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Documenting Jewish Heritage in Scotland

Founded in 1987 and based in Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow (Scotland’s oldest), the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre aims to document and illustrate the religious, organisational, social, economic, political, cultural and family life of Jews in Scotland since the eighteenth century. It provides a research facility and an educational resource for the Jewish

Documenting Jewish Heritage in Scotland

Founded in 1987 and based in Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow (Scotland’s oldest), the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre aims to document and illustrate the religious, organisational, social, economic, political, cultural and family life of Jews in Scotland since the eighteenth century. It provides a research facility and an educational resource for the Jewish

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It's been a busy week! Fiona and Howard Brodie were delighted to welcome a group of Cub Scouts to Garnethill on Tuesday ...
24/11/2022

It's been a busy week! Fiona and Howard Brodie were delighted to welcome a group of Cub Scouts to Garnethill on Tuesday evening. As part of their Worldwide Challenge badge, they were keen to learn more about the Jewish culture and community in Glasgow.

Another very successful SJAC brunch event took place last Sunday, with a fascinating talk from Michael Tobias on "5 Half...
24/11/2022

Another very successful SJAC brunch event took place last Sunday, with a fascinating talk from Michael Tobias on "5 Half Siblings from 4 Jewish Mothers - A DNA Success Story".

Thank you to all the volunteers who organised this latest fundraising event.

Our Director, Harvey Kaplan, attended the reception in the Scottish Parliament to mark the 20th anniversary of the Scott...
24/11/2022

Our Director, Harvey Kaplan, attended the reception in the Scottish Parliament to mark the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Council on Archives, together with 2 of Dorrith Sim's daughters (Ruth and Libby). There was an exhibition of the '20 Treasures.' Harvey was asked to speak for a few minutes about SJAC and why we chose our special item 'of national or local significance with an interesting story to tell' Our nomination was Dorrith Oppenheim's Kindertransport admission card from 1939.

Dorrith's daughters were thrilled to be there and that their mother is on the front cover of the exhibition booklet.

See the link below to listen to our Director, Harvey Kaplan's, 5-minute podcast on the website of the Scottish Council o...
24/11/2022

See the link below to listen to our Director, Harvey Kaplan's, 5-minute podcast on the website of the Scottish Council on Archives:

https://anchor.fm/john-pelan1/episodes/Admission-Card-for-Dorrith-M--Oppenheim--who-came-to-Scotland-on-the-Kindertransport-in-1939-e1r34sd

SJAC is a member of the Scottish Council on Archives, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. As part of their celebrations, they invited archive services and organisations from across Scotland to nominate a special item from their collection. From the many nominations they received, a small panel chose 20 items which were 'of national or local significance with an interesting story to tell.' Our nomination made the top 20 - Dorrith Oppenheim's Kindertransport admission card from 1939.

A large group of Friends of Glasgow University Library were welcomed to the Archives Centre this week by Harvey Kaplan, ...
22/11/2022

A large group of Friends of Glasgow University Library were welcomed to the Archives Centre this week by Harvey Kaplan, the Director, and Deborah Haase, the Honorary Curator.

At our Open Day on 13th November we remembered the Jewish men and women who fought and died in wartime, showing material...
22/11/2022

At our Open Day on 13th November we remembered the Jewish men and women who fought and died in wartime, showing material from the Archives Centre collections. This was part of a UK-wide commemoration (led by the We Were There Too project) of the centenary of The British Jewry Book of Honour. Visitors had the opportunity to view this impressive 1,000 page plus volume, which contains some 50,000 records of Jews who served in the armed forces during the conflict between 1914-1918, as well as a number of photographs. The book is now also available online at: https://www.jewsfww.uk/roll-of-honour.php. We were delighted to welcome Rodney and Barbara Ross from the Project as guests.

We also welcomed the Parliament of the World's Religions Site Visit delegation to the Open Day came who came as part of their faith community outreach visits programme. Scotland has submitted a bid to host a future World Parliament of Religions in Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2026 with support from Edinburgh and Glasgow Councils, the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, as well as all of the main faith and interfaith organisations in Scotland, and some from across the UK.

