Manchester Jewish Museum

SYNAGOGUE
NIGHTS

Noga Ritter Trio

Noga Ritter Trio

She Seeks Out Wool (Sophei Ablett & Klein Blue)

She Seeks Out Wool (Sophei Ablett & Klein Blue)

Klezmerish: The Lockdown Songbook - Thomas Bowles

Klezmerish: The Lockdown Songbook - Thomas Bowles

Ana Silvera Ladino Laments and Love Songs

Ana Silvera Ladino Laments and Love Songs

The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (aka Carol Isaacs)

The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (aka Carol Isaacs)

A Jewish Love Story previous cast - Lanna Joffrey, Katy Slater, Nicky Goldie

A Jewish Love Story previous cast - Lanna Joffrey, Katy Slater, Nicky Goldie

Noga Ritter Trio

Noga Ritter Trio

Dex Grodner in Yankl and der Beanstalk rehearsaks

Dex Grodner in Yankl and der Beanstalk rehearsaks

A season of intimate events in our synagogue

A season of intimate events in our synagogue

Welcome to Synagogue Nights – our inaugural, bold new event season in our stunning, newly restored former synagogue. This beautiful space, steeped in Manchester’s rich Jewish history, will be host to a programme of eclectic events on Thursdays this autumn, ranging from Klezmer gigs and animated graphic novels to theatre performances featuring large scale knitting and an adult twist on Yiddish pantomime.

Our 1874 Grade II* listed Spanish and Portuguese synagogue provides a truly atmospheric space to experience live events that celebrate diverse Jewish experiences and explore untold and unexpected stories. These are artists creating work in new spaces and making new connections with audiences  – a playground for artists to try out radical new ideas. There will be opportunities to connect with the artists after each event through workshops, informal discussions and post-show Q&As.

Our new vegetarian café will be open throughout the evening serving a range of drinks and snacks to create a welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and discuss the performance with friends and strangers alike.

Join us and experience one of Manchester’s most unique venues and enjoy an evening out that’s just that little bit different.

The Synagogue Nights line-up includes:

  • She Seeks Out Wool (Thursday 14 October) – Sophie Ablett and Klein Blue weave together spoken word and large-scale knitting to tell the personal journey of a family, the relatives left behind and how the past can be woven into the present. Part of Tsitsit: The Jewish Fringe Festival.
  • Ana Silvera – Ladino Laments and Love Songs (Thursday 28 October) – The London-born singer-songwriter and composer will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes as she follows her family’s journey from Portugal to Aleppo before finally arriving in Manchester to help found this very synagogue. Part of Tsitsit: The Jewish Fringe Festival.
  • The Wolf of Baghdad: memoir of a lost homeland (Thursday 4 November) – Carol Isaacs (AKA The Surreal McCoy) presents her animated graphic memoir of a Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland and the little-known story of Iraqi Jews, accompanied by a soundtrack by ground breaking band 3yin.
  • A Jewish Love Story (Thursday 11 November) – Suzette Coon presents a work-in-progress of her emotive new play telling the story of a Jewish woman’s flight from the Polish pogroms and the impact felt by the generations that follow her.
  • Noga Ritter Trio (Thursday 25 November) – Israel born singer-songwriter Noga Ritter and her trio bring their genre-blending music to Manchester for the first time, fusing Hebrew Jazz with global grooves for an electric and soulful musical experience.
  • Yankl & Der Beanstalk (Thursday 2 December) – Eclectic artist collective Sam Ranger, Tamara Micner and Emily Rose, accompanied by a troupe of colourful performers, give an adult twist to the Yiddish Pantomime tradition with their riotous, raucous and irreverent take on a pantomime classic – expect to laugh. A lot.

Finally make sure you don’t miss our Sunday show, part of our collaboration with Tsitsit: The Jewish Fringe Festival.

  • Klezmer-ish: The Lockdown Songbook (Sunday 24 October) – Drawing inspiration from the music of bygone travellers, Klezmer-ish take their audience on a seamless musical journey, always on the move.

Our stunning 1874 Spanish & Portuguese Synagogye

PROGRAMME

She Seeks Out Wool

Sophie Ablett and Klein Blue weave together spoken word and large-scale knitting to tell the personal journey of a family, the relatives left behind and how the past can be woven into the present. Part of Tsitsit Festival.
Drawing inspiration from the music of bygone travellers, Klezmer-ish take their audience on a seamless musical journey, always on the move as part of Tsitsit Festival.
Ana Silvera will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes as she follows her family’s journey from Portugal to Aleppo before finally arriving in Manchester. Part of Tsitsit Festival.

The Wolf of Baghdad

Carol Isaacs (AKA The Surreal McCoy) presents her animated graphic memoir of a Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland and the little-known story of Iraqi Jews, accompanied by a soundtrack by 3yin.

Noga Ritter Trio

Israel born singer-songwriter Noga Ritter and her trio bring their genre-blending music to Manchester for the first time, fusing Hebrew Jazz with global grooves for an electric and soulful musical experience.

A Jewish Love Story

A work in progress of Suzette Coon's emotive new play about one woman's flight from antisemitism in 1900s Poland and the impact felt by the women who came after her.

Yankl & Der Beanstalk

Eclectic artist collective Sam Ranger, Tamara Micner and Emily Rose, accompanied by a troupe of colourful performers, give an adult twist to the Yiddish Pantomime tradition with their riotous, raucous and irreverent take on a pantomime classic.