NEW SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT INFORMATION ON HOSTING UKRAINIAN REFUGEES.

16 May, 2022

The Ukrainian Capital Kyiv

The Scottish Government is incredibly grateful for the groundswell of support from the Scottish public who have signed up to open their homes to people fleeing the crisis in Ukraine. On Monday we published guidance for hosts offering accommodation under the Scottish Government Super Sponsor scheme. It covers:

·         the eligibility criteria to become a host.

·         the role and expectations of hosts in supporting Ukrainian guests who arrive under the scheme.

·         where hosts can access further support.

This guidance is aimed primarily at hosts using Scotland’s Super Sponsor scheme, but it does set out the expectations and requirements of hosting a displaced person from Ukraine in Scotland for individual/private sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.

There are also posts on Twitter, Facebook and a short You Tube video explaining to hosts what happens next.

GJRC YOM HASHOAH EVENT

28 April, 2022

There was a huge turnout for this year’s Yom Hashoah event, organised by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council Yom Hashoah committee, chaired by Agnes Isaacs. As well as the live audience in the Giffnock Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation Giffnock shul complex, many people attended via Zoom, including the guest speakers Silverio de Sousa Mendes from Portugal and Olivia Mattis from America.

The comperes for the event were Abi Benshetrit and Pippa Ure; candles were lit by Toby Binnie, Zohar Coughlan, Alice, Marnie and Sadie Jackson and Sammy Rosenberg; there were performances from the Glasgow Jewish Singers conducted by Eddie Binnie and the Calderwood Choir conducted by deputy head teacher Andy Robson; Howard Brodie recited the Memorial Prayer and Kaddish; there was a short film, introduced by UJIA senior educator Sydney Switzer on the Calderwood Lodge P7 Yom HaShoah Art project inspired by their studies of the Terezin Ghetto; the vote of thanks was given by GJRC president Paul Edlin; Yom HaShoah Committee members were Agnes Isaacs (chair), Anthea Berg, Fiona Brodie, Tara Silberg, Howard Singerman, Michael Tobias, Dianna Wolfson and Evelynn Yedd.

The full report can be found here.

FESTIVAL GREETINGS

15 April, 2022

The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council President Paul Edlin, Board of Trustees and staff would like to extend to all supporters,  friends and colleagues,  best wishes for the festivals this weekend – Pesach, Easter and Ramadan. Together we pray for peace for all people in all parts of our world.

MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP OF GLASGOW TO THE COMMUNITY

10 April, 2022

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to be sending greetings to you and the Jewish community as you celebrate Pesach this week.  As you know I replaced Archbishop Mario Conti as the Bishop with responsibility for interreligious dialogue in 2020 and each time I have written to you the world has been facing crises which have shown us clearly how vulnerable our global community is. There was coronavirus, climate change and now a war in Ukraine which exposes how fragile peace in Europe has been with the ever-present danger of nuclear weapons and a possible third world war which could drastically change the world as we have known it.

Pesach, remembering as it does, the liberation of the People of Israel from the slavery of Egypt reminds us that our hope in liberation and salvation is well founded. It gives us confidence that peace is possible and calls us to trust in God and work for peace in our own lives. At a time when it is easy to become despondent it is good to keep in mind that that God “gives strength to the weary, he strengthens the powerless… Those who hope in the Lord will regain their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; though they run they will not grow weary, though they walk they will never tire (Is. 40:29, 31).

It is interesting that for the first time in over 30 years several religions are celebrating significant festivals this week. We Christians, of course, are celebrating Easter, Jains are celebrating the birthday of one of their founders, Baha’is are remembering the day on which their founder Baha’u’llah declared his mission as a Manifestation of God, Sikhs are commemorating the birth of the Khalsa in the festival of Vaisakhi while Muslims are observing Ramadan. This week will surely be a time of renewed prayer and spiritual energy as so many people of faith are renewing their commitment and no doubt praying for peace in our world, particularly in Ukraine. This too can be a source of confidence and hope.

In the meantime, however, I am happy to send greetings and good wishes to you and the whole Jewish community as you celebrate Pesach, in my own name, in the name of the Scottish Catholic Bishops and indeed the Scottish Catholic community.

