AFGHAN APPEAL LAUDED AT HOLYROOD
Tuesday, 28 September, 2021
The Glasgow Jewish community’s amazing efforts to help Afghan refugees have been praised in the Scottish Parliament.
Jewish couple Vicci and Sammy Stein have been singled out for their fantastic leadership of the campaign, headed by Rep Council, while the generosity of Calderwood Lodge pupils and parents has also been recognized.
Eastwood Conservative MSP, Jackson Carlaw, has secured support from the SNP and the Scottish Green Party for a Holyrood Motion he tabled to salute the “Incredible Interfaith Community Efforts to Support Afghan Refugees Arriving in Scotland.”
The Motion continues: “That the Parliament commends the fantastic interfaith efforts in the Greater Glasgow area for securing thousands of donations to support the men, women and children who are arriving in Scotland from Afghanistan;
“Notes that the initiative, led by Sammy and Vicci Stein, has resulted in huge amounts of items such as baby products, toys, clothes and household goods being donated;
“Welcomes that the appeal from the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council developed into an interfaith campaign, with members of the Muslim community playing a pivotal role in securing additional facilities to help store the large amounts of items that have been donated;
“Understands that within just a number of days, almost every available storage space at the Maccabi Centre, Jewish Care Scotland and Cosgrove Care buildings, at May Terrace, in Giffnock, were filled with donations;
“Acknowledges that the two schools belonging to the world’s first Jewish-Catholic joint campus of Calderwood Lodge and St Clare’s primaries, in Newton Mearns, made a vital contribution to the appeal through the provision of toiletries and women’s sanitary products.”
See full motion and signatories here.
GLASGOW MULTI-FAITH DECLARATION FOR COP26
Monday, 20 September, 2021
Many faiths have come together to sign a declaration committing to an obligation to be responsible in caring for the Earth. It comes in advance of the COP26 Conference being held in Glasgow in November.
Among the UK signatories are leaders and representatives of United, Reform, Liberal and Masorti Judaism and the Sephardi Community UK. In Scotland, the Declaration has been signed by Scotland’s Senior Rabbi of Scotland Rabbi Moshe Rubin and Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation Minister Rabbi David Rose.
The signatories recognise “the opportunities that COP26 brings in addressing the urgent need for action in limiting the effects of climate change and the critical importance of decisions made in this conference to take forward the agreement made in Paris in 2015.”
View full Declaration and signatories here.
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Friday, 10 September, 2021
NEW YEAR GREETING FROM GLASGOW LORD PROVOST PHILIP BRAAT
Thursday, 9 September, 2021https:www.jewishglasgow.org/cop26/#glasgowmulti
SNP HOUSE OF COMMONS LEADER VISITS GIFFNOCK SHUL
Friday, 3 September, 2021
Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader in the House of Commons, and local MP Kirsten Oswald visited Giffnock Shul this week and met with Paul Edlin and Ephraim Borowski.
They discussed the situation in the Middle East and the rise of antisemitism in Scotland.
Rep Council President Paul Edlin also stated that he hopes to forge a stronger relationship between the Glasgow Jewish community and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski told the politicians the rise of antisemitism is a major concern for Jewish people throughout the country.
Mr Blackford confirmed that the SNP is committed to helping find a sustainable peace in the Middle East on the basis of a two-state solution.
Kirsten Oswald said she believes progress is being made with regards to the graffiti incident in a local school and pledged to help improve dialogue in the community.
Earlier Rabbi Lemberger gave the visitors a guided tour of the shul and Philip Mendelsohn, SCoJeC’s Honorary Treasurer provided a fascinating insight into the Queen’s Park Windows.
Both Ian Blackford and Kirsten Oswald said they were pleased to be invited and thought the discussions were constructive and wide-ranging.
Full story here.
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Thursday, 2 September, 2021
NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT PAUL EDLIN ON BEHALF OF THE REP COUNCIL
Wednesday, 1 September, 2021
As Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy days approach the Rep Council are busy working for the Glasgow Jewish Community.
In November the COP26 environment conference will be held in Glasgow and we have planned various events for the community during this international event.
Covid 19 has presented unprecedented challenges and bereavements in the past year but these have brought the community together as never before.
Harmonious community relationships with other faith groups are most important and we continue to work on these following antisemitic incidents at a few schools in June.
In addition, we have held Zoom discussions with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Tory Leader Douglas Ross recently and just last week we welcomed the SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, to Giffnock Shul, along with local MP, Kirsten Oswald.
Let’s hope the year ahead will be easier for Glasgow’s Jewish Community and we wish you and your families a happy and healthy new year. Shana Tovah.
JEWISH CARE SCOTLAND ROSH HASHANAH GRANTS
Monday, 23 August, 2021
Jewish Care Scotland wants everyone to have the chance to observe important times in the Jewish Year. That’s why they are pleased to be able to offer Rosh Hashanah grants for anyone struggling to meet additional costs associated with this time.
