Stephanie Brickman

Barmitzvah boy is Scottish Cup-holder

By Stephanie Brickman, May 27, 2011

Barmitzvah boy Michael Barnett lifted the Scottish FA Cup trophy on Sunday, the day after his beloved Celtic defeated Motherwell 3-0 in the final.

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Cup-winning barmitzvah boy

By Stephanie Brickman, May 27, 2011

Barmitzvah boy Michael Barnett lifted the Scottish FA Cup trophy on Sunday, the day after his beloved Celtic defeated Motherwell 3-0 in the final.

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Scottish trekkers in Latvia

By Stephanie Brickman, May 13, 2011

Forty Jewish Care Scotland supporters set off on Sunday on a Jewish heritage trek to Latvia and Lithuania.

The trekkers - from as far afield as America and Israel - made their first first stop in Riga, visiting the thriving new Jewish Community Centre and the refurbished synagogue.

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Scots fear welfare cuts after election

By Stephanie Brickman, May 13, 2011

Welfare chiefs in Scotland are fearing the impact of budget cuts delayed until after last Thursday's elections, which were a triumph for Alex Salmond and the SNP.

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Great Scots: We are up for a party

By Stephanie Brickman, May 12, 2011

Glasgow's celebration was kicked off by a blast from the shofar from Rabbi Danny Bergson, whose musical skills saved the day last year when the volcanic ash cloud prevented the scheduled Israeli performers from travelling.

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Scottish study is discussed

By Stephanie Brickman, March 25, 2011

A first public meeting towards a government-backed study about "Being Jewish in Scotland" was hosted by Glasgow's Newton Mearns Synagogue.

Scottish Council of Jewish Communities' chair Paul Spicker outlined the aims and the head of the government's community safety unit, Richard Foggo, took audience questions.

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Glasgow aids memorial

By Stephanie Brickman, March 25, 2011

Glasgow City Council has boosted the Sandymount cemetery regeneration project with a £4,000 donation towards the £15,000 required to create a Jewish children's memorial.

Between 1905-38, 760 children were buried at Sandymount in unmarked graves, a grim indication of the then high infant mortality rate locally.

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Scots burial board settles out of court

By Stephanie Brickman, March 24, 2011

The Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society, GHBS, has settled out of court with its former burial officer Warren Bader, just hours from the start of what would have been a five-day tribunal.

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Robert Winston at UJIA dinner

By Stephanie Brickman, March 11, 2011

UJIA Scotland's annual dinner was a sell-out success with scientist and TV presenter Lord Winston drawing a crowd of 250 to the Giffnock Synagogue Banqueting Suite on Monday.

In conversation with Scottish broadcaster Alan Douglas, Lord Winston discussed the influence of Judaism on his life and career. He also answered audience questions.

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Politicians hold shul surgery

By Stephanie Brickman, March 11, 2011

East Renfrewshire's Labour MP and MSP, respectively Jim Murphy and Ken Macintosh, held a constituency surgery for Jewish residents at Newton Mearns Synagogue.

Some constituents raised specific issues during the 90-minute surgery. Others attended solely to meet their Parliamentary representatives.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Edinburgh welcomes archive

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

The archives of a Hungarian survivor who became a prominent member of the Scottish community have been donated to Edinburgh City Libraries.

Ernest Levy's substantial collection contains manuscripts, pictures, sheet music, recordings and memoirs. Efforts have begun to secure a location and digitise the archive so it can be made available to the public.

Liz McGettigan, head of Edinburgh Council's Libraries and Information Services, was a friend of Mr Levy, who died in 2009, aged 84.

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Alex Salmond lauds 'extraordinary' Scots ceremony

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was a speaker at what he termed an "extraordinary" HMD ceremony at Craigroyston Community High School, north Edinburgh.

Mr Salmond was among the 250 people who heard Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp tell the story of his remarkable escape from the Nazis. Then a baby, he was delivered in a suitcase to a German couple near Arnhem, in Holland. They risked their lives to shelter him and another Jewish child until the liberation in 1945.

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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.

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Sainsbury's checks out Cosgrove

By Stephanie Brickman, December 29, 2010

Volunteers and local shoppers showed their support for Cosgrove Care by packing bags at Sainsbury's in Darnley, Glasgow. The supermarket has chosen Cosgrove Care to be its charity of the year and, thanks to 53 volunteers turning out in dreadful weather, £1,225 was raised.

According to Theresa McDaid, a volunteer bag packer and mother of a service-user, a good time was had by all.

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'Vote seeking' claim over MSP's security question

By Stephanie Brickman, December 29, 2010

A Labour MSP in Glasgow has denied suggestions that he has exaggerated the threat of antisemitism in order to win Jewish votes.

Local leaders are furious over the action of Ken Macintosh - whose Eastwood constituency is six per cent Jewish - in submitting a question to the Scottish Parliament asking whether Scotland would follow the lead of the British government, which has pledged £2 million to improve security at Jewish schools. There is only one Jewish school in Scotland, Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge Primary.

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Love in a very cold climate

By Stephanie Brickman, December 23, 2010

Love has warmed hearts in Scotland this week with the announcement that Rabbi Nancy Morris, minister of Glasgow Reform, is to marry congregant Jim Jarvie.

The couple hope to wed next August with rabbis Andrew Goldstein and James Baden, both longstanding friends of the bride, officiating at the chupah.

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