Sparks ignites regional improvement schemes

August 13, 2009

Awards totalling £95,000 to advance Jewish life in the regions have been announced by Sparks — the Clore Jewish Development Fund — and the Jewish Community Centre for London.

Fourteen projects spanning education, regeneration, youth and outreach work have been backed with sums ranging from £2,000 to just under £10,000. The applications were considered by a panel including Baroness Neuberger and JCC chief executive Nick Viner.


Protesters left to watch the birdies

By Stephanie Brickman, June 25, 2009

A Glasgow charity golf day for Israel passed off without major incident on Tuesday as a call for disruption by the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign attracted minimal support.

Officials at Bonnyton Golf Club, which hosted the annual JNF/KKL Scotland Professionals Pro-Am tournament, reported that the eight people who turned up to demonstrate were outnumbered by police. The Community Security Trust had also sent representatives from Manchester.


MP hails Glasgow’s profitable branches

By Stephanie Brickman, June 4, 2009

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy unveiled a Tree of Life artwork at Jewish Care Scotland’s day centre in Giffnock, Glasgow, on Sunday which has already raised over £12,000 for the charity.

Designed by Lynn Wolfson, the six-foot high installation is in the centre’s reception area. Community members can add leaves to celebrate simchahs or to remember loved ones by making a £250 donation. One-third of the 150 leaves have already been sold. There is also a book of dedications.


Bone marrow group wants more screen tests

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

A year-long global fundraising campaign supporting Jews needing bone marrow matches has reached London.

Volunteers from the British Friends of Ezer Mizion, which organises bone marrow testing in Israel, were outside north-west London synagogues and shops seeking donations towards a £2.5 million UK target.

Simon Maurer of the British Friends says the campaign will enable “many more Israelis to go for a bone marrow test, which will improve the chances of Jews worldwide finding a match”.


Cosgrove Care exhibits at Maccabi Centre

May 21, 2009

Cosgrove Care concluded its “Faces of Art” project with an exhibition at the Maccabi Centre. Two hundred people viewed “Faces of Art”, a culmination of six months of work by eight people aged 18 to 22.


BBC awards Cosgrove Care £42,000

May 14, 2009

Glasgow-based learning disabilities charity Cosgrove Care has been awarded £42,000 over three years by the BBC’s Children in Need appeal to fund a summer creative activities programme.

The project, In My Hands, will give children with learning difficulties the chance to get involved in the arts, developing new skills and interests and expressing themselves through non-verbal means.

An exhibition showcasing their achievements will be open to the public.


Rabbi rocks for Scots

December 18, 2008

Danny Bergson is the new rabbi of Glasgow’s Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, filling the vacancy created by the move of Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch to the Woodside Park community in North London.

It is the first ministerial appointment for Rabbi Bergson, who has been director of Ignite the Soul, providing events for young adults across Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and plays guitar in a rock band.


Ninety-year-old Ida Schuster became the first woman to lay a wreath on behalf of Glasgow Ajex

November 13, 2008

Ninety-year-old Ida Schuster became the first woman to lay a wreath on behalf of Glasgow Ajex at its annual Remembrance parade on Sunday. Mrs Schuster, a former WAF, said: "My late husband, Dr Alan Berkeley, was a prisoner of war in Japan and I was delighted to be asked to lay the wreath." The parade of about 80 people was led by the Glasgow Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade band. It marched from the cenotaph at Mearns Cross to Newton Mearns Synagogue where Rabbi Raphael Bokov of Queens Park and Clarkston Synagogue, led the service.


Torrential rain forces Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue to move Glasgow Jewish Education Forum meeting.

November 6, 2008

Torrential rain and a leaky ceiling forced Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue to move a Glasgow Jewish Education Forum meeting to a dry part of the shul. Guest speaker Antony Lerman, executive director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, spoke on the topic "Does the Jewish Community Get the Leaders it Deserves?" Mr Lerman discussed the good and bad sides of Jewish leaders worldwide and felt that those with "financial clout" and time were the ones to hold leadership roles.


Sandymount Cemetery Regeneration Project needs to raise £100,000 for repairs

October 24, 2008

Sandymount Cemetery Regeneration Project needs to raise £100,000 to complete repairs.

Stanley Coorsh, chair of the trustees of the project, which has raised more than £131,000 since its formation four years ago, said: "A further 173 headstones are going to be repaired and this is scheduled to start in November.

We have had tremendous support from the community and from ex-Glaswegians as well as from the City Council and the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society."