Mirvis puts his faith in £17m Glas­gow ed­u­ca­tional cam­pus

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CHIEF RABBI Ephraim Mirvis and Bishop John Keenan of the Dio­cese of Pais­ley at­tended a cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day mark­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the shared £17 mil­lion site of Glas­gow’s Calder­wood Lodge Jewish Pri­mary and St Clare’s Catholic Pri­mary.

Calder­wood Lodge has re­lo­cated to the faith schools’ cam­pus — thought to be the first of its kind —whose New­ton Mearns lo­ca­tion places it in the heart of the Jewish com­mu­nity. The project was de­liv­ered un­der the aegis of East Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil and the schools have been op­er­at­ing since Au­gust.

Pupils gave read­ings and mu­si­cal per­for­mances at the open­ing. The coun­cil’s con­vener of ed­u­ca­tion and equal­i­ties, Paul O’Kane, said af­ter­wards: “It is fan­tas­tic that th­ese two schools share their own strong and dis­tinct faiths. But this is cou­pled with shared val­ues which em­brace di­ver­sity and re­flect the mul­ti­cul­tural world in which we live.” Writ­ing in the Tele­graph, Rabbi Mirvis said he was “par­tic­u­larly proud” to be at the cer­e­mony.

“Those Jewish and Catholic chil­dren will grow up proud of who they are and the beauty of their faith, to­gether with deep re­spect for each other. I can­not imag­ine a more per­fect ex­am­ple of what I be­lieve the fu­ture can hold for faith com­mu­ni­ties in this coun­try.”

The event was part of a busy sched­ule for the Chief Rabbi in Glas­gow.

He met lay and re­li­gious lead­ers and youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives and vis­ited Jewish Care Scot­land. On Tues­day night, he ad­dressed 220 peo­ple at an open meet­ing, dis­cussing the im­por­tance of build­ing up com­mu­nal in­fra­struc­ture and tak­ing ques­tions on is­sues in­clud­ing re­li­gious divorce and the role of women within the United Syn­a­gogue.

PHO­TOS: MARK GIB­SON

Bishop Keenan and Rabbi Mirvis meet pupils

Calder­wood boys at the cer­e­mony

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