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Manchester Jewish Museum is a place to experience how we are different, together. Our museum first opened in 1984, housed in a Grade II* listed 1874 (former) Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Cheetham Hill, one of the most diverse areas in Manchester. Following a £6m redevelopment and extension our new museum includes a new gallery, vegetarian café, shop and learning studio & kitchen as well as

complete restoration of our synagogue. We hold over 31,000 items in our collection, documenting the story of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester. The collection is considered by historians to be of national and international significance and our synagogue has been described by Historic England as “one of the highlights of Victorian Gothic architecture in the country”. We connect Jewish stories to the world and to our society to explore both our differences and similarities and celebrate that which makes people unique and that which connects us all. In doing so we look to spark reaction and change and to make real the knowledge that there is more that binds us together than separates us. We boldly explore and combine educational, cultural and artistic experiences to encourage those with whom we come into contact to feel and believe that we are all better together.

On behalf of the whole museum team we'd like to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Chanukah, filled with li...
07/12/2023

On behalf of the whole museum team we'd like to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Chanukah, filled with light and warmth. 💜

If you'd like to celebrate with us and get in the festive spirit, come to our Chanukah Family Fun Day! this Sunday. All ages welcome!

Please note that during Chanukah we'll be operating our usual opening hours. Our vegetarian Cafe will be serving their special sourdough jam donuts, so make sure to give them a try when you visit us. 🍩

Chag sameach!

Yesterday, our staff and volunteers completed their Carbon Literacy training as part of the Carbon Literacy Action Day. ...
05/12/2023

Yesterday, our staff and volunteers completed their Carbon Literacy training as part of the Carbon Literacy Action Day.

As the world leaders gathered at COP28 to discuss, deliberate and negotiate on climate policy, our team, alongside other Carbon Literacy learners all over the world, sat down to learn, collaborate and become empowered to take impactful action on climate change.

Thank you to The Carbon Literacy Project, everyone who attended the training and to our fantastic trainers, Alex and Julia. We're very excited to be a part of the cultural shift to a low carbon society!

📣 Our Chanukah Appeal: Help us continue bringing people together 📣On behalf of the whole museum team, we’d like to wish ...
04/12/2023

📣 Our Chanukah Appeal: Help us continue bringing people together 📣

On behalf of the whole museum team, we’d like to wish you a peaceful holiday season and a happy Chanukah. Your support in these difficult times has been more important than ever.

The recent tragic events in Israel and Gaza have shocked and impacted everyone in our communities, including ourselves here at the museum. Recent weeks have seen fewer people coming through our doors, with November being our quietest month this year. Concern from parents has seen many schools cancel their planned visits, which has had a significant impact on our income. Despite these challenges, we continue to create opportunities for people to come together to explore their similarities and differences and to allow much needed dialogue.

A wonderful example of this was our Cheetham Fest Open Day in October. We opened our doors for anyone to visit the museum for free as part of Cheetham Cultural Festival. Our Synagogue Nights shows have gone ahead as planned and were described as “uplifting”, “communal” and “something positive to enjoy at a troubling time for many”.

We believe that our work is needed now more than ever, but we need your help. Together we can make a change.

We would like to thank you for your continued support, whether it's through visiting us, attending our events, using our cafe or being an MJM member. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our members, supporters and partners to be able to bring our work to life. Your support means we can share the stories of Jewish Manchester with the world and bring communities together, spreading the message of peace and unity in diversity.

If you would like to support our work, please consider making an online donation using this link: https://uk.patronbase.com/_ManchesterJewishMuseum/Products/Donate

You can also become an MJM Member and connect closer to our museum and our work: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/about-us/support/mjmmembers/

OUR SYNAGOGUE TURNS 150 YEARS OLD 🕍⏳

2024 will be a very special year for all of us at the museum. Our Spanish and Portuguese synagogue turns 150 years old and we’ll be celebrating with an exciting programme of events, a new temporary exhibition and a new menu in our vegetarian Cafe. Your support means we’ll able to welcome even more people through our doors and share this special moment with all of our communities.

Support our Chanukah fundraising appeal and be a part of this exciting year!

