Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre Learn how Jewish
immigrants came to
Scotland, fleeing poverty
and persecution, to seek out
religious tolerance, political
freedom, educational
opportunity and a chance
to earn a better living.

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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Doors Open Day 2021 at the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre in Garnethill Synagogue - a rather different Doors Open Day t...
20/09/2021

Doors Open Day 2021 at the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre in Garnethill Synagogue - a rather different Doors Open Day than in the past when hundreds of people streamed in through the doors. Due to Covid concerns, this year we had small groups, who had booked to come, at regular intervals throughout the day. Our volunteers led the visitors on a guided tour of the building, including time in the Prayer Hall of the synagogue and the SJAC.

Many thanks to our volunteers and to all the visitors who were able to come. Let's hope we can welcome back hundreds of people again next year!

A feature piece about Marianne Grant, an  artist and holocaust survivor who made her home in Scotland.
19/09/2021

A feature piece about Marianne Grant, an artist and holocaust survivor who made her home in Scotland.

Today marks the centenary of the birth of Czech artist and Holocaust survivor Marianne Grant. On 28 April 1942, at the age of 20, she was deported from Prague to the concentration camp-ghetto Theresienstadt. Forty women were crowded into her dormitory, each allocated a space about 60 x 200cm, just enough to lie down in. However, Marianne didn’t paint the overcrowding or squalor but focused on what beauty she could find around her.

Throughout her imprisonment, in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Neuengamme and Bergen-Belsen, Marianne’s paintings and drawings demonstrate her strength of character and optimism. Giving her a positive focus, strengthening bonds of community and sometimes bringing extra food, she claimed her art ‘saved my life’.

A selection of Marianne’s artwork is on permanent display in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We are delighted to have been working with Marianne’s family on a new book, published this November. It incorporates Marianne’s words and new archival research, examining the historical importance of the unique collection of her art held by the city which she came to call home.

Around 30 participants enjoyed a walk around the Govanhill and Crosshill area organised by the SJAC as part of the Govan...
19/08/2021

Around 30 participants enjoyed a walk around the Govanhill and Crosshill area organised by the SJAC as part of the Govanhill International Festival. It was the second time this walking tour took place, building on the success of our 2019 tour. It was led by Harvey Kaplan and Fiona Brodie, assisted by Deborah Haase. Miraculously it was a rain free walk!

Jewish people lived in the Govanhill/Crosshill area from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1980s. They formed a community with synagogues, educational organisations, social groups, youth groups and shops. The community was one of a number of immigrant groups who settled in the Govanhill/Crosshill area over the years – there have been Irish, Asian, East European and Roma people who have all made the area their home. The tour discussed the story of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, settling in the Gorbals, then moving out to Govanhill, Crosshill, Pollokshields, Queens Park, Battlefield, Shawlands and eventually Giffnock, Clarkston and Newton Mearns.

The tour started at 355 Langside Road, the shop premises used by the original Langside Hebrew Congregation for cheder classes and Shabbat services, with around 40 children attending the Cheder under the tutelage of headmaster Rev David Hoppenstein. The tour ended at the former Langside Synagogue in Niddrie Road which opened in 1927 and was in use up until 2015.

We were delighted once again to take part in the Festival and tell the story of the vibrant Jewish community which had once lived in the area. The area is, of course, still very much an immigrant area, with a rich mix of ethnic shops, businesses and religious buildings, giving the area a truly multicultural flavour.

19/08/2021
scojec.org

Job opportunities to take forward a project which the SJAC has signed up to as a subsidiary partner. "Jewish Scotland Connected" will support Scotland's Jewish communal organisations
to develop hybrid events as lockdown eases.

https://www.scojec.org/news/2021/21viii_job_opportunities.pdf

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre http://www.sjhc.org.uk/ has now opened in Garnethill Synagogue. Do come and visit! Y...
30/07/2021

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre http://www.sjhc.org.uk/ has now opened in Garnethill Synagogue. Do come and visit! You can view the Category A listed building, find out about the unique archives' collections and explore aspects of Scottish Jewish history and culture. Visitors will discover the history and the experiences of Jewish people in Scotland over 200 years and learn how the development of Scotland has been impacted by Jewish immigration.

The Centre is a partnership project between the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC), Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust (GSPT) alongside Garnethill Hebrew Congregation - all based in Garnethill Synagogue.

Nearly £530,000 in capital funds has been invested, resulting in a modern and welcoming centre with new interpretative displays, a study room housing a specialist reference library, digital research resources and a school visit facility. Major building restoration and renovation work in the lower level of the synagogue has improved public access to underused spaces. New displays now reveal the history of Glasgow’s Jewish community, and explore the period from 1933 to the 1950s when Scotland responded to events in N**i Germany and took in a number of refugees.

