Glasgow

Cosgrove Care holds "thank you" tea for volunteers

August 7, 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 3, 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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Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue hears of drug issue

June 12, 2008
Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin from Drugsline Chabad addressed an audience of almost 100 people at Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue. Rabbi Sufrin spoke about why he started the East London counselling and educational service 17 years ago. He said: “No community is immune.” He urged his audience to remove any blinkers they might have on the drugs issue. The meeting was organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.

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Youth awards for community workers

June 12, 2008
Two youth awards were presented at a Representative Council meeting at Giffnock Synagogue. The Edward and Adele Woolfson award to honour young people’s community work was presented to Genna Barnett and Rhea Wolfson. Marsha Gladstone presented the Yoni Jesner award to Genna Barnett and Robbie Allon. The award is presented in memory of her 19-year-old son who was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel. It is given to those going to Israel on a gap year.

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Charity funds recieved from art exhibition

June 12, 2008
Volunteers Vivian Strang and Vivian Greenhill presented £13,250 to Jewish Care Scotland and Cosgrove Care. The cash was raised from a Mitzvah! art exhibition held in April. The two women, with a team of helpers, organised the new fundraiser at JCS’s day centre. Works of art were donated by 35 local artists and by Cosgrove and JCS arts groups. Mrs Strang said: “We are delighted the charities are benefiting from these funds.”

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New Glasgow-based Jewish website launched

June 6, 2008

To keep the community better informed, a jewishinglasgow.net website is about to be launched. The aim is to include details for every Jewish group in the city and a communal diary. Website originator
Richard Dover urged local organisations to make sure they were listed and invited ideas for additional content. The venture is supported by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.

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Jewish Care Scotland mark 150th anniversary

June 6, 2008

A civic reception was staged by Glasgow City Council at the City Chambers to mark the 150th anniversary of Jewish Care Scotland. Staff, volunteers and clients of the charity were among the 150 guests. Jewish Care Scotland chair Maureen Solomons presented the council with copies of A Caring Community, a book by volunteer Sharon Barron tracing the charity’s history.

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Scotland’s kosher bakery closes

By Lindy Markson, May 29, 2008

Scotland’s sole bakery under kashrut supervision closed suddenly in Glasgow last week.

The Star Bakery supplied kosher bread to Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary, two delicatessens, a catering company and Glasgow charitable organisations. No one from the bakery was available for comment.

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Langside Hebrew Congregation sold for housing

May 22, 2008

Langside Hebrew Congregation is to be sold to Arklet Housing Association. Shul chairman Jack Levingstone said that the Niddrie Road congregation, down to 120 members from 600 in its heyday, needed a smaller synagogue. Arklet plans, subject to planning permission, to build 18 flats on the site. Funding will be provided by Glasgow Department of Regeneration Services and Arklet.

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Rabbi designs the 'first Jewish tartan'

May 22, 2008

Glasgow Shul in the Park minister Rabbi Mendel Jacobs claims to have created the world’s first Jewish tartan.

Having consulted religious leaders and the Scottish Tartans’ Authority, Rabbi Jacobs set out to design a tartan which would reflect Scotland’s Jewish history. “As a Scottish-born rabbi, I felt it important to celebrate the rich tapestry of culture and history we share. Jews have been an integral part of Scottish culture for more than 300 years, with the first Jew recorded in Edinburgh in 1691.”