Coffee keeps up Scottish spirits

By Stephanie Brickman, November 25, 2010

Fifteen young people who cleared litter, cleaned headstones and weeded at Glasgow's Glenduffhill and Sandymount cemeteries were fortified by coffee provided by a local Starbucks, whose staff also helped with the clean-up.

Other young community members collected food from shoppers at Giffnock's two kosher delis for distribution to a project for the homeless and served tea to Scottish Jewish Care clients.

The activities were co-ordinated by UJIA youth worker Jared Ross.

"Seeing the youth getting up early on a cold Sunday morning was heartwarming," said UJIA Scottish programmes director Joanna Hyman. "They all knew they were doing something good on the day."

At Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue, congregants young and old packed clothes, toiletries and pens for schoolchildren in Malawi.

‘They all knew they were doing something good on the day’

"Education is the greatest gift you can give anyone," said Rabbi Moshe Rubin.

As part of the Glasgow Reform programme, children prepared a tea for their grandparents and the bar/batmitzvah class visited Westacres care home. Food, children's toys and toiletries collected were donated to the Women's Aid charity and six volunteers from Glasgow Jewish Society helped to tidy the shul's burial grounds.

In Edinburgh, the Sukkat Shalom Liberal congregation joined local Hindu community members in clearing rubbish and vegetation from Holyrood Park.

"Despite terrible weather, it was an interesting and fun experience," reported Sukkat Shalom chair Gillian Raab. "We had a good time discussing the mutual problems of running small communities."

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation pupils baked challahs for a charity working with young adults with learning disabilities, which holds a weekly kiddush for Jewish and non-Jewish users.

"The children enjoyed the baking and singing and were really interested in how this would help other young people," said cheder teacher Merav Gardi.

Last updated: 10:58am, November 26 2010