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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!
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.

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.
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 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.
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’.

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.

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.

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.
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 […]

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 […]

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!
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!

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.
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!
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!

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 […]

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 […]
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Noga Ritter Trio

Rescheduled performance: 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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.