Scottish Council of Jewish Communites
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
 
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

Who's Who in SCoJeC
 
Office-bearers
Hilary Rifkind
Chair: Hilary Rifkind
chair@scojec.org
Hilary is a past Chairman of the Board of Management of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, and is the first woman to lead the Synagogue. She was born and educated in Newcastle upon Tyne and came to Edinburgh in 1968 after her marriage to Arnold Rifkind, an optometrist. She has spent most of her professional life teaching Mathematics at George Watson’s College and has always been involved in communal work, ranging from Maccabi leadership in her teens, to Jewish Students, then WIZO, the Communal Centre Committee, Edinburgh Hillel Committee, the Ladies Guild, of which she has been Chairman for many years, and, since her retirement, convenor of the Shul Events Committee. Hilary and Arnold have two sons and four grandchildren who live in America.
   
Micheline Brannan
Vice-Chair: Micheline Brannan
vicechair@scojec.org
Micheline worked for 30 years in the Scottish Government on issues including state-faith relations and equality. She was instrumental in ensuring that Holocaust Memorial Day was marked distinctively in Scotland from its outset in 2001. In 2007 she took early retirement, retrained as a nurse, and now works full-time in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Micheline gives as much time to ScoJeC and her other communal appointments as her shifts will allow! She is an active member of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, editor of the Edinburgh Star, the magazine for the Edinburgh Jewish Community, treasurer of the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society, and has been on the SCoJeC Council as a coopted member for 5 years.
   
Simon Dover
Hon Secretary: Simon Dover
secretary@scojec.org
Simon Dover was born and brought up in Liverpool, studied medicine in Birmingham, and has lived in Scotland for more than 20 years. He and his wife Sharon, a solicitor, are members of Giffnock Synagogue. Their elder son recently began secondary school after seven years at Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary School, where their younger son is still a pupil. Simon is a physician and gastroenterologist in Glasgow, and represents Jewish Student Chaplaincy Scotland on the SCoJeC Council.
   
Walter Hecht
Hon Treasurer: Walter Hecht
treasurer@scojec.org
Walter is a Chartered Accountant and has been the Chief Executive of Cosgrove Care, a Jewish community charity that supports people with learning disabilities. After he qualified in 1970, he held a number of commercial positions, before joining a local accountancy practice, becoming a partner in a national firm in 1996. He has also done consultancy work for a local Charitable Foundation, and was a member of the Board of the Scottish ethnic minority umbrella organisation Bemis. He is married with two daughters and two grandsons, and enjoys gardening and keeping fit.
   
Community representatives
Raymond Taylor
Edinburgh: Raymond Taylor

Raymond is the current Chairman of the Board of Management of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, and has previously held the position of Treasurer. He was born in Falkirk in 1952 and educated at Falkirk High School. After leaving school he went into the family business retailing furniture, which is still his occupation today. Raymond is a keen snow and water skier, and has been a judge for the British Water Ski Federation. He married his wife, Jackie, in 1988, and they have two children.

   
Paul Morron
Glasgow: Paul Morron
Paul is President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, and was a founder member of both the Northern Region and UK Jewish student Chaplaincy Boards. He was head of Criminal Justice Social Work in Strathclyde Region and Glasgow City, a founder member of Victim Support (Scotland) and SACRO, and Chair of the Scotland Committee of the children's charity, NCH. He has been a special advisor to the Scottish Government Justice Department, and was awarded an MBE in 1997 for services to criminal justice in Scotland.
   
Frank House
Small communities: Frank House

Frank was born and raised in London and his wife, Valerie came from Northampton; shortly after they married at Brixton Synagogue it closed! They spent their early married life in Aberdeen which gave them experience of small community life. They then moved to London (Catford), and on to Marlow, where they were part of the High Wycombe Community (another small, self-run group) with which they retain links. On Frank’s retirement from a career in Pharmacology and Statistics, and Valerie’s from teaching, they moved to Gairloch, where they were all the community within walking distance, but their involvement with the Jewish Network of Argyll and the Highlands, and SCoJeC has kept them in touch with Jewish life.
Now that Valerie has died, Frank endeavours to follow her teaching and remain involved in Community matters.

   
Staff
 
Ephraim Borowski
Director: Ephraim Borowski
ephraim@scojec.org
As its Convener of the grandly-titled Standing Committee of Scottish Jewry at the time of Devolution, Ephraim led its transformation into SCoJeC, a democratic representative body with the authority to speak on behalf of the entire Jewish Community of Scotland. Before his early retirement from Glasgow University, Ephraim was head of the Philosophy Department, a member of Court, and President of AUT. He is the joint author of the Collins Dictionary of Mathematics, and has been President of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, a Governor of Hutchesons' Educational Trust, Vice-President of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, and Chairman of Giffnock Synagogue. He currently chairs the Regional Deputies of the Board of Deputies, is Convener of BEMIS, a Lay Member of GTC(S), and Chair of the National Independent Strategic Advisors Group which was recently established by Police Scotland to advise on equality and diversity matters. Ephraim was awarded an MBE for services on behalf of the Jewish Community, and was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philosophical Society - only the third since Einstein!
   
