Margolyes stars in Scottish 'silver surfers' campaign

November 1, 2012

Actress Miriam Margolyes has urged the elderly to get online in a video in support of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities’ Jewish Inter-Links project.

The project will see 10 volunteers, trained by Age UK in Edinburgh, visit elderly Jews in their homes or residential accommodation to promote use the internet as a means of maintaining contact with family and friends.


Glasgow row over future of Calderwood Lodge school

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

A war of words has broken out between the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (JRC) and the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council over the religious future of Glasgow’s only Jewish school.


Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”


Glasgow Jewish school parent head rejects criticism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2012

The chair of the parent council at Scotland’s only Jewish school has rejected claims by other parents of falling standards in its Jewish education.

Tony Tankel dismissed the suggestion of a reduction in the number of Jewish studies classes offered at Calderwood Lodge in Glasgow from four to three per week as “unsubstantiated drivel” and “a scare story”.


Cosgrove Care showcases workshops

September 20, 2012

There was standing room only at a showcase evening of the past year’s work by attendees of Cosgrove Care’s Adult Groups workshops.

Among the 200-strong capacity crowd were ministers Ken Macintosh MSP and Jim Murphy MP. “The feelings of warmth and happiness were evident when I entered the room,” said Mr Murphy.


Glasgow Jewish future in doubt say Calderwood Lodge school parents

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Parents of pupils at Scotland's only Jewish school have warned of a decline in its religious education and expressed concern for the future of Glasgow's Jewish community.


'We'll spend the rest of our lives dealing with Yoni Jesner's death'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 18, 2012

Marsha Gladstone has welcomed 13 new grandchildren into her life since September 19 2002, among them a boy called Yoni and another called Yonatan.

Her only wish is that their namesake, her son, could be alive to meet them.


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.


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.


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.