Scots love their Limmud

November 29, 2012

Journalist Hugo Rifkind was among a wide-ranging roster of speakers at the Scotland Day Limmud, explaining how someone with an “institutional commitment to impartiality” could cover the Middle East, a subject on which “inevitably, a Jew will feel partisan”.


Historic Scottish shul acts in self-preservation

By Cathy Forman, November 16, 2012

Garnethill Hebrew Congregation has “gifted” ownership of its historic Glasgow city centre building to the Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust to save members from having to foot a £50,000 repair bill.

Built in 1879, the Scottish Grade A-listed “cathedral” synagogue was damaged by storms in January.


Scottish school row finally claims Tony Tankel’s scalp

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

The chair of the parent council of Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge has resigned after a prolonged spat over the status of Scotland’s only Jewish school.


Glasgow deli owner relents on kashrut supervision

By Cathy Forman, November 15, 2012

The Lubavitch owner of a Glasgow kosher deli has had a change of heart over accepting local kashrut authority supervision.

When Rabbi Mendel Jacobs took over the Hello Deli in August, he said it would be under the “strict” supervision of himself and his wife Tzirl and that he would not be affiliating to the West of Scotland Kashrus Commission.


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.