What We Do

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) is a voluntary charitable body dedicated to preserving Scotland’s Jewish heritage. Since 1987 we have been collecting historic material relating to the experiences of Jewish people in Scotland over the past 200 years. With the help of Friends of the Archives and volunteers, we document, preserve, exhibit and publish aspects of the collections. We aim to assist and encourage use of the collections for education, academic research, tourists and visitors of all kinds. We welcome research enquiries and visitors and organise open days and events.

Interested in Volunteering?

If you would like to get involved with helping us with research, open days, fundraising or any other aspect do please email info@sjac.org.uk.  Detailed below is a comprehensive list of volunteering opportunities within The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.

TRAINING, GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL ROLES

  • Cataloguing and filing (can be general or focusing on material relating to organisations or subjects which volunteers have a particular interest in)
  • Scanning documents
  • Photocopying documents
  • Survey of documents and artefacts pre-1930, to identify items in need of conservation
  • Other administrative help e.g. assistance with twice yearly newsletter mailing
  • Assisting in preparation for and at events e.g. monthly Open Days (Sundays 2-4pm), special events
  • Research to produce themed display folders
  • Guiding in Archives and synagogue
  • Conducting Oral History interviews
  • Producing Oral History transcripts
  • Fundraising
  • IT support
  • Website and FaceBook page maintenance and input
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Finance and budgeting
  • General committee work

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, and also the wider community, in order to heighten awareness of the Jewish heritage in Scotland and to stimulate study of the history of the Jews in this country.