Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation בית הכנסת אהל יעקב
Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation  בית הכנסת אהל יעקב

Welcome to Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation

קבלת פנים ל בית הכנסת אהל יעקב

Welcome to the website of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation! We are a traditional Synagogue in the centre of Aberdeen, serving the Grampian region and the North East of Scotland. Although our numbers may be small, we are a thriving community.  We don't have a permanent rabbi, but we do host a series of social, cultural and religious events throughout the year.  Visitors are always welcome to our shul, and indeed on many occasions visitors have helped us make a minyan.


Jewish life in Aberdeen can be difficult at times, but it is also very interesting and rewarding. Our shul is the cornerstone of spiritual life for many of our local Jewish and non-Jewish families and friends.


Our shul and website receive no external funding and are staffed entirely by volunteers.  We are completely independent and not affiliated to any national organisation of Synagogues, or Institutes.  Emails and queries will be answered, but please be patient


Queries or comments regarding the website may be directed to the webmaster; for other queries and information, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact the information office.  Or you can now join us online!


Thank you for visiting! !הכל טוב

About Us מי אותנו


Learn a little about our history, what the Shul  is like today, and our plans for the future! 

Also contains links to our "Gallery" page, showing pictures of Shul events, our Members Only zone, details of membership fees and how to support the shul.

Links אתר אינטרנט מחבר


The "Links" page is still being populated, but there are already some useful and interesting sites on there.  Also includes a link to SCoJeC sites.  If you have something you would like to see listed, please contact the webmaster.

Parshah פרשת


This week's Parshah is Achrei Mot פרשת אחרי מות  meaning  "After the death".  This is the twentyninth weekly Parshah in the annual cycle.

Our Parshah page contains links to other useful, external sites.


Yom HaShoah begins Sundown, Wednesday 4th May

Yom HaShoah is the Jewish communities time to reflect together, remember, and educate about the 6 million Jewish lives that were lost in the Holocaust.


Volunteers Required for Oral History Project

Focusing on the current Jewish community in the North-East, the Aberdeen Jewish Oral History Project aims to record stories about the unique experience of practising Judaism in relative isolation with a congregation that is particularly transient. The project aims to document first hand how those who identify as Jewish define their ethnic identity in relationship with the broader Scottish environment, how individuals and families practise their faith, what difficulties and pleasures arise in the expression of isolated practice, how life cycle events such as births, brits, bar/bat mitzvahs, and deaths are dealt with when specifically Jewish resources are not immediately available, and how children and parents express – or suppress – their Jewish heritage. 
If you are able to contribute to this project, please contact the webmaster in the first instance.  There are more details on the Events page.

See details of our latest refurbishment project!


In February, we had some of our windows refurbished - see the finished project on our Gallery Page!

One of Kelly's cats on Union Terrace One of Kelly's cats on Union Terrace

Events and Calendar ארועים ולוח שנה

The Shul sometimes holds services at 6:00pm on Friday evenings for Maariv. Please email the webmaster in advance if you wish to attend, as there may not necessarily be a planned or led service, or services may be led by a woman.


The next Shabbat Sacharis service will be at 10:00am on Saturday, 7 May 2016, followed by Kiddush. 



IsraAid arrive in Aberdeenshire! IsraAid arrive in Aberdeenshire!

News From Home and Abroad בית חדשות ובחוץ לארץ

News and events from Scotland, Israel and other places will appear here.  For Shul news, see Events.

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