Caledonian Jews: A Study of Seven Small Communities in by Nathan Abrams

By Nathan Abrams

This can be the 1st complete background of the Jews in Scotland who lived open air Edinburgh and Glasgow. The paintings specializes in seven groups from the borders to the highlands: Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Greenock, and Inverness. every one of those groups used to be of adequate measurement and affluence to shape a congregation with a useful synagogue and, whereas their histories were formerly overlooked in prefer of Jewish populations in higher towns, their tales are very important in realizing Scottish Jewry and British background as an entire. Drawn from various basic assets, the background of Jews in Scotland is traced from the earliest rumors to the current.

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The entire congregation (both ladies and gentlemen) were enrolled, 30 names being entered. ”12 In addition to the town of Ayr itself, there was also Jewish settlement in the surrounding area. 13 Joel Slonimsky was born in Slonim in Russia in 1882. 14 At some point he went back to Slonim where he found a wife before returning to Ayrshire, where he had five children. He later changed his surname to Dunetz. Chaya Links was the eldest daughter of Mayer and Simie Links, who came over from Brzezany in Galicia in 1907 before settling in Glasgow.

Non–Jews were recorded as being present at various Jewish events, and entry to golf clubs was not denied to Jews, as in other British cities such as Glasgow. 130 Since the end of the Second World War, only a few mentions of anti–Semitic incidents have been found. Just outside Aberdeen, an issue of the Banffshire Journal and Northern Farmer in April 1954 contained an advertisement which read, “You do not need to deal with Jews. ”131 Some three decades later, in the 1980s, there was evidence of some anti–Zionist and anti–Semitic activity in Aberdeen.

P. 26 A Low Profile At the outset of its existence, it seems that the Ayr Jewish community kept a rather low profile. Some events of note were recorded in the Jewish Chronicle: engagements, marriages, births, and deaths, as well as fundraising activities, services and synagogue meetings. In 1904 the Ayr Zionist Society was set up, composed of the entire congregation of thirty individuals (but this did not include Jews in the surrounding districts, as the office bearers decided “to canvass amongst all coreligionists … for additional members and for support to all the movement’)27 The following were elected: Mr.

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