SCoJeC has responded to the announcement of new Scottish Government funding to improve the security of places of worship. Welcoming this practical measure to reduce hate crime, SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski commented:
The Jewish Community very much welcomes the provision of this funding by the Scottish Government, as we are tragically all too
aware of the importance of security at places of worship and other communal locations. Sadly, places of worship are easily
identifiable targets for hate crime particularly against minority communities, when they should be places of shelter, sanctuary, and
The historical resonance of this announcement being made on Holocaust Memorial Day cannot be overlooked, especially as the theme this year is "Stand Together". For many minorities, their place of worship is the one familiar refuge in an unfamiliar society, so contributing to their safety and security is tangible evidence that the Scottish Government stands with vulnerable communities to help make Scotland a welcoming environment for all.