MJM launches #SynaGigs programme

This Autumn we’ll be staging our most culturally diverse and exciting events programme to date. From a Bollywood Brass Band to a Jewish Comedy Night, acclaimed event based collective Video Jam projecting films within the stunning interior of the Synagogue to comedy gigs and a season finale fusing the joys of Christmas and Chanukah featuring print-making. This eclectic and vibrant season will literally transform the museum into the very first venue for Syna-Gigs.

Kicking off the season this month is a brand new photography exhibition about Cheetham Hill in the 1950s and 1960s. We’ll also be celebrating the 130th anniversary of Cheetham Park with an afternoon of talks and walks featuring the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir.

In October renowned comedians Adam Bloom, Mark Maier and Sol Bernstein bring their unique stand-up acts to the synagogue for a night of Jewish humour, followed in November with a night of Bangra Beats and Bollwood blockbusters with 100 Years of Bollywood.

Acclaimed film, ‘Baraka’, will also feature as part of ‘Video Jam’ in November, with a series of short films exploring different perspectives on faith, worship and ritual, accompanied by live music in the synagogue. Muslim and Jewish women come together later this same month for an afternoon of readings bringing together and celebrating writers from both communities across the North West.

In December, a feast of klezmer is on offer with a one-off performance by over 20 musicians, featuring the Michael Kahan Kapelye. Concluding our cultural celebration is a ‘Happy Chrismukkah!’, a festive family day bringing Christmas and Hanukkah together with a print-making workshop and a screening of Steven Spielberg’s, An American Tail.

This ambitious ‘syna-gig’ season is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England (ACE) to help the museum explore a new way of bringing this beautiful and historic landmark attraction to life.

It is also part of MJM’s current development project funded by HLF. Feedback will be captured from each event to help the museum further develop its on-going cultural programme and exciting longer-term plans to fully restore the synagogue complete with a museum extension housing new galleries, learning and event spaces.

Museum CEO, Max Dunbar said “Thanks to the support of HLF and ACE this Autumn programme enables us to play, experiment and test out a whole new way of working at MJM. We’re all extremely excited to stage such a diverse and vibrant programme and, as a result, hope to welcome many new faces at the museum over the coming months.” 

See full events programme here.


Cheetham Park: Celebrating 130 Years

Exhibitions, talks, walks and music, featuring the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir

Sun 20 Sept, 2-6pm – FREE

Comedy Night @ MJM                                                                                    

Award-winning comedians Adam Bloom, Sol Bernstein and Mark Maier bring their unique stand-up comedy to MJM

Thurs 15 Oct, 8pm – £10

Conversations – Jewish Theatre Company

Play within a play revealing the story of a Holocaust Survivor and its impact on Second and Third Generation Survivors

Sun 18 Oct, 2:30pm and 7:30pm & Mon 19 Oct, 7:30pm – £8

100 Years of Bollywood

Funky drummers and a 6 piece horn section play massive hits from Indian films celebrating a century of Bollywood films

Sun 8 Nov, 7pm – £8

Video Jam @ MJM

Intimate programme of short films with a variety of live musical accompaniment exploring different perspectives on faith, worship and ritual

Thurs 12 Nov, 8pm – £5

When Saira met Sarah

Afternoon of readings bringing together Muslim and Jewish women writers from across the North West

Sun 22 Nov, 2pm – FREE

Hey! Manchester presents Karima Francis

Blackpool singer/songwriter comes to MJM as part of her UK tour

Thurs 26 Nov, 7.30pm – £6

Klezmer Concert

A feast of klezmer with performances by over 20 musicians, featuring the Michael Kahan Kapelye

Thurs 10 Dec, 7:30pm – £8

Happy Chrismukkah!

Christmas and Hanukkah come together for a festive family friendly day with print-making workshop and a screening of Steven Spielberg’s animation classic, ‘An American Tail’

Sun 13 Dec, 12noon – FREE (reservations required for film screening)