Glasgow

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 30, 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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Rabbi designs the 'first Jewish tartan'

May 23, 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.”

Langside Hebrew Congregation sold for housing

May 23, 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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Glasgow guests enjoy passport privileges

By Lindy Markson, May 16, 2008

The 700 arrivals at Glasgow’s Israel at 60 party at Eastwood Park, Giffnock, received “passports” to enter a mock-up of Ben Gurion airport lounge and then an Israeli market place. Their target was to win prizes by collecting stamps for activities including making kites, jewellery and key rings and decorating a cookie.

Other popular pursuits were face painting and a quiz challenge from JLGB.

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Salmond takes flak over SNP’s stance on Middle East

By Lindy Markson, April 25, 2008

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was pressed on his Scottish National Party’s perceived lack of support for Israel when he addressed 200 Glasgow Jews last Thursday at Mearns Castle High School in Newton Mearns.

Mr Salmond had remarked that the Palestinians needed to be “more self-sustainable”, adding: “I am pessimistic on the current situation and believe that agreement between the parties is less likely now than eight years ago. There may have been a solution had [Yitzhak] Rabin lived.”

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Banner reminds community of Pesach date

April 18, 2008

A 15ft-long Pesach banner is being displayed by the local Lubavitch group at a busy intersection in a Jewish area, with a reminder of the date and first Seder time. Scottish Lubavitch director Rabbi Chaim Jacobs explained: “We have used this media before to publicise Rosh Hashanah and Chanucah and it is very powerful.”

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European visitors for Lubavitch party

April 18, 2008

Lubavitch Purely Social, organised by Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, attracted around three dozen 18-35s to a social evening at the Mama San nightspot in the city. Guests included visitors from Hungary and Israel. The group’s next event will be a themed Friday-night dinner.

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Sounds International entertains MP for Israel's 60th

April 18, 2008

Multifaith choir Sounds International entertained an audience including MP Jim Murphy at a concert at Garnethill Synagogue celebrating Israel’s 60th anniversary. The choir’s conductor, Eddie Binnie, is also choirmaster of the synagogue.

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