Scottish Council of Jewish Communites
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Mar 2014
Israelis living in Scotland and their families held their first Purim party in Edinburgh under the banner of SCoJeC's YaCHaS project. “Wow! just like home” said one of the participants, expressing the nostalgia shared by many. Click here to read a report.

ישראלים בסקוטלנד ומשפחותהים חגגו לראשונה את חג פורים באדינבורו מטעם פרויקט יח''ס של סקוג''ק. ''וואו! זה ממש כמו בארץ'' אמר אחד המשתתפים, כשהוא המביטא את תחושת הנוסטלגיה של רבים בחגיגה. לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

Mar 2014
Ben Carroll, a student at St Andrews University, represented the European Union of Jewish Students at the UN Human Rights Council debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Click here to hear his speech.
Mar 2014
SCoJeC's latest “Highland Gathering” in Inverness was the occasion for the launch of the first phase of the SCoJeC CoNNeCT project, the new online Discussion Forum that will bring together Jewish people and those with an interest in Jewish issues throughout Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Mar 2014
The leafy Inverness suburb of Culduthel was the sunny venue for SCoJeC's Highland Region Purim party, with some people travelling for several hours in order to take part. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2014
We are delighted to announce that SCoJeC has been awarded £30,000 by the Volunteer Action Fund to deliver a year-long 'Volunteering Support Cluster' project to recruit, train, and support volunteers in the Jewish community. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2014
SCoJeC has been contributing to the planning of the Scottish Government’s new “Speak Up Against Hate Crime” campaign, which is urging people who suffer or witness crime based on prejudice to report all incidents to the police. Click here to read our statement.
Feb 2014
The Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, was the venue for a large and remarkably diverse gathering at a reception to mark the launch of the photographic exhibition "Identity and Belonging" by award-winning documentary photographer Judah Passow. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2014
Achray Forest, near Aberfoyle, was the venue for SCoJeC's latest activity, which was enjoyed by 23 adults and 10 children from throughout Scotland's central belt. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2014
SCoJeC’s YaCHaS project, which aims to connect Israelis living in Scotland, held a gathering to share memories and songs of the singer Arik Einstein, who died in November. Click here to read a report.

פרויקט יח"ס של סקוג''ק, שמטרתו לחבר ישראלים בסקוטלנד, ערך מפגש כדי לחלוק זיכרונות ושירים של סמל לאומי ישראלי, אריק איינשטיין, אשר מותו בנובמבר. לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

Dec 2013
On a cold but festive Sunday afternoon, more than 60 Israelis living in Scotland gathered in Bridge of Allan near Stirling, to celebrate Chanukah with their family and friends. Click here to read a report.

ביום ראשון קריר אך חגיגי, יותר מ 60 ישראלים החיים בסקוטלנד חברו יחד עם המשפחות והחברים לחגוג את חג חנוכה בכפר Bridge of Allan קרוב לסטרלינג. לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

Dec 2013
Every time we go to Inverness new people join us! On this occasion a bumper turnout of 25 people from Inverness and environs – mostly Jewish, but also a few local people with an interest in Judaism – joined SCoJeC to light Chanukah candles and enjoy festive food.  Click here to read a report.
Nov 2013
SCoJeC is delighted to have been able to assist in arranging a meeting between Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland during the Moderator's annual St Andrews Week visit to London. Click here to read a report.
Nov 2013
We have always thought that the questions asked during our Being Jewish in Scotland project would lend themselves equally well to a discussion among people from other communities, so, when Interfaith Scotland asked whether we would put on an event during Scottish Interfaith Week to bring together members of all faiths and none, we decided to see if we were right! Click here to read a report.
Oct 2013
SCoJeC is delighted to announce the appointment of three new staff to work on our CoNNeCT project to facilitate contact between Jewish people throughout Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Oct 2013
Inverness, Ullapool, and Stirling were the venues for SCoJeC's latest series of events, "Chai (Life) in the Highlands", which were attended by Jewish people from as far away as the USA, Canada, South Africa, and South America, who have now made their home in Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Sep 2013
The figures from the March 2011 census that were at last published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) this week were an interesting mix for the Jewish Community of Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Sep 2013
On a beautiful sunny Sunday Chol HaMoed Succot, Israelis living in Scotland and their families came together at Chatelherault Country Park, for the first event under the auspices of SCoJeC's new YaCHaS project. Click here to read a report.

