the former

Great Central Synagogue

South Portland Street

Glasgow, Scotland




Page created: 19 October 2005
Latest revision or update: 13 October 2016

Congregation Data


Great Central Synagogue,
formerly known as the Great Synagogue

Alternative Name:

South Portland Street Synagogue

Former Names:

Main Street Synagogue

Commerce Street Chevra


South Portland Street, Gorbals, Glasgow. (Consecrated September 1901).

Previous Address:

Standard Halls, Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow (from about 1887, building extended 1891)

Previously at Commerce Street, Gorbals, Glasgow (from about 1881)


Early 1880's

Current Status:

Closed 1974. It was the last remaining Jewish congregation in the Gorbals.

Incorporated Congregation:

In 1956, the New Central Synagogue (Beth Hamedrash Hagadol) merged with the congregation (then known as the Great Synagogue), which was renamed the Great Central Synagogue.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Unions & Affiliations:

From 1886/7 until 1898, the congregation was the South Side Branch branch of a synagogue union with, and under the leadership of, Garnethill Synagogue.

From 1896 until 1906, the congregation was a constituent synagogue in United Synagogue of Glasgow.

Membership Data:

1896 - 150 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896-7)
1900 - 130 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-01)
1909 - 300 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1910)
1938 - 277 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1939)
1945 - 300 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1945-6)
1959 - 500 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1960)


For details, see Glasgow Cemetery Information on Glasgow home page.

Greater Glasgow Jewish Community home page

Jewish Communities and Congregations in Scotland home page


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