Glas­gow fo­rum sets up blog for feed­back on ac­tiv­i­ties


A GROUP of five com­mu­nally ac­tive Glaswe­gians has set up a fo­rum with a view to pro­mot­ing dis­cus­sion about the lo­cal com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional is­sues.

The Glas­gow Jewish Ed­u­ca­tional Fo­rum has or­gan­ised a se­ries of lec­tures and wants to en­cour­age those at­tend­ing the events to give feed­back. Fol­low­ing the first lec­ture this Sun­day, the fo­rum is to set up a live blog where par­tic­i­pants can post their views on the events. The fo­rum has promised to post all views un­less they are abu­sive or racist, in an at­tempt to en­gage the com­mu­nity in dis­cus­sion.

This Sun­day’s open­ing lec­ture, to be held at Giffnock Syn­a­gogue ban­quet­ing hall, fea­tures Dr Jim Duffy, the act­ing head­teacher of Scot­land’s only Jewish pri­mary school, Calder­wood Lodge, as the key­note speaker. Dr Duffy, who was ap­pointed in Fe­bru­ary 2006, will talk about is­sues cur­rently fac­ing the school and the fu­ture of the East Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil pri­mary, whose 150 pupils are from dif­fer­ent faiths.

In Fe­bru­ary, Jim Mur­phy, MP for Glas­gow East­wood, will speak on “What is the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to­wards Is­rael and the Peace Process?” Fu­ture speak­ers will in­clude for March, Dr Mona Sid­diqui, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre of Is­lam at the Univer­sity of Glas­gow; Guardian jour­nal­ist and JC colum­nist Jonathan Freed­land on April 16; and at the end of April, Rabbi Pro­fes­sor Naf­tali Rothen­berg, who is chair of the Cen­tre for Tol­er­ance Ed­u­ca­tion in Is­rael, who will dis­cuss how those in­volved in Jewish ed­u­ca­tion have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­mote good eth­i­cal and moral val­ues.

Fo­rum spokesman Mr Tankel told the JC: “We set up the group at the end of last year. We felt there is a need for in­ter­est­ing lec­tures in Glas­gow that will en­cour­age peo­ple to think about the com­mu­nity’s fu­ture. We would like feed­back and hope the blog will en­cour­age peo­ple to share their views about the is­sues fac­ing the com­mu­nity. The group is self-fi­nanac­ing and there will be a small en­try fee to each lec­ture.”

The four other mem­bers of the fo­rum are David Bar­nett, Derek Liv­ingston, Nick Nad­dell and Jeremy Stein.

The blog ad­dress is

Around 20 chil­dren from Bournemouth’s Re­form and Ortho­dox syn­a­gogues at­tended the launch of a new youth club in the town. The Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade held a taster ses­sion at the Re­form Syn­a­gogue, led by four Lon­don mem­bers, and hope to have a unit run­ning in the town by the spring. The young­sters, some of whom are pic­tured, took part in a variety of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing para­chute games and bead­mak­ing

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