Around 20 people came to the last of SCoJeC's three pre-Chanukah events, this time at Sauchie Hall in Alloa, when Jewish and non-Jewish people came together to learn about Chanukah, enjoy the kosher buffet, which included traditional Chanukah doughnuts and latkes, and take part in a print-making workshop with Glasgow-based Israeli artists Roi Carmeli and Tom Krasny.
As well as lino prints of Chanukah candles, jugs of oil, and dreidels, some of the more artistic people present made beautiful freehand monoprints. Local artist Karen Strang captured some likenesses of other participants, SCoJeC’s new admin assistant Lea Balint drew some doughnuts, Alison Skillin – whose assistance dog Bear was very much admired by everyone – made a creative contribution to the evening with a freehand fantasy portrait, and some of the children produced images of pokemon characters. Roi told us that he has met the friendliest, most welcoming people at the SCoJeC workshops, and he is currently planning some creative input into our 2017 programme of events.
Provost Derek Stewart and Depute Provost Graham Watt attended the event and enjoyed the occasion, as did a number of people from local interfaith groups who wanted both to meet local Jewish people – some were surprised to learn that there are any in the area – and find out more about Jewish festivals.
"I enjoyed the evening," said one participant. "It is good to meet other Jewish people or people with Jewish interests at least once a year. The food was very good and well organised. I can see thinking of a theme for the evening for a number of participants with different backgrounds is not easy." And another commented "Thank you and your colleagues for organising a lovely evening. Very important - the food was excellent, particularly the latkes. It was also enjoyable to have a craft event especially with professional artists. I imagine it must be difficult to educate and entertain such a disparate audience."
Read about our other pre-Chanukah events in Dumfries and Inverness.
Many thanks to Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust, the BEMIS Winter Festivals programme (in partnership with the Scottish Government), and Central Scotland Regional Equality Council for their support for this event.