CoNNeCT staff get to know one another:
(left to right) Fiona Frank, Sharon Mail, Ranit Edgar,
and, via computer link, Linda Martin
SCoJeC is delighted to announce the appointment of three new staff to work on our CoNNeCT project, which is funded by the Big Lottery "Investing in Ideas" programme to facilitate contact between Jewish people throughout Scotland.
Online Outreach Workers Sharon Mail and Linda Martin, and IT consultant Ranit Edgar, will be developing an online discussion forum to enable people to link up with other Jewish people, whether they live in the middle of Scotland's largest Jewish community in East Renfrewshire, or very many miles from any other Jewish person. They will also work with the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council to develop their new website and Scotland-wide events calendar.
“I am very excited about this project," said Sharon. "I see it as bringing the Glasgow and wider Scottish community in line with other communities in the UK and throughout the world in terms of having an active, enthusiastic, and fully informative online presence. I believe that this is vital going forward, and can only improve upon the vibrancy in the community that already exists. I’m very much looking forward to working with the rest of the team to deliver something exciting and new.”
Linda, who already works with SCoJeC as Volunteer Ambassador for the Highlands and Islands, said: “I am honoured to be invited to become an Outreach Worker on the SCoJeC CoNNeCT initiative. I grew up in a small community, with most of my life spent in places isolated from mainstream Jewish life. It’s only latterly that I’ve benefitted from inclusion in the wider Jewish community through the kindness of my partner, colleagues, and friends. I know at first hand the enrichment which this project can bring – not only to those who are geographically or socially distant, but to all Jewish people in Scotland, and through them to those with whom they have contact.
“I am constantly amazed at the number of people I meet in secular life who mention their Jewish connection, and their obvious desire to have some sort of link with others. Being Jewish in Scotland identifies and illustrates these desires, and SCoJeC CoNNeCT will, through its web-based network, fulfil them.”
Ranit, who grew up in Israel before coming to Scotland to study Architecture, commented that she is "delighted to be bringing my skills and enthusiasm to this project." In addition to working on the technical aspect of the project, Ranit will develop a Hebrew language area in the discussion forum to bring the CoNNeCT and YaCHaS projects together.
SCoJeC Projects and Outreach Manager, Fiona Frank, said: “I am very pleased that the calls of Jewish people from all over Scotland for better access to information about events and activities and improved communications are now being addressed. The importance of this project was evident both from SCoJeC’s Being Jewish in Scotland inquiry and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council’s "Community Futures" consultation. Thanks to a National Lottery grant and having three great new project workers in place, we are able to take these ideas forward.“