The Open Day was also part of Scottish Interfaith Week's programme of events.

SJAC Speaker Event - with A Bagel Brunch!We are delighted to announce that our next speaker will be Michael Tobias OBE. ...
01/11/2022
Michael Tobias

SJAC Speaker Event - with A Bagel Brunch!

We are delighted to announce that our next speaker will be Michael Tobias OBE. This event will take place at Giffnock Synagogue Reception area at 12 noon on Sunday 20th November. The title of Michael's talk is "5 Half Siblings from 4 Jewish Mothers - A DNA Success Story"

Michael is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, Honorary Research Fellow-Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde and is the former Vice President of programming for JewishGen Inc. He was Database Matching Consultant for the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. In 2011, Michael received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement Award in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the OBE for services to the Jewish community in the Queen's 2021 New Year's Honours List.

All bookings are online at https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BXMU
Don't forget the Friends of the Jewish Archives Centre get a discount!

5 HALF-SIBLINGS FROM 4 DIFFERENT MOTHERS: A DNA SUCCESS STORY! During the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK in July 2020, a woman requested help from genealogical expert Michael to identify her newly discovered (via DNA) Jewish birthfather. She could not have imagined the story about to unfold, that invol...

Our next Open Day, marking Armistice Day, is on Sunday 13th November 2-4pm, and is part of the Scottish Interfaith Week ...
01/11/2022
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre Special Open Day for Armistice Day

Our next Open Day, marking Armistice Day, is on Sunday 13th November 2-4pm, and is part of the Scottish Interfaith Week programme: https://scottishinterfaithweek.org/event/scottish-jewish-archives-centre-special-open-day-for-armistice-day

We will be remembering Jewish men and women who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars, showing material from the Archives Centre collections. We will also be taking part in a UK-wide commemoration, led by the We Were There Too (WWTT) project (https://www.jewsfww.uk/), of the centenary of The British Jewry Book of Honour. Visitors will have the opportunity to view this impressive volume of over 1,000 pages, which contains some 50,000 records of Jews who served in the armed forces during the conflict between 1914- 1918, as well as a number of photographs. 3,000 copies were published of this book, which is also available online at: https://www.jewsfww.uk/roll-of-honour.php.

There will also be the opportunity to view the Archives Centre's displays which are based in the historic Garnethill Synagogue.

Booking is essential:
https://www.trybooking.com/uk/BXKO

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...

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre is growing their team. They have a vacancy for a fixed-term, freelance Assistant Lea...
01/11/2022
Job Opportunity: Freelance Assistant Learning Officer - Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre is growing their team. They have a vacancy for a fixed-term, freelance Assistant Learning Officer to help with their popular school visit service. See their website for job description & more information:

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. […]

An article about a new book which you can buy from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre here: https://www.sjac.org.uk/pro...
01/11/2022

An article about a new book which you can buy from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre here: https://www.sjac.org.uk/product/the-story-of-glasgow-habonim-dror/ at the cost of £20 plus P&P

𝗛𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗺 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗰𝘆𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 - 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗹. (𝟮𝟭.𝟭𝟬.𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮)

