Collections

SJAC’s diverse collections include old Synagogue minute books and registers, membership lists, photographs, oral histories, testimonies, annual reports of communal organisations, books of Scottish Jewish interest, friendly society regalia, personal papers, war medals, ceremonial keys, newspapers, magazines, trophies, plaques, paintings and sculptures, immigration and naturalisation papers, passports and correspondence.

We also hold copies of records of all of the 17 Jewish cemeteries in Scotland, indexed on our computer database.

We have a computer database of almost 40,000 Scottish Jews. Information is constantly being added to this database, which includes information from over 70 sources such as cemetery lists, synagogue registers, charity subscription lists and census records.

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.