מזג האוויר היה נפלא בחול המועד סוכות, כאשר התקיים מפגש לישראלים ומשפחותיהם בסקוטלנד בפרק Chatelherault, באירוע הראשון בחסות שליח"ס, הפרויקט החדש של המועצת הקהילות היהודיות בסקוטלנד (סקוג"ק). לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

Sep 2013
SCoJeC, in partnership with the Tayside and Fife Jewish Community, held a seminar for staff from Police Scotland, the senior Dundee Sheriff, Procurators Fiscal, and representatives of the NHS. Click here to read a report.
Sep 2013
SCoJeC is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Livingston as our part time Public Affairs Officer. Click here to read a report.
Sep 2013
The full findings of SCoJeC's Being Jewish in Scotland project, the first comprehensive study of the things that matter to Jewish people throughout Scotland, have now been published. Click here to read a report.
Sep 2013
SCoJeC is delighted to announce that we have received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pilot a range of activities for Israelis and people of Israeli heritage living in Scotland. Click here to read a report.

אנחנו שמחים להודיע ​​שקבלנו £10,000 מהHeritage Lottery Fund כדי להציג כמה פעילויות לישראלים ולאנשים עם רקע משפחתי לישראל שגרים בסקוטלנד. הפרויקט ייקרא יח"ס, שהוא קיצור של "ישראלים בחיבור בסקוטלנד". לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

Aug 2013
The First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, has sent a Rosh HaShanah message to the Jewish community. Click here to read his message.
Aug 2013
SCoJeC is delighted to have facilitated a visit by a group from all the east coast communities to visit the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. Click here to read a report.
Jul 2013
SCoJeC has been very gratified by the welcoming and supportive response to the statement of solidarity with the Muslim community that we issued following the recent increase in attacks on Muslims in Scotland and throughout the UK. Click here to read a report.
Jul 2013
The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has issued a statement condeming the recent increase in attacks on Muslims in Scotland and throughout the UK. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2013
We are delighted to announce that SCoJeC has been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery Investing in Ideas programme for our new project, SCoJeC Connect, which will link Jewish communities and individuals throughout Scotland by means of a new web-based discussion site and 'e-learning' space. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2013
The Scottish Government has announced a welcome decrease in sectarian crime between Protestants and Catholics, with charges down from 862 to 587. However, for the minority religions, it seems to be a very different story. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2013
During SCoJeC's recent AGM, Chair Hilary Rifkind, Director Ephraim Borowski, and Outreach and Project Worker Fiona Frank, presented reports on the enormous amount of work that SCoJeC has undertaken this year. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2013
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has apologised for scheduling examinations on Shavuot after SCoJeC took up the cases of three pupils whose exams were affected with Michael Russell, the Cabinet Secretary for Education. Click here to read a report.
May 2013
SCoJeC's study of Being Jewish in Scotland was one of the topics at a conference about Edinburgh's Jewish history that took place at the University of Edinburgh, at which Gillian Raab and Ephraim Borowski, SCoJeC Vice-Chair and Director respectively, also explored what census data tells us about the Jewish population in Scotland. Click here to read a report.
May 2013
SCoJeC issued a strongly worded rebuke to the Church of Scotland after they published a report on The Inheritance of Abraham? Click here to read SCoJeC's concerns.
Click here to read the joint statement issued by representatives of the Church and the Jewish Community after a meeting facilitated by the Council of Christians and Jews, and SCoJeC's subsequent letter to the Church.
Click here to read the statement from SCoJeC and the Board of Deputies after the Church published a revised report just one day before the Church's General Assembly.
Click here to read SCoJeC's statement following the Church's rejection of dialogue.
Click here to read a briefing on Jewish community concerns about the report.
May 2013
A few days after Yom HaAztma'ut, SCoJeC hosted a Scotland-wide event for Israelis living in Scotland. Click here to read a report.

