Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation
Thursday, 17th June 2021
Dear EHC member,
The news that the covid rates are slowly creeping back up do not make good reading. However, there is very good reason to believe that the spike will be contained. I heard this past week that there has been no Jewish deaths from Covid over the now last seven weeks. Sadly, there have been 906 Jewish deaths related to Covid recorded since the start of the pandemic, a figure above the average per capita. It reminds us to remain vigilant and to follow all the guidelines set for us and to obey the restrictions to ensure that we are safe.
This week I am pleased to detail talks, events and entertainments that you may find of interest.
This week they have:
Thursday 17th June - 5.30pm
Lyn Julius: The Impact of The Shoah on the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa
Thursday 17th June - 7.30pm
Lord David Young – “Inside Thatcher’s Last Election” - First Book Launch
Saturday 19th June - 5.30pm Patrick Bade: Goya Part II
Sunday 20th June - 5.30pm Judge Dennis Davis & Professor David Peimer:
Revisiting the Zionism / Racism debate in the present climate II
The Abraham Society Presentations are given bi-weekly on Tuesday and Friday at 11.15am prompt and enjoy audiences which number up to 750 attendees! Their objective to offer all ages of the Jewish community a twice weekly meeting by ZOOM totally free – each presentation features an expert speaker followed by questions with audience numbers.
We also recommend that you tune into Oyvay Video a most enjoyable music and video show each Wednesday at 11.00am-12.30pm broadcast by Glasgow’s Clive Aronson.
Details are as follows: https://zoom.us/j/7443980929 Password: esther86
Harif.org also have a number of their past most fascinating talks available on their website to watch at your leisure.
UK Jewish Film continues with its exciting programme is now available on demand including the new award winning television drama “The Chef” : https://ukjewishfilm.org
SCoJeC are presenting on Sunday:
The Jewish Music Institute present an online programme of concerts, lectures and documentaries celebrating Jewish creativity and talent. For all, visit www.jmi.org.uk.
I would also remind our members of the Ben Uri Gallery showcasing Jewish Art. They are indeed the first full scale Virtual Museum and Research Centre and are to be seen online 24/7 and free. Please see: benuri.org
And for all events out-with the Jewish Community in Scotland including ZOOM events, please see https://www.list.co.uk/about/sunday-times-scotland/
Scottish Government Notices:
For further details on the Virus, please see: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Age Scotland, formerly Age Concern have a wonderful selection of services in response to the Covid Pandemic:
If you feel you could do with more conversation in your life, Independent Age will connect you with a volunteer who’s good company and wants to chat.
Call companions is a free service for older people who live alone and feel they would enjoy a friendly phone call every week or two.
Vintage Vibes: https://vintagevibes.org.uk/
is a service tackling isolation and loneliness among over-60s in Edinburgh. They are reaching out across the city, offering companionship, reliable support and the chance to be more socially connected.
Golden Years Cyrenians:
An innovative befriending service helping to tackle isolation and loneliness for the over 60’s in Edinburgh.
You can also take a look at the Befriending Networks Directory for further information on befriending services: https://www.befriending.co.uk/directory/
If you would like to speak to one of their advisers, please contact the Age Scotland Helpline on 0800 12 44 222 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
For Communal Welfare:
Jewish Care Scotland still have an increased level of support during this crisis and offer a wealth of services. They are also providing grants for those in need.
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. You can telephone and request a call-back.
“Raphael" raphaeljewishcounselling.org is a Jewish counselling service. They are a network for anyone looking for emotional support within the Jewish Community.
The Welfare Group still advise that home deliveries are still most advisable and we would encourage you to use this service for as much as possible for what you need. Susie Kelpie has recommended these firms for home deliveries of fresh produce:
0131 319 1048
0131 551 3636
Morrisons Supermarket provide an excellent 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.
The next delivery from Mark’s Deli will be next on Thursday 1st July in the early afternoon. Please place your orders by contacting them directly for groceries and ready prepared meals. Please also note Richie will now deliver to your car when you are collecting from Salisbury Road and you are requested to telephone him upon arrival.
Chaim and Sora Jacobs offer an expanded 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:
Richie (Caretaker) 0131 667 3144
Jewish Care Scotland 0141 620 1800 http://www.jcarescot.org.uk
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
Please allow me to remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Please do call upon any of us if we can be of any assistance at all. We are only too pleased to do so.
The Welfare Group of Peter Bennett, John Danzig, Susie Kelpie, Carol Levstein, Harriet Lyall, Hilary Rifkind, Rabbi Rose, Jackie Taylor and myself send our best wishes for the week ahead.