Aberdeen Synagogue flood
FLOODING OF ABERDEEN SHUL PREMISES.
An unfortunate accident has ruined the synagogue and much on the restoration costs won`t be covered by insurance.
Raising money for
Donations accepted until 01-01-2018
I have enjoyed doing runs like these over the years for my own enjoyment but this cause is above that.
Over the last few days as this sponsorship has developed more background has emerged and this is some of the information that`s come from Debby Taylor the driving force in the Synagogue.
"Aberdeen has never been a large Community but it has been maintained since 1893 by a very transient Jewish population. Families and individuals come and stay for a few years due to work at the University, hospital, oil industry etc and then move on. Whilst here, each family or individual has enriched our Community and left with hopefully happy memories of their time here. Our Community is not made up of Aberdonians but a very diverse and international group of ‘incomers'. And it is quite clear that when Jewish people come to Aberdeen they are looking for a Jewish Community to belong, even short stay visitors passing through the city who regularly join us for services. And not forgetting Jewish Students, some odd whom become very active members of the Community whilst here. We are now the come to destination for Jewish stag parties on the whisky trail."
Running for the Aberdeen synagogue
Glasgow Friends of Israel member Walter Hecht is running two half-marathons later this month. He had kindly offered to invite sponsorship to support the work of COFIS. We think, and hope you will agree, that the pressing need is to raise funds for Aberdeen so that they can rent premises for the Jewish festivals and also meet the shortfall in insurance.
After the wonderful success of the International Shalom Festival in Edinburgh and it`s positive impact on the Jewish Community throughout Scotland this is an opportunity to help one of the most remote communities to survive.
Let me add some more from Debby to what Walter has had to say that makes this appeal hit home.
"I wrote to someone today about requests from schools for someone to talk about Judaism, 'The stark reality is that if we do not raise enough funds within the next few weeks, then we will have no choice but to sell the building and wind up the Community. With no Community, there would be no Synagogue for the schools to visit, no Community to contact with a request for a school visit, no Community to represent.’"
That I believe says it all.
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