 500 unedited words and a discussion space on the council's Community Futures project.

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Glasgow planning for Jewish future

By Stephanie Brickman, July 1, 2010

A community planning expert has addressed a Glasgow meeting on the way forward for local Jewry.

Jerusalem-based Simon Caplan produced a 1995 report on the community's future and was also behind major Jewish planning initiatives in Herts, Brighton and Liverpool.

At Monday's Community Futures meeting, organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, he stressed the importance of using modern communication methods to create a supportive structure.

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Glasgow artist's works are museum pieces

July 1, 2010

Works by the late Glasgow Jewish artist, Hannah Frank, have been added to the collection of Glasgow Museums.

The museums have acquired two black-and-white drawings and a set of six mounted woodcuts, which will go an temporary display at the end of August.

Fiona Frank, the artist's niece, was "really pleased that Hannah's home city art gallery has chosen to honour her in this way.

"My aunt, who died in December 2008 aged 100, would have been delighted."

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Scotland's only Jewish school

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

In close on 50 years, Scotland's sole Jewish primary school, Calderwood Lodge, has been at heart of Glasgow Jewry, educating most of its children.

Now, with new head Vanessa Thomson at the helm, the state-aided school is searching for fresh ways of promoting itself to both Jewish and non-Jewish parents. And like Jewish schools in other declining communities, it faces the dilemma of how best to preserve a Jewish ethos when numbers fall.

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UK's oldest Jewish man, 106, dies

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

The man thought to be the UK's oldest Jew and the oldest man in Scotland died this week, aged 106.

Glasgow-born Samuel Latter passed away in Strachan House in Edinburgh, the residential home where he had lived for 10 years.

He was buried at Piershill cemetery on Tuesday next to his wife Flora.

Mr Latter was a member of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation for 79 years.

His nephew Edward Green recalled him as "a bright and lively person. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour and his interest in all around him."

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Lawyer makes his case for Glasgow Jewish leadership

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

Lawyer Eddie Isaacs is making a strong case for the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council under his presidency. "Without meaning to sound arrogant, I've got a lot to bring to the table."

Mr Isaacs, who took charge this week, is Glasgow born and bred. He has filled a variety of communal roles, which he says has prepared him for the challenges ahead, the biggest being the rep council's Community Futures Project.

This got off to a rocky start in January with a row over invitations to the preliminary meeting, an unwelcome distraction Mr Isaacs shrugs off as a misunderstanding.

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Scottish Jewish groups row over racism

By Stephanie Brickman, June 3, 2010

A row is raging between two key communal organisations over the level of antisemitism in Scotland.

In a letter to the JC, Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum's Michael Samuel, Jeremy Stein and Tony Tankel expressed concern "at the repeated attempts of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities to exaggerate the threat of antisemitism, which will only cause harm to the interests of Jews living in Scotland".

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Salmond: Scots Jews are not persecuted

By Leon Symons, May 27, 2010

Scotland's First Minister has dismissed the claim that the country's Jewish community is shrinking because of a rise in antisemitism.

But speaking this week to a meeting arranged by Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum, Alex Salmond did acknowledge that there were incidents.

He went on: "I don't share the analysis that the Jewish community is suffering a wave of persecution or that antisemitism in Scotland is rapidly growing and such a severe problem that it is jeopardising this community."

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