I am a Scot with an Israeli husband, who recently made Aliya to Israel with our 2 daughters who both attended Calderwood Lodge School. I can honestly say that Calderood gave both my daughters an amazing start to life and was one that was truly envied by my non-Jewish friends and family whilst we were in Scotland, given their amazing value sets and appreciation of community life- Jewish & non-Jewish. Having the base of Judaism, whilst integrating other religions, is in my mind, one of the reasons why Calderwood worked so well and we should perhaps turn a new page and try to learn from its uniqueness before critically acclaiming it has lost its way! This school helped hugely with my children's integration into Isareli society and indeed not only have they integrated here, but have excelled in their subjects- religious education included. Their Israeli teachers are amazed that 2 Scottish girls from Glasgow (from a non-Orthodox background) arrived with a small but decent base of Hebrew (thanks to calderwood) have produced such good results in all subjects, and indeed are more knowledgable about their "Jewishness"- eg holidays, foods, celebrations etc than most of their Israeli counterparts . Long live schools like Calderwood and for the sake of the Jewish community in Scotland and all other faiths there, lets pray together in the hope that the UK & Scotland keeps its minds and their gates truly open!
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