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Shevat Sunday Activity Day

Join us for Shevat Sunday as we celebrate new year and new life as you decorate and plant your own herb pots and explore the history of Shevat. Join us on the third Sunday of every month for a different activity day for families and adults alike!
During this session we will be practising the script we've worked on with a professional actor and any group members who will be performing during our final event for Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2023. We'll be testing the flow of the performance and looking for different ways of creative expression. No experience needed, just bring yourself and an open mind!

Song-Writing Group (November 9)

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. This group is perfect for anyone who likes to sing, write creatively, play instruments, write poetry or just loves to be part of something. It’s a great space to find new inspiration and share ideas with a supportive group.
Explore the potential for writing song lyrics and poems with hands-on access to objects, documents, photographs and audio clips from our archive. This workshop will be hosted by an artist Kitty Martin, who will be sharing her working practice and poems while guiding you through a workshop to create your own material from the MJM collection.

Jewish Culture Club (June 2022)

In June we will be discussing the popular four-part BBC One television drama series, ‘Ridley Road.’ Based on Jo Bloom’s book of the same name, it is the story of the 62 Group, a collection of anti-fascists who stood up against the rising neo-Nazi movement in Britain after World War Two.

Foodie Group: Rosh Hashanah

This month, as part of the Cheetham Fest, we will be meeting for a Rosh Hashanah bake off. Discover the history behind this special holiday as you get hands-on in our learning kitchen. Bring a friend or your family and enjoy baking together.
Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be discussing our live event ‘Friends of Yiddish’ as well as all things Yiddish and how relevant they are in today’s world.
During this session we will be creatine a zine-style brochure to be distributed at the final event in January, during Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. The zine will include the stories we've worked with so far, our own written pieces and other original work. Get ready for a crafty session! No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an open mind. 
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. In this session we will be looking at the sites and sounds of Cheetham Hill and the area surrounding the museum, and creating new beats, lyrics and poetry about our responses.
This workshop is now fully booked. We love aubergines – they’re delicious fried, baked, stewed and roasted! For our February Foodie Group cooking workshop we will be exploring the history of how these squeaky skinned fruit are used in Sephardic and Middle Eastern cooking.
For the month of Purim our Foodie Group will be baking our own Persian Purim cookies as well as making alcohol free Pomegranate cocktails and exploring other Purim traditions including excerpts from the Harris House Girls’ diaries.

Song-Writing Group (August 30)

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. In this session we will be preparing for a performance as part of the Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival and the Museum’s Open Day on 18th September. We will be singing songs that we have been working on over the last 6 months. So it may be a chance to learn some new tunes with us!
During this session we will be working with textiles to prepare all stage props and decorations we might need for the final event during Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2023. This workshop will be led by Laura Nathan, a Manchester-based textile artist. You can see examples of Laura's work below. We also encourage you to visit her Instagram profile, @leahgittel, for more inspiration!

Teacup Candle Making

Light up those dark autumn nights by creating your own teacup candles. Upcycle your own teacups and small jars, or use one of ours to create your own scented and coloured candle, unique to you.

Song-Writing Group (September 14)

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. In this session we will be preparing for a performance as part of the Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival and the Museum’s Open Day on 18th September. We will be singing songs that we have been working on over the last 6 months. So it may be a chance to learn some new tunes with us!
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.
Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be looking at and discussing the popular American reality series, 'My Unorthodox Life' that premiered on Netflix last year.
Our song-writing group is for anyone who has a passion for music-making. We work with musicians and artists to create new music together, inspired by our collection and the artists we work with. Join us for our February taster session – perfect for new members!

Song-Writing Group (March 2022)

Our song-writing group is for anyone who has a passion for music-making. We work with musicians and artists to create new music together, inspired by our collection and the artists we work with.

Chanukah Family Fun Day

Join us for a fun family day full of Chanukah-themed drop-in activities and get in the festive spirit! We are partnering with PJ Library to bring you a day full of craft activities, inspired by some of the books this amazing service offers.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.
This month we will be getting together to celebrate Jewish culture with an end of year shindig! They’ll be drinks, nibbles and an informal chat/workshop, looking back at old Jewish Culture Clubs and looking forward at what’s next for the new year.

