Events in Edinburgh

Don’t Stand By: EIFA Holocaust Memorial Event
Thursday 28 January, 7pm,
FFirhillHigh School
This event is sold out – to be placed on the waiting list please email
Edinburgh Inter Faith Association and Firrhill High School HMD Committee are delighted to invite you to an evening of remembrance for the victims of holocaust and genocide the world over.

The programme will include testimonies from Zigi Shipper, who survived the Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau camp; human rights advocate Mukesh Kapila who has worked with survivors of the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur; and prayers led by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs.

The event programme will start at 7pm, arrive early for a guided tour of the Anne Frank exhibition.
There will also be music, poetry, candle-lighting by pupils of the school and a break for some refreshments. Bring along a pair of shoes you no longer need to add to an installation, these will be donated to Oxfam after the event.
The address of the school is 9 Oxgangs Road N., Edinburgh, EH14 1DP: MAP
This is a free event, generously supported by the Claremont Trust.
This event is sold out – to be placed on the waiting list please email
Find out more with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and The Holocaust Education Trust
JSoc Holocaust Memorial Erev Shabbat,
an Intercommunal Service, Meal and Talk
Friday 29 January, 7pm,
at the Chaplaincy Centre

Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh welcome Rabbi Stephen Fuchs,
former President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism
and author of What’s In It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives
to our JSoc Holocaust Memorial Erev Shabbat, an intercommunal service and talk in association with the Chaplaincy. Pot luck bring a veggie dish for a buffet between the service and the talk.

Holocaust Memorial Shabbat Morning Service,
Saturday 30 January, 11am,
Sukkat Shalom (Liberal Shul)

For those of you who can’t make Friday evening – or who want more of Rabbi Fuchs – the Rabbi will be leading Sukkat Shalom’s Shabbat morning service at the Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, EH10 4RT. The service will be followed by Kiddush and a presentation from the Rabbi.

Holocaust Memorial Interfaith Service,
Sunday 31 January, 11.30am,
St Giles Cathedral

Join Rev Calum I MacLeod and Rabbi Stephen Fuchs for what promises to be a beautiful interfaith event, with the accompaniment of St Giles Cathedral Choir.

Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society
Double Bill with Buffet,
Sunday 31 January, 5.30pm,
Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation (Orthodox Shul)

At 5.30pm, Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will speak about his new book What’s in it for Me: Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives

The world is rapidly dividing between those who take biblical narratives as the literal word of God—claiming that they are historically and scientifically true—and those who dismiss those narratives as quaint or even foolish fairy tales. There is however a sacred middle ground that What’s in It For Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives invites the reader to discover. The “truth” of these stories has nothing to do with “Did this really happen?” Their truth emerges in the valuable lessons these stories can teach all of us. There will be a book signing after the talk.

A buffet will be provided between 7pm and 8pm
At 8pm, Phil Alexander will give a musically illustrated talk entitled My Lover, My Murderer’s Daughter: Berlin and the politics of klezmer music.

Over the last twenty-five years, Berlin has played host to Europe’s most dynamic klezmer and Yiddish music scene. These days, the city’s scene attracts a vibrant blend of musicians from around the world, part of a complex and international conversation which takes in rupture and renewal, tradition and innovation, history and modernity. The talk will explore this ongoing journey of Berlin klezmer and the challenges of making the traditional strains of Jewish folk music relevant to a twenty-first century capital city.

Phil Alexander is currently completing his PhD at SOAS, University of London, focusing on contemporary klezmer and Yiddish music in Berlin. As a musician he is the driving force behind Edinburgh-based Moishe’s Bagel, and a long-term musical partner of Eliza Carthy, Salsa Celtica and Mr McFall’s Chamber.

Free for EJLS members, £5 non-members for the whole evening and £3 for non-members who attend only one session.

There are also numerous external events and opportunities – fancy a summer in Ghana with Tzedek? Or the March of the Living in Poland – heavily subsidised by UJS? Or the UJS Liberation Conference? See last week’s email for more details, or click on the links.

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