📣This Sunday, 3 December, we invite our audiences for the Manchester premiere of an award-winning documentary, Out Of Ex...
01/12/2023

📣This Sunday, 3 December, we invite our audiences for the Manchester premiere of an award-winning documentary, Out Of Exile: The Photography of Fred Stein. 🎬

We've recently talked to the movie's director, Peter Stein, about film-making, photography and what we can take away from his father's story. Read the full interview on our blog:

On Sunday, 3 December, we invite our audiences for the final show of our Synagogue Nights season: the Manchester premiere of the award-winning documentary film

📣 We now know the new date of Noga RitterTrio's concert. The show will take place on Sunday, 10 March 2024 at 7pm. 🎵🎤The...
27/11/2023

📣 We now know the new date of Noga RitterTrio's concert. The show will take place on Sunday, 10 March 2024 at 7pm. 🎵🎤

The new event and tickets can be found here: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/event/noga-ritter-trio-2024/

If you've booked tickets to the November show, don't worry - your tickets have been automatically transferred to the new date. If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected].

✉️🫢 We were donated a letter from John F Kennedy!One of our favourite categories of objects within our collection are le...
23/11/2023

✉️🫢 We were donated a letter from John F Kennedy!

One of our favourite categories of objects within our collection are letters. They allow us a glimpse into the everyday lives and experiences of people who came before us. And last week we were donated a very special letter! 👀

The below letter was sent from U.S Senator John F Kennedy to Miss Mary Wall of Thomas Street in Salford on 4.11.1960. Mary Wall was born in 1914. She was a bus conductor who lived in Salford for her whole life and never visited America yet wished to show her support for the senator, so she sent him a letter. ✉️

In his reply, the senator is thanking Miss Wall for writing to him with support for his Presidential Campaign. The letter has his hand signature. Shortly after the letter was sent, John F Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States. 🇺🇸

Can you believe this incredible story? It inspired us to look for other extraordinary letters from well-known people in our collection. 🕍

We’ve also found an envelope, which was sent to Henry Rose, who was British-Jewish sports journalist and one of the most-read football writers in the “Daily Express”. The envelope was addressed simply with a cut out of a cartoon character known as 'Henry' followed by a picture of a rose, but because Henry Rose was so well known, the letter reached him! ✍️

We also keep two letters exchanged between Manchester resident Leita Donn and Mr. Otto Frank in 1958. Otto Frank was the father of Anne Frank. In his letters to Leita he describes the progress of repairs on the secret annexe to turn the building into the Anne Frank House Museum. He thanks Leita for her support for the Anne Frank foundation. He also sends her some stories that Anne had written to amuse Leita. 🥰

Have you ever received a letter from a well-known person? Let us know in the comment! 👇

We've got many exciting events and activities coming up this week. Here's what you can get involved in: 🎤22/11 Wednesday...
20/11/2023

We've got many exciting events and activities coming up this week. Here's what you can get involved in:

🎤22/11 Wednesday, 6-8pm
Songwriting & Poetry Group: Time Capsule!

Join us as we work on a new song, which will go inside our new time capsule to mark the 150th anniversary of our synagogue. Using words written by our local communities, we will weave together a ‘Song for the Future’, exploring what people love about Cheetham Hill & Crumpsall and Manchester Jewish Museum.

Book for FREE: https://bit.ly/47Hazyo

👞23/11 Thursday, 4-5:30pm
The Crafty Corner: Shoemaking!

In this session we will be continuing to create shoes, inspired by the story of Nathan Seaberg, who came to the UK from Riga, Latvia and worked as a shoemaker from his home in Hightown, Manchester in the 1910s. Don’t worry if this is the first time you are joining us, there is plenty of time to help grow and develop our shoes!

Book for FREE: https://bit.ly/3G6fSeH

🍰26/11 Sunday, 12-2pm
Foodie Group: Tanya Truman’s Favourite Nigella Recipes

Join us for a very special Foodie Group workshop, co-hosted by actor, singer and creative producer, Tanya Truman, who will share with us her favourite Nigella Lawson recipes, including a delicious pavlova, a pea, mint and avocado salad and a musical mayonnaise!

Book for FREE: https://bit.ly/40KkPUe

🎭26/11 Sunday, 7pm
Becoming Nigella (In Concert)

Funny, heartwarming and mouth-salivating new musical, inspired by Nigella Lawson. Premiered in Manchester as part of our Synagogue Nights season. Expect laughter, tears, roast chicken and some very imperfect cooking!

