Jewish students at a house party in 1938.
The number of Jews attending Scottish universities increased substantially after the First World War. Jewish immigrants saw higher education as a means of providing their children with access to employment opportunities which had not been available to their parents. Medicine was the most popular subject as it was thought to be a high-status occupation with good employment prospects. Many foreign Jewish students also came to study in Scotland because of discrimination in universities in their home countries.
The Glasgow University Jewish Society was founded in 1912. In the 1930s the society held meetings fortnightly during the winter and represented the interests of Jewish students at the University of Glasgow and at colleges in the city.
Reproduced with the permission of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
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