Thursday, 22nd July 2021
Dear EHC member,
Monday past was dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ but I am not sure if that is not a misnomer! With infections spiralling once again upwards, albeit mostly amongst the young, we remain aware of the need to be wary and follow the guidelines that although often not legally in place are there for our own good and the good of others.
The good weather has undoubtedly lifted all our spirits. But there are some who may still be feeling the pressures of the pandemic. The Welfare Group of Peter Bennett, John Danzig, Susie Kelpie, Carol Levstein, Harriet Lyall, Hilary Rifkind, Rabbi Rose, Jackie Taylor and myself remain cognisant of that and concerned for our members. Please remember that
YOU ARE NOT ALONE and we are to be called upon at any time. We very much wish to offer support.
The many wonderful online events that we have enjoyed during lockdown have lessened in recent weeks but I still bring to your attention the following:
I keep on urging you to tune into Oyvay Video a most enjoyable music and video show each Wednesday at 11.00am-12.30pm broadcast by Glasgow’s Clive Aronson. Please do, his shows are very much worth listening to and watching. Next week is the second of a ‘two- parter’ when he will be featuring some of the finest compositions to win the Academy Award or ‘Oscar’ for Best Song going all the way back to the 1930’s including performances from Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra and many more.
Details are as follows: https://zoom.us/j/7443980929 Password: esther86
And to remind you of Ted’s Talks.
The coming together of Technology, Entertainment and Design: https://www.ted.com/talks
There is a range of talks on what seems every subject, all very well given and all most acceptably brief (18 minutes or less), informative and erudite. Please check their website and enjoy any of the hundreds of talks that have been given.
In the past year, Jews have grappled with ideas around race, diversity and inclusion like never before. The Bush Report on racial inclusivity in the Jewish community, published by the Board of Deputies in April 2021, highlighted the false assumption that all Jews are essentially white and European and sought to investigate discrimination against Jews of colour within the Jewish community.
Black Jewish Lives is an important 7-part free zoom series from Jewish Renaissance magazine and the Lyons Learning Project. The first session took place on the 13th June and the last concludes next Monday the 25th, and can be accessed for past talks or for booking a free ticket for any of the last sessions on:
The ‘Lockdown University’, funded by the Nathan Kirsh Foundation holds a webinar most days on ZOOM that you are invited to join. Full details can be got by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This week they have:
Thursday 22nd July – 5.30pm: Philip Rubenstein:
America’s Red Scare: Part 3 : The Bomb, the Rosenbergs, HUAC, the Blacklist
Thursday 22nd July – 7.30pm : Trudy Gold: A very British Mogul. Alexander Korda and Churchill
Sunday 25th July – 5.30pm: Patrick Bade: Painting at the Paris Salon
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.
Tonight at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND hear Harvey Goldsmith and Michael Grade, these two impressive business, television and music executives discussing the pandemics effects on the music industry, the future of live events and sharing their stories of past ventures.
Please note this is a pre-recorded programme and not a live event. You can
UK Jewish Film continues with its exciting programme is now available on demand including their new films 5 – 7’’, and ‘A Call to Spy’: https://ukjewishfilm.org .
Harif.org have a wealth of past talks on their website
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 you are invited to join an online group for Jewish people in Scotland interested in textiles, crafts, and Judaica. This is primarily a social group for sharing ideas, techniques, and skills and potentially a forum for developing fundraising ideas for local Jewish and Scottish Charities. The next meeting will take place the 3rd Wednesday of the month. For more information, please contact Elaine Levy
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.
For full details, please telephone 0141 620 1800 or email email@example.com.
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 020 8458 2223 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 and offer one-to one counselling.
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:
Craigies Farm: https://craigies.co.uk/ 0131 319 1048
Charles Stamper: charlesstamper.online 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 Thursday 29thth 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:
Rabbi David Rose firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Secretary, Jackie Taylor email@example.com
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
The Welfare Group send you our best wishes for the week ahead.