‘What’s the best and worst thing about the job?!’ was one of the questions asked by the Jewish Telegraph in their ‘profile’ of Fiona Frank, SCoJeC’s Projects and Outreach Manager:
Fiona joined SCoJeC in 2011, and she’s worked with us ever since in a variety of different but connected roles. Having just completed her PhD in Scottish Jewish identity at the Scottish Oral History Centre, she was the ideal person to carry out our enquiry into the experience of Being Jewish in Scotland at the request of the Scottish Government. And since then she has worked with boundless energy and inspiring imagination to respond to the requests that came out of that first survey and its follow-up What’s Changed about being Jewish in Scotland, three years later.
Since then, Fiona and her education and events team, including volunteers and interns, have organised an amazing variety of events in all parts of Scotland, as well as delivering education programmes in schools. Fiona has brought Jewish art, music and dancing, literature, craft, nature, the environment, film – and food – to the whole country, as well as managing an accredited training programme that has seen our volunteers bring Judaism to life for thousands of Scottish school children.
Expanding on her answer to the Telegraph, Fiona said, “I’ve had a wonderful time in my role for the last eight years. What could be better than travelling round this beautiful country, connecting Jewish people with challah, bagels, smoked salmon, and Jewish culture, and finding out what concerns people and what animates them”.
Fresh from a busy Limmud Scotland weekend where she coordinated a sell-out pre-Limmud Yiddish song concert and Klezmer ceilidh, chaired two sessions, and live-streamed some of the others, Fiona is now working with two interns from Glasgow University on an update to the Being Jewish in Scotland survey – please help us by completing the survey.