Manchester Jewish Museum

Cheetham Cultural Festival
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Manchester Jewish Museum


Advance tickets have sold out but you can still drop in between 12pm and 4pm - and it's free entry!

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! We are expecting it to be a busy day so the museum may feel more crowded than usual. If you have any concerns please email

Sukkot is the Jewish festival celebrating the gathering of the harvest and commemorating the sheltering of the Jewish people in the wilderness. To celebrate Sukkot this year we will be building our very own Sukkah (a temporary structure used throughout Sukkot) in our new Learning Studio.

Take part and help decorate our Sukkah with beautiful paper flowers you can make the Ladies’ Gallery of our synagogue, or take part in bagel making workshops with our friends at Bread Flower (places are limited with sign-up forms at front desk for sessions at 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm & 3pm).

Due to the popularity of the Open Day and building capacity we will not be doing timed tours of the Gallery and Synagogue. Instead our team of volunteer Gallery & Synagogue Guides will be on hand to offer information on the synagogue and history of Jewish Manchester including personal stories taken from our collection,

There will also be poetry performed by ‘The Cheetham Poet’ Sarfraz Malik, and world-premiere performances from our own song writing group as part of an international collaboration with Denmark and 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Be sure to drop into our vegetarian café which will be open throughout the day, serving fresh food, treats, snacks and drinks.

Cheetham Cultural Festival is a celebration of Cheetham Hill’s communities and runs from 23 – 26 September, check out their full programme below:


What you need to know

Our open day is suitable and open for all ages, though we do ask that all children are supervised. The open day runs from 12pm until 4pm and you are welcome to drop in at any time.

Our bagel-making workshops are limited capacity and there will be sign-up sheets at front desk for the sessions at 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm.

You don’t have to be Jewish to join in our Sukkot celebrations. This is an opportunity to join in some of our family friendly activities and learn about Jewish festivals.

Our café and bagel ingredients are all kosher or from kosher suppliers, but the food is not prepared under Beth Din supervision. If you have any allergies please email in advance..

This year Sukkot takes place between sundown on Monday 20 September and ends on Monday 27 September.

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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.

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.