SCoJeC has received funding to lead a two-year project to benefit Jewish people in Scotland as we emerge from lockdown, working in partnership with a wide range of communal organisations – the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, Edinburgh and Giffnock synagogues, UJIA, Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre, and Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society – to provide training, equipment, and support for 'hybrid' real-world and online events.
Despite all the difficulties of the past year, the lockdown has brought some unexpected opportunities. When the restrictions forced us to move activities online, we were delighted to find that there was wider participation and more equal access, as people who would not have been able to attend live events for health or mobility reasons, or because of distance and travel difficulties, were able to participate on an equal footing.
Together with our partner organisations, SCoJeC wants to enable all members of the community to take part in events, no matter where they take place, so our new project will investigate how best to put on events that people can attend in person or by participating online.
The first stage of the project will provide communal organisations with training and seminars on film equipment, live-streaming, and support for digital engagement, in order to create a lasting infrastructure that will enable them to deliver this type of inclusive event for years to come.
The project has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from a major funder to support the staffing, training, and equipment needed to set up this infrastructure, and ensure access for every Jewish communal organisation in Scotland.
SCoJeC Projects and Outreach Manager Ruby Katz said: "We are very proud to be launching a project that takes the opportunity to turn challenges into opportunities by connecting Jewish people across Scotland, regardless of geographic and denominational differences. This is an opportunity for all of us to learn the future of community engagement in a post-Covid environment, in a way that ensures everyone can be part of our programming by providing hybrid events that are accessible both in-person and online."