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/45Fcumq

We’ve found a fascinating link between two stories in our collection! 😍👇Alexander Percy Guttenberg, known as Percy Gutte...
17/11/2023

We’ve found a fascinating link between two stories in our collection! 😍👇

Alexander Percy Guttenberg, known as Percy Guttenberg, was born in Bristol in 1870. His father, Marcus, was a successful photographer from Poland, who set up his photograph business in England in 1851. 📸

Then, in 1878 the family and business moved to Manchester. Marcus had a studio on Oxford Street, Chorlton on Medlock. When he died in 1891, Percy took over the studio. By the 1901 census Percy was married to Rose (nee Keesing). They lived on Bury New Road with their son Noel and two staff, a nurse and cook.

Percy’s work features in The National Portrait Gallery. He specialised in portraits of actors and actresses. 🖼️

Interestingly, we found a mention of Percy in the diaries or David Isaacs, which were donated to the museum last year. David was apprenticed to Mr Percy Guttenberg, then based at 42 Deansgate for three years between 1895 and 1898. 📚

In one of the diaries we found a picture of Percy, taken by David! David has finished his apprenticeship but isn’t confident that he is proficient in photography yet.

“Mr Guttenberg has been culpably negligent, though I must admit that in some things I have been to blame.”

In the first year David believes he was used as an errand boy. In his second year he did gain some experience, but admits he didn’t take his work seriously enough and Mr Guttenberg had to complain to his father. 👀

Now at the end of his third year David feels it was only when the apprenticeship was half over did Mr Guttenberg “take any interest as he ought.”

Mr Guttenberg decided not to keep David on after the apprenticeship. He recommended that David continued in the trade but work for amateurs.

While they may not have had the best working relationship we find it fascinating how these two stories connect! 🩷

📣 IMPORTANT UPDATE 📣Unfortunately, we have to cancel tonight's concert by Noga Ritter Trio due to one of the band member...
16/11/2023

📣 IMPORTANT UPDATE 📣

Unfortunately, we have to cancel tonight's concert by Noga Ritter Trio due to one of the band members being ill. The show will be rescheduled and we will share the new date with you as soon as possible. Please await further communications from us.

Rest assured, if you booked tickets to this show, your tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date.

We understand that this change may cause great inconvenience for some of you. We do apologise and hope that you’ll still be able to join us for the rescheduled show.

If you have any questions about your booking, please e-mail [email protected] and we'll be happy to help.

Tomorrow we'll welcome another fantastic artist as part of our ongoing Synagogue Nights season. And it's someone you may...
15/11/2023

Tomorrow we'll welcome another fantastic artist as part of our ongoing Synagogue Nights season. And it's someone you may already know! 🥰🎵

Following the sold-out 2022 Synagogue Nights show, the Noga Ritter Trio return to Manchester with their genre-blending, eclectic music and a newly released album. Noga's songs, sung in both Hebrew and English, weave intimate and personal stories into a potent narrative of social-global issues. Her performances are passionate and energetic, getting everyone to dance and sing along 🤩

Come listen to Noga’s new songs, tracing influences from her upbringing, travels and encounters! 🎉Book tickets here: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/event/noga-ritter-trio/

On the Crossed Finger Selfie Day we’d like to say a huge   to all National Lottery players who help support our work at ...
14/11/2023

On the Crossed Finger Selfie Day we’d like to say a huge to all National Lottery players who help support our work at Manchester Jewish Museum.🤞

Your support means more people can explore how we are different, together and learn that there’s more we have in common than what separates us. 🩷

National Lottery Heritage Fund

📣 Have you heard about our Sabbath specials? Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest, begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the...
10/11/2023

📣 Have you heard about our Sabbath specials? Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest, begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening after nightfall. It's a time of gatherings, prayer, song and food.

Every Saturday, we invite our visitors to experience the essence of Sabbath through textile and sound installations and some tasty specials in our Cafe!

🎧"Take A Load Off" is a sound installation created from oral history clips in the museum’s collection of interviews with Jewish Mancunians talking about their meanings, memories and sensations of Sabbath. It's displayed in our museum's Cafe every Saturday, so grab a pair of headphones and enjoy the stories as you wait for your food.

🧵Inspired by the sound installation, our museum Textile Group has crafted a beautiful textile triptych—a visual representation of some of the themes, colors, and images explored in the audio piece.

🥄Lastly, be sure to try the (Not) Chicken Soup, our vegetarian take on the Jewish Sabbath classic. A delicious brothy soup with soft matzo balls and roasted oyster mushrooms!

