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Newsletter No. 6

ASJCC NEWSLETTER NO. 6 30.4.20 Scottish charity No. SC46585

Hello everyone. Hopefully you have survived another week of lockdown without too many problems and maybe you managed to log on to the Open Mic show on Sunday night, and Nathan Abrams talk on Tuesday (which is helping to raise funds for our Synagogue). There are 2 further talks on offer – details below:

Virtual Author Talks in aid of Aberdeen Synagogue

Book (and donate) at

Sunday 3rd May: 7 for 7.30 pm: From Glasgow to Galilee and Beyond – novelist J David Simons in conversation with Fiona Frank about his life and work with particular emphasis on his novels based around the Jewish community in Scotland.

Tuesday 5thMay: 7 for 7.30 p.m.: A Shetland Jewish Childhood: with Ethel Hofman, author of ‘Mackerel at Midnight, growing up Jewish on a small Scottish island. Ethel Hofman gave her illustrated talk to a crowded library in Lerwick, Shetland, last summer, and we’re pleased to bring her to a wider audience.

Basement Flat

Our tenant will be moving out of the flat very soon, and we are looking for a new tenant. If you know of anyone who is looking for somewhere to live, please contact to discuss. We do need the income from this flat to keep us afloat.

Support during Covid 19 lockdown

Useful telephone numbers

NHS Scotland COVID 19 helpline – 0800 015 2816

HMRC – 0800 015 9559

Universal Credit 08003285644

Scot. Govt. Business helpine – 08003030660

Aberdeenshire council General Enquiries – 03456 08 12 08

Aberdeenshire Council Education Facilities – 03456 08 12 02

Please again, if anyone needs help during this time, for food shopping, medicine collection etc. Please let me know, we do have several volunteers who are waiting to help you:


SCoJeC have a lot of resources on their website, and a mini website which is dedicated to Covid-19. It has useful links to many different services, arts groups, coffee mornings, and other –

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

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:

Mental Health & Well being

If need to talk to someone, there are some numbers to ring, or websites to use:

Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub

0800 196 3384 (between 8 and 8pm)

Jewish Care - 0208 922 2222

Crime Prevention advice during the Coronavirus Outbreak

To receive regular updates from the Police and partner agencies on what is happening in your area –

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) -

The Safer Communities, Safer Scotland booklet can be downloaded:

Further information can be found here:

The Community Yom Ha'Atzmaut


Sunday, May 3, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Glasgow Yom Ha'Atzmaut Committee have arranged a 2020 celebration programme (storytelling of a PJ Library Yom Ha'Atzmaut book, a *cupcake decorating competition, a Kahoot quiz, a song clip from our community, and "live" music)via Zoom.

Join the Facebook group "Yom Haatzmaut Celebrations in Glasgow" for details of how to log on, or email

*Cupcake Decorating Competition! Design your own cupcake, large or small, to celebrate Israeli Independence Day. The winner will be selected at the Zoom Virtual Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration on Sunday, May 3rd, at 11:00 am.

If you want to take part, please email to register by Friday, May 1st.

Watch an Israeli Movie

Sunday, May 3, 6:00 pm - midnight

The UK Jewish Film Festival to bring you 'Orchestra of Exiles'

Sunday, May 3, 6:00 pm - midnight

One Polish violinist, 70 Jewish musicians. Together they fought the Nazis with the only weapon they had: Music. From academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson, 'Orchestra of Exiles' reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world's greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which would later become the Israeli Philharmonic.

For more information or to book a place, please Facebook group "Yom Haatzmaut Celebrations in Glasgow" or email

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

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