Glasgow Early Synagogues

until 1879

Glasgow, Scotland




Page created: 12 October 2005
Latest update or revision: 4 September 2016

Set out below are details of Glasgow's early synagagues - the synagogues used, in succession, by the Glasgow Hebrew Congregation and which were the predecessor congregations to Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow's first purpose-built synagogue, opened in September 1879. Also included are details of several short-lived rival congregations.

Congregation Data


Glasgow Hebrew Congregation



From 1823 to about 1837:
   Two rooms in High Road, Glasgow (in a house occupied by Moses Lisenheim), a few doors from the Glasgow Cross.


From about 1837 to 1842:
   Old Post Office Court, corner of Tromgate, southwest corner of Candleriggs, Glasgow


From 1842 to 1850:
   Anderson's College, George Street, Glasgow.


From 1850 to 1858 (or 1852)
   Howard Street, Glasgow


From 1858 to 1879:
   George Street, Glasgow

(Thereafter the congregation moved to Garnethill Synagogue)

Rival Congregations

Early 1830s to early 1840s:
    A rival congregation headed by a Jonas Michael, held meetings in Candleriggs.

About 1842 to about 1850:
    A split in the congregation, by members who refused to move to the new premises in Anderson's College, George Street, and who continued to meet in the Candleriggs premises.

1870 to 1871:
    Short-lived breakaway congregation, which styled itself as the Glasgow New Hebrew Congregation.


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