Jewish Culture Club (July 2022)

Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary forms of Jewish culture – this could be books, TV, film, fashion, music, art, theatre and much more! The group is open for anyone ages 18 and over, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be discussing the legendary musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. We’ll provide the refreshments, just bring yourself and an open mind!
In this session we will be creating new poems and lyrics inspired by the poems created by our Creative Activists (age 16 – 25). These poems were inspired by the lesser-heard stories connected to the Holocaust and Manchester Jewish Museum collections. The songs and poems that we create will be presented as part of the museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 events in January!
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.
We love street food and South-Asian street food is definitely among the top choices. This month our co-host Farrah, who is also a member of the group, is bringing her South Asian inspired family street food recipes to the table. We will be making a vegetarian ‘Chana Chaat’ chickpea salad & Samosa Chaat. 
In this session we will be working with our curator, Alex, who will do an introduction to carrying out interviews and share her best practices with the participants. The project's main theme is about sharing lesser heard stories, memories and experiences so by collecting new stories from different people in Manchester we can explore topics that haven't been properly looked into before and shine a light on important social issues.
Do you have a passion for Jewish culture? Do you like discovering new things and talking about them? Join our Jewish Culture Club and discuss and explore a range of Jewish books, TV, film, food, fashion, music, art, theatre and more! This month we will explore hit Channel 4 sitcom ‘Friday Night Dinner’.

Creative Activists: Rehearsal

In this session, we will be finalising the performance with actors and artist Becky Prestwich. There will be an opportunity to discuss set design, props and make any adjustments to the script.

Summer Bake Off

Our Summer Bake off events are now fully booked. Our Jewish summer bake-off takes place every Wednesday through the summer holidays. Open to children and adults alike.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.
During our first session this autumn we will introduce the co-creation project and talk about the final event in January 2023. We will then be joined by Len Grant, a Manchester-based award-winning photographer and writer, who will share with us two interesting projects from his portfolio.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 20 Jan

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

Baking To Remember

Food can bring people together, it can break down bridges, start conversation and allow us to explore the diverse cultural heritages that make up our city of Manchester.
The second meeting of our Creative Activists group. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative people, aged 16-30 to join us and work with us towards a special event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, work with professional mentors and learn new skills, whilst exploring lesser-heard stories from the museum collection.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 27 Jan

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 3 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 10 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 17 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 24 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.
In this session, we will be looking over the creative work, designs, and performances you have created so far for Holocaust Memorial Day and exploring the audience’s journey through the event. There will be a chance to talk through the ideas for the performance and setting and the exhibition planned for the weekend.
In this session we are collaborating with the Creative Activists, to turn their poems into songs! The Creative Activists have been writing poems inspired by lesser-known stories of the Holocaust and World War II from the museum’s collections. We will explore how to sensitively and creatively capture the themes and pacing of these poems, creating songs that will be performed as part of the museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day events 2023.
In this session we are collaborating with the Creative Activists, to turn their poems into songs! The Creative Activists have been writing poems inspired by lesser-known stories of the Holocaust and World War II from the museum’s collections. We will explore how to sensitively and creatively capture the themes and pacing of these poems, creating songs that will be performed as part of the museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day events 2023.
In this session we will be working on a beautiful panel exhibition of textiles that respond to Jewish Mancunians experiences of the Sabbath. We will also be talking about the year ahead and what future exciting projects might await! These spaces are very much about collaboration and co-creation, where your ideas and direction help shape what gets made.
In this session we will be carrying out interviews to collect new stories for the project. By listening to stories from different people in Manchester we can explore topics that haven’t been properly looked into before and use our art to shine a light on important social issues.
Join the museum’s song-writing group for a poetry & lyric writing workshop inspired by a performative sharing of My Heart is in the East, a play which explores coexistence between faith and cultures in Ancient Cordoba. Join us for a journey back in time as two performers, French Algerian and Jewish American, share an extract […]
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Umami: Tasting Mushroom Language

This event is now fully booked! Please email to be added to the waiting list. A workshop led by artist Ali Matthews in collaboration with Leo Burtin for the Foodie Group about cooking with and eating mushrooms. In this workshop, Ali and Leo will invite the Foodie Group into their creative process in researching and […]

Foodie Group: Grandma’s Cookies

In January we invite all our regular foodies and those newbies too, to book on for our first Foodie Group of the year: the Grandma’s cookies edition. This session will see our regular member Martine bring one of her much loved, adored and delicious family recipes to the table – literally!

Jewish Culture Club (August 2022)

Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be discussing an episode of a documentary series ‘Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over', titled 'Strictly Orthodox Jews.’ (Series 2, Episode 5).