My early to mid-teen years in the 1960s were what I regarded as my halcyon days.
One of the main reasons for that was membership of Habonim Dror.
Habonim wasn’t just a youth movement, it was more a way of life for the hundreds of us who viewed the bayit in Sinclair Drive, Battlefield, as a second home.
There was a sense of excitement when we pulled on our blue shirt and flung a keffiyeh (yes, we were wearing them before Yasser Arafat) round our necks and headed over to the bayit for the next instalment of fun, knowledge and camaraderie.
There was so much on offer, such as Sunday sessions, Rikudim, wide games and plays produced by professional director James Dunn.
There were hostelling weekends, camps and winter activities.
I remember one winter in the Lake District, when I was awarded a trophy for the ‘player making the greatest mark on her opponents’ — more, I think, due to the hiking boots I was wearing than my footballing skills.
Beyond the official activities, lifelong bonds were formed and our social lives were punctuated by Saturday night parties when you wondered if you would be lucky enough to ‘get off’ with someone.
Indeed, many marriages came about through Habonim membership. It was a very happy time.
Imagine my delight, therefore, to discover that a new book, The Story of Glasgow Habonim-Dror, has been published by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. It has been lovingly compiled and written by Stephen Kliner, who was in my Habonim group.
The book details the history of the organisation from its beginnings in 1929, including the founding of a Glasgow group by Dora Stelmach (Camrass); the purchase of the first Glasgow bayit in Sinclair Drive in 1947; the opening of the purpose-built new building 10 years later at the same address; the merger with Dror in 1982; and the final Glasgow bayit in Newton Mearns, which closed more than a decade ago.
There are sections covering the decades, including the 1960s when membership ran into the hundreds.
A tragic incident, a fire on a bus carrying 39 members returning from a weekend on the David Eder training farm in Sussex on Monday, March, 27, 1967, is extensively covered.
The incident, which I remember so well — my brother and I had been due to be part of the group but weren’t allowed to go because an uncle was coming up from London to visit — had a huge impact on the community.
In an instant, the bus was engulfed in flames and it was only due to the quick thinking of the senior members in smashing the windows at the back and then, with the bus drivers, helping to get everyone else out, that no one was killed.
Nine of the group were hospitalised in Carlisle and Darlington with serious burns. They received daily visits from Habonim members before being transferred to hospitals in Glasgow.
The calmness and bravery of the group at the scene received high praise, including from the police.
The following Shabbat, the boys in the accident were called up in their respective shuls and the book reproduces the editorial that appeared in the Jewish Echo on April 7, which includes:
“Habonim is not a specifically religious organisation. Its aims are the inculcation of the sort of comradeship which characterises the best of Kibbutz life in Israel, the subordination of self to the benefit of the community and these, in a real sense, are also religious aims.
“Certainly, the way the members of Habonim comported themselves at last week’s near tragedy is an object-lesson in the community spirit, in that concern for the welfare of one’s comrade that epitomises the best of Jewish teaching.”
One of the main themes running through the book is the high level of aliya made by members from 1943 onwards, to the Habonim kibbutzim Kfar Blum, Kfar Hanassi, Kibbutz Amiad, Bet Ha’Emek and Mevo Chama and beyond and many of the reunions held in Israel are also featured.
There is a wonderful selection of photos throughout the book as well as personal reminiscences.
Stephen’s research began when he discovered on a visit to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, that there was practically no material on Habonim.
He knew that was something that had to change.
Stephen, who made aliya in 2012 with his wife Barbara (Mitchell), whom he met at Habonim, told the Jewish Telegraph: “It was a labour of love, because of what Habonim meant to me.
“I believe what made it so special was that as a group of people it was so accepting and inclusive.
“Everyone was welcome and the values it taught us were very important and a lesson in life. So many people who were involved in communal life were at Habonim.
“It engendered lessons in life on thinking of others. It was an organisation that greatly affected people and coloured their future lives.”
For those with any connection to Habonim through the years, this book provides both an historical overview and a great chance to reminisce and revisit those heady days — described not just by me but by many of the contributors as halcyon ones.
I’ve discovered cousins, aunts and uncles among the photos and have so enjoyed seeing faces I hadn’t seen for many years, but not forgotten.
The Story of Glasgow Habonim-Dror, priced £20, can be purchased at Mark’s Deli or via tinyurl.com/Habonimbook

The Scottish Council on Archives has an exciting new 20th anniversary celebration project called Twenty Treasures! The p...
01/11/2022

The Scottish Council on Archives has an exciting new 20th anniversary celebration project called Twenty Treasures! The project began by sharing an image provided by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. It's an incredible document from our collections: a 1939 admission card for Dorrith M. Oppenheim (Sim), who came to Scotland on the Kindertransport in 1939.

We are excited to start sharing all the incredible archival documents that were nominated and selected as part of our 20th anniversary celebration project, Twenty Treasures!

To start off, we are sharing an image provided by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.This incredible document from 1939 is an admission card for Dorrith M. Oppenheim (Sim), who came to Scotland on the Kindertransport in 1939. Dorrith left clear instructions that her family archive should remain in Scotland, where she found sanctuary as a child.

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC), in partnership with Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust, has created a Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre, which includes the Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre. The Study Centre provides access to SJAC’s fast-growing collections of documents, photographs and memorabilia relating to the estimated 2,500 Jewish refugees who came to Scotland before, during and after the Second World War. The Study Centre includes a graphic panel display looking at the period 1930- 1945/46 and drawing from the SJAC unique collections. This looks at how the Jewish community in Scotland and wider Scottish society came together to support and look after these refugees.

SJAC encourages the study of the thousands of refugee documents in its collections and emphasises the major contribution made by refugees to Scottish society, the economy, education, medicine, science and cultural life. This area of interest has great relevance to events and social developments in Scotland in the 21st century.

To read more and see our other entries, click here: https://bit.ly/TwentyTr

A link to the programme shown on BBC Scotland yesterday which featured the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and our Honor...
14/10/2022
Being Jewish in Scotland

A link to the programme shown on BBC Scotland yesterday which featured the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and our Honorary Curator, Deborah Haase.

The story of Scotland’s Jewish community told through a series of intimate portraits.

Wonderful to be able to welcome so many people on Doors Open Day!
20/09/2022

Wonderful to be able to welcome so many people on Doors Open Day!

Doors Open Day and Refugee Trail guided walk coming soon - now open for booking.
01/09/2022

Doors Open Day and Refugee Trail guided walk coming soon - now open for booking.

Booking opens tomorrow, 1st September at 12pm, to visit Garnethill Synagogue during Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival. We are open on Sunday 18th September and look forward to welcoming you then! More info and booking (when open) here: https://glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/building-booking-ess/garnethill-synagogue/
We are also running a Guided Walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail with Scottish Jewish Archives Centre on Friday 16th September at 10.30am.More info and booking (open from 1st Sep. at 12pm) here:
https://glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/in_person_trail/garnethill-refugee-trail/

21/07/2022

Festival Special: Pop-Up Kosher Diner...
Back by popular demand, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation is running its Pop Up Kosher Diner Tuesdays August 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Open 12:00 noon - 2:30pm
Early booking is strongly recommended. In order to book go to www.ehcong.com/pop-up-kosher-diner/

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Walking Tour of the Jewish Community of Govanhill & Crosshill - back by popular demand! On Thursday 11th August 2022 2-4...
20/07/2022

Walking Tour of the Jewish Community of Govanhill & Crosshill - back by popular demand! On Thursday 11th August 2022 2-4pm

Booking essential - tickets available at https://www.trybooking.com/uk/BTQE

The tour is free, but if you'd like to make a contribution to the work of our charity that would be much appreciated.

Throughout much of the 20th century, many Jewish people lived in the Govanhill/Crosshill area, forming a community with synagogues, educational organisations, social groups, youth groups and shops. Harvey Kaplan and Fiona Brodie of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre will lead a walk around the area exploring the Jewish history. This walk is part of the Govanhill International Festival.

Photo: Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade Pipe Band marching in Govanhill/Queens Park/Langside

For more information about the Govanhill Festival go to https://www.govanhillbaths.com/festival/

Still some free places left on next week's Guided Walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail, organised with Scottish Jewish A...
13/06/2022
Garnethill Refugee Trail - Refugee Festival Scotland

Still some free places left on next week's Guided Walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail, organised with Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. The walk, on 22nd June, is part of Refugee Festival Scotland, organised by Scottish Refugee Council.

