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.


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


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".


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."


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.


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.


Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue hears of drug issue

June 13, 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.


Youth awards for community workers

June 13, 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.


Charity funds recieved from art exhibition

June 13, 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.”


New Glasgow-based Jewish website launched

June 6, 2008

To keep the community better informed, a 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.