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Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future

Thu
18:00 h
03 Mar
2016

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"Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future"
Opening of the exhibition of photographs by Judah Passow and Michael Mail coorganized with JCC Warsaw

There have been Jews in Scotland since at least the 17th century, coming initially in ones and twos to study at Scotland’s famed universities and then in increasing numbers through the 19th and into the 20th centuries as persecution in Eastern Europe made Jewish life increasingly precarious.

While maintaining its particular traditions, the Jewish community prided itself in the way it quickly became immersed in Scottish society. Jews soon became the largest non-Christian minority, a clan of the Mosaic persuasion added to the mosaic of Scotland. The sons and daughters of the Scottish Jewish community have gone on to make significant contributions in their fields, producing scientists and doctors, judges and MPs, artists and writers - and farmers and foresters, and kilt makers and whisky distillers!

It remains a small community, at its height never more than 16,000, yet big in spirit, with a breadth of activity that makes it seem many times larger. Jews came to Scotland seeking refuge - and found a home.

During the opening of the exhibition there will be a tasting of Scotch Whisky.