Jewish Culture Club (May 2022)

This May we will be discussing Victor Esses' new show, The Death & Life of All of Us. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary forms of Jewish Culture – this could be books, TV, film, fashion, music, art, theatre and much more!

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Foodie Group: Luck and Money

Our Foodie Group reconnects in the new year to explore New Year Good Luck food traditions across the globe including making your own Moroccan seven-vegetable couscous and learning about the remarkable tradition of keeping a carp in the bathtub!
In this session we will be working on a beautiful panel exhibition of textiles that respond to Jewish Mancunians experiences of the Sabbath. We will also be talking about the year ahead and what future exciting projects might await! These spaces are very much about collaboration and co-creation, where your ideas and direction help shape what gets made.
Do you love to write? Or have a passion for music? Then join our song writing group! In this session we will be exploring the song we started writing with artist Kitty Martin about Annie’s story and her links to the 1874 Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.
This month we will be looking at, discussing, maybe even sampling aspects of all things Shabbat dinner aka ‘Friday Night Dinner.’ What is it that makes it so central and important to Jewish Culture? Join us as we discuss what Friday Night Dinner means to us!

Song-Writing Group (October 6)

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. In this session we will be preparing a song for Noga Ritter’s show as part of Synagogue Nights. Don’t worry if your new to the group, there will be time to pick up the tune!

Song-Writing Group (October 19)

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. In this session we will be preparing a song for Noga Ritter’s show as part of Synagogue Nights. Don’t worry if your new to the group, there will be time to pick up the tune!
Do you have a passion for Jewish culture? Do you like exploring new things and sharing ideas? Join our in-person Jewish Culture Club and discuss and explore a range of Jewish books, TV, film, food, fashion, music, art, theatre and any other cultural works you enjoy!
This September we are resuming our Creative Activists project and are looking for enthusiastic, creative people, aged 16-30 to join us and work with us towards a special event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. During our third session this autumn we will be talking to some people with connections to stories in the museum collection. This will be a perfect chance for the group to try some interview techniques for gathering oral histories, and for to talk about how we want to share different stories at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in January. It will be a relaxed and informal session with hopefully a lot of nice chatting! 
During our fourth session this autumn we will be working on creating some written content for the final performance during Holocaust Memorial Day. There will be a lot of creating writing activities, which will involve looking at how to creatively respond to the stories from our collection. 
This month’s Foodie Group will be based around the most recent Jewish festival of Sukkot. The most common Sukkot dishes are filled foods, particularly stuffed vegetables and pastries which symbolise the bounty of the harvest. We will be exploring some traditional and delicious harvest related Sukkot dishes.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.
Join us for November’s Foodie Group where our very own group member Sandra will be teaching us about ‘Pão de Queijo’ or ‘Brazilian Cheese bread’ and making some delicious Portuguese/Bazilian treats that she has grown up eating.
We invite all our regular foodies and those newbies too, to book on for our end of year celebration Foodie Group – Chanukah party edition, which will see our regular member Len co-host a Chanukah extravaganza. We can promise calories and tasty ones too, yum!
Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be looking at the article from the Guardian, where Normam Lebrecht ‘explores the history of music and Jews, from King David to Leonard Cohen.’
We’ll be kicking off the new year with comedian and writer David Baddiel’s acclaimed book – ‘Jews Don’t Count’. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!
During this session we will be working on planning our final event during Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2023. We'll be exploring the stories that we'd like to share and thinking about how to creatively showcase them in the museum space. What is the message behind our event? What will be happening and where? This session will involve lots of brainstorming, so bring yourself and an open mind!
In February we will be meeting the Shtisel family as we explore Israeli TV drama Shtisel, available to watch on Netflix. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!
This March we’ll be flicking through Challah Magazine – a publication by and for young Jewish adults to explore their Jewishness. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!

Jewish Culture Club (April 2022)

This April we will be testing our eardrums as we delve into the world of Israeli heavy metal band Orphan Land and their political 2018 album. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!

Happy, Safe and Free

Happy, Safe and Free is a yearlong, city-wide art project, exploring empathy and understanding for refugees through creativity. It has been designed for Manchester’s Year of the Child and Young People 2022 by Emma Martin, assisted by Judy Donnelly.
Join us for the evening premiere of a short film to accompany the launch of the North Manchester Yiddish Dictionary. The film is a comedic, warm and beautiful insight into North Manchester Jewish women’s lives and the use of Yiddish language in this area. There will be something for those who know Yiddish and a chance for those new to the language to pick up some useful phrases (and impress your friends)!