Find out about the fascinating refugee history of the Garnethill areas - More details and booking here: https://www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/.../guided.../

A guided walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail, revealing places that are connected with Jewish refugees who came to Glasgow from Europe around the Second World War. Find out where children from the Kindertransport stayed. Learn about the house on Sauchiehall street where refugees were able to meet a...

We were delighted to lead participants on the first guided walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail in a joint event with th...
11/04/2022

We were delighted to lead participants on the first guided walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail in a joint event with the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre. We visited some of the places connected with Jewish refugees who found safety in Glasgow having escaped N**i Europe in the 1930s through to the 1940s. The walk ended at the Archives Centre where participants were able to visit our Holocaust-era displays.

Some recent visits to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre from groups from Cosgr...
11/04/2022

Some recent visits to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre from groups from Cosgrove Care and Kirkcudbright Academy - lovely to welcome them!

24/03/2022

Great to have a visit from AJR - The Association of Jewish Refugees this week, and to host a meeting with Gathering the Voices, Vision Schools Scotland and Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

"A new and very handsome synagogue - Garnethill Synagogue 1879"An exhibition, created for the opening of the Scottish Je...
10/03/2022
Exhibitions - Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre

"A new and very handsome synagogue - Garnethill Synagogue 1879"

An exhibition, created for the opening of the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre and based on the collections of the SJAC, is now available online.

It tells the story of the building of Scotland’s oldest synagogue and the people who built it. Find out about some of the early congregation members, and the roots of the community organisations related to the Synagogue.

https://sjhc.org.uk/exhibitions/

Exhibitions A new and very handsome synagogue - Garnethill Synagogue 1879 An exhibition on Scotland’s oldest synagogue and the people who built it. Find out about some of the early […]

You can book for a guided walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail on 10th April here: https://trybooking.co.uk/BMUU - the w...
06/03/2022
Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre on Twitter

You can book for a guided walk of the Garnethill Refugee Trail on 10th April here: https://trybooking.co.uk/BMUU - the walk will include a visit to the Archives Centre's Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre's displays.

https://twitter.com/SJHC_Glasgow/status/1498274654020067330?s=20&t=6tKYZuWx8PvdUcX0JMJ8MA

“Book now for a Guided Walk of the Refugee Trail on Sunday 10th April, revealing places connected with Jewish refugees who came to Glasgow from Europe around the Second World War: https://t.co/OT6RWzh2XU”

We were honoured to have recently welcomed Kaukab Stewart MSP to the Archives Centre where she learned about the refugee...
28/01/2022
Kaukab Stewart MSP on Twitter

We were honoured to have recently welcomed Kaukab Stewart MSP to the Archives Centre where she learned about the refugees who fled persecution N**i Europe to find safety in Scotland
https://twitter.com/kaukabstewart/status/1486710946483490830?s=20&t=rVWMm4nqwmemc36rAN554A

“On this I am mindful of the poem by Holocaust survivor Sonia Weitz in 1995. I also want to offer thanks to for educating me on the personal stories of those who built their lives in Glasgow having fled persecution at home https://t.co/LqkVf14waE”

Based on the extensive collections of the SJAC, a heritage trail that focuses on the refugee history of the Garnethill a...
18/01/2022

Based on the extensive collections of the SJAC, a heritage trail that focuses on the refugee history of the Garnethill area in Glasgow has been launched by the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre.

We are delighted to launch our new heritage trail! Find out about the refugee history of the Garnethill area:
https://sjhc.org.uk/press-release/trailblazers-garnethill-refugee-trail-launches/ You can download the trail on our site, or view it directly online at www.sjhc.org.uk

The SJAC is delighted to have contributed material from our collections to THE UK HOLOCAUST MAP where you can discover t...
17/12/2021
Discover the UK's sites of Holocaust memory — those places relating to the victims, survivors and refugees of N**ism as well as rescuers, liberators and aid givers. | The UK Holocaust Map

The SJAC is delighted to have contributed material from our collections to THE UK HOLOCAUST MAP where you can discover the UK's sites of Holocaust memory — those places relating to the victims, survivors and refugees of N**ism as well as rescuers, liberators and aid givers. The interactive map features photographs and other material which tell you more about each site featured.
https://www.ukholocaustmap.org.uk/

