Manchester Jewish Museum

Marking the Centenary of a Remarkable Book of Heroism and Honour

WE WERE THERE TOO (WWTT), THE ONLINE PORTAL THAT RECORDS AND COMMEMORATES THE JEWISH CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIRST WORLD WAR, IS MARKING THE CENTENARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF A REMARKABLE BOOK, THE BRITISH JEWRY BOOK OF HONOUR.

First published in 1922, the comprehensive 1000 plus page volume, which contains some 50,000 records of Jews who served in the armed forces during the conflict between 1914-1918 was the result of meticulous research by the Reverend Michael Adler, the senior Jewish Chaplain of the British Army at the time, and the first Jewish chaplain to be posted into a theatre of war. Without today’s technology, Rev Adler manually researched and recorded the information using every source available, including notes from other chaplains. With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, an online version of the Book of Honour can be found on the We Were There Too website:

https://www.jewsfww.uk/roll-of-honour.php

To commemorate the centenary of the book’s publication, on Sunday, 20 November, MJM will host a day of events for all ages at the museum:

11 am – 12pm: Talk by Rodney Ross

Rodney Ross, Project Manager for British Jews in the First World War – We Were There Too will talk about the Centenary on the British Jewry Book of Honour and the work of We Were There Too. Rodney has been Project Manager with British Jews in the First World War- We Were There Too since 2018. His background is in Youth and Community work having worked in Manchester Liverpool and Leeds. Rodney says with his background in Youth Work he still enjoys going into schools and engaging with children and young people.

Tickets are included in the General Admission to the museum, but there’s limited capacity, so please book here:

BOOK TICKETS

If you already have an Annual Pass, login to your account and choose the free ‘Annual Pass’ ticket option.

12pm – 2pm: Handling Table and Family Research

MJM curator Alex Cropper has dug out some of the fascinating First World War objects in our collection and will bring them out of the archives for the day. Visitors can see the items up close and discover the fascinating stories the can tell us. Visitors also have the chance to see the Book of Honour up close and We Were There Too volunteer Lionel Levy will help visitors explore their own family stories within the book. The team will be on hand to shared advice and guidance to anyone trying to dig into their own family story.

No bookings required.

2pm – 3pm: Piecing Together the Story: Games Workshop for Families

Come and play our Manchester Jewish Museum Roll of Honour board game! Use your best detective skills to work as a team to complete puzzles and creative activities to piece together the lives of Jewish individuals connected to the Roll of Honour and WW1.

Tickets are included in the General Admission to the museum, but there’s limited capacity, so please book here:

BOOK TICKETS

If you already have an Annual Pass, login to your account and choose the free ‘Annual Pass’ ticket option.

 

PROGRAMME

Rodney Ross, Project Manager for British Jews in the First World War - We Were There Too, will talk about the Centenary on the British Jewry Book of Honour and the work of We Were There Too.