Covid-19 / Coronavirus – UPDATES

This page will be update frequently as possible – messages from community organisations –

Updated 1 May 2020



Glasgow Jewish Representative Council

Main Line 07377 992 918
Alternative 07377 992 947
Main Email

Kosher Food

Mark’s Deli 0141 638 8947
Gary’s Kosher Kitchen 07590 292 418
Lubavich/L’Chaim’s Resteraunt 0141 638 6116


Pulling Together:

a local group of volunteers picking up and delivering groceries from Mark’s Deli, plus prescription pick-ups.

If people need anything from Mark’s Deli (0141 638 8947) or Alan  Beveridge FIshmonger (0141 620 1809) (for fish, fruit and vegetables), please phone these shops directly.

For prescriptions only, please call Ethne direct on 07703 566 484. People who would like to volunteer should call Joe Freedman on 07771 777976.

If you have difficulty accessing food or have other domestic and social needs, including concerns on behalf of family members, here are some other contacts who might be able to help: 

Jewish Care Scotland

phone: 07552 468 580 (Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm)

Jewish Care Scotland can be contacted by phone 0141 620 1800 and e-mail During normal working hours Jewish Care Scotland’s professional team will provide advice, information, and support. Out-of-hours, from 5pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 3pm Friday, a team of volunteers is answering the phone, and can offer information, signpost callers to appropriate services, and refer on to Jewish Care Scotland staff.

Cosgrove Care

phone:  0141 471 1806 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm) or

text: 07841 461 298 / 07841 461 398

Cosgrove are working with Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire to provide the services of volunteers and signpost those in need of support.

  • Staff are along with over 100 volunteers are able to provide assistance with shopping;
  • collecting prescriptions;
  • local delivery of meal donated by a local restaurant;
  • provision of food parcels to those in need;
  • as well as isolation packs and online activities as required.

As a registered Service Provider with a number of local Councils, Cosgrove are able to provide practical support in the home, via their Care at Home Service and welfare checks for those who do not have local family

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health)

phone: 0141 530 1000 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

JAMI (Specialist provider of mental health services in the Jewish Community)

phone: 020 8458 2223

Jewish Helpline –

phone: 0800 652 9249. If you’re feeling alone, anxious, depressed, suicidal – or simply in need someone to talk to. Male, female, religious or not, Jewish Helpline are there for the whole community.

Jewish Women’s Aid

Domestic Abuse Helpline

phone: 0808 801 500

Sexual Violence Support

phone: 0808 801 0656



Scottish Council of Jewish Communities – SCoJeC

Updated 1 April 2020

“Col Yisrael arevim zeh lazeh” Our responsibility as a Jewish Community is to take care of one another.

SCoJeC shares the anxiety of the whole Jewish community regarding the consequences of the COVID 19 virus. We have never in living memory been obliged to confront such a radical change in our way of life and normal systems for getting things done. For the first time in living memory, our institutions such as Jewish Care Scotland and the synagogues have closed their doors and it is no longer possible to go to these buildings to receive services.

However, despite all the uncertainty, fear, and confusion, as a community we have to be there for each other.

The SCoJeC Helpline is there to help answer questions
ring 0141 638 6411 (except Shabbat and festivals)
and someone will respond as soon as possible
Full contact details for local communities, synagogues, and communal organisations, are available from the Guide to Jewish Facilities in Scotland.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we want your questions so that we know what the community’s concerns are, and how we can best respond.

If you are able to volunteer or offer any other assistance during this challenging time, or if you would like us to list any information or online activities on these pages, please email us at

Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)
Coronavirus crisis resources for the UK Jewish Community

Links to a wide range of resources including support for individuals including immediate assistance to people and families, support for charities including information for organisations and charities adapting to working remotely, sector guidance and the support available, and ways to access the virtual community, Jewish content and stay connected to communal life, including Jewish schools.

Scottish Parliament
A Motion has been put down in the Scottish Parliament praising the work being done by Pulling Together:

Pulling Together Supporting the East Renfrewshire Jewish Community (S5M-21568) Maurice Golden – That the Parliament congratulates Pulling Together on its efforts to support vulnerable members of the Jewish community in East Renfrewshire during the COVID-19 outbreak; understands that it is the largest group supporting the Jewish community in the UK; notes that the group has been instrumental in ensuring vulnerable residents have access to both food and medical supplies through the work of local volunteers; further notes that the group anticipates an increase in demand for its services and will act to ensure priority is given to those most at risk; is pleased that the group has a strong focus on the safety of its volunteers, including providing safety and cleaning equipment, along with clear instructions on best practice in hand hygiene; believes that both Pulling Together and other similar support groups serve as an example of communities at their best, and wishes Pulling Together continued success in providing its much-needed support.
Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Stewart, Jeremy Balfour, Monica Lennon, Finlay Carson, Richard Lyle, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Neil Bibby, Liam Kerr

Scottish Faith Leaders
We Are Together: Messages of Support from Religious Leaders During Coronavirus


Joint statement from Scottish faith leaders
We all pray for the health and unity of our nation …
Office of the Chief Rabbi
Message from the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis
These extraordinary times call upon us to take extraordinary measures …
Reform Judaism
Message from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi, and Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky, Chair, Assembly of Reform Rabbis & Cantors
Our faith and our communities are part of our lives to bring us joy, but more importantly equip us for times of difficulty …
Liberal Judaism
A personal response: Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi & Chief Executive
On one thing we can be agreed: we are living in an extraordinary and challenging moment …