Manchester Jewish Museum

150 years of history

DISCOVER & CELEBRATE WITH US

This year, our historic Spanish & Portuguese synagogue turns 150 years old. We have some really exciting plans for marking this historic milestone and are inviting everyone to join in!

Designed by Jewish architect Edward Solomons and inspired by the Spanish and Portuguese origins of its members, our synagogue opened on 6 May, 1874. It was the first Sephardi synagogue in Manchester. Over the years the building has changed to reflect the needs of the congregation and in 1984 it became part of Manchester Jewish Museum.
READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR SYNAGOGUE HERE
This anniversary is a very special moment for us. It’s an opportunity to celebrate 150 years of people coming together on our site. It’s also a chance for us to thank all of the incredible people who have made it possible over the years and to be able to share that with our amazing audiences and communities.
To mark this special year, we will organise and host a range of events, from live performances to family-friendly activities and workshops, exploring Sephardi culture and history. We’ll also have special exhibitions and displays in our building that highlight the story of this congregation and the Sephardi history of Manchester.
On Thursday, February 15th we invite you for a beautiful evening of musical joy with 10cc’s Graham Gouldman. Come listen to Graham’s best hits, have a drink on us and try our Cafe’s Sephardi mezze!

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The culmination of the anniversary celebrations will take place in May 2024 during a Museum Open Day. Entry will be free for anyone to visit and there will be an opportunity to try our award-winning Café’s new Sephardi-inspired menu. We are also creating a time capsule to be buried or hidden on the synagogue’s ground. Stay tuned for more details about the May Open Day in the next months.

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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’ll able to welcome even more people through our doors and share this special moment with all of our communities. So if you can, support our work and be a part of this exciting year!
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PROGRAMME

Following on from the sold-out 2022 show, Noga Ritter Trio return to Manchester with a newly released album. Come listen to Noga's new songs, tracing influences from her upbringing, travels and encounters and sing-along to the firm favourites. Expect an electric show and get moving to these irresistible sounds!