Manchester Jewish Museum

Activities

Do you love to write? Or have a passion for music? Then join our song writing group! In this session we will be exploring the song we started writing with artist Kitty Martin about Annie’s story and her links to the 1874 Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.
In this session we will be working on a beautiful panel exhibition of textiles that respond to Jewish Mancunians experiences of the Sabbath. We will also be talking about the year ahead and what future exciting projects might await! These spaces are very much about collaboration and co-creation, where your ideas and direction help shape what gets made.
This month we will be looking at, discussing, maybe even sampling aspects of all things Shabbat dinner aka ‘Friday Night Dinner.’ What is it that makes it so central and important to Jewish Culture? Join us as we discuss what Friday Night Dinner means to us!

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In this session we will be working on a beautiful panel exhibition of textiles that respond to Jewish Mancunians experiences of the Sabbath. We will also be talking about the year ahead and what future exciting projects might await! These spaces are very much about collaboration and co-creation, where your ideas and direction help shape what gets made.

Baking To Remember

Food can bring people together, it can break down bridges, start conversation and allow us to explore the diverse cultural heritages that make up our city of Manchester.

Foodie Group: Grandma’s Cookies

In January we invite all our regular foodies and those newbies too, to book on for our first Foodie Group of the year: the Grandma’s cookies edition. This session will see our regular member Martine bring one of her much loved, adored and delicious family recipes to the table – literally!
In this session we are collaborating with the Creative Activists, to turn their poems into songs! The Creative Activists have been writing poems inspired by lesser-known stories of the Holocaust and World War II from the museum’s collections. We will explore how to sensitively and creatively capture the themes and pacing of these poems, creating songs that will be performed as part of the museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day events 2023.

Creative Activists: Rehearsal

In this session, we will be finalising the performance with actors and artist Becky Prestwich. There will be an opportunity to discuss set design, props and make any adjustments to the script.
In this session we are collaborating with the Creative Activists, to turn their poems into songs! The Creative Activists have been writing poems inspired by lesser-known stories of the Holocaust and World War II from the museum’s collections. We will explore how to sensitively and creatively capture the themes and pacing of these poems, creating songs that will be performed as part of the museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day events 2023.
In this session, we will be looking over the creative work, designs, and performances you have created so far for Holocaust Memorial Day and exploring the audience’s journey through the event. There will be a chance to talk through the ideas for the performance and setting and the exhibition planned for the weekend.
We invite all our regular foodies and those newbies too, to book on for our end of year celebration Foodie Group – Chanukah party edition, which will see our regular member Len co-host a Chanukah extravaganza. We can promise calories and tasty ones too, yum!
In this session we will be creating new poems and lyrics inspired by the poems created by our Creative Activists (age 16 – 25). These poems were inspired by the lesser-heard stories connected to the Holocaust and Manchester Jewish Museum collections. The songs and poems that we create will be presented as part of the museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 events in January!
This month we will be getting together to celebrate Jewish culture with an end of year shindig! They’ll be drinks, nibbles and an informal chat/workshop, looking back at old Jewish Culture Clubs and looking forward at what’s next for the new year.

Chanukah Family Fun Day

Join us for a fun family day full of Chanukah-themed drop-in activities and get in the festive spirit! We are partnering with PJ Library to bring you a day full of craft activities, inspired by some of the books this amazing service offers.
During this session we will be working with textiles to prepare all stage props and decorations we might need for the final event during Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2023. This workshop will be led by Laura Nathan, a Manchester-based textile artist. You can see examples of Laura's work below. We also encourage you to visit her Instagram profile, @leahgittel, for more inspiration!
Explore the potential for writing song lyrics and poems with hands-on access to objects, documents, photographs and audio clips from our archive. This workshop will be hosted by an artist Kitty Martin, who will be sharing her working practice and poems while guiding you through a workshop to create your own material from the MJM collection.
Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be looking at and discussing the popular American reality series, 'My Unorthodox Life' that premiered on Netflix last year.
Join us for November’s Foodie Group where our very own group member Sandra will be teaching us about ‘Pão de Queijo’ or ‘Brazilian Cheese bread’ and making some delicious Portuguese/Bazilian treats that she has grown up eating.
During this session we will be creatine a zine-style brochure to be distributed at the final event in January, during Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. The zine will include the stories we've worked with so far, our own written pieces and other original work. Get ready for a crafty session! No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an open mind. 

