Scottish MSPs want Gaza ship

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Scottish MSPs have launched a fundraising drive at the Scottish Parliament for a "Scottish ship to Gaza".

The appeal is for £500,000 to buy a vessel, a project co-ordinated by Glasgow Labour MSP Pauline McNeill, the convenor of the Scottish Cross-Party group on Palestine.


Scots enjoy lease of Life

March 11, 2011

A Scottish version of the Jewish Way of Life online teaching resource was officially launched by MSP Stewart Stevenson and Lord Winston at Glasgow's Giffnock Synagogue on Tuesday.

Mr Stevenson, who represents Banff and Buchan for the SNP, stepped in at last minute for indisposed Scottish Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell.


Glasgow's open and shut case

By Stephanie Brickman, March 4, 2011

A small Orthodox Glasgow congregation has sprung up from the defunct Netherlee, Clarkston and Queens Park Synagogue, which ceased operations in the autumn.


Ron Prosor's plea to Glasgow

By Stephanie Brickman, February 25, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor has told a Glasgow audience that regional communities should maintain active support for Israel.

Hosted by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, his meeting was held at Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue and was attended lay leaders, rabbonim, students and representatives of Israel support groups.


Glasgow shuls draw up merger plans

By Stephanie Brickman, February 18, 2011

Glasgow's two biggest Orthodox synagogues are to consider a merger.

The Giffnock and Newlands and Newton Mearns shuls have set up a joint steering group to explore closer co-operation.

Newton Mearns' new chairman Brian Fox stressed there was no set agenda."It could take months or even years but both shuls wanted to start the process that has been talked about for many years."


Academic faces Israel protest

By Jessica Elgot, February 18, 2011

The Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has called on Glasgow students to "prevent" a leading law professor from working in Israel.

Glasgow University Professor Adam Tomkins was recently awarded the Hailsham Scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University, for promoting understanding between Israel and the UK. He is a former visiting professor at the Hebrew University.

Professor Tomkins has previously spoken of his desire to "strengthen ties between Glasgow Law School and legal scholars in Israel".


Scottish youth unite

By Stephanie Brickman, February 11, 2011

Glasgow youth groups have pledged to work together in a bid to encourage greater involvement.

A Giffnock meeting -"Our children, our future"- attracted 30 people for a discussion on how to engage youth and hopefully slow the rate of decline in the community.

Held under the aegis of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, it was organised by GJRC youth representative Sue Faber.

Ms Faber was delighted with the turnout and the positive atmosphere.


Glasgow law professor wins Israeli scholarship

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

A leading British law professor has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

Glasgow University professor Adam Tomkins is this year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship, which has been awarded since 1987 to honour the contribution of influential legal academics.


Kosher haggis supplier burns with enthusiasm

By Stephanie Brickman, January 20, 2011

To communities north of the border, Burns Night is when we are not just common-or-garden Jews - we're Scottish Jews.

On January 25, haggis will be ceremonially "piped in" to celebrations of the life and works of the national bard in homes and synagogue halls - and a poem, Ode to a Haggis, recited in mock solemnity.

But no self-respecting Burns Night party would be complete without a haggis lovingly prepared by Doreen Cohen, who is marking 25 years as the world's only kosher haggis purveyor.


Scots' Israeli records

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2011

A project dedicated to charting the lives of Jews who left Scotland to make aliyah has attracted an immediate response.

Scots in Israel, an online collection of historical data, is the brainchild of Michael Diamond, who left Glasgow for Beersheva in 1987.

More than 50 people joined the site in its first week, inundating its message boards with stories of their aliyah experiences, memories of life in Scotland, and attempts to contact old friends.

Mr Diamond is working with the Scottish Jewish Archives, based at Glasgow's Garnethill Synagogue, to record details of olim.