We are delighted to announce that we have received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pilot a range of activities for Israelis and people of Israeli heritage living in Scotland. We're calling this project "YaCHaS", which is an abbreviation for "Yisraelim b'Chibbur b'Scotland" – Israelis linked up in Scotland – and also means "relationship" or "connection" in Hebrew.
Our Israeli intern, Shani Zour, will work with Israelis across the country to address some of the issues raised during our Being Jewish in Scotland project and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council's Community Futures research. People told us that they wanted opportunities to come together to celebrate Israeli culture, food, literature, and language, and needed support to deal with the bureaucracy relating to, amongst other things, housing and immigration. We will work in partnership with a range of communal organisations to address these issues, and provide facilities. We also plan to produce a newsletter in Hebrew, with information about relevant activities Scotland-wide, and will there will be a Hebrew section on our new SCoJeC CoNNeCT online discussion forum, which will complement existing social media groups run by and for Israelis in Scotland.