Limmud Scotland 2019 update

The following presenters have confirmed so far:

  • Phil Alexander, Hannah Holtschneider, Mia Spiro presenting on their project “Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces”

  • Danielle Bett, Jewish Leadership Council, Scotland

  • Annie Cohen

  • Eran Cohen, Yalla

  • Daniel Frank

  • Fiona Frank

  • Rabbi Andrew Goldstein

  • Adrian Harris and Joe Goldblatt, Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre

  • Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal of Leo Baeck College

  • Keith Kahn-Harris

  • Harvey Kaplan, Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

  • Rabbi Natan Levy

  • Sarah Lightman

  • Mich Sampson

  • Rabbi David Sedley

  • Rabbi Mark Solomon

  • Heather Valencia

And lots more names to come!

There will also be a Klezmer music and dance and Yiddish song strand led by Michael Alpert, Phil Tomlinson, Gica Loening and Andrew Gardiner.

Limmud Scotland 2019

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Join us on Sunday 24 November for the return of Limmud to Scotland and for the first time in Scotland’s Capital City! Experience a stimulating and inspiring day-long cultural event in Limmud’s unique style, offering a variety of sessions at any one time. There will be something for everyone, covering history, text study, discussions, Israel, community and culture and plenty of family-friendly activities. The venue is wheelchair accessible – please check with us for other forms of accessibility.

SCoJeC (the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities) have generously offered to arrange transport from the Glasgow area for a small charge, and will refund half the public transport costs for people travelling to the event from other parts of Scotland.

Many thanks to our current funders Fanny & Moray Glasser Charitable Trust, Goldberg Family Trust, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust, Queen’s Park Charitable Trust and the Ralph Slater Foundation.  We would welcome donations from other organisations or individuals.

For more information about any of the above, please sign up to the Limmud Scotland 2019 mailing list or e-mail if you have any queries.

In partnership with Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre.

EJCC Receives Major Gift from USA Corporate Leader Nick Rago

Mr Nick Rago of Paradise Valley, Arizona has made a major gift to the Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre. Rago is a former senior executive with Dial Corporation, Premiere Cruise Lines (the Official Cruise line of Walt Disney World) and ConAgra Foods. Mr Rago made his gift through the US based British Schools and Universities Foundation and encouraged other US donors to join him in supporting the development of Edinburgh's first Jewish Cultural Centre. If you are a USA donor, you may join Nick and Peter and receive a tax deduction via the British Schools and Universities Foundation.

Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue to Organise and Host Limmud in Edinburgh in November 2019

Jane Ansell and Janet Mundy, co -founders of Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue and the Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre have received approval from London based Limmud to offer this programme in Edinburgh in 2019. The programme has not been offered in Edinburgh in many years and will feature many outstanding speakers and offer a social programme. For more information on how you may become involved in planning and delivering this exciting new programme, contact

EJCC Receives Major Gift from General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera (The Met) in New York City

Mr Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Met, has provided a major gift through the British Schools and Universities Foundation. Mr Gelb is featured at the start of the EJCC concept design video endorsing the new centre. Mr Gelb's predecessor as General Manager of the Met was Sir Rudolf who was the founder of the 71 year old Edinburgh International National Festival. Mr Gelb stated that he admires what the Edinburgh Jewish community is during to protect, preserve and sustain Jewish culture in Edinburgh, Scotland and throughout the world.

Watch Mr Gelb’s message to the EJCC in this video

EJCC Receives £50,000 Matching Grant

Mr Mike Leven, of Atlanta, Georgia has generously provided a £50,000 matching grant to help the EJCC reach its first fund raising milestone of raising £100,000. Mr Leven is a former executive of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Aquarium, and a long time donor to Jewish causes throughout the world.

Beacons of Hope Fund Raising Committee Close to Achieving First Milestone

The Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre has appointed a committee of ten leaders to advance the fund raising appeal for the new Centre.

The committee is chaired by an experienced fund raiser, Professor Joe Goldblatt with an experienced cultural leader, Adrian H Harris, chair of the JCC as an ex officio member. The other members include:

  • Pam Judson, (Edinburgh)

  • Lady Joyce Kaplan (Edinburgh) 

  • Aaron Kaufman, President, Fifth Element (Toronto, Canada)

  • Mike Leven (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) 

  • Dann Moss (Reno, Nevada USA)

  • Nick Rago (Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA)

  • Francoise Robertson (Edinburgh)

  • Daniel Shakhani (London, UK) 

First Minister of Scotland Dedicates Plaque Honoring Jewish People in Usher Hall

At the closing concert of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, over 100 people including the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Council Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, His Excellency the Ambassador of Austria, the Director of the Edinburgh International Festivals attended a reception that witnessed the leader of the Scottish government unveiling a plaque in honour of the two Jewish artists who founded the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947 and the two hundredth anniversary of the Jewish people in Edinburgh. The plaque is located just outside the Royal Box in Edinburgh's main concert hall.