Danielle Bett: June 2018 Update

It’s hard to believe I’ve only been working at the JLC for (just over) three months.

These first few months have been focused on getting to know Scotland’s diverse Jewish community, understanding more about the different communal organisations and the roles they play, and introducing myself to as many people as possible.

I’ve been working very closely with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (GJRC) and supporting the hard work that they do for the community.

The Scottish scene is a little different from the rest of the UK in terms of political engagement, and as such my time is split between engaging with the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament. I’ve met a few MPs and MSPs so far to discuss key issues and look forward to continuing to grow our network of contacts over the coming year.

Some highlights to mention have been meetings with the Scottish Labour party leadership following the Enough is Enough campaign, and our continued work with Scottish Labour to eradicate antisemitism in politics and society. I’m particularly pleased to say that the Scottish Jewish community will be taking part in the 2018 Jo Cox memorial weekend in Glasgow, and we’re looking forward to hosting Anas Sarwar MSP in our community.

I’m keen to ensure that I reach the smaller communities across Scotland and as such have been in touch with community representatives from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and more. Recently, the Aberdeen synagogue rededication weekend took place following a terrible flood that damaged the building and an incredible fundraising effort by the Aberdeen community. I will continue to work with Aberdeen on local issues and political engagement, and look forward to doing so.

Another piece of work I’ve enjoyed and will continue to progress is interfaith and inter-communal relations. The Jewish community here is well respected and is included in interfaith engagement and dialogue, and I look forward to working with diverse Scottish communities to build and promote positive relations.

Working with the JLC and the Scottish Jewish community has been an absolute pleasure. I feel that I’ve learned so much already and I’m grateful to all of my colleagues for their all support.