Giffnock & Newlands Synagogue

Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, Scotland




Page created: 15 October 2005
Latest revision or update: 10 Septembere 2016

Congregation Data


Giffnock & Newlands Synagogue


Maryville Avenue, Giffnock G46 (from 1968)

Previous Addresses:

May Terrace, Giffnock (1938 to 1968);

Giffnock Police Court House, Maybank Road (1934 to 1938);

Girl Guides Hall, Church Road (1932 to 1934)

Current Status:





Ashkenazi Orthodox


A provincial synagogue under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi.




Rev. Jacob Vainstein - 1934 to 1945

Rev. (later Rabbi) A. L. Rubenstein - 1946 to 1964

Rabbi Dr. S. Herman - 1965 to 1967

Rabbi Jeremy Rosen - 1967 to 1971

Rabbi David Miller - 1971 to 1975

Rev. Avrom Gamzu - 1975 to 1982 (Acting Minister)

Rabbi Philip Greenberg - 1982 to 1999

Rabbi A. Moshe Rubin - 1999 to present (June 2015) (Assistant Minister from 1994 to 1998)


Rev. Phillip Copperman - 1959 to 1963

Rev. Ernest Levy - 1964 to 1990

Membership Data:

1938 - 350 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1939)
1950 - 400 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1951)
1953 - 550 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1954)
1957 - 750 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1958)
2015 - 800 members (Congregation's website)


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.)

On-line Articles:

on third party's website

Greater Glasgow Jewish Community home page

Jewish Communities and Congregations in Scotland home page


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