מספר ימים אחרי יום העצמאות, ערך סקוג"ק ארוע לישראלים החיים ברחבי בסקוטלנד. לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

May 2013
Scottish students have defeated attempts to force the cancellation of the biggest event of the Jewish student year, a charity ball in St Andrews. Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
In the course of SCoJeC's Being Jewish in Scotland project, we met a number of Israelis who had settled in various parts of Scotland. Although they all felt at home here, several told us about difficulties they encounter because of local people's attitudes to Israel. Click here to read a report.

במסגרת פרויקט של מועצת הקהילות היהודיות בסקוטלנד (סקוג"ק), "להיות יהודי בסקוטלנד", פגשנו מספר ישראלים שחיים ברחבי סקוטלנד. למרות שהם חשים כבבית, חלקם גם סיפרו לנו על הקשיים בהם נתקלו בשל עמדות מקומיות על ישראל. לחץ כאן לקריאת דו"ח.

Apr 2013
Everyone threw themselves into the dancing, with children as young as five joining in enthusiastically, at the final stop on SCoJeC's Klezmatize ceilidh tour at Dundee synagogue. Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
"The performers drove the dances in a perfect blend of rhythm and swaying melody" said one participant at SCoJeC's Klezmatize ceilidh in Maybole, "and the clarinet's human voice spoke of a culture both ancient and live." Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
Members of the Glasgow Jewish community joined regulars and local musicians at the Sikorski Polish Centre for the next stage of our Klezmatize ceilidh tour, to share their Polish connections, and experiences of Being Jewish in Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
We knew we were somewhere different when we saw the traffic sign as we drove up to the Universal Hall at the Findhorn Foundation for the next stage in our Klezmatize ceilidh tour – not the usual white "stop" on a red background – this one said "stop worrying"! Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
We arrived at Bogbain Farm near Inverness, the second stop on SCoJeC's Klezmatize ceilidh tour, to find a large collection of antique accordions set up behind the stage, forming a very fitting backdrop for the evening's entertainment! Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
The first stop on SCoJeC's six-city Klezmatize ceilidh tour was Dunoon, where twenty people happily danced the afternoon away to horas, hongas, freylechs, turkishers, khosidls, and kolomeykes. Click here to read a report.
Apr 2013
Following the success, a few years ago, of our Kosher Ceilidh tour, we invited Klezmatize to join us for the latest in SCoJeC's ongoing series of Being Jewish in Scotland events. Click here to read a report.
Mar 2013
SCoJeC was welcomed back to Oban Library, where local Jewish, ‘Jew-ish’, and other interested people came to discuss the findings of our Being Jewish in Scotland project, and hear a talk from author J David Simons. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2013
Intimidation on Campus: Communal Delegation meets Cabinet Secretary for Education.
Click here
to read a report.
Feb 2013
Fourteen people attended SCoJeC's Purim party in Lochaline, organised by our first volunteer Local Ambassador, Linda Martin. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2013
Scotland is generally a welcoming place for Jewish people to live, as the findings of our Being Jewish in Scotland project showed, but it is important not to be too complacent, since the answer to a recent question in the Scottish Parliament gives cause for concern about the pattern of religious hatred in Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2013
SCoJeC outreach worker Fiona Frank has been in Shetland to accompany photographer Judah Passow on his Creative Scotland funded project to make a photographic record of Jewish life in Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2013
SCoJeC's website received more than half a million 'hits' in 2012 (557 433 to be precise!), and, we're delighted that you've taken the time to tell us, amongst other praise, that it's "very interesting and impressive", "superb!", "comprehensive and easy to use". Click here to read a report.
Jan 2013
SCoJeC Project Worker Fiona Frank discussed Being Jewish in Scotland on BBC Scotland's "Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross". Click here to listen to a recording.
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