Glasgow

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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Stone Setting for baby twin brothers

October 17, 2008

A stone-setting was held for twin brothers who died in 1925, aged two months.

Maurice and Bernard Pearlman were found to be buried in Sandymount cemetery by their Hove-based sister, Freda Brisbar, after she was in contact with her cousin, Leonard Pearlman, who lives in Oregon.

Mr Pearlman contacted Harvey Kaplan at the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre who discovered where the twins were buried. Rev Aharon Soudry of Garnethill Synagogue said prayers for the twins at the service.

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Limmud founder speaks at Glasgow Jewish Community Centre

October 3, 2008
Limmud founder Clive Lawton spoke on "Looking to the Future" at the Glasgow Jewish Community Centre. Limmud Scotland co-chair Evelyn Tiefenbrun said: "Mr Lawton helped steer the Limmud Scotland programme forward. It is now in its eighth year and has gone from strength to strength." She added that the Limmud Scotland team meets regularly for study sessions. For further details email scotland@limmud.org.

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Tribute evening for first woman president of Glasgow Representative Council

September 19, 2008

More than 100 people attended a tribute evening for Glasgow stalwart Judith Tankel. Mrs Tankel, who died in a car crash in 2006, was the first woman to become president of the Glasgow Representative Council and was often called "Glasgow's leading lady". She served on a variety of organisations, Jewish and non-Jewish. The theme of the event, held at Newton Mearns Synagogue, was "Challenging Relationships in our Time". Keynote speaker Lady Jakobovits spoke about her "10 commandments for a happy marriage".

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Shul In The Park holds special kiddush to show appreciation to Neward Care Burnfield Nursing Home

September 12, 2008
Shul In The Park held a special kiddush to show its appreciation to the nursing and care staff at the Neward Care Burnfield Nursing Home. After the service at the Giffnock shul, the visitors and congreagation were treated to a hot cholent and kugel. Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, minister of the Orthodox synagogue, said: "It is an important part of the teachings of Judaism and the Torah to show gratitude and appreciation to others."

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Cosgrove Care holds "thank you" tea for volunteers

August 8, 2008
Cosgrove Care held a "thank you" tea for volunteers. In her address, volunteers co-ordinator Linda Davidson described Cosgrove's 60 volunteers as "the backbone of the organisation". Chief executive Ann Scott told the gathering that its Child Service Programme had been awarded Autism Accreditation Status. The event, attended by 45 people, was held at Walton Court Day Centre.

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Rabbi Nancy Morris speaks at opening of new session of Scottish Parliament

July 4, 2008
Rabbi Nancy Morris, minister of Glasgow Reform Synagogue, was the guest speaker at the opening of the new session of the Scottish Parliament. Called “A Time for Reflection”, a talk is given in the main Parliament chamber in Edinburgh at the start of each monthly session. Rabbi Morris, who offered a religious perspective on national pride, said it had been a great honour to be there and to speak.

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