Jewish Heritage Europe

Scotland

There are (or were) Jewish communities in nine towns/cities in Scotland: Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Greenock, Inverness
 

GENERAL

 

PDF brochure with synagogues, cemeteries, institutions and other listings for Scotland.

 
 
 
Detailed information and searchable database on 20 locations that collectively contain about 16,200 burials. Cemeteries include Glasgow (9), Edinburgh (4), Aberdeen, Dundee, Greenock and Inverness.
 

GLASGOW

Glasgow is home to the largest Jewish community in Scotland, with four still-active historic synagogues. See an interactive Map of sites of Jewish interest in Glasgow

Garnethill Synagogue

129 Hill Street
Glasgow G3 6UB+44
Tel: (0)141 332 4151
Email: info@garnethill.org.uk

Inside the Garnethill synagogue, Glasgow, Scotland

The oldest purpose-built synagogue in Scotland, constructed in 1879 and completely refurbished in 1998. The only purpose-built synagogue in 19th century Scotland, it was designed by local architect John McLeod in a style described as “Romanesque-cum-Byzantine with Moorish touches.” He was assisted by Nathan Solomon Joseph, who worked on synagogues in London and Liverpool. The building is a Victorian A Listed structure. It has a tall, barrel-vaulted sanctuary, with a women’s gallery and large, ornate Ark, like a small temple.

Tours can be arranged through the synagogue office. The building is used for religious services and also houses the Scottish Jewish Archives Center — a repository of documents, artifacts, files and other material about Jewish communities and history all over Scotland.

Glasgow Reform Synagogue

147 Ayr Road
Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 6RE
Tel: +44 (0) 141 639 4083
Email:  shul@grs.org.uk

The only Reform synagogue in Scotland

 

Jewish Cemeteries

There are nine (or 10, depending on how you count them) Jewish cemeteries in Glasgow, with a total of 11,000 graves.

List of Jewish Cemeteries in Glasgow (IAJGS Cemetery project)

Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society web site

History, information, and lInks, including to interactive searchable database of burials.

Jewish Enclosure at the Necropolis (historic site)

The Necropolis is the vast, historic Victorian cemetery that sprawls over a hill near the Cathedral. The first person buried there, in 1832, was a Jewish jeweler, Joseph Levy, who died of cholera. His grave is in the tiny Jewish Enclosure at the foot of the hill, which operated from 1832-55 and includes 57 graves. There is a decorative gate and pillar.

Download a book about the Necropolis from 1857 with detailed description of the Jewish Enclosure

Read our JHE July 2017 post and photo essay about the Garnet Hill synagogue and the Necropolis

Gathering the Voices 

Oral history project on refugees fleeing the Nazis who found sanctuary in Scotland.