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Our Chanukah Appeal

On behalf of the whole museum team, we’d like to wish you a peaceful holiday season and a happy Chanukah. Your support in these difficult times has been more important than ever and in this article we’re sharing details of how you can help us continue our important work. Also, be sure to read to the end for a sneak peak of our exciting plans for our 150th anniversary in 2024!

Help us continue bringing people together

The recent tragic events in Israel and Gaza have shocked and impacted everyone in our communities, including ourselves here at the museum. Recent weeks have seen fewer people coming through our doors, with November being our quietest month this year. Concern from parents has seen many schools cancel their planned visits, which has had a significant impact on our income. Despite these challenges, we continue to create opportunities for people to come together to explore their similarities and differences and to allow much needed dialogue.

A wonderful example of this was our Cheetham Fest Open Day in October. We opened our doors for anyone to visit the museum for free as part of Cheetham Cultural Festival. Our Synagogue Nights shows have gone ahead as planned and were described as “uplifting”, “communal” and “something positive to enjoy at a troubling time for many”.

We believe that our work is needed now more than ever, but we need your help. Together we can make a change.

We would like to thank you for your continued support, whether it’s through visiting us, attending our events, using our cafe or being an MJM member. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our members, supporters and partners to be able to bring our work to life. Your support means we can share the stories of Jewish Manchester with the world and bring communities together, spreading the message of peace and unity in diversity.

Make a donation

If you would like to support our work, please consider making an online donation using the below button. We also accept donations at the museum.


Become an MJM Member

You can also become an MJM Member and connect closer to our museum and our work. For just £35 a year you will support our beautiful historic synagogue and help us to continue our work with local communities and programme brave and imaginative events, celebrating Manchester’s rich Jewish heritage.

As a thank you from us, you will receive special benefits, including priority booking for our events and discounts in our Cafe and shop.


Our synagogue turns 150 years old. Celebrate with us!

2024 will be a very special year for all of us at the museum. Our Spanish and Portuguese synagogue turns 150 years old and we’ll be celebrating with an exciting programme of events, a new temporary exhibition and a new menu in our vegetarian Cafe. Your support means we’ll able to welcome even more people through our doors and share this special moment with all of our communities.

Support our Chanukah fundraising appeal and be a part of this exciting year!


“With this album I celebrate women and mothers, the real creators of life!” – Interview with Noga Ritter ahead of her concert at Manchester Jewish Museum

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, 10 March, Manchester Jewish Museum will welcome Noga Ritter, an Israel-born, London-based eclectic singer-songwriter, for a performance in the museum’s 150-year-old Spanish & Portuguese synagogue. Noga’s new album “Ima” (Hebrew for “mother”) is her debut solo album, dedicated to the artist’s mother, “a healer, mover and true artist”.

“I feel that this is an international story and the pictures are something that everyone can respond to” – interview with Peter Stein

On Sunday, 3 December, we invite our audiences for the final show of our Synagogue Nights season: the Manchester premiere of the award-winning documentary film "Out of Exile. The Photography of Fred Stein". In this interview we talked to the movie's director, Peter Stein about telling stories through film, music and what we can take away from the Fred Stein's story.