JCS Magen David Poppy Appeal 2018

160th Anniversary Dinner

A photo of Jess Robinson performing at our dinner

On Sunday 7th October Jewish Care Scotland gave Giffnock Shul banqueting hall a glamorous makeover and hosted our sold out 160th Anniversary Dinner.

Guests were piped into Giffnock Shul by Cho Lam Lee and began the evening with a sparkling reception. Hilarious impressionist Jess Robinson kicked off the night’s entertainment and the JCS promotional video was premiered. A delicious three-course meal followed, catered by the Kosher Chef, and pianist Martin Berlow provided musical entertainment between courses.

The evening’s speaker was Josh Llewellyn-Jones, who has recently completed the incredible task of lifting one million kilograms of weight in a day.  He gave an inspirational speech to a captivated audience.

This is a very special year for JCS as we celebrate the past and look forward to the future. We began in 1858 with a group of volunteers eager to help and have grown into a professional charity that provides innovative and individual care. Our volunteers are still invaluable to us and kickstarted our 160th celebrations at our Volunteer Coffee Evening in June.

Julie Marshall, JCS CEO, said: “What amazes me is just how much the Jewish community supports the organisation. I’ve never come across anything like it before.”

We are very thankful to our main event sponsor, The Walton Foundation, and Slaters for sponsoring the brochure.  We would also like to thank the following for sponsoring the event: The Alma and Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust, Brian and Andrea Fox, Stephen and Lucy Jacobs, Adam and Melanie Lewis, Olam Hazeh Charitable Trust, Jennifer and Mark Watson, Paul and Helena Winocour.

JCS are also very thankful to the dinner committee who made this event happen, these were the following: Howard Beach, Elspeth Campbell, Andrea Fox, Vicky Jackson, Ellen McVey, Sarah Rushbrooke, Kevin Simpson, Lennie Wilson and Helena Winocour.

Click here to see the photos from the evening.

Opening Times

Our Big Conversation

The 160-year anniversary of Jewish Care Scotland coincides with the end of our three-year strategic planning period so it’s timely to take stock, to look at how the organisation has evolved over time, and to consider the future. 160 years ago, JCS was formed as a welfare organisation for those in financial hardship. Today, JCS offers a wide and diverse range of support and services:

• Our much-loved clubs for older people
• Support for refugees seeking asylum
• Befriending for isolated people in the community
• Support for younger people with mental health challenges
• A Kosher Foodbank
• Addiction services
• … and much more

JCS is very much at the heart of the community and we could not do the important work we do without the dedicated support of our volunteers.

Looking forward, it’s vital that JCS remains focused on supporting our community, but we recognise that what was wanted and needed in the past, may not be what is wanted and needed in the future. With this in mind, we are embarking on a process to refresh our strategy and we would like to invite everyone to make a contribution and have their say.

At our AGM on Wednesday 5th September, we will be launching our strategy development process. Over the next 9 months, we will consult widely with our community and with stakeholders to design the future for JCS. There will be lots of opportunities to participate in different ways: online and in person; through surveys, discussion groups and workshops.

There are lots of questions to consider:

• What support does the community want and need in the future?
• How can we ensure we have the financial stability necessary to delivery this?
• What buildings and infrastructure might be most appropriate?

We are looking forward to some lively discussions!

If you would be interested in hosting a discussion about the future of JCS, or if you have views of your own you would like to share, please do get in touch on strategy@jcaresot.org.uk and we will be in contact with you after Wednesday 5th September.

Fun in the Sun at Troon

Four club members by the Troon beach

Seventy people enjoyed Jewish Care Scotland’s annual summer visit to Troon on Thursday 26th June. Thistle club and Aviv club members, along with our dedicated volunteers and staff travelled by coach and minibus to spend an afternoon at the Troon Walker Hall.

The hall was decorated with fresh flowers by volunteers and The Kosher Chef catered the event. Club members were treated to a lunch of salmon, fish balls and a variety of salads. This was followed by delicious apple pie and cream.

The weather was glorious, so everyone got outside to enjoy the sunshine. It was a great opportunity for people to get an ice cream by the sea front. After time in the sun club members enjoyed musical entertainment and some even had a dance! The outing was finished off with tea, coffee and home baking.

Thank you to the Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust for contributing towards this event.

Click here to look at photos from the day.



160th Anniversary Dinner


Tickets for our 160th Anniversary Dinner are now sold out, but we have a waiting list. It takes place on Sunday 7th October at 7pm, in Giffnock Shul.

Tickets are £55 and include a drinks reception, a three course meal and entertainment.

We really hope you will join us for this special occasion as we celebrate the past and look forward to the future.

Please contact the Fundraising Team on 0141 620 1800 or elspethc@jcarescot.org.uk to be added to our waiting list or find out more information.

Philip Jacobson Award

Claire and Freda accepting their Philip Jacobson Award

Congratulations to Claire Miller and Freda Kostick for winning the Philip Jacobson Award for community service. They were joint winners with Jeff Vulkan and Ralph Gurevitz.

We’re very pleased that Claire and Freda’s commitment and kindness have been recognised – they have been bringing much delight to JCS club members for 18 years!

Their award was presented at the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council’s AGM on Wednesday 30th May.

Investing in Volunteers

The word 'Hooray!' decorated with balloons and confetti

We have achieved the Investing in Volunteers award!

We are absolutely delighted! A lot of work went into achieving this; thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, we couldn’t have done it without you. Volunteers are vital to JCS, without you we couldn’t run our services.

The Investing in Volunteers plaque will be presented at our Volunteer Coffee Evening on Thursday 7th June. We hope to see you there.

Save the Date!

Save the Date: 7th October for our Anniversary Dinner

Speaker and entertainment to be announced shortly!

Natasha Solomons’ Book Signing

House of Gold Newton Mearns on 22nd May 7pmJoin Natasha Solomons for a signing of her new book ‘House of Gold’. It will take place on Tuesday 22nd May, 7pm – 8pm at Primavera Bistro in the Avenue.

Please call Waterstones Newton Mearns on 0141 6163933 to book your FREE spot. 

Hutchinson Books have kindly donated a fabulous basket of books that will be raffled to raise funds for JCS. You can buy your raffle tickets in the Fundraising Office, over the phone or on the night! £5 for one strip, £10 for three strips.

Win a basket of books!

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