Yours sincerely

+ Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles

President of the Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious Dialogue

FIRST MINISTER MEETING WITH THE COMMUNITY

8 April, 2022

Nicola Livingston (left) and Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with the Jewish community on Sunday, 27 March. She attended a meeting in the Giffnock Newton Mearns Giffnock complex, which was beamed live to the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation and had many others present via Zoom.

The meeting was organised by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities in conjunction with GJRC and supported by Giffnock Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation and the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation. SCoJeC Chair Nicola Livingston chaired the meeting, GJRC Vice-President Howard Singerman introduced Nicola Sturgeon, the vote of thanks was given by EHC Chair Hilary Rifkind and a presentation was made by Perele Rubin. The SCoJeC Jewish Scotland Connected Project enabled the hybrid nature of the meeting.

The senior Rabbi of Scotland Rabbi Moshe Rubin recited a prayer for Ukraine and thanked Nicola Sturgeon for her leadership during the pandemic and for helping to promote good relations between Scotland’s faith communities.

The First Minister began by telling the community that she was there to listen to their concerns and feelings and answer any questions they might have for her. She spoke about the situation in Ukraine.

View full story here.

31 March, 2022

The letter sent out to our mailing list can be found here.

UKRAINE DISASTER

22 March, 2022

We have set up a page for information on how members of the community can assist the people of Ukraine, including hosting refugees. We will update is as more details become available.

INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR’S YOM HASHOAH EVENT

17 March, 2022

This year’s Yom Hashoah event, organised by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council Yom Hashoah Committee, takes place on Thursday, 28 April.

FIRST MINISTER’S MEETING WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

27 March, 2022

First Minister's Questions

MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY FROM THE GJRC PRESIDENT ABOUT UKRAINE

9 March, 2022

Dear Community Member

GJRC President Paul Edlin

The military action by Russia in Ukraine has shocked and galvanised the community into action and members are already supporting a variety of initiatives and charities.

We never thought we would see this happen again after Hitler’s European actions and the Holocaust but sadly, it has become a reality. We all must do what we can to help.

A significant number of people have been phoning me and the Representative Council office asking how they and the Glasgow Jewish Community could support and financially assist the refugees further.

After examining the charitable organisations involved, we believe that World Jewish Relief is probably the easiest and most suitable organisation for people in our community to make contributions to.

https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/ways-to-donate/appeals/1267-ukraine-crisis-appeal

We are also heartened to learn that the Jewish Student Chaplain Rabbi Aharon Lemberger and a group of students have travelled to Poland to assist those who have fled there for safety. We are waiting to hear from Rabbi Lemberger on his return and will be keeping closely in touch with Jewish Student Chaplaincy Scotland to find out how we can help them going forward.

I would like to reassure you that in the coming days and weeks, the Representative Council will be looking at how we can best serve the people of Ukraine and the refugees from there.

Paul Edlin, President Glasgow Jewish Representative Council

MULTI-FAITH PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

02 March, 2022 – 7.30pm Via Zoom

Online: zoom link below

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89302904316

Login: 893 0290 4316

Password: 040007

WORLD JEWISH RELIEF UKRAINE CRISIS APPEAL

24 February, 2022

The Ukrainian Capital Kyiv

“Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Our 29 partners across the country describe fear, panic and disbelief, and are doing everything they can to protect their communities in the face of active conflict.

No one knows how far-reaching the consequences of invasion will be, but we know that for the communities we have supported for 30 years the impacts will be catastrophic.

We will respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs as they arise, prioritising food, cash, medical, material, and psychological support for the worst affected, whether fleeing their homes or unable to escape violence.”

Details and how to donate here.

CALDERWOOD LODGE JEWISH PRIMARY SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER VACANCY

11 February, 2022

Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary School

Calderwood Lodge Primary situated in Newton Mearns area of East Renfrewshire and is part of a unique joint faith campus bringing together two purpose-built denominational primary schools. Calderwood Lodge Primary School has a current roll of 174 plus 120 nursery class and experiences excellent links with Mearns Castle High School, the associated secondary school.                                                                                                           

Applicants for the above post should be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to take the school forward within the context of one of Scotland’s highest performing local authorities.

