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Happy New Year from the SJHC! Guided tours of our beautiful historic synagogue are now open for booking in 2024, with ex...
04/01/2024

Happy New Year from the SJHC! Guided tours of our beautiful historic synagogue are now open for booking in 2024, with extra Sunday dates available. Book now!

Join one of our guided tours, to find out about aspects of Jewish religious practice and way of life, and how the Jewish community have contributed to Scotland over the last 200 years.

Did you know that we now offer tours on Sundays, and gift vouchers that can be used for tours? Book now for our next Sun...
04/12/2023

Did you know that we now offer tours on Sundays, and gift vouchers that can be used for tours?
Book now for our next Sunday tour, on the 10th December. Gift vouchers are available to buy on our website: https://sjhc.org.uk/product/guided-tours/

The next speaker announcement for our Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 event is Eleanor Livingston, whose father came to Scot...
08/11/2023

The next speaker announcement for our Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 event is Eleanor Livingston, whose father came to Scotland as a refugee from Austria in 1939. Click below to find out more and to book tickets for your class:
https://sjhc.org.uk/news/hmd2024/

We are delighted to announce that the first confirmed speaker for our Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 event is Susan Hodgins...
05/10/2023

We are delighted to announce that the first confirmed speaker for our Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 event is Susan Hodgins, daughter of Kindertransport refugee Dorrith Sim. Click here to find out more: https://sjhc.org.uk/news/hmd2024/

We will be hosting a special event in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day 2024, where secondary school pupils will hav...
27/09/2023

We will be hosting a special event in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day 2024, where secondary school pupils will have the chance to hear second generation survivors sharing their stories. Find out more and book a place for your students here:

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 find out more about here.

11/09/2023

𝗦𝗵𝘂𝗹 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 (𝟬𝟴.𝟬𝟵.𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯)

An American couple made a special visit to Glasgow last month.
Ron and Ellen Tinero, who were on holiday in the UK from Los Angeles, made contact with the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and asked to visit Garnethill Synagogue.
The reason for the request was because Ron’s parents were married in the shul on May 10, 1955.
Arnold Aaron Titinero and Tzlila Melech were a young Israeli couple.
Arnold was studying naval architecture in Glasgow and he asked Tzila to travel from Tel Aviv to marry him.
The couple were married by Rev Dr I K Cosgrove and Rev Isaac Hirshow.
They continued to live in Glasgow for a couple of years before leaving for Canada where they made their new life.
During their time in Glasgow, Tzila taught Hebrew to a few of the younger children in the Jewish community and they were welcomed by several Jewish families who took the young foreign couple under their wing.
Ron and Ellen were thrilled to be able to view a record of the wedding in the Garnethill marriage register.
Ron told the SJAC: “You have done an incredible job of gathering historical memorabilia, preserving a historical record of the Jews in Glasgow.
“My parents’ story, while an insignificant moment in the life of the Garnethill Synagogue, has great meaning for me as the starting point of their life together and I was very much moved by the experience.
“Learning more about them and Glasgow in the 1950s brought so much of the history to life for me.”
SJAC director Harvey Kaplan told the Jewish Telegraph: “Although only in Glasgow for the day, Ron and his wife were excited to be able to visit Garnethill Synagogue and to see where his parents had stood under the chuppa.
“They were interested to hear about how Garnethill Hebrew Congregation is still active and how the shul is now also home of the Archives Centre as well as the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre.”
Current Garnethill member Suzie Dover remembers that her late parents Dr Leslie and Beulah Naftalin were unterfurers at the wedding and remained lifelong friends.
SJAC has reconnected Suzie with Ron and his mother.
Now Ron wonders if anyone else in Glasgow remembers his parents and their short stay in Glasgow.
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Join us for a special talk on the subject of Jewish Refugee History in Garnethill, as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Fe...
29/08/2023

Join us for a special talk on the subject of Jewish Refugee History in Garnethill, as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival 2023. Tickets are free, book your place from 1st September!

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 excited to be hosting this event as....