Nicola Livingston
Public Affairs Officer: Nicola Livingston
nicola@scojec.org
Nicola studied Psychology and Social Economics, followed by a Diploma in Community Education. She has worked with Strathclyde Region Council and Glasgow City Council Social Work Departments, both in direct service provision and Commissioning and Contract Management of new services for people with disabilities. For the last six years she has worked for the Glasgow Homelessness Partnership on a ground-breaking programme which saw the decommissioning of the large homeless hostels in Glasgow and the development of an extensive range of more appropriate housing and support services. Her particular area of work has involved services for young adults with complex needs. She has been involved with Cosgrove Care in both professional and voluntary capacities for fifteen years, and is currently a member of the Board of Management and chairs the Professional Advisory Group. She has had a long involvement with Jewish Student Chaplaincy, and is currently Chair of the Northern Region Board.
   
Leah Granat

Research and Publications Officer: Leah Granat
leah@scojec.org
Leah joined SCoJeC in 2003 on a one-year temporary contract and still hasn't left! She enjoys playing the flute, recorders, and piano, has a degree in music, and is particularly interested in the music of the troubadours and trouvères. She worked with the National Childbirth Trust and later with the Breastfeeding Network for 22 years, and was a member of the (pre-Devolution) Scottish Office Breastfeeding Strategy Group. She has also worked as freelance trainer in counselling skills and group dynamics for the NHS and other organisations. She has four children, and nine grandchildren.

Leah is also SCoJeC's Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Administrator.

   
Fiona Frank

Projects and Outreach Manager: Fiona Frank
fiona@scojec.org
Fiona was born in Preston but her father was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow so she has good Scottish heritage! She has a BA in European Studies from the University of Bath, an M.Ed from the University of Sheffield, and has just finished a PhD at the University of Strathclyde which involved looking at transmission of Jewish identity through five generations of one extended Scottish Jewish family. She worked for many years at Lancaster University in the areas of adult literacy, adult learning, and learning for older people. She is part of an ecological cohousing project, plays Klezmer, Irish, and European music on concertina and melodeon, and is involved in the promotion of the art of her aunt, the late Glasgow artist Hannah Frank.

   
Ranit Edgar

IT Consultatant: Ranit Edgar
ranit@scojec.org
Ranit was born and grew up in Israel. She studied Architecture at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen followed by further studies at Kingston University, London, where, in 2008 she passed her examinations to become a qualified architect in the UK. She worked in an architectural practice in London for six years before returning to Glasgow to settle with her family. Ranit will be working on the technology and the Ivrit-language areas of SCoJeC's CoNNeCT project and is delighted to contribute her skills and enthusiasm to the SCoJeC team.

   
Linda Martin

Online Outreach Worker, and Voluntary Ambassador for the Highlands and Islands: Linda Martin
linda@scojec.org
Linda grew up in NW England, but also spent a lot of time in Aberdeenshire and Morvern, where she now lives. Formerly a Secretarial Executive with an international company, she later trained as a Remedial Therapist. Since being introduced to voluntary work through WIZO as a teenager, Linda has volunteered with a wide range of organisations including the National Union of Students, Royal Observer Corps, Women’s Institute, Harris Museum, Preston Playhouse, Ribble Valley Conservation Group, Scottish Wildlife Trust, and more recently SCoJeC as Voluntary Ambassador for the Highlands and Islands. She frequently visits schools and other organisations to talk about Judaism.

   
Sharon Mail

Online Outreach Worker: Sharon Mail
sharon@scojec.org
Sharon has a BA in Business Studies from Strathclyde University. She has been Scotland correspondent for the Jewish Telegraph since 2006, and has become a ‘well kent’ face in the community. She is also a commissioned photographer and author, her book “We Could Possibly Comment – Ian Richardson Remembered” having been published in 2009 in paperback, and as an eBook in 2012.
Sharon has always lived in Glasgow. She was a member of Habonim, and actively involved in the Glasgow Jewish Students Society in her youth, and sang with the Glasgow Jewish Choral Society for more than 30 years. She is currently Public Relations Officer for the Scottish Association of Writers. She is returning to SCoJeC where she worked on a short term contract in 2008/9.

   
Zoe Jacobs

Research and Development Intern, Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue Project:
Zoe Jacobs

zoe@scojec.org
Zoe is currently a fourth year student of English Language at Glasgow University. She has worked with young people aged 5-18 for many years, in Jewish and non-Jewish environments, including, amongst other activities, being Co-Chair of Young and Teen Limmud at both Limmud Conference and Scottish Limmud, and working with the Challenge Network, a part of the National Citizens Service that helps to develop local communities through work with teenagers.
This internship is funded by the Scottish Government through the "Adopt an Intern" project.

 
Council Members
Aberdeen representative:
Ehud Reiter
 
Argyll and Highlands representative:
Frank House
 
Edinburgh representatives:
Gillian Raab
Hilary Rifkind
Raymond Taylor
 
Glasgow representatives:
Fiona Brodie
Edward Isaacs
Philip Mendelsohn
Paul Morron
 
Tayside and Fife representative:
Paul Spicker
 
Co-optees:
Micheline Brannan
Simon Dover
Walter Hecht
Sharon Levy
Neil Livingstone
Judith Sischy
 
Ex Officio (Student Chaplaincy):
Simon Dover
 
Consultants:
Kenneth Collins
John Cosgrove
Joe Goldblatt
Gerald Gordon
 
Click here for information about previous SCoJeC Chairs

 

   
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