Scottish openings

By Stephanie Brickman, September 22, 2011

Glasgow's historic Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre reached a wider audience during the city's Doors Open Day on Sunday. Some 700 visitors enjoyed tours of the shul and the archives centre and there was also a performance by the Glasgow Jewish Singers, led by Garnethill cantor Eddie Binne.

Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue drew a 200 crowd for a tour of its complex, housing a mikveh, functions suite and community centre.

At the archives centre, Harvey Kaplan said the day was an important PR exercise. "The vast majority of the visitors are not Jewish, so it gives us an opportunity to communicate with a range of people you don't get at any other time."

Giffnock and Newlands chair Nigel Allon reported: "There was a neighbour who came because he'd always seen people going in and out of the shul and wondered what happened inside. We also had a retired electrician who worked on the building when it was first built. It's important people know we're part of the city's community."

Last updated: 3:17pm, September 22 2011