Glasgow

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.

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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?"

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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.

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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

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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.

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Braveheart receives his reward

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

A Glasgow Reform leader who saved a woman from drowning in freezing water has been presented with a Brave@Heart award by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond at Edinburgh Castle.

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Scots on emotional trip

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

Twenty-one young Scots have returned from a UJIA trip to Poland, during which they stayed in the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow and visited significant Holocaust sites.

The group was accompanied by youth workers Jared Ross and Ben Freeman and an Israeli educator, Pauline Kelif. Mr Ross said it had been an intensely emotional experience for everyone.

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Children's memorial

September 27, 2011

The unveiling of a children's memorial at Glasgow's Sandymount cemetery on Sunday was the culmination of seven years of effort.

A simple Star of David mosaic, it commemorates 760 Jewish children who were buried at Sandymount in unmarked graves between 1905-1938.

Glasgow City Council representatives were among the 40 people at the ceremony, at which Rev Aharon Soudry officiated.

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Scottish openings

By Stephanie Brickman, September 22, 2011

Glasgow's historic Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre reached a wider audience during the city's Doors Open Day on Sunday.

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Herald editor says sorry

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

A scottish newspaper has apologised after a columnist asked readers to imagine, "If Giffnock was Gaza", deliberately choosing Glasgow's most Jewish area.

Tom Shields, who writes for Newsquest-owned Herald Scotland, said he chose the suburbs of Giffnock and Newton Mearns to compare with Gaza and the West Bank because they contain the highest number of supporters of Israel.

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