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 celebrates 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 runs 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.

Closes on 21 September

FREE with museum admission



Made in Manchester: The Art of Emmanuel Levy (1900-1986)

This Autumn Manchester Jewish Museum will be opening a major retrospective on Manchester artist, Emmanuel Levy-€“ the first for over 30 years. The exhibition, 'Made in Manchester: The Art of Emmanuel Levy (1900-1986)'€™ will explore Levy'€™s Mancunian heritage and showcase his talents as a painter, writer and teacher.

Born in Manchester in 1900 Levy studied at Manchester School of Art, where he trained under Adolph Valette, alongside L.S. Lowry with whom he remained friends. Levy held his first one-man show in Manchester in 1925, with others following throughout the 1920s and 1930s. In 1928 Levy was appointed special instructor in life drawing at Manchester University School of Architecture, succeeding his former tutor, Valette. In the 1950s and 1960s he went on to lecture at Stockport College of Art. To supplement his income, Levy was also Art Critic for the Manchester Evening News. Retrospectives of his work have been held across the country, the last being at Stockport Art Gallery in 1982.

Levy's Northern heritage will be shown in this new exhibition through works such as 'Snow in the North' and '€˜Raiders Overhead'€™ where the setting is Levy's home during a World War Two air raid. Levy'€™s Jewish roots will be reflected through works such as 'Two Rabbis with Scrolls of the Law'€™ (illustrated) and '€˜Crucifixion'€™, painted by Levy in response to the Holocaust. The exhibition will also showcase Levy's skills as a portrait artist, through arresting portraits such as 'Girl at a Window'€™ and sketches of contemporary artists such as L.S. Lowry.

The exhibition draws primarily from the collection of Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art, who have also curated the show with the museum. Additional works will be on loan from city galleries in Manchester, Leeds, Salford and Doncaster and from a local private collector.

24 Oct-29 May 2015.

FREE with museum admission