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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)


SCoJeC and the Board of Deputies
17 September 2009
Ephraim Borowski

SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski has been elected to chair the Regional Deputies Assembly of the Board of Deputies, which brings together representatives of all Jewish communities outside the M25, and to represent the Regions on the Executive of the Board.  This is the third time he has been elected to this position, having held it for the maximum two Triennia between 2000 and 2006.  Ephraim said that his aim was to ensure that the Board takes its role as a national body seriously, "which brings with it the responsibility to provide the greatest support for the most disadvantaged. This applies across the board, whether a the trivial level of arranging meetings to suit those with the most difficult travel arrangements, or more seriously providing better support for small communities that have to deal with local media, churches, trades councils, etc, and resources for small communities that are trying to maintain education provision, cemeteries, and other communal facilities."

Two Deputies for the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council were also elected: Paul Edlin as Vice President with responsibility for International Affairs, and Edward Isaacs as a member of the Regional Council.

Ephraim has also had his term as a ministerial appointee on the General Teaching Council extended for an third term by the Schools Minister, Keith Brown.  As well as having served as Convener of the Investigation Subcommittee and Vice-Convener of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Council, Ephraim represents the public interest on the small group considering the Council's response to proposed legislation that will make the Council independent of Government, and the Government Education Department had to obtain exceptional permission from the Commissioner for Public Appointments, "in order to give the Council continuity during a period of significant change".

Commenting on his reappointment, Ephraim said: "Scotland was the first country to recognise the importance of an independent regulator for the teaching profession, and I am greatly honoured that Ministers have sought this exceptional extension of my appointment to enable me to continue to contribute to its development at this challenging time."


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