This is a one-off grant of £40 for individuals or £60 for households with limited income, designed to help anyone struggling with the cost of food or other activities associated with Rosh Hashanah.
If you would like more information or are interested in applying for a Rosh Hashanah grant, contact JCS on 0141 620 1800 or email [email protected], and ask for the Community and Wellbeing Team. Any support offered will be dependent on individual circumstances and applicants may be asked to provide supporting documentation.
Friday, 20 August, 2021
Rep Council President Paul Edlin met with Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross and Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw CBE last week.
The Zoom event was also attended by Rep Council Vice-President Howard Singerman, Secretary Micheline Brannan and Colin Grant, the Rep Council’s Public Affairs Consultant.
Much of the discussions centred on the recent rise of antisemitism in Scotland and incidents at two secondary schools, sparked off by the war between Israel and Gaza.
Paul Edlin asked the MSPs to help in encouraging Muslims leaders to engage with the Jewish community and stressed that Scottish Jews have nothing but goodwill and the desire to live and work together as good neighbours and fellow citizens with their Muslim counterparts.
Douglas Ross promised he and his colleagues will do all they can to ensure that the Scottish Government acts whenever similar incidents arise in the future.
Jackson Carlaw confirmed he would be seeking to continue to convene the Cross-Party Group on Building Bridges with Israel at Holyrood, which he founded in the last parliament, and expected representation from both the SNP and Scottish Labour.
The Cross-Party Group’s first meeting of the current Session will take place in September and it is hoped that the new Deputy Ambassador for Israel will attend by Zoom.
Full story here
ZOOM MEETING WITH FIRST MINISTER
Thursday, 12 August, 2021
Paul Edlin, President of the Rep Council, met with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, last week. He was accompanied by Nicola Livingston and Ephraim Borowski, Chair and Director respectively of SCoJeC, and the Rep Council’s public affairs consultant, Colin Grant.
The discussions covered a wide range of issues of importance to the Jewish community in Glasgow and throughout Scotland. High on the agenda was a proposed meeting between Ms Sturgeon and Israel’s new ambassador.
Other topics included a possible public meeting with members of the Jewish community in Glasgow later this year; concerns about the SNP Government’s potential coalition with the Green Party; the recent spike in antisemitic attacks, including those on Jewish students and anti-Israel graffiti at a secondary school.
The First Minister said: “I would like to reassure our Jewish communities that antisemitism will not be tolerated in Scotland and we remain committed to tackling it. It unequivocally remains the case that matters abroad do not, and cannot, justify antisemitism or expressions of racial or religious hatred of any form.”
Full report here.
WE’RE GEARING UP FOR COP26
Monday, 9 August, 2021
GJRC COP26 project coordinator Susan Siegel gave an extensive report on community plans for the international summit.
The meeting was attended by Board members, Scotland’s senior rabbi Rabbi Moshe Rubin, UJIA Scotland Educator Sydney Switzer and Jewish Student Chaplain Scotland Rabbi Aharon Lemberger.
Among events planned are an Eco Shabbat on 5&6 November; a major Interfaith Dialogue event run by GJRC on Tuesday 2 November; youth Eco events; a plan, with Interfaith Scotland to provide refreshments and facilities for police officers on duty from throughout the UK for COP26.
A leaflet detailing synagogues, kosher facilities and other information is being prepared for out of town Jewish delegates to the conference.
The President, Paul Edlin expressed his thanks to Susan Siegel and everyone involved in all the hard work taking place in planning the various activities.
MEETING WITH GLASGOW LORD PROVOST
Thursday, 5 August, 2021
Paul Edlin, the GJRC President, along with senior member Timothy Lovat, met with Philip Braat, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, last week.
The friendly discussions included the Jewish community’s support for the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year and the community’s attempts to find ways of improving the environment.
They also looked at ways of developing interfaith relationships between all faith groups and a pledge from Paul Edlin to put the Jewish community at the forefront of these efforts.
Provost Braat praised the longstanding contributions made to the city by its Jewish population and offered his support for the Representative Council’s interfaith endeavours.
GJRC BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, 3 August, 2021
At our latest Monthly Board Meeting, the President Paul Edlin welcomed new Public Affairs Consultant Colin Grant to the meeting.
A report was given by Susan Siegel on a series of exciting COP26 initiatives being planned.
Linda Wolfson reported on the draft plan for consulting widely with Jews throughout the West of Scotland.
The consultation will be on how to ensure that diversity and inclusion across the Jewish community are reflected in the organisation, composition and activities of GJRC; and the Representative Council’s role within the future West of Scotland Jewish Community and associated communal infrastructure.
When the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (GJRC) was formed in 1914, it was to represent the Jewish community in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.
The Council 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.
The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, 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.