For the above position please note that the appointed person shall be subject to the approval of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council in terms of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. Interested applicants should email [email protected]

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.  It is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children. 

Full details can be found here.

REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MAKES SHABBAT VISIT TO THE GIFFNOCK NEWTON MEARNS HEBREW CONGREGATION’S GIFFNOCK COMPLEX

10 February, 2022

The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council made a visit to the Giffnock Synagogue on Shabbat, 5 February. After the morning service conducted by Rabbi Moshe Rubin, there was a sit down Kiddush in the banqueting hall, sponsored by Trustee Timothy Lovat on behalf of the Rep Council.

GJRC President Paul Edlin

In addressing the gathering, President Paul Edlin spoke of how the Rep Council is working hard to build good relationships with the Muslim community and other groups.

The last flare-up between Israel and the Palestinians had led to many antisemitic incidents which had alarmed the community. In response, GJRC had strived to build ties with moderate Muslim groups and had been successful in doing so. He was pleased to report that a discussion Forum had been set up in which Scotland’s senior minister Rabbi Moshe Rubin and an Imam were involved.

He condemned the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s inappropriate, totally one-sided attack on Israel during the conflict and advised that, together with SCoJeC, he had brought this to her attention.

The Calderwood Lodge head teacher Lisa Corr has recently handed in her notice and Mr Edlin assured those present that Calderwood is and would remain a Jewish denominational school and that GJRC would be involved in the process of selecting her replacement.

View full story here.

INTERFAITH SCOTLAND LIVE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EVENT

03 February, 2022

Rep Council President, Paul Edlin was among the guests of many faiths lighting candles of remembrance at a Holocaust Memorial Day event hosted by Interfaith Scotland at their offices on Thursday, 27 January. The organisers were delighted to have been able to hold a live, though socially distanced event at last, and also provided a Zoom link for those unable to attend.

Kosher refreshments were provided at a reception, which was followed by the screening of the UK National HMD event. Afterwards, IS Director Maureen Sier lit the first candle before inviting those present to follow suit and to make their HMD 2022 theme ‘One Day’ wish.

YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM THREE COUNTRIES JOIN TOGETHER FOR HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

27 January, 2022 Glasgow – Turin – Rostov-on-Don

Interfaith Scotland, The Lord Provost of Glasgow, and the Royal Conservatoire Scotland are delighted to have supported this innovative international musical project, featuring young people from Glasgow, Turin and Rostov-on-Don.  The project was initiated by Julia Atlas, Director of the Russian Cultural Centre, (Scotland) and Lev Atlas from the Royal Conservatoire (Scotland).  It is an international project featuring young musicians from Glasgow (Scotland), Turin (Italy) and Rostov-on-Don (Russia).  These fine young musicians are dedicating their music (some of it specially created by composer and violinist, Oleg Ponomarev) to all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.  They hope that One Day we will learn to live in peace.

Link to useful educational resources from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

https://www.hmd.org.uk/learn-about-the-holocaust-and-genocides/

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK

24 January, 2022

WEDNESDAY, 26 JANUARY

Scotland’s National Holocaust Memorial Day Event6pm via the Edinburgh Interfaith Association YouTube channel

Edinburgh Interfaith Association has a long-standing commitment to commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day and has produced the City of Edinburgh events for many years.
Recognising the importance of these events EIFA was selected by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to put together the programme for January 2022.
This will be a pre-recorded programme which will be streamed on the EIFA YouTube channel. You can register to receive the link to this programme here.

The programme will include contributions from Holocaust Survivor Henry Wuga , Rwandan genocide survivor against the Tutsi, Eric Eugene Murangwa, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government Shona Robison.

East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Council Event – 7pm online

East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Councils will jointly host their Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony virtually this year on Wednesday, 26 January at 7pm. 

Following discussion, it has been agreed the annual event cannot be held as it normally would due to Covid-19, so instead as in 2021 a Ceremony will be hosted virtually on the Councils’ Facebook and Twitter channels. 

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 is One Day.  Survivors of the Holocaust and of genocide often talk about the One Day when everything changed, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for better.    

