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 http://gjef.wordpress.com
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