10/08/2023

Isaac Hirshow has recently been the subject of a BBC Radio 4 programme that explores his music and life in Glasgow. The programme was partly recorded in our own Garnethill Synagogue. Read our blog post and listen here:

We are now taking school visit bookings for the 2023-24 academic year. We can cater to Primary and Secondary pupils acro...
10/08/2023

We are now taking school visit bookings for the 2023-24 academic year. We can cater to Primary and Secondary pupils across a range of subjects. Find out more and book your visit here:

Plan your school visit We offer pupils a tailored experience to support their learning on Judaism, immigration and the Holocaust era. We have several spaces available during a visit; the historic Synagogue, the Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre, and an operational kosher kitchen, plus displays in....

Join us in September for a free, two-day event hosted by The Wiener Holocaust Library. The fantastic programme includes ...
27/07/2023

Join us in September for a free, two-day event hosted by The Wiener Holocaust Library. The fantastic programme includes the opportunity to view their pop-up exhibition "Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust" and partake in a workshop to learn about researching your own family history! To find out more and to register:

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 Holocaust, as well as the opportunity to...

Tickets still available for our concert on Sunday - join us on the 18th June in the beautiful setting of Garnethill Syna...
13/06/2023

Tickets still available for our concert on Sunday - join us on the 18th June in the beautiful setting of Garnethill Synagogue, for a concert programme of klezmer and classical music by musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This event is hosted by Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre.
To find out more and for booking:

Join us in the beautiful setting of Garnethill Synagogue, for a concert programme of klezmer and classical music by musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Garnethill is a Category A listed building, opened in 1879. It has an active congregation and also houses the Scottish Jewish Herita...

13/06/2023

Interfaith Glasgow's Weekend Club & Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre invite you to a women-only event to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland!

Join us on the 18th June in the beautiful setting of Garnethill Synagogue, for a concert programme of klezmer and classi...
04/05/2023

Join us on the 18th June in the beautiful setting of Garnethill Synagogue, for a concert programme of klezmer and classical music by musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This event is hosted by Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre.

To find out more and for booking: https://sjhc.org.uk/event/concert-klezmer-the-classics/

Join Garnethill Synagogue at a special planting, craft and fun event, which is open to all. Children in P4+ and their fa...
04/05/2023

Join Garnethill Synagogue at a special planting, craft and fun event, which is open to all. Children in P4+ and their families will learn about one of the most important festivals in the Jewish Calendar, while getting messy and eating delicious food!

For more information or to reserve your place, email [email protected] or call 07986602154.

Please dress for the weather as it will be outside. Snacks will be provided so please do not bring food.

Our lovely new leaflets are now available - pick up one on site or look out for them in local leaflet racks.
27/03/2023

Our lovely new leaflets are now available - pick up one on site or look out for them in local leaflet racks.

09/03/2023

𝗝𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 (𝟬𝟯.𝟬𝟯.𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯)

A five-year campaign to restore a neglected and abandoned Jewish burial ground to its former glory is about to come to fruition.
The original broken and decaying headstones in the Jewish section at Greenock Cemetery have been removed and are being repaired.
The area is being cleared and landscaped by a Greenock-based landscaping charity.
Once that phase is over the stones will be returned and the grounds will be marked by a plaque.
The work is expected to be completed within a matter of weeks and a re-dedication ceremony will take place later this year.
The project began with a chance conversation in Glasgow city centre back in 2018.
A man from Greenock approached Sammy Stein at the Glasgow Friends of Israel stall in Buchanan Street and told him about the cemetery’s sad state.
GFI chairman Sammy visited the site and decided to try to do something about it.
After a great deal of lobbying and pleading, he received the majority of the funding from four Jewish charities — Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society, Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust, Queen’s Park Charitable Trust and the Community Trust.
“And thanks to an article in the Jewish Telegraph, I was able to get in touch with some relatives of some of the people buried in the cemetery,” Sammy said.
“They’ve come forward from Scotland, England and Israel to make donations towards the cost. I’m grateful to all of them for supporting this vital work.”
He also paid tribute to local Inverclyde Councillor Francesca Brennan for her continued support, the landscaping charity for its contribution and to cemetery staff who will install bases for the headstones and keep the area tidy.
He added: “Hopefully, with all this fine effort and support we won’t need to do this again.”