How We Belong

Join us at Manchester Jewish Museum and see a new temporary exhibition, which explores the diversity within Jewish identity through a cultural, religious and political lens. 

MJM marks Holocaust Memorial Day with events co-created with ‘Creative Activists’

This January, Manchester Jewish Museum will mark the international Holocaust Memorial Day with a Museum Open Day involving reflective performances and workshops created with a group of young people called the ‘Creative Activists’. Since 2020, they’ve be working at the museum to explore creative ways of commemorating the Holocaust and connecting lesser heard stories from our collection with local communities.
Anna Lowenstein will take us on a musical journey of the heritage, sounds and feelings of the Klezmer tradition as she presents a solo concert of Klezmer music as part of the Manchester Jewish Museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day events.

Looking back on 2022

As 2022 draws to a close we just wanted to reflect on what an incredible year it’s been for the museum and share some of its key highlights. We raise a glass to the New Year and would like to thank our staff, trustees, volunteers, partners and most of all our audiences and supporters, who make our work possible and enable us to make connections and share Jewish stories with the world. 

Klezmer Tune Club

Klezmer Tune Club meetings are musical, hands-on sessions which bring together musicians (of any level, background, or instrument) to explore tunes from the rich klezmer tradition. Richard Fay and Daniel Mawson will take you on a musical journey through klezmer’s fascinating history and work with you on a new musical piece.

Creative Activists

Join our exciting Creative Activists project and help us develop an original performance for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, work with professional artists and learn new skills, whilst exploring lesser-heard stories from the museum collection.

Take a Load Off

‘Take a Load Off’ offers museum visitors a taste of Sabbath – the Jewish day of rest, that begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening after nightfall. The Sabbath is a time of gatherings, prayer, song, and eating and talking together. Every Saturday, the Museum will have two special sound installations for […]

Laure Prouvost (MIF21)

Manchester Jewish Museum reopens this summer with a unique installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost in collaboration with Manchester International Festival 2021.
Rodney Ross, Project Manager for British Jews in the First World War - We Were There Too, will talk about the Centenary on the British Jewry Book of Honour and the work of We Were There Too.

Synagogue Nights

Manchester Jewish Museum will once again be celebrating Jewish music and art with our new season of Synagogue Nights: intimate performances in our stunning 1874 Synagogue. From the mellow sounds of jazz and entertaining comedy shows to the greatest of classical hits, we are showcasing Jewish art in all its diversity.

Visit Manchester Jewish Museum

We look forward to welcoming you to our new museum. We connect Jewish stories to the world and to our society. Explore our brand-new gallery and fully restored Grade II* Listed synagogue before stopping in our vegetarian café to sample authentic Jewish recipes.

Visit Manchester Jewish Museum this July

We look forward to welcoming you to our new museum. We connect Jewish stories to the world and to our society. Explore our brand-new gallery and fully restored Grade II* Listed synagogue before stopping in our vegetarian café to sample authentic Jewish recipes.

Artist Network Event

We’re kicking off autumn with an Artist Network event hosted by Homos and Houmos at our beloved museum. It’s a great chance for you to meet, network and socialise with like minded individuals, who use Jewish themes in their creative practice.
European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage (EDJCH) is an annual project, initiated by the B'nai B'rith Lodge in Strasbourg and organised in collaboration with the European Council of Jewish Communities and the Spanish Jewry Network. It has celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 and is now considered one of the major cultural routes in Europe. This year, Manchester Jewish Museum has decided to join this project and organise two events in September to celebrate Jewish artists and historic figures. 

Quatuor Danel

The University of Manchester’s internationally-acclaimed string quartet-in-residence, Quatuor Danel, brings their lively repertoire to our historic synagogue with quartets written in memory of lost sisters.

Manchester Jewish Museum pays tribute to the Queen

We were deeply saddened by the recent news about the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant in the lives of many in our community and will be missed and remembered by them. We offer our dearest condolences to the Royal Family. Our thoughts are with them now.

Summer at the museum

Would you like to explore the flavours of the delicious Jewish bakes? Or perhaps try something more artsy like painting or poetry? This summer we have prepared a jam-packed programme of creative workshops for children and adults. 

