Welcome to The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre
Discover Scotland’s Jewish history
The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre is based in Garnethill Synagogue, the first purpose-built synagogue in Scotland and a beautiful Category A listed building in the heart of Glasgow. Our displays show the development and contribution of the Jewish community to Scotland over the past 200 years, and the Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre provides an opportunity to explore this critical time period in more depth.
Opened in 1879, Garnethill Synagogue is a stunning example of high Victorian architecture. It still has an active congregation and is also the home of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. You can visit by booking to join one of our weekly guided tours. We also run a varied programme of events, and welcome school visits.
“Come with open eyes! Learn about the contribution the Jewish community have made to Glasgow and Scotland.”
Trevor Schuster-Davis –
Congregation member & visitor guide
Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre
Who we are
Garnethill Refugee Trail
The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre (SJHC) is looking for a part-time Learning & Admin Assistant to join our team! The Learning & Admin Assistant will work directly with schools, delivering school visits and liaising with schools to plan and organise their...
The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre is excited to announce that we will be hosting a special event for secondary school pupils in January 2024, in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 is “Fragility of Freedom”, which you can...
Join us for a talk on the subject of Jewish refugee history in Garnethill, as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival 2023! Due to Glasgow Doors Open Days taking place over Rosh Hashanah this year, we will not be opening our doors to the public as usual, but are...
We have recently had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Phil Alexander, Klezmer musician and scholar of Jewish culture, who has produced a BBC Radio 4 programme about the music of Rev. Isaac Hirshow.Rev. Hirshow was the cantor of Garnethill Synagogue for many years. Born in...
The Wiener Holocaust Library will be hosting a free, two-day programme on the 10th and 11th September 2023 at the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre. This will include the chance to view their pop-up exhibition, Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the...
The Holocaust Educational Trust will be hosting Lessons from Auschwitz, a Career-Long Professional Learning workshop for Scottish Teachers, in-person at the SJHC on Sunday 25th June. The programme of sessions at the CLPL event will introduce teachers to organisations...