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Newsletter No. 7

ASJCC NEWSLETTER NO. 7 07.05.20 Scottish charity No. SC46585

Hello Everyone.

We are through yet another week of lockdown. I hope that you managed to get onto the talks by both J David Simons and Ethel Hofman that were organised for our fundraising.


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

We have so far managed to raise, with the help of SCoJeC, around £2500 via the 3 authors talks. Obviously we need to raise a lot more.

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 0660

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.

Mental Health & Well Being

If you are suffering any mental health issues and feel that you need to talk to someone, there are some numbers to ring, or websites to use. can give you tips and ideas on how to cope in ways to make you feel better, stay connected with others and keep perspective while staying at home. The link will also signpost to further support e.g. NHS inform, Breathing Space and the Samaritans. If you wish to speak to a Jewish counsellor, you can contact a variety of services e.g. Jewish Care in London 0208 922 2222, Jewish Care Glasgow or find an organization through the SCoJeC website, or the Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub Tel: 0800 196 3384 (between 8 and 8pm) or

I also have a couple of helpful leaflets on managing relationships during lockdown and managing anxiety. If you would like me to send you a copy, please email me at and I will send them on. They are too long to add to the newsletter. They have been provided by a consultant Psychologist.


SCoJec have a lot of resources on their website; there is a mini website inside which is dedicated to Covid-19. It has useful links to many different services, synagogue services, arts groups, coffee mornings, and other. Please use this resource –

An initiative, which although based in London, is reaching out to the whole community. They offer free advice and help to unemployed people, through a variety of resources. Their website is They will be very happy to talk to anyone and hopefully will be able to help, even those people who have been furloughed.

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:

May 12, 2020 11:00 AM

May 19, 2020 11:00 AM

May 26, 2020 11:00 AM

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

Klezmer Rainbow Kabaret

This has been organised through SCoJeC for Tuesday 12th May 2020. Please support this.

A Scottish Rainbow Klezmer Kabaret for Lag B’Omer

Performers include:

Michael Alpert: award winning Klezmer musician

Adrianne Greenbaum: Klezmer flautist

Gica Loening: Scottish/Klezmer fiddler

Lev Atlas: principal viola, Scottish Opera

Phil Alexander: Moishe's Bagel

Free! But any donations will be divided between the musicians – who have lost revenue from their live gigs – and NHS charities in Scotland working to support patients and staff during the COVID19 crisis. Please donate generously (suggested amount £5/£15 per household).

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