If you’ve been to the museum before, you may have stopped in our film room and noticed this glass cabinet with a miniatu...
08/11/2023

If you’ve been to the museum before, you may have stopped in our film room and noticed this glass cabinet with a miniature ark. But have you ever looked at it up close? 🤗

This beautiful wooden ark belonged to the Duinkerk (originally Dujnkerk) family who rented part of a house in Butler Street, Spitalfields, London in the 18th century. They were Dutch Jewish migrants who migrated from Amsterdam following the resettlement of the area in the 17th century. Many Dutch migrants, like the Duinkerks, were in the to***co trade at that time. 🧳

This miniature ark was made for the family in the 18th or early 19th century. It was used for the storage of Tefillin, prayer books and other religious items and came with a lightbulb, with a little Star of David inside. In fact, when it came to our possession it still had some of these items inside! ✡️📚

The ark travelled with the family when they came to settle in Manchester and now it lives in our collection. Make sure to have a look at it when you next visit us! 🥰

Have you ever seen an object like this before? Let us know in a comment below!👇

📣We are over the moon about being selected as a finalist for the Archello Awards 2023 Museum Building of the Year catego...
06/11/2023

📣We are over the moon about being selected as a finalist for the Archello Awards 2023 Museum Building of the Year category. 🏆

The Archello.com Awards is a global awards programme celebrating the very best architecture projects and building products in the world. This year's winners will be announced in December. For now, you can vote for your favourite candidates (including us 🥰) online on: https://archello.com/awards/archello-awards-2023/projects

Thank you to our fantastic team of architects and designers who are behind this beautiful project: Citizens Design Bureau, All Things Studio, Buro Happold, Smithers Purslow, Buro Four, Appleyard &Trew LLP, HH Smith & Sons Co Ltd, Britain & Co., Earnscliffe Associate, Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, Recclesia Ltd , Kellenberger-White, Plann, Stone Central, The Hub, Winton Nightingale and Twelve. 💚

Today, we’ve decided to show you some of the smallest objects in our gallery, which are easy to miss but can be really f...
03/11/2023

Today, we’ve decided to show you some of the smallest objects in our gallery, which are easy to miss but can be really fascinating! 😍

In our gallery's Communities section, you can spot many membership cards from Jewish organisations and clubs which operated in Manchester. Despite their small size, these cards carry amazing stories about the everyday life of Manchester's Jewish community. ✡️

Have a look at the below membership card of the Jewish Tailors, Machinists and Pressers Trade Union, which belonged to Barnett Shapiro. Barnett emigrated to the UK from Russia in 1896. He was granted a pedlar's certificate in 1897 and later became a presser and moved to Manchester, where he joined the union. 🏭

In our archive, we also keep a similar membership card, which belonged to Harry Cohen, who organised the union and was subsequently dismissed from the tailoring shop where he worked during the First World War making army coats. He was accused of “disrupting the workforces”, and after being blacklisted, he found getting work very difficult.

The bright orange membership card is from the Manchester Jewish Literary and Social Society Dance Club, which was located in St George’s Hall on Oxford Street, Manchester, in the 1930s. 🕺

We also have a membership card from the Springfield Jewish Youth Social Centre in Smedley Lane, the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade, the Stockport Jewish Social Club and many more. 🩰🎭

Do you recognise any of these organisations? Let us know in the comments. And if you’d like to get your very own Manchester Jewish Museum membership card, head to our website and become a member today: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/about-us/support/mjmmembers/ 🤗

Last night we took our audiences on a musical journey into Jewish songs with a stunning performance by James Nissen 🎵Tha...
30/10/2023

Last night we took our audiences on a musical journey into Jewish songs with a stunning performance by James Nissen 🎵

Thank you to everyone who joined us and to the members of our Foodie Group who sung a song with James on stage 🥰

Synagogue Nights season continues with exciting shows coming up:

🎸9/11 "Kravitz, Cohen, Bernstein and me" by Deb Filler
🎤16/11 Noga Ritter Trio with her new album "Ima"
🥯26/11 Becoming Nigella (In Concert)
🎬3/12Out Of Exile: The Photography of Fred Stein

Our Friday Foodie Group workshop was co-hosted by musician and klezmer violinist, James Nissen. James shared with us his...
29/10/2023

Our Friday Foodie Group workshop was co-hosted by musician and klezmer violinist, James Nissen. James shared with us his family recipe for a delicious aubergine stew 🥘

