Scottish Council of Jewish Communites
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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Representing, connecting, and supporting Jewish people in Scotland

People’s Postcode Trust award to
SCoJeC Educational Outreach

 

23 January 2020

“Just a huge thank you to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and your Volunteer Ambassador. As an island school we sometimes miss out on opportunities that are offered to mainland schools. Thank you for being willing to cross the water to deliver this great session for us. It really helped to bring Judaism to life for our children.” (Primary School teacher, Arran)

 

SCoJeC is delighted to announce that our new £15,000 grant from the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will allow us to take talks and activities about Judaism and the Jewish Way of Life to schools and community groups around Scotland. The grant covers training for up to 15 new volunteers ambassadors, and travel and accommodation for our volunteers to visit up to 100 schools around the country including schools in the Highlands and Islands, many of which don’t have the same opportunities that mainland schools have.

Welcoming the grant, Fiona Frank, our Projects and Outreach Manager, said: “These additional resources will enable us to train more volunteers to deliver the positive, memorable, and educational activities that we have developed, to support them as they travel around Scotland taking our programmes into schools.  We’re very excited to be able to offer this opportunity for Jewish people to join in our training, and Scottish schools and community groups to take up the offer of a visit by a trained and accredited ‘Ambassador’.”

SCoJeC Volunteer Ambassador Joe Goldblatt with a group of primary school children

SCoJeC’s Volunteer Ambassador might be the only Jewish person that a Scottish child ever meets during their schooling, so we’re very keen to use this opportunity to challenge ignorance and antisemitism and help people to understand that Jewish people are ‘just the same as everyone else – just with a few different customs’.

All our sessions are fun, active, appropriate to the age of the group, and offer the chance to ask questions, experience something of Jewish life, and to interact with Jewish people. Judaism does not seek converts, and our aim is only to give a fair and honest representation of Judaism in Scotland today, and to encourage discussion and reflection.

Our sessions represent all branches of Judaism in Scotland, and we talk about the diversity of belief and practice within the Community, reflecting our belief that dialogue and mutual respect are the most effective way of enabling pupils to learn about Judaism and the Scottish Jewish Community.

Click here for information about booking a speaker.
For information about volunteering with SCoJeC,
please contact our Education Officer

Joanne Gabbay education@scojec.org

 

   
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