Stephanie Brickman

Denmark EDL rally swamped by anti-fascists

By Stephanie Brickman, April 4, 2012

An anti-islamist rally organised by far-right group the English Defence League in Aarhus last weekend was far outnumbered by anti-fascistdemonstrators.

While the EDL had voiced hopes that the demonstration would be attended by some 700 of its supporters, in the event just 150 turned up.

Meanwhile, the rally attracted a 5,000-strong counter-demonstration.

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Why did they leave?

By Stephanie Brickman, December 15, 2011

A Scottish Goverment-funded survey examining the experience of Scotland's Jews was launched this week.

Being Jewish in Scotland is the brainchild of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. It is being led by project officer Fiona Frank, who explained that it would focus "on people's stories and reflections on what's good, and not so good, about being Jewish in Scotland".

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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.

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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.

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Newton names Soudry

By Stephanie Brickman, November 17, 2011

The Remembrance Day service at Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation was the first public engagement for Rev Aharon Soudry as the official minister of the community.

Mr Soudry had been conducting services for the congregation for two months as a temporary measure since the departure of Rabbi Danny Bergson.

His previous appointment at Garnethill Hebrew Congregation came to an end in August 2010.

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Scots turn out to give Cosgrove a cash boost

By Stephanie Brickman, November 17, 2011

The Glasgow community put its full weight behind local charity Cosgrove Care at a golden anniversary gala dinner that raised in excess of £20,000.

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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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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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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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Leader pledges to fight hate crimes

By Stephanie Brickman, September 27, 2011

Scottish Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has assured Jewish community members that hate crime will be taken seriously on his watch.

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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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Festival comes to synagogue

By Stephanie Brickman, August 25, 2011

There were fringe benefits for Edinburgh Jewry as 300 people turned out for the annual Edinburgh Festival open day at the local Hebrew congregation's Salisbury Road premises.

They enjoyed performances from festival stars from Israel, Canada and New Zealand.

American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman dropped by unexpectedly to play his best-known songs - Lucky Stars and Lydia.

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£10K boost for Glasgow cemetery

By Stephanie Brickman, July 1, 2011

The Sandymount Regeneration Project has received a donation of £10,000 from Glasgow City Council towards rebuilding the stepped entrance to the cemetery from Hallhill Road. It is hoped work on the entrance will begin in mid-August.

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Cosgrove Care's 50th bash fires up supporters

By Stephanie Brickman, June 30, 2011

Cosgrove Care, a Scottish charity which helps adults with learning disabilities and their families, held a day of activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The event held at the Walton Community Centre on Sunday attracted around 300 visitors, including MSP Ken Macintosh and MP Jim Murphy.

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Rockin' rabbi gets in tune for Pinner

By Stephanie Brickman, June 30, 2011

Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation's singing and guitar-playing Rabbi Danny Bergson, affectionately known as "Rockin' Rabbi Danny", has been named as the new minister of Pinner Synagogue.

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Drowned out on golf demo

By Stephanie Brickman, June 24, 2011

Rain stopped play - and protests - at the annual JNF Scotland pro-am golf tournament at Bonnyton in Glasgow on Tuesday.

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Lost and found in Lithuania

By Stephanie Brickman, May 27, 2011

Suzanne Neville and her second cousin Irene Collins had an emotional surprise when participating in Jewish Care Scotland's Latvia and Lithuania heritage trek.

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Buttons fasten Shoah education

By Stephanie Brickman, May 27, 2011

Final year pupils at Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary have begun working with artist Joanna Hyman on their UJIA-initiated Buttons project.

It takes its inspiration from Paperclips, the brainchild of Tennessee headteacher Linda Hooper, whose students set out to collect six million paperclips to symbolise Holocaust victims.

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