Stephanie Brickman


Stephanie Brickman
Registered: 13 November 2008



Denmark is not 'cosy' any more. But nor is Israel

By Stephanie Brickman, February 14, 2016

When something big happens in life, a line is drawn; there is before and after.

It is now a year since the Copenhagen Synagogue was attacked and Dan Uzan lost his life on February 15, 2015. For me, and many others in our community, the commemorations are bringing it all back. There is before the attack and there is after.


The music went off. We knew something bad was happening

By Stephanie Brickman, February 19, 2015

At midnight on Saturday night, people in the Jewish community building behind Copenhagen's Synagogue were dancing and having fun, celebrating the batmizvah of Hannah Bentow.

At 12.30, a volunteer guard ran in, shouting that the music had to be turned off.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.