Scottish Council of Jewish Communites
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Jul 2015
SCoJeC's first volunteer training course has its first graduate! The course aims to help volunteers who represent Judaism in the local community or who would like to do so, by leading synagogue visits, going into schools, or working with youth, adult or interfaith groups. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2015
The fall in hate crime in general, and religiously motivated hate crime in particular, in Scotland in the last year is welcome, but although Jews make up barely one tenth of one per cent of the population of Scotland, 4% of religiously motivated hate crime was antisemitic in nature. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2015
SCoJeC was delighted to be able hold our 2015 AGM in Aberdeen almost 70 years to the day since the synagogue was consecrated, and was especially pleased to welcome the first representative of Israelis in Scotland, which recently requested affiliation to the Council. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2015
SCoJeC held an evening of Jewish music in Inverness that attracted a small, but highly enthusiastic crowd from the Jewish Network of the Highland. Click here to read a report.
Jun 2015
At her first formal meeting with SCoJeC since taking office, the First Minister promised "greater engagement with the Jewish community to eradicate antisemitism and intolerance in this country". Click here to read a report.
May 2015
Reconciliation between the Scottish Jewish Community and the Church of Scotland was taken to a new level when Edinburgh Synagogue received a visit from his Grace the Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Click here to read a report.
Apr 2015
The Jewish Network of the Highlands hosted an explanatory 'Third Seder' in Inverness that was attended by 33 people of all ages, and provided an opportunity for local and not so local Jewish people to get together to mark the festival of Pesach.  Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
SCoJeC has submitted a preliminary report to the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit on the initial findings of our short inquiry into What’s Changed about Being Jewish in Scotland?  Click here to read the report.
Mar 2015
We are delighted to announce that our funding from the Scottish Government Equality Fund has been significantly increased for the new Financial Year 2015-16. Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
SCoJeC's inquiry into What's Changed about Being Jewish in Scotland continued with a Scotland-wide tour that included ceilidhs, concerts, and music workshops, alongside focus groups that enabled people to share their feelings and experiences about what it’s like to be Jewish in Scotland.  Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
SCoJeC was delighted to send a message of support to the launch of Islam Awareness Week 2015, and also sent a message to the STUC in support of the annual march against racism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism.  Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
Humza Yousaf MSP, the Minister for Europe and International Development, has issued a correction to a parliamentary answer in which he inadvertently gave inaccurate information about the level of antisemitic incidents in Scotland.  Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
SCoJeC was well represented at last week’s day Limmud in Glasgow, contributing sessions on "What the Community Wants from its Parliaments", "Being Jewish in Scotland", and (of course) sponsoring our trademark Klezmer Ceilidh at the end.  Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
The latest addition to SCoJeC’s range of educational resources will be a series of short films in which young people from each of Scotland’s Jewish communities give a guided tour of their local synagogue, and talk about what it means to them. Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
Following recent meetings with the Scottish leaders of the other main political parties, SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski met the SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, to discuss a wide range of political issues. Click here to read a report.
Mar 2015
Purim came early when SCoJeC facilitated an interfaith Bible study session of the Book of Esther hosted by Scotland’s ethnic minority umbrella organisation, Bemis. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2015
The leaders of all the political parties in the Scottish Parliament, supported by other leading figures in Scottish public life, have taken the rare step of coming together to issue a joint statement of support and reassurance for the Jewish Community, following the horrific antisemitic terrorist attacks on Jewish targets in Europe and the recent substantial rise in antisemitic incidents in Scotland last year. Click here to read the statement.
Feb 2015
The recent tragic events in Europe added an extra relevance to SCoJeC’s What’s Changed about Being Jewish in Scotland tour of the Highlands with author J David Simons. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2015
SCoJeC Director, Ephraim Borowski, was interviewed on Good Morning Scotland about the recent terrorist murders in Copenhagen. Expressing "condolences, solidarity, a degree of anger, and determination that Jewish life in Europe will carry on", he welcomed the outspoken policy of Scottish authorities to show zero tolerance for hate crime in general and antisemitism in particular. Click here to listen to the interview.
Feb 2015
"Brilliant, informative and highly professional!" That was the verdict of participants in SCoJeC's recent Jewish Volunteer Training Sessions, which attracted people of all ages from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, St Andrews, and further afield. Click here to read a report.
Feb 2015
The Community Security Trust annual Antisemitic Incident Report 2014 reveals a record number of incidents in Scotland, and that incidents from throughout the UK doubled in 2014 to exceed 1,000 in a single year for first time. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2015
Ministers and MSPs have expressed support for the Jewish community following the horrific events in Paris two weeks ago, the report on the prevalence of antisemitic attitudes in the UK, a YouGov report that a significant proportion of British Jews no longer feel welcome here, and the reassessment by the police and security services of the security to the Jewish Community. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2015
Following last week's horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has received messages of solidarity from the Scottish Government and from other Scottish faith communities. Click here to read a report.
Jan 2015
BBC Scotland interviewed SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski about the community's reaction to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Click here to listen to the interview.
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