Rudd goes to shul dur­ing Scot­tish trip

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

AM­BER RUDD was given a tour of a Glas­gow sy­n­a­gogue and at­tended an in­ter­faith meet­ing on the same site dur­ing a Scot­tish visit.

Lo­cal lead­ers showed the Home Sec­re­tary around Giffnock Sy­n­a­gogue on the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre com­plex, talk­ing to her about is­sues such as hate crime, faith schools and ris­ing an­ti­semitism.

She also heard a talk on Ju­daism by Evy Yedd, a Glas­gow Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil co-pres­i­dent.

“It was very en­cour­ag­ing that the Home Sec­re­tary came to visit us,” Mrs Yedd said. “She was very un­der­stand­ing of Jewish is­sues and anx­i­eties. We were very im­pressed by her. She said she was com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing us.”

Ms Rudd went on to a meet­ing with mem­bers of the Jewish, Catholic, Mus­lim and Church of Scot­land com­mu­ni­ties, plus civic rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Top­ics in­cluded im­prov­ing links be­tween faith groups and the chal­lenges fac­ing re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties af­ter re­cent ter­ror at­tacks.

Ear­lier this year, Jewish lead­ers ex­pressed dis­quiet over a Church of Scot­land re­port mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion which in­cor­po­rated a res­o­lu­tion “de­plor­ing the in­creased ex­pan­sion” of West Bank set­tle­ments.

The Scot­tish Coun­cil of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties ac­cused the Church of bias, point­ing out that the re­port failed to con­demn “Pales­tinian ter­ror­ism or Ha­mas’ in­sti­tu­tion­alised an­ti­semitism”.

But Mrs Yedd said ef­forts were be­ing made “to patch things up” and that, in gen­eral, lo­cal in­ter­faith re­la­tions were strong.

“There has been some ex­tremely good work done with other com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing the Mus­lim com­mu­nity. There’s a big Mus­lim com­mu­nity here­and it’s get­ting larger. And I’d say we also have a very good re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ms Rudd said it had been “great” to at­tend the in­ter­faith event, or­gan­ised by Paul Master­ton, the new East Ren­frew­shire MP. “The work be­ing done by dif­fer­ent groups and com­mu­ni­ties here who are work­ing to­gether to build a more co­he­sive com­mu­nity is vi­tal and was very en­cour­ag­ing to see.”

The in­ter­faith group plans fur­ther events to “strengthen the in­ter­faith net­work across East Ren­frew­shire”.

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