GJRC News Archive – including COP26

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).

Yours sincerely

Brian McGhee, 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.

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

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.

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

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

Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Dame Stephanie’s life story began 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.

HAPPY CHANUKAH FROM ALL AT THE REP COUNCIL

Sunday, 28 November, 2021

The President, Board Members and Staff wish everyone in the Glasgow Jewish Community a Very Happy Chanukah.

CHANUKAH GREETING FROM FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON

Sunday, 28 November, 2021

Today marks the start of Chanukah – the Jewish Festival of Light.

Over the next eight days, people around the world will be celebrating, by exchanging gifts, sharing food and playing traditional games. And in doing so, you will commemorate an ancient story of resilience, recovery, and light in the darkness. For all of us, these themes perhaps have additional poignancy this year.

Throughout the pandemic, I know that Scotland’s Jewish communities, like other faith communities, have faced particular challenges. And I am so hugely grateful for the sacrifices you have made. Your efforts have been vital, in helping us reach a point of much greater normality where our recovery can begin. And while, of course, there are still restrictions we need to follow, it does seem that, after a period of darkness, we’re now moving further into the light.

So I want to thank Scotland’s Jewish communities for everything you’ve done to help our country through the pandemic.

And as you mark this holy festival, I want to wish you all a very happy and a very peaceful Chanukah.

Chanukah Sameach!

AJEX REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY MARCH AND WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY

Sunday, 14 November, 2021

Rep Council’s Barry Berlow-Jackson, Paul Edlin, Susan Siegel, Sharon Mail and Evy Yedd

The annual Association of Jewish Servicemen and Women March and Wreath-Laying Ceremony took place in Newton Mearns on Sunday. The AJEX contingent, including members of the 5th Giffnock Guides and Brownies,marched with members of the British Legion and High School pupils. Wreaths were laid by AJEX Brigade Commander Monty Cowen and Rep Council president Paul Edlin.

Afterwards, there was a memorial service in Newton Mearns Synagogue, at which special guests East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher, Kirsten Oswald MP and Renfrewshire Deputy Lieutenant Alexander Stoddard were present.

JEWISH CARE SCOTLAND CHANUKAH GRANT 2021

Tuesday, 10 November, 2021

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LEAFLET FOR COP26 JEWISH VISITORS TO GLASGOW

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Tuesday, 26 October, 2021

Our COP26 Guide providing Jewish religious and cultural advice for delegates and others visiting Glasgow from around the world for the Conference has been printed and circulated. Welcome to Glasgow!

EVENTS CALENDAR FOR JEWISH COP26 PARTICIPANTS (In Glasgow or online)

Sunday 31st October

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm COP26 Vigil on George Square by Interfaith Glasgow and Interfaith Scotland. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y383exdy
  • 4:30pm Talanoa event at Garnethill Synagogue
  • 8pm – The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development/London School of Jewish Studies – interfaith webinar. Online.

Monday 1st November

  • 10:00am – Jewish Delegates’ Bagel Brunch: An informal kosher and vegan brunch at Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, to bring together Jewish delegates from around the world. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2yreb7hf
  • 1:30pm – Commonwealth Jewish Council interfaith panel, at Green Zone at COP26 Glasgow. 

Tuesday 2nd November

  • All day – Eco Synagogue and Board of Deputies of British Jews stand C7 at Green Zone at COP26, Glasgow. All are welcome to come and say hello. 

Friday 5th November

  • Eco Shabbat – Activities at synagogues in Glasgow, and throughout the UK. Contact [email protected] for national details, or Susan Siegel for details of synagogues participating in Glasgow

Saturday 6th November

  • Eco Shabbat – Activities at synagogues in Glasgow, and throughout the UK. Contact [email protected] for national details, or Susan Siegel for details of synagogues participating in Glasgow

Sunday 7th November

  • Evening – Interfaith event about education/tolerance – Giffnock Synagogue, Glasgow (Southside). Contact Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, details here.

Monday 8th November

  • 7:00pm – 8:15pm: EcoSynagogue and Board of Deputies of British Jews interfaith webinar. Online, details TBC.

CHIEF RABBI MIRVIS TO VISIT COMMUNITY ON

1 NOVEMBER, DURING COP26

Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Chief Rabbi Mirvis

There is excitement in the community with the news that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is, at his request, to address the Glasgow Jewish Community whilst here for the COP26 Conference. The meeting, which will be one of the first major live events in the community since before the Covid19 outbreak, is being hosted by Giffnock Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation on Monday, 1 November, in Giffnock Shul.

Those attending are asked to be at the Shul before 8pm for a Ma’ariv service which will be followed by the Chief Rabbi speaking.  There will be the opportunity for questions afterwards. Doors will be open at 7.30pm and close at 8pm and everyone is asked to arrive early to take their seats. The event is free, but pre-booking is required for security reasons. Booking can be made by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] or phoning 0141 577 8250 or 0141 639 4000.

Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for Cop26

Monday, 20 September, 2021

Rabbi Moshe Rubin

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.

“Our faith communities are united in caring for human life and the natural world. We share a belief in a hopeful future, as well as an obligation to be responsible in caring for our common home, the Earth.

We 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.

People have exploited the planet, causing climate change. We recognise that the burden of loss and damage falls most heavily on people living in poverty, especially women and children.

We acknowledge the commitments made through the Lambeth Declaration in 2015. Now, because of the gravity of our situation, the impact of climate change around the world, and the inequality of its effects we seek to strengthen those commitments.

