What have we been doing during 5778?
Synagogue Building: An Update
An astounding £26,000 was raised (from the UK and as far afield as USA, Canada, Israel, and Hong Kong) to get the synagogue up and running again. Come and see for yourselves how all the donations have been used - if you’ve not visited since we rededicated the building in May, you’re in for a pleasant surprise: new bimah furnishings and torah scroll covers, new flooring, newly repainted woodwork in the hallway, new chairs both in the synagogue and in the community hall, window repairs, and a brand new and hugely improved kitchen area. We have also had a new sink (with hot water) installed on the ground floor, and replaced the door to the ‘coal cellar’. There is still much to be done, including an urgent need to repair the outside back wall, and a complete renovation of the ground floor toilets. The back wall will be the next priority, once funds are available.
Your Community Needs You!
There are many ongoing smaller tasks that need to be picked up, such as tiling our small new kitchen, maintaining the garden, and internal upkeep. Without your involvement, all this year’s hard work will be for nothing. All help that you can give to support our community, even if it’s just an hour of your time, will be gratefully received. We will also be organising a Mitzvah Day as a communal project to help cross some jobs off the list. Look out for more information on this after Succot. Finally, please think about becoming a committee member – your contribution would be hugely valuable.
ASJCC Events – A Year in Brief
Despite having no building for 10 months the ASJCC managed to maintain a full schedule of events. Below is a brief summary of the highlights, which as you can see cover a whole range of activities.
Services continued throughout the year at the Bon Accord Management Suite while the synagogue was out of action.
We have met with MPs, MSPs, the Lord Pro-vost, Councillors, and other organisations, as well as attending interfaith meetings.
Activities to mark Jewish festivals, including our regular Purim megillah reading (led with great panache by Rabbi Rose from Edinburgh) and a communal Passover seder night.
Our regular bookclub, which focuses on books with a Jewish connection, runs every 6-8 weeks during term-time.
Hebrew language lessons are also ongoing.
Visits from a number of organisations/ individuals (eg schools, scouts’ groups)
We held a wonderful weekend of events to mark the reopening and rededication of the synagogue. Those attending included three rabbis, a number of representatives from our local Christian communities (including Bishop Hugh Gilbert), and local councillors.
ASJCC Status; and New Trustee
We have recently, and after much effort, gained provisional agreement with the Chief Rabbi’s Office regarding the status of the ASJCC and the AHC. Hopefully we will gain agreement for our proposals from the OSCR shortly. In the meantime, Rabbi Reuben from Glasgow has agreed to act as the CR’s representative on all matters relating to the building at 74 Dee Street.
Synagogue and Community Centre
74 Dee Street
We are a charity registered in Scotland - SC046585
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