Glasgow

Final service at Netherlee and Clarkston

By Cathy Forman, July 19, 2012

A deconsecration service on Wednesday marked the end of a 70-year era for Glasgow’s Netherlee, Clarkston and Queens Park Synagogue.

After the closure decision was taken two years ago, a small group of former members formed a kehillah for Shabbat services — the last was held at the weekend. Its 30 supporters are dispersing to other synagogues in the city.

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Scotland's new report on being Jewish

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

A major report into Jews living in Scotland, from cities to the Highlands, has found many concerned about anti-Zionism and antisemitism and a hunger for more Jewish contact from those who live far from established communities.

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My Church’s actions are shameful

By Ruth Gledhill, July 12, 2012

Once again the actions of my Church over Israel have reduced me to shame.

I agree that Palestinians need justice and support a two-state solution. And I share the frustrations of many that both these objectives seem as remote as ever.

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Queen's Award for Solihull and Glasgow charity

June 14, 2012

The Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club and Jewish Care Scotland’s Social Care Agency have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for volunteer groups.

Run by Rabbi Yehuda and Dinie Pink, the Thursday Club was recognised for providing support and a social hub for the local elderly.

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Six charged over Facebook abuse of Giffnock Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Police in Glasgow have charged six people over the creation of antisemitic Facebook page that mocked the Jewish community of Giffnock.

The page, which attracted nearly 1,000 "likes" while it remained live, was called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

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Glasgow minister departs

January 19, 2012

Rabbi Nancy Morris has left Glasgow Reform Synagogue after eight years in the pulpit.

Members were informed that the departure was the result of a combination of circumstances - the shul's financial situation, the rabbi's health and her "new horizons" following her marriage last year.

The rabbi said she had met "some amazing people" and enjoyed "many more ups than downs".

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Glasgow shuls talk merger

By Cathy Forman, January 12, 2012

The merger between Glasgow's two largest Orthodox congregations - Newton Mearns and Giffnock and Newlands - has moved a step closer after a well-attended meeting of the shuls' members on Sunday.

More than 350 people were at the open meeting at Giffnock shul to discuss the proposed amalgamation.

Newton Mearns chair Brian Fox said Sunday's forum - which followed a meeting at the end of last ye

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Questions Scots can't ignore

By Martin Bright, December 2, 2011

The JC is sometimes accused of scaremongering about antisemitism in the UK. I hope we get the tone right in reporting the facts on the ground, but I recognise it is important not create panic by overstating the problem.

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Whole-hearted Cosgrove aid

By Stephanie Brickman, December 2, 2011

The new Whole Foods Market in Glasgow designated November 26 as Cosgrove Care Day, having selected the local Jewish welfare charity to benefit from fund-raising and staff volunteering over the next five months. But there was no influx of observant Jewish shoppers to help swell the amount raised for Cosgrove Care - which will receive five per cent of profits from the day - as it was a Shabbat.

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Cleaning up their act in Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, November 24, 2011

Continuing a Mitzvah Day tradition, Glasgow youngsters removed litter and weeds and washed headstones at the Glenduffhill and Sandymount Jewish cemeteries.

The group at Glenduffhill had an extra mitzvah opportunity when asked to join a funeral party that was short of a minyan.

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