We commit to respond to this challenge by:

  • Reflecting deeply in prayer, meditation and worship to discern how to care for the earth and each other, and to encourage our respective communities to do the same.
  • Making transformational change in our own lives and in the lives of our communities through individual and collective action.
  • Being advocates for justice by calling on governments, businesses and others who exercise power and influence to put into effect the Paris agreement; to make the transition to a just and green economy a priority; and to commit to science-based targets that are aligned with a healthy, resilient, zero-emissions future.

We remind governments of their commitments made in Paris in 2015 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, and of Article 17 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights to protect the environment, the biosphere and biodiversity. We call upon them to take the urgent action needed to avert the loss, damage, and forced migration threatened by climate change.

We look to governments to work together and with others to create a positive vision for 2050 where addressing climate change is not just an opportunity to stop burning fossil fuels, but also: to achieve cleaner air and water; to reduce food wastage; to ensure a just and equitable sharing of the earth’s resources; and to protect the habitats we share with all other life on whose health we also depend.

Across our doctrinal and political differences, we know that we must change our ways to ensure a quality of life which all can share, and we need to provide hope for people of all ages, everywhere, including future generations. To offer hope in the world we need to have confidence that those in power understand the vital role they have to play at the Glasgow COP26.

Our collective energy and prayers will be with those working for a successful outcome.”

Signed by:

UK Senior Faith Leaders   Archbishop Angaelos, Archbishop of London, The Coptic Orthodox Church   The Rt Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, and lead Bishop for the Environment, Catholic Church in England and Wales   Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Chair, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board   Malcolm M Deboo, President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Inc)   Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of General Assembly, United Reformed Church   Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi, S&P Sephardi Community, UK   Revd. Lynn Green, General Secretary, The Baptist Union of Great Britain   Rev Sonia Hicks, President of the Methodist Church and Barbara Easton, Vice-President of the Methodist Church   Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Former Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism   Rt Rev Andy John, Bishop of Bangor and Senior Bishop in the Church in Wales   Rabbi David Mason, representing Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis   Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (Imam), Christian – Muslim ForumScottish Religious Leaders & Representatives   The Rt Hon Lord Jim Wallace of Tankerness, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland   Elizabeth Allen, Clerk, General Meeting for Scotland, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)   Imam Sohail Ashfaque, Blackhall Mosque   Lt-Col Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army   Revd David Coleman, Minister of the United Reformed Church and Chaplain to Eco- Congregation Scotland   Allan Forsyth and Isadora Quay, on behalf of the Baha’i Community of Scotland   Rev Bonnie Evans Hills, convener Scottish Episcopal Church Interfaith Relations Committee   Madhu Jain, Hindu Mandir Scotland   Revd Dr Martin Johnstone, Glasgow Churches Together COP26 Ambassador   Ani Lhamo, Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Centre   Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious dialogue   Rev Dr David Miller, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland   Acharya Ji Mishra, Priest of Hindu Mandir Scotland   Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Advisor Sikhs in Scotland
Mr. Patrick O’Mara, Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom   Mrs Trupti Patel, President of the Hindu Forum of Britain   Juliet Prager, Deputy Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain   Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society   Rabbi Danny Rich, former Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism in the United Kingdom   The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Head Priest of the London Buddhist Vihara   Dr Natubhai Shah, Senior leader, Jain Community UK   The Rt. Hon Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon, Director Network of Sikh Organisations (UK)   Jasvir Singh OBE, Chair of City Sikhs   Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha   Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich and lead Bishop on the Environment, Church of England   Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UKImam Hassan Rabbani, Imam of Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque, Chair of Scottish Muslim Forum   Lama Yeshe Choje Losal Rinpoche Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Centre   Rabbi David Rose Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation   Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Senior Rabbi of Scotland Shaykh Sohaib Saeed, Al-Furqan Mosque The Revd Mark Slaney Chair Methodist Church Scotland   Sr. Isabel Smyth Sisters of Notre Dame & Secretary to the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue   Most Rev Mark Strange Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church   Linsay Taylor, Muslim Council of Scotland and Chair of Interfaith Scotland   Dr Srihari Vallabhajousula, Honorary Priest, Hindu Temple of Scotland, Rutherglen, Glasgow   Ameed Versace, Climate Officer, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society   Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator of The United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland   Rev. George Whyte, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

AFGHAN APPEAL LAUDED AT HOLYROOD

Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Vicci and Sammy Stein

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.”

Jackson Carlaw MSP

 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.

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/#glasgowmultiVideo Player00:0000:45

 

SNP HOUSE OF COMMONS LEADER VISITS GIFFNOCK SHUL

Friday, 3 September, 2021

Kirsten Oswald , Rabbi Aharon Lemberger and Ian Blackford

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

GJRC President Paul Edlin

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.

MEETING WITH SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE LEADER

Friday, 20 August, 2021

Douglas Ross MSP

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 MSP

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.

Dr Susan Siegel

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

From left, Philip Braat, Timothy Lovat and Paul Edlin

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

Public Affairs Consultant Colin Grant

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.

GLASGOW JEWISH REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL IN CONVERSATION WITH NATAN SHARANSKY

23 May, 2021

Full report here.

 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS HUSTINGS MEETING

Thursday, 22 April, 2021

The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council held a Hustings Meeting  last night for the forthcoming election for the Scottish Parliament. Full report here.

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