Thursday 24th September 2020
Yom Kippur Edition
Dear EHC member
It was a different Rosh Hashanah this year, but one in which hope and looking to the future with optimism was paramount. Now that we are into the High Holydays, autumn is definitely upon us and the nights will be getting longer. Coping with the renewed lockdown in a positive way is vital although not always easy. Staying safe and well ourselves and for those around us remain our priority even though our patience may seemingly be stretched.
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 00pm.
- 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.
- On Sunday, there will also be a service in synagogue starting at 9.00am
- On Sunday, Kol Nidre commences at 6.44pm.
There will be a ZOOM Kol Nidre service at 4.00pm
And service in Synagogue commencing at 6.45pm
Additionally, there will be a National Online Yiskor Service led by Chief Rabbi Mirvis being held at 2.30pm. The service, which will include a memorial prayer for the victims of Covid-19 will also include Rabbis and Chazanim from around the UK.
- On Yom Kippur, there are three services being held in the synagogue at:
10.00am, 2.00pm and Neilah at 6.00pm
The Fast goes out at 7.48pm
- On Tuesdays, the Rabbi holds his weekly ZOOM Shiur at 5.00pm on the Structure of the Torah
National Health Scotland have announced plans to broaden the offering for a flu vaccination this autumn to include anyone over 55, those who have medical conditions who are normally offered a flu jab annually or anyone who is living with a ‘shielding’ person. This, I hasten to add, is not a vaccination for the Coronavirus but the yearly flu vaccination that is usually available from health centres. This year, however, all who live in Edinburgh and are eligible will receive a letter from NHS offering them the vaccination at one of their ‘vaccination centres’. The Welfare Group have been informed of the importance attached to having the vaccination and encourage those eligible to do so. If we can offer assistance to anyone who may find it hard to reach their centre, please do contact a member of the welfare group who will only be too happy to assist.
The flu jab is also available at local chemists as a ‘walk-in’, and arrangements can be made for a house visit to any person housebound.
UK Jewish Film continues with its exciting programme: https://ukjewishfilm.org
The Jewish Music Institute presents an online programme of concerts, lectures and documentaries that celebrate Jewish creativity and talent. Please visit www.jmi.org.uk.
And 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/.
We also wish to remind you that 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 in Edinburgh this Thursday the 24th of September 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 of ready prepared meals from Glasgow for delivery to Edinburgh, and 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
The Welfare Group; Peter Bennett, John Danzig, Susie Kelpie, Carol Levstein, Harriet Lyall, Hilary Rifkind, Rabbi David Rose, Jackie Taylor and I repeat our wish, and especially so at this time of renewal and reflection, that no one should feel alone. We would remind you that we are available and pleased to be of assistance in any way.
We wish you well over the fast.