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First Minister to Address the Jewish Community

Posted by Admin on May 5, 2010

We are delighted to announce that the First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, will address the Glasgow Jewish Community on Tuesday 25th May 2010 at Mearns Castle High School Theatre at 8.00pm.

The title of his lecture will be: “Scotland’s Jewish Community”.

The First Minister has stated that he wishes to address the Glasgow Jewish Community directly at a public meeting, and he welcomes the opportunity to discuss recent press articles about antisemitism.

We are honoured that the First Minister has again agreed to talk directly to our entire community about issues that concern every one of us. Many will remember the excellent meeting in April 2008, when the First Minister spent an unprecedented amount of time taking questions from the audience, and we are again delighted that after his address he will allocate time for questions. Hearing from Mr Salmond in person about how the Scottish Government perceives the Jewish community in Scotland, and being able to ask him about areas of concern will be a unique opportunity for everyone.

The lecture will be open to all members of the community, and we anticipate a very high demand for tickets. There will be a £5 donation per person, which will help recover some of the costs. We hope that you can be with us on what we are sure will be a memorable occasion. To apply for tickets for the event, please use the Contact form on the website. (Please note that there will be no sale of tickets on the night; all tickets must be purchased in advance).

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Between Tradition and Modernity: The View From a Masorti Perspective

Posted by Admin on November 5, 2009

Rabbi Jeremy GordonOn Monday 11th January 2010, GJEF will be holding a very special meeting with Rabbi Jeremy Gordon of the New London Synagogue, in which he will examine the Masorti Vision of Judaism. The meeting will be held at Calderwood Lodge Primary School at 8.00pm. The title of his lecture is: “Between Tradition and Modernity: The View From a Masorti Perspective”.

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon has a first class honours degree in Law from Cambridge University and subsequently went to work in television for the BBC and a number of independent production companies. His love of Judaism was really ignited at the Limmud Conference in December 1995. This marked the start of a decade of study in England, at the Hebrew University and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He graduated from JTS with Rabbinic Ordination, a Masters in Midrash (Rabbinic Exegesis) and a number of academic awards.

While in New York, Rabbi Gordon trained as a hospital Chaplain and spent many hours working as a Chaplain with the Red Cross in the aftermath of the September 11th suicide attacks. He has been active in a number of social action campaigns – particularly relating to refugee issues and international development – and has served as convenor of a major interfaith dialogue forum in New York.

His academic interests include Midrash, which he teaches at Leo Baeck College, and contemporary Jewish legal Responsa. In January 2008, Rabbi Gordon was appointed as the rabbi of the New London Synagogue.

For more information about Masorti Judaism, please see the following links:

The Assembley of Masorti Synagogues

What is Masorti?

Darkenu – A Vision of Masorti Judaism

Rabbi Gordon’s Blog

New London Synagogue

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An Evening with Ivan Lewis MP

Posted by Admin on August 23, 2009

On Wednesday 16th September GJEF will be holding a unique event with Ivan Lewis MP, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Mr Lewis has agreed to take part in a dialogue with the Middle East analyst, Dr Tony Klug. They will discuss the UK Government’s policy towards Israel and the Palestinians, and the search for peace in the Middle East; there will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, has helped facilitate this meeting and he will also speak during the evening.

We have decided that Eastwood House would be an appropriate venue for such a special evening – a real opportunity to hear a serious and important discussion about Government policy towards Israel.

If you would like to reserve a ticket for the event, please use the Contact form on the website.

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GJEF And UJIA To Work Together On An Educational Programme

Posted by Admin on May 12, 2009

Fergus Ewing 2On Monday 31st August, between 7.30 and 9.30pm, at Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock, Glasgow, GJEF in partnership with UJIA Community Programmes will present a unique and very special educational programme for the youth of the Glasgow Jewish community.

The Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety, Fergus Ewing MSP, will attend an interactive workshop that will allow 60 to 80 young people, aged 14 and over, to look at the different aspects of racism, bigotry, sectarianism and stereotyping that they experience in their day to day lives. Mr Ewing will observe the workshop and take part in a facilitated question and answer session with the young participants. This is a unique opportunity for young members of the Jewish community to share their experiences with a Scottish Government Minister and look at how we build safer and stronger communities for all of the people of Scotland.

By putting issues like antisemitism into a wider context, the participants will gain a better understanding of how racism and stereotyping cuts across community boundaries and impacts on the lives of many individuals in Scotland. They will also see how an appreciation of the difference between particular cultures and religions, and the problems each encounters, helps to breakdown barriers and encourage dialogue between different communities.

Mr Ewing said:

“Scotland is a modern multi-faith and multi-cultural society where all of our young people must be allowed to fulfil their potential without the fear of prejudice or discrimination. Our individual backgrounds help to make Scotland a vibrant and exciting place to live and we should embrace and celebrate that diversity as united communities who will not allow prejudice to hold us back from being the nation we aspire to be.

“I am looking forward to this unusual event and to learning about the experiences of young Jewish people in Scotland first hand.”

The workshop and discussion will be run by JCORE, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, which was established in 1976 to combat racism and promote social justice. JCORE work with the Jewish and wider community to promote a positive multi-ethnic society. They are highly experienced in running workshops for schools, youth and community groups. Parents and the wider Jewish Community will be invited to observe the dialogue and, if time allows, there will be an opportunity for the wider audience to ask the Minister questions.

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Whither The God of the Prayer Book

Posted by Admin on April 6, 2009

We are delighted to announce that Rabbi David Goldberg, Emeritus Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue London, will address the Glasgow Jewish community on Sunday 26th April 2009. The meeting will be held at Calderwood Lodge Primary School at 8.00pm.

He will discuss his controversial thesis that “The God of the Prayer Book is Dead”. In a provocative article published in MANNA, the quarterly magazine of Progressive Judaism, Rabbi Goldberg challenged Judaism’s conception of God. He concluded “. . . it has become increasingly problematic for most of us, Rabbis included, to pay lip service, even twice a year, to the unchanged supernatural, omnipotent, omniscient just, judgmental God of our prayer books. Such a God is, literally, beyond belief in the modern scientific world. Yet apart from Mordechai Kaplan eighty years ago, I can think of no recent Jewish theologian, Orthodox or Progressive, who has attempted to redefine the nature of God, or tackled the barriers to faith caused by the arcane concepts we still use to describe the Deity’s attributes . . . Only a fool – or a fundamentalist – doesn’t have doubts”.

Rabbi Goldberg has served the Liberal Synagogue since 1975. The synagogue is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious Progressive congregations in the world. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin and he received his rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in London in 1971. He is a regular contributor on religious and political topics to the BBC and leading newspapers such as The Times, Sunday Times, The Guardian and Independent. He is a long time advocate of Israel-Palestine peace. In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council of Christians and Jews for his “outstanding contribution to interfaith harmony” and in 2004 he received an OBE for his services to interfaith work.

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Charles Kennedy Meeting: Change of Venue

Posted by Admin on February 23, 2009

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the venue for the meeting with Charles Kennedy has been changed.

The event will now take place at Calderwood Lodge Primary School on Sunday 8th March at 8.15pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All existing tickets for the event will be honoured.

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Charles Kennedy to Address the Glasgow Jewish Community

Posted by Admin on December 8, 2008

charles-kennedy-5We are delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP, will address the Glasgow Jewish Community on Sunday 8th March 2009 at Mearns Castle High School at 8.15pm.

Mr Kennedy has been MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber since 1983. Born in Inverness in 1959, he was brought up and educated in Fort William, and attended Glasgow University. Following his graduation in 1982, he worked as a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC.

In May 1983 he was elected to the House of Commons as an SDP Member of Parliament to become the youngest MP of the time. He was the first SDP MP to back the merger with the Liberals after the 1987 general election and he was elected UK Party President in 1990. In August 1999 he was elected as the leader of the Liberal Democrats and he was appointed to the Privy Council in October 1999.