Tonight, James is performing at the museum as part of our Synagogue Nights and if you come early, you can try this new dish, Seco de Berenjena, at our museum cafe before the show! 🍴

Doors open from 6pm. See you soon! 👋

Read more about James’s show here: Journeys into Jewish song with James Nissen

Today we were at the Family Health & Well-being event, organised by our friends at Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill 🧡Thank...
26/10/2023

Today we were at the Family Health & Well-being event, organised by our friends at Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill 🧡

Thank you to everyone who came to say hello, we hope you liked the fresh challah bread and that you’ll come visit us at the museum! ☺️

One of the first things our curator sees when she walks into our collection store is the portrait of Abraham Lazarus Kas...
25/10/2023

One of the first things our curator sees when she walks into our collection store is the portrait of Abraham Lazarus Kastenburg. So let’s travel back to the 19th century and explore the family story behind it! 🖼️👀

The below portrait was presented to Abraham Lazarus Kastenburg who had been the warden of the Cracow Synagogue in Manchester for 25 years between 1868, when the synagogue first opened until 1893. He also served as the Vice-President of the Synagogue. 🕍

The Cracow synagogue was originally called The Cracow Hebrew society. In 1915 it merged with Hightown Synagogue at 64 Elizabeth Street. You can see Abraham listed on the below synagogue document along with the name of his son-in law-Louis.

Before Abraham came to Mancheter, he has already married Bella in Poland and had children. You can see Bella in the beautiful painted photograph below. The condition is not great but we think that it’s an absolutely stunning piece! 🥰

Abraham and Bella’s eldest daughter, Helena Kastenburg married Louis Faust. They had eleven children together. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Louis was born in Cracow in 1830 and was the son of a painter and the mayor of Cracow. When he came to Manchester, he ran a tailoring shop in Oldham Street. We have a clipping from the Manchester Guardian (Friday, 28 September 1928 issue) with a picture of Oldham Street and Louis’s shop in the background. 📰

Louis later became a wholesale trouser manufacturer with premises in Market Street. 👖

It was Helena’s and Luois’s son, Albert, who donated the portrait and photographs to us along with material from Manchester Jews School in Derby Street, where several of his sisters worked as teachers.

Have you ever heard about this family before? Or seen pictures of Louise’s shop? Let us know in a comment!

📣 Tasty news from our Museum Cafè!❤️Our Cafè Team introduced two new wintry dishes to the menu, which will warm up your ...
24/10/2023

📣 Tasty news from our Museum Cafè!❤️

Our Cafè Team introduced two new wintry dishes to the menu, which will warm up your taste buds this winter! And yes, they’re all plant-based 🥕

🍅 Saleh Marag: an earthy Iraqi stew, inspired by the story of Jack Saleh, found in our museum collection. The perfect blend of 7 spices and the comforting warmth of aubergines, potatoes and tomatoes make this dish a perfect choice for a cold day.

🍲 Pebbles and Toast: squash and lentils soup, inspired by our Synagogue Nights artists Fran & Flora and their musical journeys through Romania. Made with love and the finest ingredients, this dish will wrap you in a cosy hug with its beautiful taste!

Food holds great significance within Jewish culture and our Cafè is a key part of our museum. It is a warm and welcoming space, where we share stories from our collection through foods and flavours and invite you, our visitors, to take a moment to gather round a table, reflect on your visit and connect with one another.

We hope that you’ll come visit us at the museum this winter and stop by at the Cafe to try these new dishes that will add a touch of warmth to your experience. And tell us what you think!

Our Synagogue Nights season has officially started last night with a beautiful concert by Fran & Flora! 😍Thank you to ev...
23/10/2023

Our Synagogue Nights season has officially started last night with a beautiful concert by Fran & Flora! 😍

Thank you to everybody who came to watch, sing and learn Yiddish with us, as we travelled through contemporary diaspora sounds. And thank you to our amazing Song-Writing Group who joined Francesca and Flora on stage for a beautiful song about a fisherman! We had a great time and hope you did too 😊

We've got five more amazing shows to go, so don't miss out, book today:

🎵 This Sunday, 29 October Journeys into Jewish song with James Nissen
🚕 9 November "Kravitz, Cohen, Bernstein and me" by Deb Filler
🕺16 November Noga Ritter Trio with her new album "Ima"
🍗 26 November Becoming Nigella (In Concert)
📸 3 December Out Of Exile: The Photography of Fred Stein