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council - GJRC

Book now for Scottish Jewish Archives Centre's Open Day, Sunday 26 Feb @ 2pm. Speaker is Maria Chamberlain, the daughter...
15/02/2023

Book now for Scottish Jewish Archives Centre's Open Day, Sunday 26 Feb @ 2pm. Speaker is Maria Chamberlain, the daughter of 2 Holocaust survivors. Her book tells their stories and those of her family members who perished. Free event, booking required: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/CEBX

Still time to register for this event! Join us and Scottish Jewish Archives Centre to find out about how to edit Wikiped...
06/02/2023

Still time to register for this event! Join us and Scottish Jewish Archives Centre to find out about how to edit Wikipedia, to make Scottish Jewish heritage more visible online. You can join in person (in Glasgow) or online

Join us for an online or in person event on Thurs 16 Feb with Wikimedia UK - learn how to improve the information available online about Scottish Jewish History. Free but booking req'd.

To book + more info: https://sjhc.org.uk/news/book-now-online-wikipedia-editing-event-on-scottish-jewish-heritage/

If you were listening to BBC Radio Scotland on Friday morning, you might have heard the Chair of our Board, Philip Rodne...
31/01/2023

If you were listening to BBC Radio Scotland on Friday morning, you might have heard the Chair of our Board, Philip Rodney, talking about Holocaust Memorial Day with Kirsty Robson of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Catch up here: https://bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001hfyj at 2:18:21.

Our school visit service offers pupils the opportunity to find out about individuals who escaped from N**i Europe. We also have a display about the Holocaust, and how people in Scotland helped those who came from Europe around the period of WWII. We currently have space for school visits from April onwards, and travel bursaries are available. We also welcome visits from groups studying Judaism and immigration. Full details of all options: https://sjhc.org.uk/school-visit/

31/01/2023

Fiona and Howard Brodie were delighted to welcome another Cub Scout group to Garnethill last week as part of their Our World challenge to help them learn about other faiths and cultures

Still time to apply! A reminder that the closing date for applications to this role is Monday 21st November:
14/11/2022

Still time to apply! A reminder that the closing date for applications to this role is Monday 21st November:

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. […]

A pleasure to show the Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, round today. We visited the Sc...
09/11/2022

A pleasure to show the Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, round today. We visited the Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre to see the refugee stories as part of the Learning Kits and talked about the work we are doing with schools.

Isaac Hirshow was Garnethill Synagogue’s cantor from 1925-1956. A gifted musician, you can hear one of his pieces and fi...
03/11/2022

Isaac Hirshow was Garnethill Synagogue’s cantor from 1925-1956. A gifted musician, you can hear one of his pieces and find out more in an interview with Phil Alexander included in this upcoming BBC R3 concert on Fri 4 Nov & available online after: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001dg1r

Born in Russia in 1883, Isaac Hirshow arrived in Glasgow with his family in 1922 and lived in the Gorbals. At age 45, he became University of Glasgow's first graduate in music. He is remembered on a plaque in the entrance hall of Garnethill Synagogue.

02/11/2022

Scottish Jews Serving Their Country We will remember Jewish men and women who fought and died in wartime, showing material from the Archives Centre collections. We will also take part in a UK-wide commemoration (led by the We Were There Too project) of the centenary of The British Jewry Book of Hono...

Thanks to all who came on our first Guided Walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail! Along with Scottish Jewish Archives Cen...
11/04/2022

Thanks to all who came on our first Guided Walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail! Along with Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, we visited some of the places connected with Jewish refugees who lived in Glasgow during WWII.

We plan to have more in-person walks in the future (watch this space!), or you can do the walk any time by picking up a leaflet from us, following on your phone (https://sjhc.org.uk/jewish-glasgow-garnethill-refugee-trail/) or downloading the pdf: https://sjhc.org.uk/downloads/

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