I want to send my warmest wishes to our Jewish community both here in Scotland and around the world as celebrations commence for Rosh Hashanah. The special season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur shines a light on the deeply valuable role Scotland’s Jewish communities play in our country’s civic life.
I have long been a friend of Scotland’s Jewish community – and the Scottish Government continues to greatly value our close and enduring relationship with SCoJeC, as well as the community it represents.
I have been particularly interested to hear SCoJeC reflect on the increasing numbers of Jewish students who have chosen Scotland as their place of study, and appreciate the benefits of continued attraction and retention of such students to Scotland. I look forward to engaging with and supporting our growing Jewish student community however I can.
Whilst Jewish New Year is undoubtedly a time for celebration, it’s also important to reflect on ongoing concerns with respect to the threat of antisemitism. Earlier this year, the Scottish Government published our new Hate Crime Strategy which was in part formed by engagement with Jewish organisations. I reaffirm my absolute commitment to achieving our collective vision for a Scotland where everyone can live free from hatred and prejudice, and where our communities are empowered, inclusive and safe.
I wish you all the best for a prosperous year ahead. On behalf of the Scottish Government, Shanah Tovah!