I WRITE re your article in last week’s edition, ‘Jewish Care goes
strategic’, with particular reference to both the appointment of a
new chief executive at the same time as initiating a nine-month consultancy
project to find out “what the community wants” and to “identify the
I find it difficult to understand how and why the Jewish Care Scotland
board of directors are prepared to incur the considerable costs
of a lengthy professional consultation while continually advising
the community of the pressure on funds and the need to raise more
Most people within the community, with any knowledge of our local
organisations, including synagogues, know exactly what’s required
and, indeed, what the most likely findings of the consultation will
Jewish Care Scotland requires to provide day care facilities for
those elderly members of the community who need such suport allied
to a full gambit of social care for all members of the community
in such need.
The only question is provision of appropriate funding.
It is likely that the consultants after “looking at what’s going
on in other organisations” and “identifying the issues and options
for the community going forward” will provide recommendations in
line with what members of the community have been expressing for
The present and increasing decline in community numbers has resulted
in a shortfall in funds.
Cosgrove and Newark are no longer exclusively Jewish in nature
with the probability of the same outcome for Jewish Care.
Committee members in all local organisations are failing in their
responsibilities by refusing to accept the inevitable.
Closures have to take place, costs can be reduced, capital can
Funds will then be available to finance the provision of required
services within the community.
Perhaps this is the time of the year when responsible committee
members will resolve to take the decisions the community requires.
* WE gave Jewish Care Scotland the chance to reply, but we
did not receive a comment before going to press.