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Newsletter No. 12

ASJCC NEWSLETTER NO. 12 11.06.20 Scottish charity No. SC46585

Hello Everyone.

I hope that you are all managing to keep well and healthy.

Things are changing and although some people are still shielding until the end of July this will be our last COVID-19 Newsletter. I hope you have found them useful.

We know that it is unlikely we can open the Shul until Scotland enters Stage 3 of the recovery process (anytime from mid-July). Even in Stage 3 there will be people in the Community who are vulnerable and will not be able to come to the Synagogue because of the need to maintain social distancing. The committee are working together to have a re-opening plan. This will be based on advice from the Scottish Government as well as using information provided by the SCoJeC and the United Synagogue. Due to the nature of the building, it is unlikely that we will re-open until after the High Holy Days.


ASJCC coffee morning.

We will be holding a second coffee morning via Google Meet at 10.30 am on Saturday 20th of June. To save on admin please let Mark know if you wish to join this meeting and he will send you the link: . If you receive a link, please do not share.


I am delighted to let you know that we are continuing to receive donations from throughout the UK and we have reached our initial £15,000 target. We now have to raise a further £20,000 to pay off our debts.

We are still thinking of ways to fundraise. One suggestion has been to produce a Kosher cookbook, details yet to be finalised. Please let us know what you think.

Can I remind anyone who has not paid membership to please do so. Our basement flat is empty so we have lost half of our monthly income.

Sarah Bronzite is giving a talk as part of the JCC Learning for All Spring Programme via Zoom.

Topic: Me Too, Sexual Assault in the Torah Time: Jul 8, 2020 07:30. Please contact Sarah for more details.

Useful telephone numbers

NHS Scotland COVID 19 helpline – 0800 015 2816

HMRC – 0800 015 9559

Universal Credit – 0800 328 5644

Scot. Govt. Business helpline –

0800 303 066

Citizens Advice Bureau –

0800 028 1032

Aberdeenshire Council General Enquiries – 03456 08 12 08

Aberdeenshire Council Education Facilities – 03456 08 12 02.

Support during Covid 19 lockdown

Please again, if anyone needs help during this time, for food shopping,

medicine collection etc please let me know on:

We do have several volunteers who are waiting to help you.

Basement Flat

We no longer have a tenant in the basement flat and are looking for a new tenant. If you know of anyone who is looking for somewhere to live, please contact Mark Taylor at to discuss. We do need the income from this flat to keep us afloat.

Do you know anyone in the Jewish community whose earnings have been directly affected by the COVID 19 crisis? Or is that your situation?

The closing date for application is 14th June.

Grants are available for people who are ineligible for Government support or who face delays accessing Government e.g. artists, performers, self-employed people who don't have three years of accounts, people who only just started a new job so aren't eligible for furlough, small businesses that aren't eligible for the grants for those leasing small premises.

The details about eligibility for the fund are at:

and the application form is at:

‘Resource’ is reaching out to the whole Jewish Community. They offer free advice and help to unemployed people, through a variety of resources:


See SCoJeC’s Lockdown info website here

Thursday 18th June, SCoJeC Virtual Jewish Art Club - Hannah Frank, A Glasgow Artist (1908-2008)
Fiona Frank will talk about the life and work of her aunt, celebrated Glasgow artist Hannah Frank. Some of the Glasgow University History of Art students who worked alongside Fiona to organise the recent 110th birthday exhibition will join her for a discussion about "where next with the Hannah Frank legacy project", to register see:

SCoJeC’s AGM will be held on Sunday 28th June at 2.00 p.m. If you wish to attend please register at:

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation

EHC will be hosting a coffee morning on Sunday 21st June, open to all. This event is designed to bring Jewish people together from all over Scotland (and possibly some from further afield). If you have a personal story linked to an artefact that you'd like to share, please email a photo of it to by Sunday 14th June.

Register at: for further information email

Scottish Youth

If you'd like to receive updates about all the amazing programmes going on in the Glasgow community and beyond, email to sign up for a weekly event newsletter!

Lockdown Project

Please remember that the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre have got a Lockdown Project. They want people to share ‘your immigration story’, ‘your Calderwood memories’ and ‘your lockdown experience from a Jewish point of view’. This can be emailed to or posted to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre at Garnethill Synagogue, 129 Hill Street, Glasgow G3 6UB. For more info see:

Jewish Small Communities Network (JSCN)

JSCN are holding coffee mornings, through Zoom.


Drop in and share a coffee and a chat with people in small Communities around the country.

Shake out the cobwebs and have a coffee with some new friends in the JSCN Coffee Break every Tuesday.

JSCN 11am Coffee Break each TUESDAY for 1 hour:

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

On 17 June, at 10.30am Jewish Small Communities Network will be meeting with the Israeli Ambassador - Mark Regev. This will be streamed on YouTube at the same time, so if you have any questions you would like me to ask, then please send them before Wednesday and I will endeavour to get them asked. Live stream link on Youtube:

Board of deputies of British Jews

The Board of Deputies has announced their intention to form a Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community to banish prejudice and promote inclusion. The Board is providing staff resource to support the work of the Commission. They invite Black British Jews, Jews of Colour and others who are interested in participating in this project to get in touch with Anthony Silkoff,

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