WHO WE ARE
There are Jewish people in every local authority area in Scotland, with substantial communities in the Glasgow area, and in Edinburgh and the Lothians. There are also small but vibrant clusters in Tayside and Fife, and around Aberdeen. It should be noted that there are significant numbers of Jewish individuals throughout the whole of Scotland.
The Jewish community prides itself on its representative and democratic structures, and is organised on a local, Scotland-wide and UK-wide basis.
The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) is the democratic representative body of all the Jewish communities in Scotland. It speaks on behalf of the Jewish community of Scotland on matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, as well as providing a support network to smaller communities and isolated Jewish individuals and families.
The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council is the democratic umbrella body of the largest Jewish community in Scotland, located in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews is the cross-communal and democratic representative body of the wider UK Jewish community, made up of 200 synagogues and organisations from Scotland and across the UK’s family of nations. The Board of Deputies is the UK-wide voice of the Jewish community to politicians, the media, civil society and different faith communities.
The Jewish Leadership Council is an umbrella body which brings together the major British Jewish charities, including synagogues, care organisations, education charities.