Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum The Museum chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today.
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Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. It is the only Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, completed in 1874. With a compelling history to tell, the building opened as a museum is 1984. The Museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. The former ladies' gallery houses the Museum's permanent displays, in which the history of Manchester's Jewish community is vividly brought to life. The Museum now offers a unique learning programme for schools, colleges and other organisations and hosts an exciting exhibition & events programme. Guided Tours. Jewish Manchester in 1912: Sweat Shops, Charity and the Titanic. Sunday- Thursday 11am, 1pm and 3pm and Fridays at 11am Visitors will be taken back in time to discover what life was like for 5 Jewish people living in Manchester in 1912. Museum volunteers will use the Museum's displays, exhibits and collection to tell these fascinating and previously unheard stories. Faith and the Synagogue Sunday- Thursday 12pm and 2pm and Fridays at 12pm Explore the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester through the life of a Jewish man called Chaim Besso. Let Mr Besso's story lead you around the synagogue and you will discover more about kosher food, festivals and the synagogue itself. Tours are included in museum entrance price. Prices: Entrance to the museum cost £3.50/£4.50 per person and this includes two guided tours and a 12 month free pass.

For this week's blog post, our very own Andrea is thinking ahead to the Jewish festival of Shavuot, and linking it to a ...
13/05/2020

For this week's blog post, our very own Andrea is thinking ahead to the Jewish festival of Shavuot, and linking it to a lovely item in our collection!

And if the thought of cheesecake excites you, then make sure to check back next week for the second part of our Shavuot-themed Virtual Picnic Blogs!

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It's Monday... which means a new Virtual Picnic blog post! Last week we had a look at the history of Jewish bakeries in ...
04/05/2020

It's Monday... which means a new Virtual Picnic blog post! Last week we had a look at the history of Jewish bakeries in Manchester, and today we look in deeper detail at people's stories and memories around these bakeries, such as the ever popular Needoff's!

We also have some lovely submissions by friends of the museum... if this inspires you then please send us your own submissions!

Happy picnicking!

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Excited to be included in Creative Tourist's roundup of best online events in Manchester! If you've already checked out ...
04/05/2020
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Excited to be included in Creative Tourist's roundup of best online events in Manchester!

If you've already checked out our Virtual Picnic why not have a look what else they recommend?

The best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North, including Manchester Collective | HOMEmcr | The Stoller Hall | Manchester International Festival | Old Bank Residency | Living Room Dance Club | Band on the Wall | Manchester Jewish Museum | Manchester Libraries | Quarantine | Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens | Northern Chamber Orchestra and many more...

Have any of you been able to find the gold dust that is yeast or flour in your local shops? This week on our Virtual Pic...
29/04/2020

Have any of you been able to find the gold dust that is yeast or flour in your local shops? This week on our Virtual Picnic blog we are exploring the histories of Cheetham's Jewish bakeries, with some lovely research from our volunteers!

Why not have a read, and share your own memories?

http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/blog/?p=379

13/04/2020

We're now mid-way through Passover and we've got another blog post!

We are still collecting pictures, videos, anything at all for our Virtual Picnic, and we have been exploring our oral histories. Check out our blog to read about Alice Mesrie's memories of Passover in Aleppo, and about Mrs Goldstone's memories of parading round Heaton Park in a new outfit!

We would love to hear from you - we hope everyone is staying safe and in good spirits.

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We're going on a (Virtual) Picnic!  Even though we are currently unable to go outside and meet up, we thought that this ...
07/04/2020

We're going on a (Virtual) Picnic! Even though we are currently unable to go outside and meet up, we thought that this shouldn’t stop us from being creative!

We found some photos and stories from our archives of Jewish clubs and societies getting together around Greater Manchester for picnics, and we want to have our very own.

Give us your suggestions for your favourite food to take to a picnic - why not send us a photo of your food, or pictures of yourselves picnicking in the past! If you’re feeling really creative, why not send us a recipe, or a video of you making your dish so others can have a go as well?

