Garnethill Synagogue


Garnethill Synagogue built 1879 as was Glasgow’s first purpose-built synagogue.

129 Hill Street (previously known as 29 Garnet Street),
G3 6UB

Still active, though with a much diminished congregation, since most of the community moved to the Glasgow suburbs of Giffnock and Newton Mearns some years ago. However it is now also home to the Scottish Jewish Archives.

Shabbat services commence at 10am.

Ritual: Ashkenazi Orthodox

Garnethill Synagogue
Glasgow Jewish Rep Council

Home to the…
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre 

Newton Mearns HC 

The next brunch event to be held by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre will on Sunday 4 March at 12 noon in Eastwood House. The speaker will be ex-Glaswegian Alan Fell and there will be a bagel brunch.

Alan describes himself as Glasgow born and semi-bred. He left Glasgow finally in 1968 and returns frequently. He has worked iin the French chemical industry, the Civil Service, in the Jewish community as general manager of The London Jewish Cultural Centre, for International trading companies , as a management consultant and lived in Jerusalem while he was an advisor to the Government on the reform of the welfare system. He recently completed an MA researching the Church of Scotland and Israel, making good use of the collections of the Archives Centre .

Alan is currently directing a large World War 1 digital history project, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and is a trustee of the The industrial Dwelling Society and a board member of Chai Cancer Care.

Tickets are £17.50 each or £15 for Friends of the Archives.

To buy tickets, email Jane at, or the Archives at

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Speaker Event and Brunch

March 4, 2018, 12:00pm - March 4, 2018, 3:00pm

The next brunch event to be held by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre will on Sunday 4 March at 12 noon in Eastwood House. The speaker will be ex-Glaswegian Alan Fell and there will be a bagel brun...

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An inspiring and sociable afternoon!

Fresh from celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre held its 3rd annual Volunteers Day last weekend to thank the volunteers who make its work possible and to keep volunteers updated with developments. Organised by the Volunteers’ Coordinator, Fiona Brodie, the event began with lunch and was followed by a review of the past year from Harvey Kaplan, the Director of SJAC, featuring the highlights of the SJAC’s latest acquisitions such as: 8 volumes of the minute books of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation from 1867-1961; a scanned collection from George Benjamin of over 100 documents, German letters (and translations), photographs and personal testimony relating to his father, Edgar Benjamin from Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) who arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport, staying for a time in the Garnethill Boys’ Hostel; and a set of scanned photographs and documents donated by Dr Freema Gottlieb about her father, Rabbi Dr Wolf Gottlieb, illustrating how he was instrumental in saving many Austrian Jewish children in the 1930s.

Jane Tobias, the new Chair of SJAC’s Fundraising Committee, talked about the successful fundraising that has been done and made a plea for more volunteers to help, while Fiona gave a general overview of the current volunteering opportunities and those that will be available if the SJAC is successful in its second stage Heritage Lottery Fund application. Howard Brodie then shared his family story which linked to one of the treasures of the SJAC – the key presented to his great grandfather Joseph Jacobson on the opening of the new Gertrude Jacobson Orphanage building in 1919. The afternoon drew to a close with a presentation by Dr Philip Alexander revealing his fascinating research into the lives and music of Cantors Meyer Fomin and Isaac Hirshow. It was an inspiring and sociable afternoon!

If you would like to become a part of the Archives Centre’s Volunteer Team, please get in touch at or leave a message on 0141 332 4911.
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