The capital works have been funded by generous grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Association of Jewish Refugees, The Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Edinburgh, The Community Security Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund - William Grant Foundation.

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre http://www.sjhc.org.uk/ has now opened in Garnethill Synagogue. Do come and visit! You can view the Category A listed building, find out about the unique archives' collections and explore aspects of Scottish Jewish history and culture. Visitors will discover the history and the experiences of Jewish people in Scotland over 200 years and learn how the development of Scotland has been impacted by Jewish immigration.

The Centre is a partnership project between the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC), Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust (GSPT) alongside Garnethill Hebrew Congregation - all based in Garnethill Synagogue.

Nearly £530,000 in capital funds has been invested, resulting in a modern and welcoming centre with new interpretative displays, a study room housing a specialist reference library, digital research resources and a school visit facility. Major building restoration and renovation work in the lower level of the synagogue has improved public access to underused spaces. New displays now reveal the history of Glasgow’s Jewish community, and explore the period from 1933 to the 1950s when Scotland responded to events in N**i Germany and took in a number of refugees.

The capital works have been funded by generous grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Association of Jewish Refugees, The Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Edinburgh, The Community Security Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund - William Grant Foundation.

Sharing a post from Hidden Treasures, with a wonderful photo from our collections of the Falkirk congregations' cheder.....
24/05/2021

Sharing a post from Hidden Treasures, with a wonderful photo from our collections of the Falkirk congregations' cheder...

Jackie Taylor, in the Edinburgh Star, via the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, writes the Jewish history of #Falkirk, noting that the conductor of Yahrzeit (remembrance) services was also the porter at Falkirk Station. Services were timed to coincide with the train timetable:
https://edinburghstar.info/downloads/pdf/star-35.pdf

We love this image, from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, of members of the Falkirk Jewish community, who were often involved in the jewellery, decorating, drapery & furniture business. Read more about them here: https://sjac.org.uk/jewish-communities-in-scotland/falkirk/

#falkirkstation #edinburghstar #Yahrzeit #traintimetable #jewellers #drapers #decorators #furniturebusiness #jew #jewish #archive #archives #jewisharchives #jewishbritish #britishjews #HiddenTreasures #BoardofDeputies The Board of Deputies of British Jews

An Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre event, supported by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and SCoJeC (Scottish Council...
17/05/2021

An Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre event, supported by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and SCoJeC (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities), which may be of interest on Thursday 27th May at 7.30pm online - SJAC published the book "Candles, Conversions and Class - Five Generations of a Scottish Jewish Family" which resulted from Fiona Frank's research on the Hoppenstein family.

To book a place at this event please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/EJCC270521

**To purchase Candles, Conversions and Class: five generations of a Scottish Jewish Family at the reduced price of £10 plus £3.60 p&p (normally £12.50) go to https://www.sjac.org.uk/.../candles-conversions-and-class/

An Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre event, supported by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and SCoJeC (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities), which may be of interest on Thursday 27th May at 7.30pm online - SJAC published the book "Candles, Conversions and Class - Five Generations of a Scottish Jewish Family" which resulted from Fiona Frank's research on the Hoppenstein family.

To book a place at this event please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/EJCC270521

**To purchase Candles, Conversions and Class: five generations of a Scottish Jewish Family at the reduced price of £10 plus £3.60 p&p (normally £12.50) go to https://www.sjac.org.uk/.../candles-conversions-and-class/

Yom HaShoah 5781
07/04/2021

Yom HaShoah 5781

Yom HaShoah 5781

#HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness We will never forget...
27/01/2021

#HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness
We will never forget...

#HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness
We will never forget...

The Archives Centre has Judith's moving testimony in our Oral History Collection.
27/01/2021

The Archives Centre has Judith's moving testimony in our Oral History Collection.

It's the 8th day of Chanukah and all the candles have been lit - but before we say farewell to the Festival of Lights, h...
18/12/2020
Celebrating Chanukah Together

It's the 8th day of Chanukah and all the candles have been lit - but before we say farewell to the Festival of Lights, here's a video of a Scotland-wide online celebration held on the 1st night this year - the SJAC's Harvey Kaplan represented our organisation, sharing some Chanukah images from our collections.
https://www.scojec.org/news/2020/20xii_chanukah/chanukah_1.html

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities is the representative body of all the Scottish Jewish communities. The Council advances public understanding about the Jewish religion, culture and community and works in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders in Scotland to promote good rela...

Spread the News!The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre (SJHC) is recruiting for a Heritage Centre Manager to take forward t...
23/11/2020

Spread the News!

