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 but, if you plan to come, please get in touch to give us your contact details. We use the Liberal Judaism service book (copies are available) and we can help you to follow if you are unfamiliar with our liturgy​.


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.

 For venues please follow this link to our diary page - alternatively go to our contact page or phone 0131 777 8024

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


                        August-September 2015 / Elul-Tishrei 5775  

* * * * *   This Week  * * * * *       

Friday 28th August 2015 / 13th Elul 5775


Erev Shabbat Service 7.00 p.m.


at the Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, EH10 4RT


(please try to arrive by 6.45 p.m. for a prompt start)




***** Special Shabbat Service *****


Saturday 29th August 2015 / 14th Elul 5775


Shabbat Service 11.00 a.m.


** Visit to Tayside and Fife Jewish Community in Dundee **


(See August edition of Lulav for details - link in Menu on left)


Next Week

Friday 4th September 2015/ 20th Elul 5775


Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6.15 p.m.


at Marchmont St Giles Centre, 1a Kilgraston Road EH9 2DW


(please try to arrive by 6.00 p.m. for a prompt start)


Previous Special Events

Saturday 20th June


P r i d e   E d i n b u r g h


 (Photos to follow)

See the account of this event in the June edition of Lulav!

(Follow the link in the menu on the left)


Earlier Events

The Great Big Challah Bake!


was held in Butterflies Café at Marchmont St Giles EH9 2DW


On April 29th, 13 bakers put their aprons on & learned the art of making challah.

Our expert teacher was Paul McPhail who demonstrated every step and then showed the group various braiding techniques. The evening was a huge success and everyone went home with their own loaf of freshly baked challah for Shabbat.


Thanks to everyone who came along and got stuck in. Special thanks to Paul for all his help in preparation for, and on the night.

This was an evening much enjoyed by everyone who took part!

(Photos to follow)


Monday 4th May


The Grand Opening of the new Edinburgh Interfaith Association Offices

took place at


The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX


The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church will now be used as an Interfaith Community Hub. It is hoped that many activities for people of other Faiths will be hosted there.

It was an excellent event with singing and dancing of other cultures with a keynote speech by the First President of EIFA, Rev. Professor Frank Whaling.

There was also a performance of "Rwandan Dream" by

Iain Stewart and Jean Paul Samputu.

Thanks to the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church for hosting the event.


 Earlier this year

 Yom HaShoah


 Thursday 16th April 2015/27th Nisan 5775

 the Yom HaShoah Commemoration Service took place

 at the Holocaust Memorial Stone

 in the Peace Park in Princes Street Gardens


This year saw the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

 by British Troops on 15th April 1945

Many members of our Edinburgh Jewish community went along to honour the memories of all those who perished in HaShoah.

While Holocaust Memorial Day is an event for all faiths, Yom HaShoah is specifically for the Jewish Community to remember and honour the victims of the Shoah.

 It is usually held on the 27th of Nissan.

The "Righteous Muslims" Exhibition

During the Second World War, many Muslims, especially in South-East Europe, sheltered Jewish neighbours from the Nazis. Some are honoured as Righteous Muslims by Yad Vashem. Faith Matters, a Muslim civic organisation, has created an exhibition telling some of the stories. The exhibition has been displayed in many places in the UK, but its first public showing in Scotland is a joint project between our community, Marchmont St Giles Church and the Muslim Women's Association of Edinburgh.


The exhibition was on display in Butterflies Café at Marchmont St Giles. It was launched formally on Wednesday, 1st April, at 6 p.m. The exhibition was open to the public in Butterflies Café until 12th April.

 The Feast of Esther and Purim fell on

5th March / 14th Adar this year

A Royal Feast was Held!

 Purim Feast and Megillah Reading! 

Feasting began at 7.00 p.m. on

Wednesday 4th March / 13th Adar


 More Nachas!

The Launch of Sue Lieberman's book at Blackwell's took place

on 21st January

"After Genocide: How Ordinary Jews Face the Holocaust"

You will find a Conversation with Sue about her book in the November 2014 issue of Lulav - go to the link Newsletter

Archived Events



Friday 19th December  


Everyone, children and adults, was invited to bring their Chanukiah and candles (4 candles plus the shamash) to join us for the short Kabbalat Shabbat service which was followed by kiddush with refreshments.



                          Candle-lighting 1                        Candle-lighting 2


                  Playing the Dreidl Game              Pass the Parcel Chanukah Style


   Fifth Night Lights                       Solly Admiring the Display


                                   A great time was had by one and all!


(Part of the text below was taken from December Edition of Lulav - go there to see the full account Newsletter)

We like to congratulate our members for their various achievements.

 One recent cause for joy and congratulation is the prize-winning pictures shown by one of our members, Miriam Vickers. These were her prints shown in the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Open Submission Art Exhibition and the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) Art Exhibition, held in Glasgow during November and December.

(See below for her two exhibited prints.)

Against tough competition, Miriam submitted distinct prints of Orkney Landscape to both the RSA and SSA. Both were accepted, and her print in the SSA has won the Scottish Art Club Prize.

Miriam has oil and watercolour landscapes currently exhibited in Glasgow at the Compass Gallery's Cabinet Show (an exhibition of intimate artworks in the style of seventeenth century private collections).     

                                                                  Winner of the Scottish Art Club Prize!


                   Orkney Landscape                         View From The Croft, Orkney Isles

 at the Royal Academy Open Exhibition     Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition

                                     Earlier events


Tenth Anniversary of Sukkat Shalom!

18 Elul 5774  13th September  2014 


We celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of the establishment of our Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community with a special Shabbat Morning Service. Among our many guests were representatives of the Edinburgh Interfaith Association and several leaders of other Faith Communities in Edinburgh and beyond. Our own Liberal Judaism Chief Executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, also joined us for this momentous day!

After the Service we held a special Kiddush to which everyone was invited. In the evening we held a celebratory Ceilidh with very enthusiastic dancing to a mixture of Scottish and Yiddish music. We were further entertained by the beautiful and mellifluous singing of our Rabbi, Mark Solomon and by Lobo Chan.

A special Anniversary cake was made by one of our members.

The evening was much enjoyed by all present ~ a true celebration!


Photos of the Ceilidh


                     Enjoying the Dancing                                 Enjoying the lovely food!

Danny & Friends watching the dancing!



What a Big Bear!                                    Big Bear and Friends!


10th Anniversary Cake 


 11th October 2014 ~ Festival of Sukkot! 

For the second year we were able to use the Sukkah which was produced in pre-formed kit, made by two of our members last year.

Members arrive early to erect the Sukkah


 Building the Sukkah


Sukkah Completed

Members and Friends in the Sukkah making Kiddush


Members admiring the Sukkah 


 Finishing Kiddush

      Fortunately it was a fine day and the event was enjoyed by all.


 February 2014

Fast of Esther known as Purim

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 2014

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. 







Previous year's Festivals - 2013

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.




sukkah2013      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.