Song-Writing Group (November 9)

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. This group is perfect for anyone who likes to sing, write creatively, play instruments, write poetry or just loves to be part of something. It’s a great space to find new inspiration and share ideas with a supportive group.
During this session we will be practising the script we've worked on with a professional actor and any group members who will be performing during our final event for Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2023. We'll be testing the flow of the performance and looking for different ways of creative expression. No experience needed, just bring yourself and an open mind!
This month’s Foodie Group will be based around the most recent Jewish festival of Sukkot. The most common Sukkot dishes are filled foods, particularly stuffed vegetables and pastries which symbolise the bounty of the harvest. We will be exploring some traditional and delicious harvest related Sukkot dishes.
Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be looking at the article from the Guardian, where Normam Lebrecht ‘explores the history of music and Jews, from King David to Leonard Cohen.’
During this session we will be working on planning our final event during Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2023. We'll be exploring the stories that we'd like to share and thinking about how to creatively showcase them in the museum space. What is the message behind our event? What will be happening and where? This session will involve lots of brainstorming, so bring yourself and an open mind!

Song-Writing Group (October 19)

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. In this session we will be preparing a song for Noga Ritter’s show as part of Synagogue Nights. Don’t worry if your new to the group, there will be time to pick up the tune!
During our fourth session this autumn we will be working on creating some written content for the final performance during Holocaust Memorial Day. There will be a lot of creating writing activities, which will involve looking at how to creatively respond to the stories from our collection. 

Song-Writing Group (October 6)

Our song-writing group meets monthly to create new music, lyrics and words inspired by the themes and stories in our collection and by the artists and events in our creative programme. In this session we will be preparing a song for Noga Ritter’s show as part of Synagogue Nights. Don’t worry if your new to the group, there will be time to pick up the tune!
This September we are resuming our Creative Activists project and are looking for enthusiastic, creative people, aged 16-30 to join us and work with us towards a special event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. During our third session this autumn we will be talking to some people with connections to stories in the museum collection. This will be a perfect chance for the group to try some interview techniques for gathering oral histories, and for to talk about how we want to share different stories at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in January. It will be a relaxed and informal session with hopefully a lot of nice chatting! 
The second meeting of our Creative Activists group. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative people, aged 16-30 to join us and work with us towards a special event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, work with professional mentors and learn new skills, whilst exploring lesser-heard stories from the museum collection.

Foodie Group: Rosh Hashanah

This month, as part of the Cheetham Fest, we will be meeting for a Rosh Hashanah bake off. Discover the history behind this special holiday as you get hands-on in our learning kitchen. Bring a friend or your family and enjoy baking together.
During our first session this autumn we will introduce the co-creation project and talk about the final event in January 2023. We will then be joined by Len Grant, a Manchester-based award-winning photographer and writer, who will share with us two interesting projects from his portfolio.

Song-Writing Group (September 14)

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. In this session we will be preparing for a performance as part of the Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival and the Museum’s Open Day on 18th September. We will be singing songs that we have been working on over the last 6 months. So it may be a chance to learn some new tunes with us!
Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be discussing our live event ‘Friends of Yiddish’ as well as all things Yiddish and how relevant they are in today’s world.
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. In this session we will be looking at the sites and sounds of Cheetham Hill and the area surrounding the museum, and creating new beats, lyrics and poetry about our responses.

Song-Writing Group (August 30)

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. In this session we will be preparing for a performance as part of the Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival and the Museum’s Open Day on 18th September. We will be singing songs that we have been working on over the last 6 months. So it may be a chance to learn some new tunes with us!
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Jewish Culture Club (August 2022)

Our Jewish Culture Club is FREE and open to EVERYONE, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be discussing an episode of a documentary series ‘Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over', titled 'Strictly Orthodox Jews.’ (Series 2, Episode 5).
We love street food and South-Asian street food is definitely among the top choices. This month our co-host Farrah, who is also a member of the group, is bringing her South Asian inspired family street food recipes to the table. We will be making a vegetarian ‘Chana Chaat’ chickpea salad & Samosa Chaat. 
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.
In this session we will be carrying out interviews to collect new stories for the project. By listening to stories from different people in Manchester we can explore topics that haven’t been properly looked into before and use our art to shine a light on important social issues.

