One of the ‘draws’ to encourage participation in SCoJeC's Being Jewish in Scotland project was the chance to win one of four great prizes: a beautiful hard backed catalogue of the works of Josef Herman, whose Glasgow period was one of his most prolific (donated by the Ben Uri Gallery), Nathan Abrams' book Caledonian Jews about the history of the smaller Jewish communities of Scotland (donated by the publishers McFarland & Co), the CD Uncle Roland's Flying Machine 'jazz-inflected Klezmer and Balkan music'. (donated by Scottish band Moishe's Bagel), and two hot salt beef sandwiches (or vegetarian equivalent) (donated by Mark's Deli).
The winning tickets were drawn by participants in a focus group for young people living in the Edinburgh area, and the winners are: Rachelle Moore (Glasgow), Leslie Mutch (Dingwall), Jose Barinotto (Aberdeen), and Linda Davidson (Glasgow).
Jose Barinotto, who came to Scotland from Spain, told us “I am so happy about the prize - it is really amazing! As a Jew living in Scotland I wanted to say about how we can be happy in Scotland, and get stronger and unite as a community.”
"I hope my contribution to the survey was useful" said Rachelle Moore. "My grandparents, Isaac and Mildred Behar, settled in Glasgow from Turkey and London and opened a carpet shop. My grandfather founded Pollokshield Shul, where I got married, but it's not there any more. I never thought I'd win this prize, it's a wonderful book!"