To find out more about what happened in Scotland you can visit our Holocaust-era Study Centre - contact [email protected]

Fiona and Howard Brodie were delighted to welcome Dr Sandesh Gulhane, MSP for the Glasgow Region, to the Archives Centre...
03/12/2021

Fiona and Howard Brodie were delighted to welcome Dr Sandesh Gulhane, MSP for the Glasgow Region, to the Archives Centre today - in honour of Chanukkah we lit the candles for the 6th night - a little earlier than usual! - during Dr Gulhane's visit.

Czech Jewish holocaust survivor, artist and educator Marianne Grant’s first full catalogue of work has been published in...
01/12/2021

Czech Jewish holocaust survivor, artist and educator Marianne Grant’s first full catalogue of work has been published in the centenary of her birth.

Painting for My Life: The Holocaust Artworks of Marianne Grant, a fascinating portrait of a survivor and Holocaust educator, who later made her home in Scotland.

The authors worked with the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and Marianne’s daughter, Geraldine Shenkin, who provided access to the family archives and who continues her mother’s vital Holocaust education work. Their research also involved accessing key information held by international archives in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

Czech Jewish holocaust survivor, artist and educator Marianne Grant’s first full catalogue of work has been published in the centenary of her birth.

Painting for My Life: The Holocaust Artworks of Marianne Grant, a fascinating portrait of a survivor and Holocaust educator, who later made her home in Scotland.

The authors worked with the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and Marianne’s daughter, Geraldine Shenkin, who provided access to the family archives and who continues her mother’s vital Holocaust education work. Their research also involved accessing key information held by international archives in the Czech Republic and Sweden

The book is available via our online shop https://shop.glasgowlife.org.uk/painting-for-my-life-holocaust-artworks-of-marianne-grant and available from all good bookshops.

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre is looking for volunteer facilitators for its School Visit ServiceThe service gives ...
18/11/2021

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre is looking for volunteer facilitators for its School Visit Service

The service gives pupils and teachers first-hand experience of Jewish religious and cultural life and offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience a Scottish perspective of the Holocaust era. It also gives insights into the immigrant experiences of the Jewish community in Scotland. Full information on what is offered to schools is available here: https://sjhc.org.uk/school-visit/

Facilitators will supervise and guide pupils to explore:
• The Synagogue foyer and prayer hall, discussing the history of the building and the congregants, as well as Judaism and Jewish life
• The kosher kitchen, Jewish dietary laws and how they affect daily life for Jewish people
• ‘A New Life in Scotland display’, about the history of Jewish Community in Scotland
• Learning kits in the Holocaust-era Study Centre, which have been produced using original material from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC), in consultation with Holocaust education curricula specialists and include facsimile handling material
• The Succah display, ‘Scotland, A Sanctuary’ and the digital resources including a catalogue with around 2,700 key images from SJAC’s Holocaust-era collections

Facilitators will work in pairs to welcome pupils during 2 hour sessions during school hours. No evening or weekend work will be required. School groups will have pre-booked their visit. Training is provided and all successful applicants will undergo a Disclosure Scotland check at no cost to themselves.

Skills and experience:
• Keenness to learn is the most desirable quality but a knowledge of Scottish Jewish History, Jewish religious practices and the history of the Holocaust period, would be advantageous.
• Experience in guiding would be welcome but is not essential as full training will be given.
• Good communication skills and the ability to interact in a pleasant and knowledgeable way with young people is essential.
• A working knowledge of basic IT skills is desirable.
• Reliability and good timekeeping essential.
• Ability to work well in a team and work with a variety of people.

To apply:
Email SJHC Manager Kerry Patterson on [email protected] to register your interest, with your contact details. Include some information about yourself, what experience you have and why you would like to volunteer.

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Garnethill Synagogue, 129 Hill Street
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G36UB

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

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4-141-332-4911

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