Welcome to Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community

 Our aim: to provide services and activities which embody our values, strengthen our Liberal Jewish identity and cater for the wide diversity of our members’ faith, practice and support needs.

 Our services: we hold Erev Shabbat services on the second Friday of each month, and Shabbat morning service two weeks later. On other weekends we hold an early evening Kabbalat Shabbat service.  We welcome visitors to any services and we like it if you contact us before you come so we can welcome you properly but you don't have to. Full details of all Sukkat Shalom events and services  with times and venues (we don't have our own shul) can be found by following this link to our diary page

To contact us: go to our contact page or phone 0131 777 8024.

Forthcoming events

 After all the activity of the High Holidays and our tenth anniversary we are back to our usual routine of one service each weekend and a monthly visit from our Rabbi Mark Solomon. Our next service will be an Erev Shabbat service on Fridayay 14th November at 7pm at the Columcille Centre. See diary page (menu on left) for details.

The high holiday announcement below will soon be replaced by some pictures from recent events.







 High Holydays at Sukkat Shalom

We welcome visitors to our High Holyday services

Click here for information and for details of how to book for our breakfast meal after the Kol Nidre service


We wish all members and visitors  ‘shanah tovah’ and well over the fast.

All members and people attending the choosing Judaism classes should have received their tickets for the high holydays by post. Please contact us if you have not received yours yet.

Previous events

Action on Poverty for Purim 



We all had an amazing time this Purim and with another visit from the extra-terrestial Rabbi and a great performance from our talented and entertaining Purimspielers.

As well as eating drinking and having fun another form of celebration of the deliverance from slaughter of Jews in the Persian Empire of long ago, is "Matanot La-evyonim" or gifts to the poor. These gifts may be made as food or as cash. We have already collected donations to go to the Edinburgh Food banks and we are planning to become a partner organisation with them and we look forward to working with them in future. More details will be available in the newsletter shortly. In connection with this,  rabbi, Mark Solomon, chair of the community, Norman Crane, and the council of Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, have issued the following statement on 6 March 2014, 4 Adar II 5774.

We as representatives of Liberal Judaism in Scotland, wish to add our voice to those leaders of other faith communities who have expressed a sense of deep indignation at the effects of the UK government's welfare and benefit cuts. These cuts are harsh and punitive. Their effects leave people destitute and without hope.  It is the duty of all citizens, particularly those of faith communities, to alleviate grinding poverty and its effects. This poverty is created by the State, and it is the duty of all citizens, particularly those of faith communities, to relieve it. The situation is dire. Even the food banks, in Scotland, the last refuge of those with hungry families to feed, are running out of food.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting took place on the 2nd of February. Agenda and reports are here and draft minutes should appear shortly.. 

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Burns Night Ceilidh

Our Burns Night Ceilidh on 25th January was a great success, with about a hundred guests, great music from the Belle Star Band, a lot of dancing (making up with enthusiasm what we lacked in expertise), an Address to the Haggis, a rare hurdy gurdy recital, and—the high point of the evening—a recital of Burns songs by Rabbi Mark. 





Happy Hanukah to one and all (first candle 27th November)

Everyone, young old or middling is welcome to our Hanukah Party at Marchmont St Giles Church Centre at 4.30 to 6.30pm on Saturday 30th November (cheder kids come before as agreed).  Bring your hanukiah's and candles so we can have a show as nice as last year's seen below.

candles 2012 

Kol Nidre Appeal


The Holydays are over now, but there is still time to contribute to our Kol Nidre Appeal. Details of our charities and how to send in your contribution are below. Donations will be divided equally between the following four charities.

 International  Jabulani Project, Scottish/South African joint project where recent high school graduates  support street children in the townships.

 Local Jewish charity Cosgrove Care, Providing services for people with disabilities or mental health problems in the Jewish Community and beyond.

 Local non-Jewish the Pastoral Foundation, Counselling services in Edinburgh

 Israeli   Rabbis for Human Rights, fighting for justice for Israelis and Palestinians

 Send donations as cheques payable to Sukkat Shalom, Edinburgh to our treasurer (Gillian Raab, 10 Ainslie Place, EH3 6AS) or credit them directly to our bank account Sort Code 30 13 01 Account number 00974077 or donate via paypal on our web site www.eljc.org  . If one of the last two methods are used please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   with the details.



 Congratulations to everyone who helped to erect and decorate the sukkah this year.

And Mazal Tov to Catherine who provided a wonderful kiddush in honour of a special birthday.


Scottish Defence League Statement

 ELJC issued the following statement, through our chair, in advance of the Scottish Defence League demonstration on 17th August. Members of ELJC took part in the counter-demonstration:

Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, supports the rally on 17th August against the march through Edinburgh by the Scottish Defence League.

It beggars belief that the march has been permitted at all, and particularly during the Edinburgh Festival, when our city is teeming with visitors. It underlines the need for us to be ever vigilant, so that the ugly head of of fascism is not raised again in this way.

The Festival becomes home, for a while, to performers and visitors from many countries and backgrounds. What are they to make of the narrow-minded and hostile bigotry of the SDL ?

It is essential, also for our own sakes, for those of us who live here in Edinburgh to make a stand against the insidious hatred that the SDL is trying to stir up. Edinburgh is a City where people of different faith groups and ethnic backgrounds try their utmost to live and work together in harmony. We must strive to ensure that the SDL does not harm these efforts.

We Jews, small in number in Edinburgh, know only too well from other times and other places what can happen if the small voice of unreason is allowed to swell so that communities become endangered. So I would like to add the voice of this Jewish Community in the stand against the SDL march and the fascists responsible for it.

Norman Crane, Chair, 14 August 2013


Our aim: to provide services and activities which embody our values, strengthen our Liberal Jewish identity and cater for the wide diversity of our members’ faith, practice and support needs.


Hanukah Party 2012/5773
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 Sukkot 2012/5773 with new Sukkah thanks to Claudette and Robbert
Communal Seder 2012 / 5772

Purim 2012: Our own Megillah Reading with Rabbi Mark Solomon, followed by Purimspiel and joint meal with Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation in the Synagogue in Salisbury Road

Human Rights Shabbat, 10 December 2011. Details of our discussions are on the Human Rights page.
Here we are making Havdalah with the Occupy Protest in St Andrew Square:
November 2011 Community quiz: Where we competed against Liberal shuls from all over the country. We came second to Gloucester.

July 2011 Summer barbecue at Linlithgow

Erev Shabbat Service with a talk from Miri Weingarten of Physicians for Human Rights Israel. A Report on her talk is in the June newsletter.

Purim 2011

Shabbat morning service with guest preacher Imam Shaikha Halima Krausen. Her sermon can be read in our March 2011 Newsletter. For website matters contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.