The census shows that there are Jewish people living in all 32 Council areas in Scotland, from the Borders to the Shetlands, and from the Hebrides to Fife. Many of those living outwith the formal communities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow participated in SCoJeC's Scottish Government funded Being Jewish in Scotland project, raising awareness of the particular issues that arise when there are no Jewish facilities on the doorstep: no synagogue or kosher food shop around the corner, no Jewish youth or welfare organisation down the street.
The Jewish Network of Argyll and the Highlands (JNAH) was set up to enable people in these more remote areas to be included in 'Jewish Scotland', facilitating contacts and friendships with others in their own area and beyond, including participation in social events that bring Jewish (and 'Jew-ish') people together whether they are religious or secular, or simply have an interest in Judaism and Jewish culture. Recent events have included klezmer evenings, book-readings with Jewish authors, kosher buffets, Chanukah parties, and the sharing of the sometimes harrowing but always inspirational experiences of 'ordinary' Jewish people.
Events and activities are listed on SCoJeC's noticeboard, and reported in Four Corners, which is published quarterly. Forthcoming events include musical evenings, as well as a "Junior Limmud" day currently being planned for next summer – if you would like us to run an event in your area, please let us know!
SCoJeC CoNNeCT, a new project to link Jewish communities and individuals throughout Scotland by means of a web-based discussion site and ‘e-learning’ space, will enable Jewish people throughout Scotland to keep in touch, countering the isolation that people can sometimes feel when they live a long way from the nearest Jewish community.
LinkUp - יח"ס is another SCoJeC project, providing a range of activities for Israelis and people of Israeli heritage living in Scotland, as well as support to deal with the bureaucracy relating to, amongst other things, housing and immigration.
JNAH and SCoJeC also provide assistance to contact relevant organisations for people celebrating landmark events such as a wedding, brit milah, and bar and bat mitzvah, as well as those coping with bereavement or other difficulties. The Guide to Jewish Facilities in Scotland lists many useful communal organisations, or contact SCoJeC by phone, e-mail or post.
Linda Martin (Voluntary Ambassador for the Highlands and Islands) firstname.lastname@example.org / 07801 382 584
Frank House (Small Communities representative on SCoJeC's Executive)
email@example.com / 07766 090 320
Fiona Frank (SCoJeC Outreach and Project Worker)
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07779 206 522