22/10/2023

Thank you to Fran & Flora for this beautiful opening of our Synagogue Nights, it was an unforgettable night! 😍

📣Are you looking for fun things to do this half term? Join us on Wednesday, 25 October, as we make sweet autumnal baked ...
22/10/2023

📣Are you looking for fun things to do this half term? Join us on Wednesday, 25 October, as we make sweet autumnal baked apples! 🍎

In this session, we will be exploring stories from our collection connected to the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, which took place at the beginning of this month. During Sukkot, many Jewish families eat dishes that include stuffed foods, often with vegetables and pastry, to symbolise the bounty of the harvest. Inspired by Jewish recipes found within our archive, we will create baked apples filled with Autumnal ingredients: oats, cinnamon, honey and raisins. 😍

As our apples bake, you’ll also get to try your hand at weaving! Make a small bookmark, ready to nestle down with your favourite read this coming winter. 📖

This workshop is open to anyone of any age: adults, families and children. You will get to take home everything you make! Book here:

Join us for a cosy autumnal baking and bookmark-making workshop, inspired by Sukkot!

Have you ever heard about The West Didsbury Jewish Youth Club? 👩‍🎨We’ve recently acquired a collection of their paper pr...
19/10/2023

Have you ever heard about The West Didsbury Jewish Youth Club? 👩‍🎨

We’ve recently acquired a collection of their paper programmes and newsletters and absolutely loved reading through them 🥰

The West Didsbury Jewish Youth Club was set up in January 1950 by a group, including Joseph M Sassoon and Barry Wax. Joseph was the president of the Management Committee and Barry became the Chairman.

The group met on Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Withington Congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Queens Road, Didsbury. The original membership list was about 100 children between the ages of 8-16. 🎨

The group played tennis at Fog Lane park, led rambles in Derbyshire and took part in table tennis tournaments. They hosted debates, held film showings and visited various venues. On one trip, called 'While Manchester Sleeps,' 34 children spent the night touring Manchester city centre. 🌜

In their newsletter they also write about a visit to Manchester Central Library: “among other things, we saw the Manchester Guardian being microfilmed, starting with the first copy which was published in 1851.” 📰

We also like the mention of a club’s ramble around Chinley and New Mills, which was “enjoyed by all” even though “it rained nearly all the time”. ☔️

Have you heard about this youth club before? Let us know in the comments. 👇

Cheetham Cultural Festival must be our favourite time of the year. 😍Opening our doors for anyone to visit the museum for...
18/10/2023

Cheetham Cultural Festival must be our favourite time of the year. 😍Opening our doors for anyone to visit the museum for free and celebrating our local communities through what we love most, music, art and food, is a highlight for all of our Team. 🫶

Thank you to everyone who visited us last Sunday to see the museum, bake, sing, make crafts and eat. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! And thank you to our fantastic Song-Writers and the M8 Ambassadors from Royal Exchange Theatre for beautiful performances in our synagogue. Below are some of our favourite pictures from the day 📸

If you came to our Museum Open Day and have any feedback on what went well and what we could improve, please share it with us in a comment or send it to [email protected]. We'd love to hear your thoughts! 📧

We are all ready and very excited to welcome you to our Museum Open Day! (Cheetham Cultural Festival) 🥰 Here’s what we’v...
15/10/2023

We are all ready and very excited to welcome you to our Museum Open Day! (Cheetham Cultural Festival) 🥰

Here’s what we’ve prepared:

🎵 musical performances
🍪 decorating coconut pyramids with Foodie Group
🖍️ creative activities for all ages
🍎 free treats in the Cafe

Entry is free for all today. See you soon!

Yesterday we held a relaxing art session of our Crafty Corner group, which was led by the singer and song-writer Noga Ri...
13/10/2023

Yesterday we held a relaxing art session of our Crafty Corner group, which was led by the singer and song-writer Noga Ritter, who will be performing at the museum on Thursday, 9 November as part of our Synagogue Nights 🎵✏️

Noga invited the group to listen to her beautiful song, titled “Departure”, which features on her new album “Ima”. She also shared the story behind the piece and the memories and dreams, which inspired the lyrics. 💿 We then looked at the beautiful body painting by Brierley Thorpe which features on the album’s cover to gain some inspiration 🎨

The group responded to the song through large scale painting, drawing, collage and printmaking, finding patterns, colours and shapes which they feel best expresses Noga’s music 👩‍🎨

It was a wonderful, relaxed session with lots of chat and laughter 🥰 Thank you to everyone who joined us, we hope you had fun!