We would love to get lots of suggestions from people, and to put them on our blog over the next few weeks, to create our Virtual Picnic! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Head over to our blog to find out more, and to get some inspiration from our team members people in the community - why not try 'Clara's Strudel Challenge' at home: https://bit.ly/39MCXjW

Happy picnicking! 😊

Hello everyone, due to social distancing regulations the Manchester Jewish Museum pop-up space at Central Library is clo...
26/03/2020

Hello everyone, due to social distancing regulations the Manchester Jewish Museum pop-up space at Central Library is closed for the foreseeable future.

We will be launching some online activities to help everyone keep in touch soon.

Hello everyone, if you like singing or acting - we have a last couple of places for participants for our exciting theatr...
03/02/2020
Your chance to help make a new musical theatre project about grandparents! – Manchester Jewish Museum

Hello everyone, if you like singing or acting - we have a last couple of places for participants for our exciting theatre project The Great and the Grand. You will have the chance to make a new musical theatre piece with Jewish theatre maker Miriam Sherwood and her company Dynamite Island. The piece will be performed as part of our Festival of Belonging at Manchester Central Library!

For more details follow this link: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/2020/01/03/gandg/?fbclid=IwAR2dGopvYRpr56X9Fti7kHWXtD3fC1hWscOJg1G5xRpRzQYAkl-zAYqrDzI

or contact Laura on 0161 834 9879 for a chat.

Your chance to be part of a new musical theatre project about Grandparents!Join performance company Dynamite Island at a...
03/01/2020

Your chance to be part of a new musical theatre project about Grandparents!

Join performance company Dynamite Island at a series of fun, free workshops to create a unique musical performance about your grandparents. It will be a chance to have stories from your family heard, learn new skills and share your work with friends, family and a wider public at Manchester Jewish Museum’s Festival of Belonging.

We’re looking for a group of people of different ages and backgrounds who are excited about the idea of sharing stories of their grandparents. We’re especially interested in family stories from outside of the UK. No previous performance experience is necessary. Your travel expenses will be covered and refreshmens will be provided. If you need extra funds in order to participate, please let us know as we may be able to provide these through our access fund.

For more info go to: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/2020/01/03/gandg/

For our #UpYourStreet this week, this 1940s grocery shop was once on the corner of Trafalga Street and Bramley street. A...
12/11/2019

For our #UpYourStreet this week, this 1940s grocery shop was once on the corner of Trafalga Street and Bramley street. Abe Rosenfield apparently sold fish from bowls on the lorry out front.

Wartime food advice for children... the feeling of being someone the wind blew in and landing in Cheetham...and the impo...
07/11/2019

Wartime food advice for children... the feeling of being someone the wind blew in and landing in Cheetham...and the importance of herring! Just some of the stories from our archives being activated through taste and music-making activities on our new blog https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/blog/

If you're inspired by food or music come and join us! Email Creative Producer, Laura Seddon for details of events coming up: [email protected]

We are bringing back #upyourstreet this week with two images from 1905. The first image shows Burton Road and the second...
29/10/2019

We are bringing back #upyourstreet this week with two images from 1905. The first image shows Burton Road and the second is Landsdowne Road, Didsbury. Can any of you notice any changes or similarities to how they are now?

Our #upyourstreet this week shows George Street, Cheetham Hill in the early 1900s. Can you notice any differences to how...
20/08/2019

Our #upyourstreet this week shows George Street, Cheetham Hill in the early 1900s. Can you notice any differences to how it is now?

Our #upyourstreet image this week takes us back to 1987 and shows the Deli King on Kings Road in Prestwich. Did anyone e...
14/08/2019

Our #upyourstreet image this week takes us back to 1987 and shows the Deli King on Kings Road in Prestwich. Did anyone ever visit here?

12/08/2019

Can you help us to write some songs about Cheetham? If you sing, play or write lyrics or just love music then this is the group for you! The second session of our new music-making group will be on Tuesday Aug 27th 2-4pm. We always welcome new members! We are writing some songs about experiences of arriving in Cheetham based on the historical stories in the Museum's collection.

As the museum is closed for refurbishment this session is at Trinity United Church Hall, 2 Greenhill road, Manchester M8 9LG.🎧🎹🎷🥁🎺🎸🎻😊

For further info email Laura: [email protected]

30/07/2019

First session of our free community song-writing project starts tomorrow (Wed 31st) 5-7pm at Trinity United Church Hall, Greenhill Rd, Manchester M8 9LG Everyone welcome!