He took the Liberal Democrats to their most successful election performance for some 80 years when they returned 63 MPs in May 2005. He stood down as leader of the party in January 2006.

In September 2007, he was unanimously elected President of the European Movement in Britain and he is also Rector of Glasgow University.

Charles Kennedy is one of Britain’s most recognisable politicians. A regular writer in the national press and a frequent participant in “Have I Got News For You”, this is a wonderful opportunity for the Glasgow Jewish Community.

Mr. Kennedy will address our community on the 8th March 2009 and his talk will include his impressions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights issues and world affairs. He has also agreed to take questions from the floor.

The lecture will be open to all members of the community and we anticipate a very high demand for tickets. There will be a £5 donation per person, which will help recover some of our costs. We hope that you can be with us on what we are sure will be a memorable occasion. To apply for tickets for the event, please use the Contact form on the website.

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(All images ©2004 Alex Folkes)

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Foreign Secretary to Address the Jewish Community

Posted by Admin on September 19, 2008

We are delighted to announce that the Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon David Miliband MP, has accepted Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum’s invitation to address the Glasgow Jewish Community.

Mr Miliband will speak at a public lecture to be held under the auspices of GJEF, early in 2009. We will advise the community of the exact date, in due course, when we are informed by the Foreign Office.

GJEF wanted a senior member of the British Government to address the community and our first choice was always David Miliband. Local MP, the Rt Hon Jim Murphy, Secretary of State for Scotland, has worked tirelessly to secure Mr Miliband’s agreement to come to speak to the community and we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to chair the meeting.

Mr Murphy has issued the following statement, and further details can be found on his website http://www.jimmurphymp.com:

“I am delighted that David Miliband has agreed to visit my constituency to address the Glasgow Jewish Community. Through my work with the community for over 10 years, I am fully aware of the issues that concern you and I can promise you that the Foreign Secretary will address them. I am very pleased to accept GJEF’s invitation to chair the evening and look forward to a memorable occasion.”

In addition to the Foreign Secretary’s talk, GJEF has organised an extensive programme of educational lectures which will explore many of the key issues facing Jews in the contemporary world. Our guest speakers include some of the leading intellectual figures in Anglo-Jewry. The following meetings have been confirmed:

Sunday 26th October: Antony Lerman, Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, will consider the moral responsibilities of communal leadership.

Sunday 16th November: Jonathan Boyd, Director of the JDC International Centre for Community Development, will examine the relationship between Israel and Jewish Communities in the diaspora.

Sunday 14th December: Dr Adam Sutcliffe, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at King’s College London, will consider the nature of the security threat to the Jewish community.

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Forthcoming Meetings: Spring Lecture Programme in Preview

Posted by Admin on February 22, 2008

On Sunday 6th April, Alastair Falk, Director of Educational leadership at UJIA, will speak on the subject of Jewish schools and Jewish education in the 21st century. He will look at trends prevalent in education elsewhere and discuss how they should be introduced to Glasgow. The meeting will be held in the Assembly Hall at Calderwood Lodge Primary School at 8 pm.

On Sunday 1st June, Dr Stephen Smith of the Aegis Trust will address the community on the subject of Holocaust memorialisation. He will look at all the nuances, angles and complications involved. Dr Smith has an excellent reputation as one of the foremost authorities in the UK on this subject. The meeting will be held in the Reception Area in Giffnock Synagogue at 8 pm.

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Alex Salmond Meeting: Change of Date and Venue

Posted by Admin on February 7, 2008

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date for the meeting with The First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, has been changed. We have been informed by Bute House that the First Minister has to take on an unavoidable commitment at short notice.

The meeting will now take place on Wednesday 5th March, 2008 at Mearns Castle School Theatre at 8.15 pm. All exisiting tickets for the event will be honoured.

We apologise, once again, for any inconvenience this may cause.

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