Mirvis goes down great with the Scots

By Adam Henderson, June 2, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis met a wide cross-section of Scottish Jewry on his first official visit to the country.

Rabbi Mirvis kicked-off the three-day programme with a lunch with Edinburgh students and delivered a speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly before travelling to Glasgow.


Glasgow must invest in 'people not buildings'

By Adam Henderson, April 11, 2014

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron has urged the city's shuls to implement radical change and "invest in people rather than buildings".

Mr Morron made the plea at a question time event marking the council's centenary. He said afterwards: "I am telling them to get themselves in order. They need to be looking at modern techniques of engagement like social media.


Kosher lunch at mosque

By Adam Henderson, March 31, 2014

A new dawn for Jewish-Muslim relations was signalled as Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron led a group of community members which toured Glasgow Central Mosque as guests of its leadership committee.

A kosher lunch was provided for the visitors and mosque vice-president Mohammed Kauser said: "I am really delighted we had such a successful meeting.


Calderwood transfer plan moves closer

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Plans to relocate Scotland’s only Jewish school have taken a step forward as a majority of the 60 parents at a meeting gave the idea their approval.


Glasgow shul picks chair as it debates its future

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Amid talks surrounding the future of Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, the shul appointed a new chairman at its AGM on Sunday.

The shul is currently in discussions with the United Synagogue and also Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation regarding its future.


Glasgow shul's future at crossroads over support

By Adam Henderson, December 16, 2013

Two deals, each worth several hundred thousand pounds, are being considered by Newton Mearns Synagogue in Glasgow ahead of its AGM on Sunday.

An offer from the London-based United Synagogue would see the organisation take over Newton Mearns’s assets in exchange for support. An alternative deal from the Glasgow Jewish Community Trust is worth £250,000.


Scottish participants play their cards right

By Adam Henderson , November 25, 2013

Glasgow’s Giffnock Synagogue was a hive of activity on Mitzvah Day, as arts and crafts and cookery programmes were staged by UJIA in aid of charities including the Samaritans Christmas appeal. Donated food went to Jewish Care Scotland and greetings cards were dispatched to Scottish and Israeli soldiers.


Parents ponder Glasgow school move

By Adam Henderson, November 25, 2013

Eighty parents of pupils at Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge Primary — Scotland’s only Jewish school — attended a consultation meeting to discuss its proposed relocation.

The plans of East Renfrewshire Council would see the school transfer to the heart of the Jewish community in Newton Mearns as part of a shared campus with a new Catholic school scheduled to open in 2017.


Glasgow gets historical

By Adam Henderson, November 18, 2013

An illustrated book about the history of Glasgow Jewry was launched on Sunday by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.


Scottish minister wins Commonwealth place

By Adam Henderson, November 11, 2013

SENIOR Glasgow community rabbi Moshe Rubin is joining the chaplaincy team for next year’s Commonwealth Games and will be the main religious point of contact for Jewish competitors.

“I’ll be available 24/7 during the Games and my number will be there for people to phone,” he said. “It will be like my little community.