Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation has a very active and effective welfare function. The Welfare Group is headed by the Welfare Convenor, Edward Green. It watches over the community to ensure that anyone who may need attention is supported, including the provision of cooked meals and hospital visiting. During the lockdown period, the Group provided regular telephone contact, food deliveries and a regular Welfare Bulletin giving information of events and entertainment that were on offer remotely both from within Edinburgh and worldwide. The community has many members who live alone and the Welfare Group are very keen that they should feel part of the family that is the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation and that the Group’s mantra that “no one should feel alone” is indeed fulfilled.
The Welfare Group now meets less frequently as during the early days of the pandemic but is still very much active. If you would like more information or know of anyone who may need any form of support please contact the Secretary.
Board of Guardians
Edinburgh also has a historical charity still in existence. The Edinburgh Jewish Board of Guardians was founded in the city in 1891 and is separate from Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation. Its sole purpose is to offer financial support to all Jewish people and organisations in Edinburgh, not restricted to members of the Congregation. Over many years, the Board of Guardians has distributed considerable funds and goods in kind to many deserving individuals and bodies, with an emphasis on strict confidentiality. Anyone who is aware of an individual in need of aid should in the first instance contact the Secretary of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation.