Manchester Jewish Museum

break bread together
BakingTo Remember



Learning Studio


Part of We Remember Them In Verbs events (Museum Open Day).

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.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to bake two types of bread. Challah is a traditional plaited, egg-enriched Ashkenazi bread, eaten by many Jewish families as part of their Friday night Sabbath meal. The second bread is Bolani, a Afghan stuffed flat bread filled with an array of different ingredients, from potato to leek. It is normally eaten on special occasions such as birthdays or holidays.

Bolani, Afghan bread with spinach. Image from:

The Creative Activists selected the two breads, as they represent two communities who have experienced or are experiencing journeys as refugees. The Creative Activists also have a personal connection to the story of Afghan refugees, which will be shared during the session.

Bringing the breads together, opens up a conversation about the journey of refugees and the cultural practices they bring to Manchester. It allows us to make connections to the past and reflect on how it can shape the present. It offers us a chance to reflect on how we, as individuals, can support our communities through learning more about each other.

We invite you to take a moment and bake and break bread together.

What you need to know

This baking workshop is suitable for people aged 12+.

Materials and ingredients will be provided. We use Kosher approved ingredients but the food is not Beth Din supervised. If you have any allergies please email in advance.

Places are limited so tickets should be booked in advance so we can safely manage distancing and capacity. We can’t guarantee that we will always be able to accommodate latecomers.

This event is organised as part of Manchester Jewish Museum’s Open Day, during which we’ll be marking Holocaust Memorial Day. You can read more about the full programmes of events here. 

How to get here

We are located on Cheetham Hill Road, just 15 minutes’ walk from Manchester’s Victoria train station and 30 minutes’ walk from Manchester City Centre. We encourage you to use public transport when travelling to the museum. You can get here by bus, Metrolink or train. See all of your travel options on:

Access information

There is step free access to the museum entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and two accessible gender-neutral toilets. Please e-mail ahead of the event to arrange for any additional accessibility needs. For more access information visit

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