The final piece will be displayed during Noga’s concert so remember to book tickets to the show! Tickets: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/event/noga-ritter-trio/

As it gets colder and the leaves begin to fall, there’s something special about curling up with a cup of tea or a bowl o...
12/10/2023

As it gets colder and the leaves begin to fall, there’s something special about curling up with a cup of tea or a bowl of hot soup. 🥰🍲

So today we’ve decided to show you some of our collection of kitchen gear and recipe books and even share a special sweet recipe we found in the archive! 👀🍴

Have a look at “Some Traditional Jewish Recipes”, a recipe book compiled by Mrs Joseph Prag. It is a guide for "every Jewish housewife" and provides recipes for Sabbath, Jewish holidays, like Passover, sukkot and purim, as well as information of koshering and setting the seder table.

It was given to us by a donor who found the book in a drawer, in a family home in Crumpsall, where the family have lived for 60 years. We especially liked the “Sukkot Toffee” recipe! 🍬

We also have two metal dishes with lids from Manchester Jewish Soup Kitchen, Southall Street, Strangeways. They are marked "MILK" and "MEAT" and would be used by Jewish people who don’t mix these food types in a meal. 🍽️

What are your favourite autumnal dishes? Let us know if a comment! 👇

09/10/2023
On the last day of Sukkot we’re looking at different examples of Sukkah in our collection.  🌿🌾Did you know that before o...
06/10/2023

On the last day of Sukkot we’re looking at different examples of Sukkah in our collection. 🌿🌾

Did you know that before our Spanish & Portuguese synagogue was transformed into a museum, the congregation used to have their own Sukkah in our building? 🕍

We even have the paper invitation to the laying of the foundation stone and a silver and ivory trowel (currently on public display!), which was presented on the day to Issac Cansino, the synagogue’s president at the time. 👀

Have you built a Sukkah this year? Post a picture in the comments, we’d love to see! 📸

Embark on a musical journey into songs from across the Jewish diaspora 🎶Join us on Sunday, 29 October, for an atmospheri...
04/10/2023

Embark on a musical journey into songs from across the Jewish diaspora 🎶

Join us on Sunday, 29 October, for an atmospheric evening of music as Manchester-based singer and klezmer violinist, James Nissen, presents his repertoire of Jewish songs from all over the world in our historic synagogue. 🤩

Whether you love Jewish music or are completely new to it, come to sing along, dance and be taken on your own personal journey through sound! 🎵 Book tickets to the show: https://bit.ly/3EqwahV

And if you'd like to meet James ahead of the show, join our October Foodie Group, where he'll cook with us some delicious Sephardi-inspired aubergine recipes! 🍆🍲 Book for Foodie Group: https://bit.ly/3RRV5CG

Join us for a truly atmospheric evening of Jewish songs from all over the world, sung in Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, Greek and English.

Join us on Sunday, 15 October as we once again open our doors for anyone to visit the museum for FREE as part of Cheetha...
03/10/2023

Join us on Sunday, 15 October as we once again open our doors for anyone to visit the museum for FREE as part of Cheetham Cultural Festival 🙌

Get ready for a fun day filled with family-friendly activities, tasty food and performances, which celebrate the vibrant communities of our museum and bring Jewish Mancunian stories to life. 🧡

Explore the fascinating stories on our gallery and learn about the communities who once gathered to worship in our Grade II* listed 1874 Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. 🕍 Here's what we've planned:

👢 Dive into an origami shoe-making workshop led by the museum’s Crafty Corner!

🍩Decorate your own sweet, tasty Cinnamon Balls with the Foodie Group.

🎵Help us write a ‘Song for the Future’ as we get ready to create a new time capsule for our synagogue’s 150th anniversary in 2024.

🤩 Watch a beautiful performance by the museum's Song-Writing Group, with songs inspired by stories within our collection.

🎭Meet the fantastic Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall Ambassadors from the Royal Exchange Theatre. Listen to a song from their brand-new theatre piece, which will be staged later that day at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre AUGB Manchester.

All activities are free and all ages are welcome. We've got a limited capacity so early bookings are encouraged. Book your free ticket here: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/event/cheetham-cultural-festival-2023-museum-open-day/

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