We are going to make new songs together about our experiences of arriving in this area and how it feels to live here alongside people from all over the world.

Over the next year, we are lucky to be working with opera singer Peter Brathwaite (originally form Cheetham), and composers Na'ama Zisser and Joe Steele who will help us to turn our stories into songs. We will also learn more about the history of different people in this area.

This project is being organised by Manchester Jewish Museum and it is free to take part. You don’t need to have musical experience – you just need to love music!

For more information email [email protected]

Our #wanderingmuseum is now fully up and running at Manchester Central Library! For this weeks #upyourstreet image we he...
30/07/2019

Our #wanderingmuseum is now fully up and running at Manchester Central Library!

For this weeks #upyourstreet image we head to Bury New Road in 1987. Has it changed much?

Do you know someone who'd be just right for this amazing opportunity?We're now looking for an Outreach Coordinator to jo...
18/07/2019
Jobs & Opportunities | Manchester Jewish Museum

Do you know someone who'd be just right for this amazing opportunity?
We're now looking for an Outreach Coordinator to join us on our fantastic #WanderingMuseum Project.
Find out more and download the information pack here: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/vacancies/

CURRENT VACANCIES Outreach Coordinator We are now looking for an Outreach Coordinator to help deliver our ‘Wandering Museum’ programme. A key role will be the delivery of our new school session: ‘Synagogue in a Box’. A little-known fact about the Jewish faith is that any room can become a sy...

Do you love music? Would you like to make new friends and make music together? This summer we are starting an exciting f...
17/07/2019

Do you love music? Would you like to make new friends and make music together?

This summer we are starting an exciting free music-making group in Cheetham and Crumpsall. We are going to make new songs together about our experiences of arriving in this area and how it feels to live alongside people from all over the world.

You don't have to be an experienced musician and everyone is welcome. The project will start on 31st July 2019.

We will work with a friendly team of musicians, who will help us turn our stories into songs. We are very lucky that one of the team is opera singer Peter Brathwaite who is originally from Cheetham Hill!

We will use stories of arriving in Cheetham from the museum's collection as a starting point - so if you love history and music, this is the project for you.

If you are interested, send Laura an email for more details: [email protected]

And we're off! Our all new pop-up museum has arrived at Manchester Central Library, while our renovations and building w...
17/07/2019

And we're off! Our all new pop-up museum has arrived at Manchester Central Library, while our renovations and building works take place. We are so excited to show everyone our new space including the fabulous Story Selector machine. The space is free to visit and is open during library opening hours. Come along and say hello! (Photo credit: Jason Lock)

It's that time of week again, and our #upyourstreet image this week shows A. Mansour's cake shop on Burton Road. The own...
25/06/2019

It's that time of week again, and our #upyourstreet image this week shows A. Mansour's cake shop on Burton Road. The owner was Lebanese Christian and although the shop wasn't Kosher they did have a large Jewish clientele. We think those cakes must have been very tasty! #Manchester #LocalHistory

P.S. Don't forget that this Sunday will be the last time you can come and visit us for a while in our current home! So why not come down and visit #changingMJM before our refurbishments begin!

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebr...
24/06/2019

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights.

All around the UK, museums, schools, art galleries and many other organisations are flying the flag this week in support of Human Rights.

We are flying our flag as our last act in our beautiful building before we close temporarily from 1st July until 2021 for our exciting renovation and building work to take place.

We will have a pop-up museum in Manchester Central Library from 15th July – come and say hello!

Our #upyourstreet this week gives another view of Cheetham Hill Road. We aren't certain on the date of this image, can a...
18/06/2019

Our #upyourstreet this week gives another view of Cheetham Hill Road. We aren't certain on the date of this image, can anyone give a guess? #Manchester #localhistory

This week our #upyourstreet takes us to Bury New Road, Whitefield.  It shows the outside of the Mayfair Cinema. Does any...
11/06/2019

This week our #upyourstreet takes us to Bury New Road, Whitefield. It shows the outside of the Mayfair Cinema. Does anyone remember going here? #Manchester #localhistory

This Sunday marks 66 years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. So, our #upyoursteeet image this week takes us b...
28/05/2019

This Sunday marks 66 years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. So, our #upyoursteeet image this week takes us back those years to 1953 and shows a street party on Bury New Road. Can anyone remember the Coronation or anyone in this photo? #Coronation #history #Manchester

Our #upyourstreet this week shows 34 Princess Street and as you can see, this is now the home of Yang Sing Restaurant. D...
14/05/2019

Our #upyourstreet this week shows 34 Princess Street and as you can see, this is now the home of Yang Sing Restaurant. During the 1940s-60s Michael Jeuda had a warehouse here.