Comments from Provost Fletcher of East Renfrewshire and Provost Cameron of Renfrewshire are included in what has been prepared.  Amongst other things, the Ceremony will also include footage of local residents describing their family’s persecution, which will highlight the true horror of the Holocaust, and their subsequent move to Scotland; music provided by East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire school pupils; a prayer; and an opportunity to light a candle in your own home in memory of all those who were murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in other genocides which have taken place such as in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

You can join the virtual memorial on Wednesday, 26 January from 7pm on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels. It will also be able to be viewed subsequently.  https://www.facebook.com/eastrenfrewshirecouncil

THURSDAY, 27 JANUARY

Interfaith Scotland Holocaust Memorial Day Event

Interfaith Scotland is hosting an in-person Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration at its interfaith dialogue centre in Glasgow, Flemington House, 110 Flemington Street Glasgow G21 4BF  (Covid-permitting).

There will be a livestream of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust online commemoration, followed by a candle lighting ceremony when the hosts will invite any participants who wish to come up to the front and light a candle and complete the sentence ‘One Day ….’ to share their wish for the world. The full programme is outlined below:

6.30 pm: Registration and Kosher Refreshments
7.00 pm: Live-streaming of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust online commemoration
8.00 pm: The National Moment
8.05 pm: ‘One Day…candle lighting ceremony’
8.30 pm: 5 Minutes silence

It will be possible to join the event online. If joining online, participants will be sent the link to watch the National HMD commemoration at 7pm, and you can then join Interfaith Scotland via Zoom for the national moment and candle-lighting ceremony in the dialogue centre at 8pm. Sign up for the online event at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/HMD2022Online

MESSAGES TO THE COMMUNITY FOLLOWING THE TEXAS SYNAGOGUE SIEGE

21 January, 2022

Places of worship should be places of peace and sanctuary. The Scottish Government stands in solidarity with all those affected by the distressing events at the synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and faith and belief communities everywhere.

This abhorrent terrorist incident must not be allowed to divide communities, or affect the positive inter faith relationships which contribute to the great strength Scotland derives from its diversity.

 Shona Robison

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government

Following the events at a synagogue in Texas, last Saturday and the arrests in England, I want to reassure Scottish communities that at this time there is no known threat in Scotland or any link between Scotland and this incident.

 Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and whilst we understand that people may feel vulnerable as a result of this incident, I would urge everyone to continue to work together and ensure no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated.

 I would encourage you to inform Police Scotland of any increased tensions or other community concerns you become aware of. Please contact the Police either by calling 101, or dial 999 for emergencies, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 You can also report hate crime using our online hate crime reporting form on the Police Scotland website or via one of our Third Party Reporting Centres.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie Police Scotland

The hostage incident by a British terrorist at Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, is a stark reminder as to why CST does its job. We work to ensure that the people inside every Jewish school, shul and other Jewish communal buildings are properly protected. We fund security equipment; we arrange guarding and we ensure that security procedures are in place and up-to-date, taking learning points from every incident globally. We work closely across government and police to ensure that our community’s needs are met.

It is also a reminder that such attacks can occur anywhere in our diverse communities. So, please take note of this attack and continue your support, co-operate with our people when they are performing their duties, implement security procedures, and do not hesitate to contact us if you are aware of any suspicious incidents.  

Mark Gardner Chief Executive Community Security Trust

INTERFAITH SCOTLAND – HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY INTERFAITH COMMEMORATION

Thursday, 27 January, 2022 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Interfaith Scotland is hosting an in-person Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration at its interfaith dialogue centre in Glasgow (Covid-permitting). There will be a livestream of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust online commemoration. This will be followed by a candle lighting ceremony when any participants who wish to come up to the front will be invited to light a candle and complete the sentence ‘One Day ….’ to share their wish for the world. 

Full details here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE AT THE GLASGOW JEWISH REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL

Friday, 31 December,2021

DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY CH DELIVERED 22ND UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL LECTURE

Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Dame Stephanie’s life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she started a software house, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. In 2009/10 she served as the UK’s first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact, totaling £67m to date. The focus is on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.

 

 

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