SCoJeC Director Ephraim Borowski was invited by the Lord Lyon King of Arms to represent the Jewish Community at the Service of Reflection and Thanksgiving for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in St Giles' Cathedral. The service took place in the presence of HM King Charles III and other members of the Royal Family after they had processed from Holyrood Palace behind the coffin as it was brought, draped in the Royal Standard, to lie in state in the Cathedral, and was led by the Minister of St Giles', with contributions from the First Minister, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and leaders of the Roman Catholic, and Scottish Episcopal churches,
Following the service, Ephraim was invited by the Presiding Officer to represent the Community at a special meeting of the Scottish Parliament held to consider a Motion of Condolence that was moved by the First Minister and supported by the leaders of all the other political parties. This was followed by a reception in the Main Lobby at which Ephraim became the first representative of the UK Jewish Community to meet the new King.
Click here to read the Scottish Jewish Community's tribute to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and
Click here to listen to a BBC Scotland discussion between Ephraim and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain Zara Mohammed about the late Queen's impact on faith communities.
If you would like to submit a message of condolence to the Royal Family via the Jewish Communitiy's online book of condolence, you can do so here. Messages must be received by Monday 19th September.