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

Covid-19 Lockdown
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Col Yisrael arevim zeh lazeh
Our responsibility as a Jewish Community is to take care of one another

last updated: 18/06/2020

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Click here to read SCoJeC's Community Message
last updated 26/05/2020

SCoJeC shares the anxiety of the whole Jewish community regarding the consequences of the COVID 19 virus. We have never in living memory been obliged to confront such a radical change in our way of life and normal systems for getting things done. For the first time in living memory, our institutions such as Jewish Care Scotland and the synagogues have closed their doors and it is no longer possible to go to these buildings to receive services.

However, despite all the uncertainty, fear, and confusion, as a community we have to be there for each other.

The SCoJeC Helpline is there to help answer questions
ring 0141 638 6411 (except Shabbat and festivals)
and someone will respond as soon as possible

Full contact details for local communities, synagogues, and communal organisations, are available from the Guide to Jewish Facilities in Scotland.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch – we want your questions so that we know what the community’s concerns are, and how we can best respond.

If you are able to volunteer or offer any other assistance during this challenging time, or if you would like us to list any information or online activities on these pages, please email us at

Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)

Coronavirus crisis resources for the UK Jewish Community

Links to a wide range of resources including support for individuals including immediate assistance to people and families, support for charities including information for organisations and charities adapting to working remotely, sector guidance and the support available, and ways to access the virtual community, Jewish content and stay connected to communal life, including Jewish schools.

Scottish Parliament

A Motion has been put down in the Scottish Parliament praising the work being done by Pulling Together (27 April 2020):

Pulling Together Supporting the East Renfrewshire Jewish Community (S5M-21568) Maurice Golden – That the Parliament congratulates Pulling Together on its efforts to support vulnerable members of the Jewish community in East Renfrewshire during the COVID-19 outbreak; understands that it is the largest group supporting the Jewish community in the UK; notes that the group has been instrumental in ensuring vulnerable residents have access to both food and medical supplies through the work of local volunteers; further notes that the group anticipates an increase in demand for its services and will act to ensure priority is given to those most at risk; is pleased that the group has a strong focus on the safety of its volunteers, including providing safety and cleaning equipment, along with clear instructions on best practice in hand hygiene; believes that both Pulling Together and other similar support groups serve as an example of communities at their best, and wishes Pulling Together continued success in providing its much-needed support.
Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Stewart, Jeremy Balfour, Monica Lennon, Finlay Carson, Richard Lyle, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Neil Bibby, Liam Kerr

Scottish Faith Leaders

To All NHS Staff and Key Workers – Thank You from Religious Leaders in Glasgow
15 June 2020

Religious Leaders Forum discussion of wisdom post-COVID19
11 June 2020

Scottish Parliament Time for Reflection: Rabbi Moshe Rubin
9 June 2020

We Are Together: Messages of Support from Religious Leaders During Coronavirus

24 April 2020

Joint statement from Scottish faith leaders
We all pray for the health and unity of our nation …
2 April 2020

Office of the Chief Rabbi

The Chief Rabbi’s principles for exiting lockdown

31 May 2020

The Chief Rabbi’s message on the continued spread of Covid-19
19 March 2020

Message from the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis
These extraordinary times call upon us to take extraordinary measures …
17 March 2020

Reform Judaism

The attendance of mourners at funerals held under the Reform and Liberal auspices continues to be prohibited whilst lockdown continues
26 March 2020

Message from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi, and Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky, Chair, Assembly of Reform Rabbis & Cantors
Our faith and our communities are part of our lives to bring us joy, but more importantly equip us for times of difficulty …
18 March 2020

Liberal Judaism

Update on Liberal Judaism and Reform Judaism funerals
3 June 2020

A personal response: Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi & Chief Executive
On one thing we can be agreed: we are living in an extraordinary and challenging moment …
26 March 2020


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