Glasgow Jewish Representative Council
16 APRIL, 2019 – PESACH MESSAGE FROM MARIO CONTI, ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF GLASGOW, CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE FOR INTER RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
5 APRIL, 2019 – GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS IHRA DEFINITION
The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council greatly welcomes the adoption of the international definition of antisemitism, (IHRA) in full – with cross party support – by Glasgow City Council yesterday. Glasgow, and the surrounding areas, have a substantial Jewish community, which is proud to be linked to a city that stands up against antisemitism.”
Motion By Councillor Frank McAveety (Lab):-
“Council notes the international working definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which states:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed towards Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
Council further notes that this definition has been adopted by numerous local authorities across the UK; the Welsh, Scottish and UK Governments; and 30 other countries.
Council resolves to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full, and pledges to combat this pernicious form of racism.”
You can watch the recording of the meeting by following this link (starting at 2hrs 19mins) https://glasgow.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/408345.
15 MARCH, 2019 – ATTACK ON MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND – Message of Solidarity
Following the tragic attacks on the Muslim community in New Zealand, the Glasgow Representative Council and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and the Jewish Leadership Council have sent the following letter to the Glasgow Central Mosque and to the Muslim Council of Scotland:
“We are writing to you on behalf of the Jewish communities of Scotland to offer our heartfelt condolences after the tragic murder of worshipers at the Al Noor and Masjid mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.
This is a dark time for your community, and we share your grief and horror at the premeditated killing of innocent men, women and children.
Too often in recent years we have witnessed these hateful attacks, where innocents have been targeted and persecuted because of their religious beliefs.
We extend our sympathies to all who have suffered both physically and emotionally. May they find comfort, strength and fortitude in their faith, family and community as they walk the difficult path to recovery.
And may they also be assured that the solidarity and support of the Jewish people goes with them at this difficult time.”
Details of a Vigil being held in Glasgow at 5pm today and a message of reassurance to faith communities from Police Scotland can be found here.
Please visit our Volunteering and Job Vacancies Page to find out how you can become involved in helping on a regular or one-off basis. NEW – Scottish Jewish Archives Centre – Weekend Activities and Events Volunteers – end date 31/03/2019
28 JANUARY, 2019 – NATIONAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY SCOTLAND
9 DECEMBER, 2018 – GLASGOW COMMUNITY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
This year’s Community Chanukah Celebration takes place from 4pm to 6pm in Calderwood Lodge Primary School, Waterfoot Road, Newton Mearns.
PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE ATTACK – 27 October, 2018. Statements on the attack can be found here.
New Year messages from our co-presidents Evy Yedd and Nicola Livingston can be read on the GJRC News Page.
A New Year message to the Scottish Jewish Community from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon:
“I send my warmest greetings to everyone in Scotland’s Jewish Communities as they begin to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and mark the holy day of Yom Kippur. At this time of reflection, I hope the coming year will bring joy and happiness to all.
“The Scottish Government appreciates and values our relationships with our Jewish communities, and I want to thank you all for the significant and important contributions you all make to Scottish society. I have enjoyed meeting with a number of organisations, including SCoJeC this past year and I very much look forward to continued positive engagement in the year ahead.
“It is essential that everyone feels connected, has a sense of belonging and feels valued in Scotland and I am proud of the way in which we continue to work to tackle prejudice, and build a more inclusive, safer Scotland.
On behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland, I wish you Shanah Tovah!”
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New Board of Deputies of British Jews Marie van der Zyl visited Glasgow on Sunday, 10 June, 2018, a week after taking office.
photo by Alan Kay
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 30 May, 2018.
For a report, visit our GJRC News page.
A message has been sent to the Jewish Community, via the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, from former Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale. 8 April, 2018
GJRC has received and responded to a letter of apology and support from Eastwood Labour Party. 28 March, 2018
GJRC held a Public/Delegate Meeting on Wednesday, 7 March. For details, visit our GJRC News page.
When the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (GJRC) was formed in 1914, it was to represent the Jewish community in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. GJRC helps to ensure cordial relations between the Jewish community and other civic and religious groups and sends delegates to a variety of faith and other forums and committees. GJRC, which is democratically elected, hosts a forum for religious, welfare, cultural, social, educational and youth organisations. It liaises with these bodies to ensure the effective running of the community.
The current GJRC Co-presidents are Nicola Livingston and Evy Yedd.
The treasurer is Karen Levy