Pickle

A hilarious one-woman show about a young Jewish woman caught between two worlds.

Synagogue Nights 2022. MJM once again launches the autumn season of evening performances in the historic former synagogue.

Manchester Jewish Museum will once again be celebrating Jewish music and art with the new season of Synagogue Nights: intimate performances in the 1874 Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. From the mellow sounds of jazz and entertaining comedy shows to the greatest of classical hits, this season’s line-up celebrates diverse identities within the Jewish community.

Stencl and the Jewish East End – interview with Dr Rachel Lichtenstein

This September, we will be exploring one of Britain's foremost, but now largely forgotten Yiddish poets, Avram Nachum Stencl. The evening event will be hosted by Dr Rachel Lichtenstein, whose grandparents were Polish Jews and who, like Stencl, settled in East London in the 1930s after escaping Nazi persecution. We speak to Rachel about her interest in Stencl's story and works.

Emma Smith

One of the greatest voices of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Her recent album, Meshuga Baby, is a nod to her Jewish heritage. The Yiddish word ‘Meshuge’ means ‘crazy’ - a judgment that Smith describes as “so often passed on brave ambitious women that are not afraid to express their opinions and showcase their talent.”
The Wiener Holocaust Library and the Manchester Jewish Museum are hosting a two day event in May to raise awareness of the International Tracing Service (ITS) Digital Archive and its application in both academic and family research. There will be talks from the Library and various museum representatives, an exhibition launch, advice for carrying out your own research into the experiences of people caught up in the Holocaust and the opportunity for one-on-one appointments with ITS Digital Archive researchers.

Going Deutsch

A one-woman comedic show about relationships, inherited trauma and how much the past shapes the future. Should you ever go back to someone, or something, that almost destroyed you? What if they're sorry? What if they say they've changed? What if they're offering an EU passport?

Noga Ritter Trio

Israel born singer-songwriter Noga Ritter and her trio bring their genre-blending music to Manchester for the first time, fusing Hebrew Jazz with global grooves for an electric and soulful musical experience.

Synagogue Nights

Manchester Jewish Museum will be celebrating Jewish music with our new season of Synagogue Nightsin our stunning 1874 Synagogue. From Klezmer ensembles to Baroque quartets, musical theatre and pop covers to Hebrew world jazz, we are showcasing Jewish music in all its diversity.

Cheetham Cultural Festival 2021

A celebration of Cheetham Hill as the people, communities and neighbourhoods of Cheetham Hill get together to throw open our doors to provide free food, music and activities.

The Death & Life of All of Us

Part documentary theatre, part gig, The Death and Life of All of Us is a work-in-progress sharing which reclaims those stories others would rather erase. Have you ever looked where you were told not to? Victor Esses made a decision, to celebrate those people in his family the least spoken of… among them are great-aunty […]

Manchester International Festival 2021

Manchester Jewish Museum reopens this summer with a unique installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost as part of Manchester International Festival 2021.

Friends of Yiddish

Join us for an evening of poetry, film and conversation, exploring one of Britain's foremost but now largely forgotten Yiddish poets Avram Nachum Stencl (1897 - 1983). You don't have to speak or understand Yiddish to participate (although you might pick up some during the event!).

Truus’ Children

Join us for a film screening of 'Truus' Children', the extraordinary story of the largely unknown Dutch resistance heroine Truus Wijsmuller (1896-1978), who managed to rescue more than 10.000 people from the hands of the Nazis in the years immediately before and during the Second World War.

Reimagine – Reset – Reconnect

Manchester Jewish Museum is re-emerging and transforming. Join us for a taste of what’s to come in our trailblazer programme of events, sneak peeks and unique experiences leading up to our reopening on Friday 2 July 2021.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022: why do we commemorate?

To launch our year long Holocaust Memorial Day project in partnership with Imperial War Museums, we asked a group of young people "why do we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day?". In response they created a powerful poem and film, inspired by the personal stories in our collection.

Family History Research Workshop

This workshop will help you take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the International Tracing Service digital archive, including using sources freely available online. Join our ITS Archive Team Manager, Elise Bath and ITS Researcher Ian Rich as they demonstrate the uses of this important archive.

Music in our Synagogue: our second Synagogue Nights Season of music this March

Manchester Jewish Museum will be celebrating Jewish music with our new season of Synagogue Nights: intimate performances in our stunning 1874 Synagogue. From Klezmer ensembles to Baroque quartets, musical theatre and pop covers to Hebrew world jazz, we are showcasing Jewish music in all its diversity.