Jewish Culture Club (July 2022)

Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary forms of Jewish culture – this could be books, TV, film, fashion, music, art, theatre and much more! The group is open for anyone ages 18 and over, whether you identify as Jewish or are just curious to discover new things. This month we will be discussing the legendary musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. We’ll provide the refreshments, just bring yourself and an open mind!
In this session we will be working with our curator, Alex, who will do an introduction to carrying out interviews and share her best practices with the participants. The project's main theme is about sharing lesser heard stories, memories and experiences so by collecting new stories from different people in Manchester we can explore topics that haven't been properly looked into before and shine a light on important social issues.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Jewish Culture Club (June 2022)

In June we will be discussing the popular four-part BBC One television drama series, ‘Ridley Road.’ Based on Jo Bloom’s book of the same name, it is the story of the 62 Group, a collection of anti-fascists who stood up against the rising neo-Nazi movement in Britain after World War Two.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Jewish Culture Club (May 2022)

This May we will be discussing Victor Esses' new show, The Death & Life of All of Us. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary forms of Jewish Culture – this could be books, TV, film, fashion, music, art, theatre and much more!

Umami: Tasting Mushroom Language

This event is now fully booked! Please email to be added to the waiting list. A workshop led by artist Ali Matthews in collaboration with Leo Burtin for the Foodie Group about cooking with and eating mushrooms. In this workshop, Ali and Leo will invite the Foodie Group into their creative process in researching and […]

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Jewish Culture Club (April 2022)

This April we will be testing our eardrums as we delve into the world of Israeli heavy metal band Orphan Land and their political 2018 album. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!
Join the museum’s song-writing group for a poetry & lyric writing workshop inspired by a performative sharing of My Heart is in the East, a play which explores coexistence between faith and cultures in Ancient Cordoba. Join us for a journey back in time as two performers, French Algerian and Jewish American, share an extract […]
For the month of Purim our Foodie Group will be baking our own Persian Purim cookies as well as making alcohol free Pomegranate cocktails and exploring other Purim traditions including excerpts from the Harris House Girls’ diaries.

Song-Writing Group (March 2022)

Our song-writing group is for anyone who has a passion for music-making. We work with musicians and artists to create new music together, inspired by our collection and the artists we work with.
This March we’ll be flicking through Challah Magazine – a publication by and for young Jewish adults to explore their Jewishness. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!
This workshop is now fully booked. We love aubergines – they’re delicious fried, baked, stewed and roasted! For our February Foodie Group cooking workshop we will be exploring the history of how these squeaky skinned fruit are used in Sephardic and Middle Eastern cooking.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 24 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 17 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.
Our song-writing group is for anyone who has a passion for music-making. We work with musicians and artists to create new music together, inspired by our collection and the artists we work with. Join us for our February taster session – perfect for new members!

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 10 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.
In February we will be meeting the Shtisel family as we explore Israeli TV drama Shtisel, available to watch on Netflix. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 3 Feb

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 27 Jan

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.

You, Me & Manchester: Thu 20 Jan

Are you Jewish, live in Manchester and have an interest in using theatre & art to explore ourselves and the world around us? Odd Arts are looking for Jewish participants aged 18+ for a new exciting theatre & arts project.
We’ll be kicking off the new year with comedian and writer David Baddiel’s acclaimed book – ‘Jews Don’t Count’. Jewish Culture Club is a group for anyone who wants to explore contemporary Jewish Culture – from books, TV, film, music, fashion, art and more!

Shevat Sunday Activity Day

Join us for Shevat Sunday as we celebrate new year and new life as you decorate and plant your own herb pots and explore the history of Shevat. Join us on the third Sunday of every month for a different activity day for families and adults alike!

Foodie Group: Luck and Money

Our Foodie Group reconnects in the new year to explore New Year Good Luck food traditions across the globe including making your own Moroccan seven-vegetable couscous and learning about the remarkable tradition of keeping a carp in the bathtub!
Do you have a passion for Jewish culture? Do you like discovering new things and talking about them? Join our Jewish Culture Club and discuss and explore a range of Jewish books, TV, film, food, fashion, music, art, theatre and more! This month we will explore hit Channel 4 sitcom ‘Friday Night Dinner’.

Teacup Candle Making

Light up those dark autumn nights by creating your own teacup candles. Upcycle your own teacups and small jars, or use one of ours to create your own scented and coloured candle, unique to you.
Do you have a passion for Jewish culture? Do you like exploring new things and sharing ideas? Join our in-person Jewish Culture Club and discuss and explore a range of Jewish books, TV, film, food, fashion, music, art, theatre and any other cultural works you enjoy!

Summer Bake Off

Our Summer Bake off events are now fully booked. Our Jewish summer bake-off takes place every Wednesday through the summer holidays. Open to children and adults alike.
Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.

Museum Song-Writing Group

Our Song-writing Group meet fortnightly to work with amazing composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by the stories in our collection. Perfect for anyone who like to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative.