Games open­ing gives visi­tors a his­tory les­son


GLAS­GOW JEWRY has shown its hos­pi­tal­ity — and his­tory — to visi­tors to the city for the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Lo­cal shuls and fam­i­lies have ex­tended a wel­come to Jews in Scot­land for the Games. And Gar­nethill Syn­a­gogue was among the par­tic­i­pants in Wed­nes­day’s open day of his­toric build­ings nor­mally closed to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Based in the west end of the city, near a num­ber of Games venues, the shul, which dates back to 1879, also in­cor­po­rates the Scot­tish Jewish Ar­chives Cen­tre.

Close on 200 peo­ple vis­ited on Wed­nes­day, many view­ing the ar­chive cen­tre’s per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion on Jews in Scot­land. A spe­cial dis­play cel­e­brates the sport­ing achievements of Scot­tish Jews. Mar­cia Gold­man, who helped to cre­ate the dis­play, said the ex­hibit showed “some of the best sto­ries of Scot­tish Jews in sport but there were so many more. So many mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity were in­volved in foot­ball, box­ing, chess and golf.”

Among the visi­tors was John Gor­don, who trav­elled to Glas­gow from North La­nark­shire. “I’ve been want­ing to visit for years,” he said, “and I was

‘These kind of events are good for us’

very im­pressed with the architecture; the Ark, the stained-glass, the mon­u­ments. I had a look at the ar­chives cen­tre as well and it was fas­ci­nat­ing to see the his­tory of Jewish im­mi­gra­tion to Scot­land.”

The listed Gar­nethill build­ing was also the venue for Glas­gow Freema­sons’ Com­mon­wealth Games cel­e­bra­tion con­cert on Tues­day night.

Shul board mem­ber Ger­ald Levin said: “These kind of events are good for us. A lot of tourists have come for the open day but we have had a lot of Scot­tish peo­ple as well. Vol­un­teers from the con­gre­ga­tion have given tours and an­swered ques­tions.”

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