Garnethill Synagogue

Glasgow, Scotland




Page created: 12 October 2005
Latest revision or update: 13 October 2016

Congregation Data


Garnethill Synagogue

Former and Alternative Name:

Glasgow Hebrew Congregation


129 Hill Street (previously known as 29 Garnet Street and 127 Hill Street), Garnethill, Glasgow G3 6UG
(built 1879 - Glasgow's first purpose-built synagogue).

The synagogue is a Scottish Category A Listed Building (number LB33040), first designated Category B on 27 November 1979 and upgraded in 2004. View description on Historic Environment Scotland website.

Current Status:

Active - the only remaining synagogue in Glasgow's City Centre.

Services held on the Sabbath morning and Festival.

Since 1986, the Synagogue has also been the home of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (http://www.sjac.org.uk)



Prior till then, commencing from 1823, the community, generally referred to as Glasgow Hebrew Congregation, prayed at a number of successive premises  - see Glasgow's Early Synagogues.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Unions and Affiliations:

From 1886/7 until 1898, the Garnethill Synagogue was the main synagogue in a synagogue union with Main Street Synagogue (in Glasgow's Gorbals), pursuant to which latter became the South Side Branch of the union.

From 1896 until 1906, Garnethill Synagogue was the leading synagogue in United Synagogue of Glasgow.

Web Site:

http://garnethill.org.uk, but apparently no longer operational

Membership Data:

1896 - 160 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896-7)
1900 - 141 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-01)
1909 - 160 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1910)
1938 - 350 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1939)
1946 - 450 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1947)
1950 - 600 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1951)


The Database of the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society, affiliated to JCR-UK, now part of the Scottish Jewish Cemeteries Database, includes burial records of members of this congregation.

(See Glasgow Cemetery Information on Glasgow home page.)

Greater Glasgow Jewish Community home page

Jewish Communities and Congregations in Scotland home page


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