Manchester Jewish Museum


Key Stage 2 & 3 Learning

Manchester Jewish Museum Schools visit, Chris Payne 2021

Following our multi-million pound redevelopment, Manchester Jewish Museum is thrilled to begin offering our unique schools workshops once more.

Our new museum includes a brand-new learning studio and educational gallery as well as complete restoration of our synagogue, providing the perfect hands-on environment for schools wishing to learn more about Jewish culture.

We are offering two half day workshops from September: Synagogue & Sabbath and Festivals & Feasts. These can also be booked together as one full day, giving your students the full Manchester Jewish Museum experience.


  • £4 per student for Synagogue and Sabbath
  • £5.50 per child for Festivals and Feasts
  • £9 for both workshops
  • Teachers go free

Read on for more information on both our workshops or email our Creative Producer Dara at to enquire about making a booking for your school.

Email Dara to book a visit

Synagogue & Sabbath workshop

For Key Stages 2 & 3
2 hours: 10am-12pm
£4 per student (or £9 for both workshops)


Explore inside one of Manchester’s oldest and most beautiful synagogues as your students learn about the ceremonies and features of a synagogue and explore Jewish traditions such as the Sabbath and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

Our Synagogue & Sabbath workshop includes:

  • Looking around inside our 1874 Sephardi synagogue, sit in our pews and learn about parts of the synagogue such the ark, the tebah and Torah scrolls.
  • A detective themed scavenger hunt around the museum to help prepare for a Bar and Bat Mitzvah whilst learning about Jewish traditions and rituals.
  • Object handling of Jewish artefacts in our gallery
  • Exploring Jewish identity, working life and what brought many Jewish people to Manchester
  • Learning about the Sabbath, the Torah, Hebrew and the Ten Commandment

Festivals and Feasts

For Key Stages 2 & 3
2 hours: 12.30pm-2.30pm
£5.50 per student (or £9 for both workshops)


Learn about different Jewish Festivals, including Passover, Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, in our Festivals & Feasts workshop.

In this interactive two hour workshop your students will get to:

  • Bake their own challah bread in our brand-new learning kitchen
  • Taste some different foods as they learn all about the importance of food in Jewish festivals
  • Gather round our Gallery Communities table as they explore exactly what a Sabbath dinner involves

School baking Challah Bread, Chris Payne 2021

Secondary Learning

We will be offering workshops for upper KS3 later this year, as well as workshops suitable for those studying R.S. GCSEs.

Email our Creative Producer Dara at for more information on what we can offer for secondary schools.

Adult Learning

From Autumn 2021 we will be offering various Adult Learning groups and workshops. These will be booked groups, and will bring people together to explore faith and culture through bread and cakes – delicious!

Jewish Learning

We will also be offering the opportunity for Jewish communities to come together and learn together in the museum upon its reopening. This is still in development, so check back soon for updated information about what we will be offering.

Upcoming Learning Activities