Tales of Purim

Gather your family and join us in a celebration of sharing stories! This year on 16 and 17 March, we celebrate the festival of Purim – a joyous holiday that retells the story of the Book of Esther, and the freeing of the Jews from the cruel advisor to the King – Haman. It is […]

Manchester Jewish Museum launches Holocaust Memorial Day project with Imperial War Museums

On Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 we will launch a year-long project that will culminate on Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 with a public event and hosting a travelling exhibition sharing lesser known Holocaust and Second World War stories from across the UK. The project is part of Imperial War Museum’s Second World War & Holocaust Partnership Programme and will be working with local artist Becky Prestwich and young people from across Manchester.

Looking back on 2021

As 2021 draws to a close we just wanted to reflect on what an enormous year it’s been for the museum and some of the highlights. We’re excited for what next year will bring and just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who made it possible.

A more sustainable Manchester Jewish Museum – COP26 update

On Thursday 4 November we were proud to speak at The Carbon Literacy Project's Museum Sector Day as part of the COP26 Conference. We have been working with BuroHappold, Carbon Literacy Project and Museums Development NorthWest to build a more sustainable Manchester Jewish Museum for future generations to enjoy.

Chief Executive Max Dunbar to hand over the new Manchester Jewish Museum

After 10 years and a multi-million redevelopment and reopening, Manchester Jewish Museum Chief Executive Max Dunbar and Chair of the Trustees Andrew Singer QC will step down as they hand over the new museum to someone new, to lead the organisation during the next stage of its journey.

Yankl & Der Beanstalk revives Yiddish Pantomime once more

On Thursday 2 December Manchester Jewish Museum will be transported to the magical lands of Brick Lane and Hampstead with a bawdy and infectiously fun take on a classic Yiddish pantomime. We speak to director Samuel Ranger about how they are hoping to revive Yiddish pantomime for a new generation.
The beloved Klezmer Tune Club returns with first session this year! For musicians of all levels, backgrounds and instruments, a book-club-meets-folk-session that dives into tunes from the klezmer tradition in a cultural, historical, and musical context.

The Memory Map of Jewish Manchester

We are proud to have contributed to the Memory Map of Jewish Manchester. This interactive map shares the stories, histories and memories of the Jewish community who once lived in the Cheetham Hill, Strangeways and Hightown areas of North Manchester between the two world wars.

Weaving the past and present together – Interview with Sophie Ablett

On Thursday 14 October Sophie Ablett and Klein Blue will weave together spoken word and large-scale knitting in 'She Seeks Out Wool' to tell the personal journey of a family, the relatives left behind and how the past can be woven into the present. We speak to Sophie about her work, her knitting expertise and how it felt to explore your own family's history.

A more sustainable Manchester Jewish Museum

Our new museum is more sustainable and energy efficient thanks to the hard work of the structural engineers at Buro Happold. Despite doubling in size, we have reduced our overall energy use and carbon impact by 20% so that our museum may be preserved and enjoyed by future generations.

Our brand new vegetarian Café

Opening on Friday 2 July, Manchester Jewish Museum is delighted to reveal an exclusive “first look” at its brand new museum café and launch menu. Located at the Museum’s new entrance, the museum café will open daily from 10am seven days a week to serve a contemporary vegetarian kosher-style menu.

Our New Gallery

Part of our £6 million redevelopment, our new gallery space will take visitors on a journey through Manchester’s Jewish history to the city’s present day communities and individuals. We spoke to our curator Alex Cropper and Matt Schwab from All Things Studio about the process and what to look out for in our new gallery when you visit.

Yankl & Der Beanstalk

Eclectic artist collective Sam Ranger, Tamara Micner and Emily Rose, accompanied by a troupe of colourful performers, give an adult twist to the Yiddish Pantomime tradition with their riotous, raucous and irreverent take on a pantomime classic.

Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme with IWM

Manchester Jewish Museum joins IWM's Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme. We will be joining seven other regional partners to engage national audiences with hidden or lesser-known stories from across the country relating to the Second World War and the Holocaust.

The Wolf of Baghdad

Carol Isaacs (AKA The Surreal McCoy) presents her animated graphic memoir of a Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland and the little-known story of Iraqi Jews, accompanied by a soundtrack by 3yin.

