Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith

altExploring the many ways that Britain's Jews have "taken up" the beautiful game.

Recently shown at the Jewish Museum London, the exhibition will celebrate the contribution Jews have made to the world of football, on and off the field, and considers what football has given to British Jews. The national game has offered Jews a means of integration and the opportunity to transcend ethnic or religious divisions through belonging to a wider community. Tracing the story from football’s roots in the 19th century to the modern game we know today, the exhibition frames the Jewish story in the context of football and vice versa.

Exhibition highlights include the schoolboy diary of David Dein (former vice-chair of Arsenal), David Pleat’s 1961 Maccabiah medal and all three trophies (Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League) presented to Manchester United directors in the 1998/99 treble-winning season. A Manchester focus will run throughout the exhibition with displays about Manchester Maccabi, the Munich Air Disaster, Manchester City legend, Bert Trautmann and Manchester United director, Michael Edelson - the longest serving director of a Premiership club.

A packed programme of football events will be held to accompany the exhibition, from a panel discussion about the 'Y-word' at the National Football Museum to talks by football writers and journalists, including Anthony Clavane, David Dee and David Conn. See full events programme.

18 March-21 September

FREE with museum admission




Northern Jewish Artists I: Emmanuel Levy

Emmanuel Levy will be the first artist to feature in a series of exhibitions celebrating Northern Jewish painters. The first exhibition will draw primarily on the collection of the Ben Uri Gallery to explore the life and work of Levy, showcasing his talents as a Manchester painter, draughtsman and teacher. Levy's work is shown in museums and galleries including Ben Uri, Manchester City Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Tel Aviv and Ein Harod Museums.

Oct 2014 - Jan 2015

FREE with museum admission


Northern Jewish Artists II: Jacob Kramer

Following scholarship to the Leeds School of Art and the support of his patron, Michael Sadler, Jacob Kramer studied at the Slade School of Art, assisted by a grant from the Jewish Education Aid Society. Kramer worked intermittently in London during the 1920s, associated with progressive artistic groups such as the Vorticists, the London Group, the AAA, and exhibiting in David Bomberg's important Jewish section at the Whitechapel Gallery's 1914 exhibition, 'Twentieth Century Art: a Review of Modern Movements'. Kramer's work encompasses painting, printmaking and drawing and the works for this exhibition will primarily be selected from Ben Uri's collection.

Feb - May 2015

FREE with museum admission