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
Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre present: Klezmer and the Classics. Join us for an afternoon of Eastern European and Classical arrangements, performed by musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The event will take place...
On the 27th April, the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre was visited by John Lamont, MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland. The Minister was shown around the Synagogue and Heritage Centre by Manager Kerry Patterson and by two members of the Board,...
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A recent BBC Radio 3 programme included the music of Isaac Hirshow, cantor of Garnethill Synagogue from 1925-1956. Hirshow was introduced by academic Phil Alexander, with an interview recorded in Garnethill and the inclusion of two pieces of music, 'Shlof mayn kind'...
We are growing our team at the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre! We have a vacancy for a fixed-term, freelance Assistant Learning Officer to help with our popular school visit service. Our school visits support studies of Jewish history, culture, immigration and the...
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