SCoJeC's Being Jewish in Scotland project has now reached the end of its first phase, and the Interim Report, published today, provides an overview, including some of our early findings. During the last few months we've heard the views of around 240 people from across Scotland who either completed the survey or attended a focus group. As well as meeting people in the Jewish communities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen, project worker Fiona Frank has had discussions with student groups, with people living on the north Aberdeenshire coast and in Dumfriesshire, who live miles from the nearest synagogue, and with people who aren't involved in Jewish life at all. We've shared films, music, chicken soup, salami, and smoked salmon, as well as lots of discussion, and have announced the winners of the Being Jewish in Scotland prize draw.
In the past months we've received offers from no less than four Scottish Jewish authors to work with us on a book event which we hope to put on later this year, we've been working with a new Glasgow-based Klezmer band, Kasha-Malasha, and a discussion about putting on a Jewish Arts Festival has taken off among some focus group participants in Edinburgh.