Manchester Jewish Museum

Journeys into Jewish song with
James Nissen



Manchester Jewish Museum's synagogue


£14 Full
£13 Concessions
£13 M8 Members
£13 MJM Members
£0 Personal Assistant (booked with concession)

A voyage of discovery into songs from across the Jewish diaspora.

Join us for an atmospheric evening of Jewish songs from all over the world, sung in Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, Greek and English. You will hear traditional songs, which tell the stories of Jewish people and contemporary songs which reflect on the diasporic experience.

We will explore the journeys that the Jewish people made, through songs of love, loss, exile, and resilience, tapping into tradition while reflecting on what it means for us today. Whether you love Jewish music or have never heard it before, come to sing along, dance, listen and learn, laugh and cry – let’s go on our own personal journey through song!

About James

James Nissen is a singer and klezmer violinist in the UK’s vibrant Yiddish music scene. He sings Yiddish songs as well as traditional songs from across the Jewish diaspora. He also writes his own music, drawing on a wide range of influences from his English Jewish background.

What you need to know

This is an acoustic performance. The recommended age guidance for this show is 12+.

The performance will begin at 7pm and last 1 hour. After the performance there will be a short interval, followed by a conversation with James. The event will finish by 8:45PM.

Doors to the museum will be open from 6pm. The museum’s Café will be open for food and drinks before the show. Please note that food and drinks can not be taken into the synagogue, so please allow enough time before the performance.

Our building includes step free access to the entrance via a ramp and accessible gender neutral toilets. The synagogue is also wheelchair accessible. Click HERE for more Access information. If you have any additional access needs, please e-mail in advance.

We are just a 15 minute walk from Victoria Station and Manchester’s Green Quarter. Click HERE for information on travelling to the museum.

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