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In 1788, Lord Gordon was arrested on charges of defaming Marie Antoinette and sentenced to five years in Newgate Prison.
There, he continued his religious observance: he hung a mezuzah on his cell door, ate and drank only kosher food and wine, prayed daily with a tallis and Tefillin, and was allowed to pray with a minyan – ten men – on Shabbat.
At the end of his sentence, the authorities brought Lord Gordon to court, where he was asked to remove his hat and swear to behave lawfully in the future.
As a Jew, Lord Gordon refused to remove his head-covering.
With Scotland in the news, it’s interesting to note that the country has been home to a dynamic Jewish community for 400 years.
In 1908, at the peak of Jewish immigration, only 75 received state-funded statutory poor relief in all of Scotland; all other new arrivals had their needs – from housing to health, from education to food – provided by Scotland’s many Jewish charities.
In 2016, Michael also reached the RAW Comedy National Grand Final, represented Australia in the Laugh Factory's Funniest Person in the World Competition and toured across Asia, headlining at some of the continent's largest comedy clubs.
He also developed, produced and hosted the showcase Melbourne Comedy's Rising Stars, which continues to sell out shows.2017 has been another huge year for Michael, selling out his entire season and extra show of Jewish-ish at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, selling out shows at Sydney Fringe Comedy, performing on ABC's Comedy Bites, Triple J's Good Az Friday, landing a gig writing jokes for Channel 10's The Project and appearing in the show's sketches, well as being selected to perform internationally on Carnival Cruise Lines.
During the recent war in Gaza, anti-Zionist sentiment hit new highs, with local governments in Fife and Glasgow flying Palestinian flags above official buildings. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph. In International Relations from the London School of Economics.
In August 2014, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities called on national bodies to recognize growing levels of anti-Semitism in the country. She lives with her family in Chicago, and has lectured internationally on Jewish topics.
Three all-wool patterns were developed, and the Jewish Telegraph’s readers voted for the winning pattern: a blue-and-white tartan that echoes both the blue and white of Israel’s flag, and the Saltire, the national flag of Scotland.