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


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.


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.


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.


On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course.


Scots merger progress

By Stephanie Brickman, November 11, 2011

Chances of a merger between Glasgow's two largest congregations - Newton Mearns and Giffnock and Newlands - have been significantly improved by a meeting of the shuls' joint committees.

Representatives agreed to give the merger proposal serious consideration and arrange a meeting of both congregations, likely to take place in the new year at the Giffnock function suite.


A return to my McRoots

By Peter Rosengard, October 31, 2011

I spent last weekend in Glasgow. This came as a slight surprise to me as I was meant to be in the Highlands. I'd taken the midnight sleeper from Euston. But at the other end, after being driven down rain-washed, dark, granite-faced streets for five minutes, I said: "Wait a minute. Where's the heather? The mountains? The lochs?"


Using their loaves to tempt Glasgow kosher shoppers

By Stephanie Brickman, October 27, 2011

Kosher provision for the Glasgow community is to be extended with a supervised in-house bakery at a Whole Foods Market branch opening next month in Giffnock.

The bakery will come under the supervision of the West of Scotland Kashrut Commission, whose Rabbi Moshe Rubin was delighted by the co-operation of the natural and organic grocer.


Frank new Scottish leader

By Stephanie Brickman, October 19, 2011

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has appointed Fiona Frank as project worker on its newly funded Being Jewish in Scotland inquiry, designed to identify the concerns of the Scottish community.

Ms Frank, the niece of Glasgow artist Hannah Frank, recently completed a PhD at Strathclyde University, studying the transmission of Jewish identity through five generations of an extend


Rabbi is off for New Year

By Cathy Forman, October 10, 2011

The recently married Glasgow Reform Synagogue minister was absent at Rosh Hashanah due to ill health.

Rabbi Nancy Morris, who went on sick leave in early August, married congregant Jim Jarvie in the Newton Mearns-based synagogue at the end of that month.

"We need to get her back in healthy mode as soon as possible and back on the bimah," Mr Jarvie said.