This week our #upyourstreet image shows Shirley Road, Cheetham Hill. We aren't sure on the date, can anyone give a good ...
07/05/2019

This week our #upyourstreet image shows Shirley Road, Cheetham Hill. We aren't sure on the date, can anyone give a good guess? #Manchester #History

Our #upyourstreet this week takes us to King's Road, Prestwich in 1987 and shows B. Horowitz Booksellers and stationers ...
30/04/2019

Our #upyourstreet this week takes us to King's Road, Prestwich in 1987 and shows B. Horowitz Booksellers and stationers premises. Can anyone notice any changes to how it is now?

Our image this week takes us back to Belfield Road, Didsbury in 1905. Can anyone notice any changes from how it looks to...
23/04/2019

Our image this week takes us back to Belfield Road, Didsbury in 1905. Can anyone notice any changes from how it looks today? #upyourstreet #Manchester

Our #upyourstreet image this week is a postcard view of the trams when they ran up Cheetham Hill Road. Can anyone give a...
16/04/2019

Our #upyourstreet image this week is a postcard view of the trams when they ran up Cheetham Hill Road. Can anyone give an estimate as to when the trams were in operation here? #Manchester #localhistory

Our #upyourstreet image this week takes us back to South Manchester and is a postcard view of Wilmslow Road. Today you w...
09/04/2019

Our #upyourstreet image this week takes us back to South Manchester and is a postcard view of Wilmslow Road. Today you would be looking across the road to the Christies Hospital. #Manchester #localhistory

Hello everyone, Looking for something different to do over the school holidays? Then go nuts for games with our free gam...
03/04/2019

Hello everyone,

Looking for something different to do over the school holidays? Then go nuts for games with our free game design workshops!

Come along and create your own exciting adventure game with maker Anna Horton with us at the museum.

Monday 15th April and Tuesday 16th April 2019

For more info and to book your place go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/manchester-jewish-museum-15616945709

This week our #upyourstreet image takes us to King's Road, Prestwich in 1987. Does anyone remember J.E. Feingold and Son...
02/04/2019

This week our #upyourstreet image takes us to King's Road, Prestwich in 1987. Does anyone remember J.E. Feingold and Son Limited? #localhistory #Manchester

The second image shows the same building as it is today.

We had so much fun making hamantaschen yesterday while telling the story of the Harris House girls. The fillings from Fl...
18/03/2019

We had so much fun making hamantaschen yesterday while telling the story of the Harris House girls. The fillings from Florence Greenberg's 1947 edition are below if anyone is making some more!

Poppy-seed filling:
Put the following ingredients in a saucepan and cook over a gentle heat till thick.

1 cup of poppy seeds
¼ pint milk
2oz butter
2oz chopped raisins
2oz nuts
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
1oz sugar
2oz chopped orange and lemon peel

Prune filling:
Chop 1 pack of prunes into small pieces
Add grated rind and juice of ½ lemon
Mash together with a fork

Cream cheese filling
Mash soft cream cheese with some sugar and raisins

For #upyourstreet this week we are sharing this image of Dobkins shop at 56 Oldham Street in 1952. They were selling rai...
14/03/2019

For #upyourstreet this week we are sharing this image of Dobkins shop at 56 Oldham Street in 1952. They were selling raincoats for £4 each and it caused quite a queue!

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Hi I am just checking as to when the pop up museum is open until in Manchester. And what are its opening times?. Is it closed on saturdays?
Hi, does anyone have a photo of Wragby Street Cheetham Hill please. My wife's grandparents were living there on the 1911 Census, & would love to see it. Regards Jim.
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loving the 'up your street' posts :)
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Excellent evening at the Museum - thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment!
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