Thursday 29th October 2020
Dear EHC member
No one should feel alone
The news is grim and it looks as if the virus is taking its grip once again with figures released in England and Wales with an over 50% increase of cases. But we can remain well if we are diligent and follow the instructions that are there to ensure our own safety and those of others.
Please see: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
or check for the latest in the government updates and guidelines on https://www.scojec.org/news/2020/coronavirus/community.html
This week our Services, Virtual Services and Sessions are as follows:
- Today, depending on demand, there will be a ZOOM Shiur / Service at 5.00pm on the insights of this week’s parshah.
- The pre-Shabbat ZOOM Friday night service will be at 30pm.
- On Shabbat, there will be a service held in the synagogue, starting at 10.00am; and for men, please attempt to arrive punctually to ensure an early minyan.
- NEW: There is a ZOOM Havdalah service planned for Shabbat afternoon at 5.40pm.
- Due to the increased alert, there is now no service on Sunday in the synagogue
- The Rabbi holds his weekly ZOOM Shiur on Mondays at 5.15pm on the Structure of the Torah
For Entertainment and interest:
This Sunday, the 1st November, the Community Centre Committee will be holding a virtual coffee morning and real cake auction to be conducted online. Please watch for further details.
On Sunday the 8th November, in place of the Coffee Morning, we will be having a ZOOM Remembrance Day Service at 3.00pm in the afternoon. The Rabbi is in the final stages of putting the programme together. If you would like to contribute to this important Service, please contact him directly.
On Sunday the 22nd November, we will be pleased to welcome Sara Ferrier (nee Goodwin) who will be our guest at our 11.00am coffee morning. Sara is the well-known author Sara Sheridan, a Scottish activist writing in a variety of genres, though predominately in historical fiction. She is the creator of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries
Tonight at 7.30pm, SCoJeC presents a seminar and discussion:
Glasgow’s Slave History through Jewish Theology in acknowledgement of Black History Month, they are hosting a two-part evening to explore the history of Glasgow's slave trade, and to discuss and respond through a Jewish theological lens. Join them for a seminar delivered by University of Oxford researcher, Dr. Marenka Thompson-Oldum followed up by a discussion run by Bill Shackman, Hon Jewish Chaplain at St. Andrews. Register at;
And on Tuesday the November the 3rd at 7.00pm to 9.00pm the Zionist Federation is presenting The ZF Virtual Annual Balfour Lecture: Beyond Balfour – Striving for Peace
For details please see: https://zionist.org.uk/event/balfour-103/
Jewish Music Institute also present an online programme of concerts, lectures and documentaries celebrating Jewish creativity and talent. Please visit www.jmi.org.uk.
UK Jewish Film continues with its exciting programme: https://ukjewishfilm.org
And in Edinburgh, there is the annual Halloween Trail now in place at the Royal Botanic Garden, a wonderful exhibition of floral paintings at Inverleith House also at the Botanics, the incredible Ray Harryhausen exhibition now open at NGS Modern Art 2, and for something completely different, drive-in movies at Edinburgh Airport!! See https://www.edinburghdrivein.co.uk/
To see all events in Scotland including ZOOM events, please see https://www.list.co.uk/about/sunday-times-scotland/
Our continued thanks to Arnold Rifkind for his wonderful Arnold Picks
For Communal Welfare:
Jewish Care Scotland are providing grants for those in need due to the Covid19 crisis.
Emergency hardship funding is still available from the Jewish Leadership Council. -https://theworkavenue.org.uk/covid19/.
JAMI, the Mental Health Service for the Jewish community nationwide is offering free mental health support. This is where you can have text-based counselling, online peer support, learn of self-help tools and access to a confidential online journal. Please see qwell.io/jami for more details.
Morrisons Supermarket provide a next-day doorstep delivery for even one item as a service for elderly and vulnerable customers. Please ring 0345 611 6111 ext.5 where you can speak with a representative who will take your order.
Mark’s Deli will be here next this Thursday the 29th of October in the early afternoon. Please contact them directly to place your order for groceries and ready prepared meals.
Chaim and Sora Jacobs offer the same service and have recently expanded their menu of ready prepared meals from Glasgow for delivery to Edinburgh. A full listing of their menu is to be found on their website or by calling their number.
I attach a list of numbers and contacts:
Mark’s Deli 0141 638 8947 https://www.marksdeli.co.uk/deli.html
Sora’s Café 0141 638 6116 http://www.lubofscot.co.uk/lchaims/lunches.htm
Jewish Care Scotland 0141 620 1800 http://www.jcarescot.org.uk
In my role as Editor of the Edinburgh Star, I have been approached by a Dr Eleanor O’Keeffe who is working on a publicly funded research project called “Social Distance, Digital Congregation: British Ritual Innovation during Covid-19”. The project is led by Dr Josh Edelman and Dr Alana Vincent and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council based at Manchester Metropolitan University. They aim to record the ways that Covid-19 has impacted on all religious communities across Britain. Many communities have responded with considerable creativity and resolve to the challenges of the pandemic but some have also met insurmountable hurdles. By reflecting on these experiences, they hope to strengthen religious communities for the future. Please see their page: https://bric19.mmu.ac.uk
Their research relies on ensuring that the experiences of all faiths, across Britain, are fairly represented. They want to reach as many people as they can to ask them to share their experiences through their survey or contribute to their research. Members are invited to participate: https://bric19.mmu.ac.uk/take-the-survey/
The Welfare Group repeat that No one should feel alone as our mission statement and with the longer nights and increased lockdown, we acknowledge it can be very difficult for many. The Welfare Group persist in our commitment and our sincere wish to be of any assistance we can.
With every kind regard,
Peter Bennett, John Danzig, Edward Green, Susie Kelpie, Carol Levstein, Harriet Lyall, Hilary Rifkind, Rabbi David Rose, Jackie Taylor