Scots ask to meet Salmond over hate rise

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, August 14, 2014

A leader of Scotland's Jewish community has asked for an urgent meeting with the country's First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss rising levels of antisemitism.

Paul Morron, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said he had received hundreds of emails from Jews who were concerned at the situation.

"The level of anxiety is quite unprecedented.


Games opening gives visitors a history lesson

By Adam Henderson, July 24, 2014

Glasgow Jewry has shown its hospitality - and history - to visitors to the city for the Commonwealth Games.

Local shuls and families have extended a welcome to Jews in Scotland for the Games. And Garnethill Synagogue was among the participants in Wednesday's open day of historic buildings normally closed to the general public.


Scots try the rugby rabbi

By Adam Henderson, July 14, 2014

A former schoolboy rugby star will fill a Glasgow ministerial gap over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Newton Mearns Synagogue will be bringing in Rabbi Yitzchak Greenblatt, 33, formerly known as Jared Greenblatt. Born in South Africa, he grew up in England, which he represented at under-18 level before making aliyah and studying at yeshivah in Jerusalem.


It's a tie as mosque members visit shul

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Furthering the link between Glasgow Central Mosque and the city's Jewish community, mosque members visited Giffnock Synagogue on Sunday for a tour and discussions on future co-operation.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron said: "There are so many areas in which we can work together and I hope to explore these further.


Backing Glasgow

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson has pledged JLC's support for Glasgow Jewry.

Addressing the AGM of the city's Jewish representative council, which is celebrating its centenary, Mr Johnson said the JLC was keen to do more to assist Glasgow. "We encourage you to think collaboratively and we will support you financially.


Glasgow Reform fills its rabbinical gap

By Adam Henderson, June 9, 2014

Kate Briggs has been announced as the new Glasgow Reform Synagogue rabbi.

Having previously served as a student rabbi at the shul, Rabbi Briggs will be taking up the ministerial role on a part-time basis following her ordination from Leo Baeck College.

Glasgow Reform has been without a rabbi since Nancy Morris left in 2012.


Mirvis goes down great with the Scots

By Adam Henderson, June 2, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis met a wide cross-section of Scottish Jewry on his first official visit to the country.

Rabbi Mirvis kicked-off the three-day programme with a lunch with Edinburgh students and delivered a speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly before travelling to Glasgow.


Glasgow must invest in 'people not buildings'

By Adam Henderson, April 11, 2014

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron has urged the city's shuls to implement radical change and "invest in people rather than buildings".

Mr Morron made the plea at a question time event marking the council's centenary. He said afterwards: "I am telling them to get themselves in order. They need to be looking at modern techniques of engagement like social media.


Kosher lunch at mosque

By Adam Henderson, March 31, 2014

A new dawn for Jewish-Muslim relations was signalled as Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron led a group of community members which toured Glasgow Central Mosque as guests of its leadership committee.

A kosher lunch was provided for the visitors and mosque vice-president Mohammed Kauser said: "I am really delighted we had such a successful meeting.


Calderwood transfer plan moves closer

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Plans to relocate Scotland’s only Jewish school have taken a step forward as a majority of the 60 parents at a meeting gave the idea their approval.