Local MSP and MP wish Jewish community Chag Urim Sameach

Local representatives for Eastwood and East Renfrewshire have come together to wish Chag Urim Sameach to members of the Jewish community as they celebrate Chanukah.

 

Chanukah is observed for eight nights and days to commemorate the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the defeat of the Selecucid Greek King Antiochus.

 

Having started on 2nd December, Chanukah offers time for families to come together in celebration as well as the reciting of prayers during the daily lighting of the Menorah candles.

 

East Renfrewshire has the highest Jewish population in Scotland with over 50% of the community choosing to live in the area.

 

Commenting Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw said:

 

“I want to send my best wishes to all in Eastwood celebrating Chanukah.

 

"In a year which saw worshippers killed in Pittsburgh simply because they were Jewish the message of triumph of freedom over hatred which Chanukah represents has never been more important.

 

"We must redouble our efforts to challenge at every turn the narrow world view which is always behind religious intolerance."

 

East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton said:

 

"As families come together to celebrate Chanukah we remember the attempt to wipe out the Jewish religion and culture two millennia ago.

 

"Thankfully in East Renfrewshire anti-Semitic incidents are few and far between and we are privileged to have a community who have given so much to Scotland.

 

"Chag Urim Sameach to you all!"