A key milestone for Manchester Jewish Museum

A 'key' milestone for Manchester Jewish Museum as the keys for the new museum are now in the firm possession of our Chief Executive Max Dunbar as the building is officially handed over to the staff,
This event is now sold out. Ana Silvera will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes as she follows her family’s journey from Portugal to Aleppo before finally arriving in Manchester. Part of Tsitsit Festival.

Turner Prize-winner Laure Prouvost at Manchester Jewish Museum

Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost will unveil a major new work that will transform The Ladies' Gallery in our historic synagogue. 'The long waited, weighted gathering', co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Jewish Museum, will premiere at MIF21 on 2 July 2021.
Klezmer-ish is now sold out. Drawing inspiration from the music of bygone travellers, Klezmer-ish will take you on a seamless musical journey, always on the move, as part of Tsitsit Festival.

She Seeks Out Wool

Sophie Ablett and Klein Blue weave together spoken word and large-scale knitting to tell the personal journey of a family, the relatives left behind and how the past can be woven into the present. Part of Tsitsit Festival.

Manchester Jewish Museum will reopen this July

Manchester Jewish Museum will be opening its doors on Friday 2 July after a multi-million pound development. The new museum includes a new gallery, café, shop and learning kitchen as well as complete restoration of its stunning 1874 synagogue.

A Jewish Love Story

A work in progress of Suzette Coon's emotive new play about one woman's flight from antisemitism in 1900s Poland and the impact felt by the women who came after her.

Restoring our Synagogue Windows

Restoring one of Manchester's oldest surviving synagogues is no mean feat. Learn about the "pane-staking" process of restoring our 1874 synagogue's stained glass windows with Recclesia stained glass repair specialists.

Museum Open Day

Join us as we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and open our doors for anyone to visit as part of Cheetham Cultural Festival 2021. Advance tickets have sold out but you can still drop in between 12pm and 4pm - and it's free entry!

Cheetham Cultural Festival 2021

A celebration of Cheetham Hill as the people, communities and neighbourhoods of Cheetham Hill get together to throw open our doors to provide free food, music and activities.

Passover in our Collection

This Saturday is the beginning of Passover (also known as Pesach or Pesah), one of the most celebrated holidays in Jewish culture and marks the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Learn more about the festival and some of the Passover items in our archives.

The Festival of Purim

Next week is the celebration of the Jewish festival of Purim, also known as the 'Feast of Lots', but do you know the story behind the festival? Find out here, and discover one of the Purim celebration stories from our collection.

Corten and the new museum

You may have spotted the rust-coloured cladding on our new extension as you pass on Cheetham Hill Road. But what is it? Meet corten, an architectural trend bringing the contemporary and the historic together!

Eat the Archives: Live!

On Wed 23 June join Theatre Chef Leo Burtin in our brand-new learning kitchen for a culinary journey through our archives, where stories come alive through taste.

Our Creative Activists shine a light on Holocaust Memorial Day

Responding to the Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘Light the Darkness' our Creative Activists have created their own artwork in response to stories from our collections and from speaking to local community members about their own relationship to the Holocaust. They have created a film to share their experiences, artwork and the stories and inspiration behind them.

Museum Song-writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Designing a “place for conversation”

As we look ahead to our reopening in 2021, architect Katy Marks from Citizens Design Bureau speaks about her inspiration and process for creating a museum that reflects the diversity of Manchester's Jewish Communities and creates a space for sharing and connection.

Museum Song-writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Time Capsule Discovery

Our builders have made an astonishing discovery of a time capsule hidden in the historic synagogue’s walls. The sealed glass jar was discovered by a builder hidden deep in a wall cavern within our synagogue. Filled with money, synagogue papers and newspapers, these original artefacts are dated from the synagogue's foundation in 1873.

Museum Song-writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Artists in the Archives

Over summer 2020, we paired up members of our Artists Network and asked them about how they use archives in their own work. The result is a joyous, touching and intimate collection of short filmed conversations made from home.

Walking with Delight

This June explore the hidden stories of Cheetham Hill's past as The Bare Project take you on an immersive audio walking tour to share in stories of love and delight from the every day and (extra) ordinary past inhabitants of Manchester's historic Jewish quarter.

What Does the Future Sound Like?

Discover the diversity of Jewish music and meet some of the emerging stars of the UK Jewish music scene through a series of digital films in What Does the Future Sound Like? as part of our Trailblazer season leading up to our 2021 reopening. Watch the films on our YouTube channel.