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre (SJHC) is recruiting for a Heritage Centre Manager to take forward the launch of the SJHC, to establish the day-to-day running of the Centre and to contribute to ongoing development. The post holder will be based in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow. This is a permanent part time (28 hours) post. Details of the post including a downloadable job description and application form are available now on our website https://www.sjac.org.uk/job-advertisement-nov-2020/

The deadline for applications is 4th January 2021 – we would be really grateful if you would share the news through your networks and social media.

The SJHC is a partnership project between the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) and Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust (GSPT).

The partners gratefully acknowledge capital grant funding from: The National Lottery Heritage Fund; The Association of Jewish Refugees; The Wolfson Family Charitable Trust; The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Edinburgh; The Architectural Heritage Fund - William Grant Foundation; the Community Security Trust.

Spread the News!

The Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre (SJHC) is recruiting for a Heritage Centre Manager to take forward the launch of the SJHC, to establish the day-to-day running of the Centre and to contribute to ongoing development. The post holder will be based in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow. This is a permanent part time (28 hours) post. Details of the post including a downloadable job description and application form are available now on our website https://www.sjac.org.uk/job-advertisement-nov-2020/

The deadline for applications is 4th January 2021 – we would be really grateful if you would share the news through your networks and social media.

The SJHC is a partnership project between the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) and Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust (GSPT).

The partners gratefully acknowledge capital grant funding from: The National Lottery Heritage Fund; The Association of Jewish Refugees; The Wolfson Family Charitable Trust; The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Edinburgh; The Architectural Heritage Fund - William Grant Foundation; the Community Security Trust.

Our new 200 club will start in January 2021 and your support is needed more than ever in these strange times!Last year t...
06/11/2020

Our new 200 club will start in January 2021 and your support is needed more than ever in these strange times!

Last year the SJAC’s 200 club was again a sell out - thank you to all who bought tickets! During the past year we paid out £750 in prizes, including one £250 prize, two £100 prizes and twelve £25 prizes.

None of the arrangements have changed. Tickets cost £15 each - and you can purchase as many as you like! We will allocate the tickets on a first come first served basis until we have sold 200, then we will close the club to new members.

Every number goes into every draw, so you can win more than once. The draws take place during our Open Days and Speaker Events, whether in person or online. The winners are advised by email and feature in our twice-yearly Newsletter, as well as occasionally being printed in the Jewish Telegraph.

Please contact [email protected] before 31st December 2020 if you would like to subscribe.

Our new 200 club will start in January 2021 and your support is needed more than ever in these strange times!

Last year the SJAC’s 200 club was again a sell out - thank you to all who bought tickets! During the past year we paid out £750 in prizes, including one £250 prize, two £100 prizes and twelve £25 prizes.

None of the arrangements have changed. Tickets cost £15 each - and you can purchase as many as you like! We will allocate the tickets on a first come first served basis until we have sold 200, then we will close the club to new members.

Every number goes into every draw, so you can win more than once. The draws take place during our Open Days and Speaker Events, whether in person or online. The winners are advised by email and feature in our twice-yearly Newsletter, as well as occasionally being printed in the Jewish Telegraph.

Please contact [email protected] before 31st December 2020 if you would like to subscribe.

SJAC Director Harvey Kaplan recently presented a well attended session as part of the online Limmud "Tour of Britain" - ...
02/11/2020

SJAC Director Harvey Kaplan recently presented a well attended session as part of the online Limmud "Tour of Britain" - he spoke about the history of refugees who found safety in Scotland before, during and after the Second World War.

SJAC Director Harvey Kaplan recently presented a well attended session as part of the online Limmud "Tour of Britain" - he spoke about the history of refugees who found safety in Scotland before, during and after the Second World War.

Tributes flooded in from across the World to honour German Jewish refugee Ingrid Wuga, who died recently in Glasgow aged...
02/11/2020

Tributes flooded in from across the World to honour German Jewish refugee Ingrid Wuga, who died recently in Glasgow aged 96.
She will be much missed.

This quote is from Harvey Kaplan, Director of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre:
"Ingrid's story as a refugee is recorded at the Archives Centre in the Henry and Ingrid Wuga Collection. We appreciate the work of Ingrid (and Henry) in Holocaust education in Scotland and her role at Henry's side in the area of kosher catering in the city over many years. We also valued her support for the work of the Archives Centre and for contributing her memories over the years, which will be accessible in the soon to be unveiled Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre."

Tributes flooded in from across the World to honour German Jewish refugee Ingrid Wuga, who died recently in Glasgow aged 96.
She will be much missed.

This quote is from Harvey Kaplan, Director of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre:
"Ingrid's story as a refugee is recorded at the Archives Centre in the Henry and Ingrid Wuga Collection. We appreciate the work of Ingrid (and Henry) in Holocaust education in Scotland and her role at Henry's side in the area of kosher catering in the city over many years. We also valued her support for the work of the Archives Centre and for contributing her memories over the years, which will be accessible in the soon to be unveiled Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre."

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