On Sunday 19th September, Garnethill Synagogue welcomed visitors as part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Days Festival. This annual event celebrates the city’s architecture, culture & heritage. As last year’s Festival was online due to Covid-19, so we were delighted to welcome visitors back in 2021. This year, pre-booking was required and visitors were shown round by volunteer guides. All slots were fully booked and a total of 63 people attended. Visitors had a great opportunity to learn about the building from the team of experienced guides.
During each 50-minute tour, visitors viewed the main Synagogue before visiting the displays of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. Archives staff were available to answer questions about the collections and family history. Visitors also viewed the new exhibition, A new and very handsome Synagogue, on the roots of Garnethill Synagogue and lives of early congregation members. The recently-refurbished kitchen provided an excellent prompt for a discussion of kashrut laws.
Doors Open Day has always been a great opportunity for the congregation, Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre to work together to show our beautiful Synagogue and fantastic collections. This year was particularly special as the Heritage Centre is now open, with new displays for visitors to enjoy. The experience of the visitors was undoubtedly enhanced by the hard work of the volunteers who shared knowledge of the building, the Archives and the Jewish faith.
Visitors in the Prayer Hall and Archives Centre