Scots Rabbi creates world's first Jewish Tartan.
For over 300 years Scots Jews have waited for their own tartan and
now - here it is!
The official Jewish Tartan is an authentic Scottish made tartan
created by Heritage Experts and Rabbis.
It is the only Scottish Jewish Tartan approved and registered by the
Scottish Tartans Authority and it is available direct from
or internationally renowned weavers Lochcarron of Scotland.
Initiated by Rabbi Mendel Jacobs - the only Scottish born Rabbi
living in Scotland, it's 100 per cent Kosher - being a non
and as it incorporates many aspects of Scottish-Jewish cultural and
religious history, it is the perfect representation of our heritage.
Rabbi Mendel said: "For over 300 years Scots Jews have waited for
their own tartan and now here it is. Scotland has a rich tapestry of
and history and for many years has welcomed other people into its
"The Jewish people have been an integral part of Scottish Culture
for more than 300 years, with the first Jew recorded in Edinburgh in
In Scotland, the Jews were never persecuted and there were no
pogroms, no Holocaust, no national or state sponsored antisemitic
When England was burning and exiling its Jews in the Middle Ages,
Scotland provided a safe haven from English and European anti-
"As well as being a non-woolen 100 per cent Kosher mix, the colours,
weave and number of threads in the Jewish Tartan have all been
picked for their relevance to Judaism.
Rabbi Mendel said: "The blue and white represents the colours of the
Israeli and Scottish flag with the central gold line representing
from the Biblical Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and the many
ceremonial vessels. The silver is from the decorations that adorn
Scroll of the Law and the red represents the traditional red Kiddush
wine. There are seven lines in the central motif and three in the
representations - both numbers of great significance.
the Scottish Tartans Authority Brian Wilton said: "We have been
working on this with Rabbi Mendel, since the start of the year and he believes
it will be popular, not only in Scotland, but around the world.
of Scots are of the Jewish faith so there is no reason why it
Although some other bodies have now expressed an interest in
creating a similar tartan, the Scottish Tartans authority say there
can be only
one official Jewish Tartan.
Brian added: "We only have one Jewish Tartan on the register and
it's certainly a case of first come first served. We couldn't
tartans with exactly the same name."
Internationally renowned weavers Lochcarron of Scotland through the
recommendation of The Scottish Tartans Authority have vested an
interest in manufacturing the Jewish Tartan.
EXTRA INFO: Rabbi Mendel runs Scotland's fastest growing synagogue
and is one of the emisaries of the Chabad Lubavitch movement - the
largest Jewish outreach organisation in the world.
The Jewish Tartan comes in time for Israel's 60th anniversary
Note to editors:
Interviews and Pictures of Rabbi Mendel Jacobs with the Jewish
Tartan design and official certificate are available on request.
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