Red Bank has historically marked the start of the Jewish community in Manchester and has been home to the mcrjewishmuseum since 1984.
Following a £6 million redevelopment, the museum is now re-open and includes a new gallery, café, shop and learning studio & kitchen as well as complete restoration of the stunning Spanish and Portuguese synagogue.
Thousands of Jews all over the world have been celebrating Siyum HaShas over the past few days.
On Sunday, the Manchester event was held at Event City in Trafford and we are so blessed to have been part of the team.
The atmosphere was electric, with incredible music by Mona Rosenblum, Arele Samet and Zanvil Weinberger, accompanied by Malchus Choir and the Hamenagnim Orchestra.
Fleishman Peles Production did an incredible job putting it all together. The event was catered by Ushi and obviously we took care of the flowers.
Thanks to classroomswithoutborders for an informative program yesterday about the Jews of Britain. Pictured is a map of Britain (England and Wales); circled are cities where most British Jews live.
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Here are some facts about Jewish life in the United Kingdom (UK):
-There are 270,000 Jews living in the UK today
-66 percent of Jews in the UK live in the greater London area
-The greater Manchester area is home to the second largest amount of Jews in the UK
-50 percent of Jews in the UK are members of one of these four religious groupings, written in order from highest percentage of involvement to lowest: Central orthodoxy, Reform and Liberal movements, Strictly orthodox or haredi, Masorti
-50 to 55 percent of Jewish students in the UK go to Jewish schools; 90 percent of Jewish schools in the UK get state funding
-If a school is state funded all the spots must be filled, so if there aren't enough Jewish students, then the spots must be filled with non-Jewish students
-London's weekly Jewish newspaper, thejewishchronicle is the oldest, continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world
-There was a time in London when 1/3 of Taxi Drivers were Jewish
We are so happy to have 71 Jews from the United Kingdom as global Jewish pen pals in our program!
Do you have a friend from the United Kingdom who should join the Global Jewish Pen Pal Program? Tag them below!
Big News - after 10 years and a multi-million reopening, our Chief Executive Max Dunbar and Chair of Trustees Andrew Singer QC will step down as they hand over the new museum for someone new to lead the organisation during the next stage of its journey.
Max Dunbar: “Leaving after so many years was never going to be easy, but now the new building is open and, I’m delighted to say, buzzing with activity, it feels like the right time to step aside and let someone new lead this incredible organisation into the future. I am excited to continue to support Manchester’s cultural organisations at the University of Manchester in my new role.
It has been a privilege to lead the museum during its transformation and through such an important period of its history. I am so proud of everything we have achieved and want to express my profound gratitude to our supporters, our contractors, our trustees, our visitors and most of all the staff and volunteers at the museum. They have all shaped what the museum is today and made us an invaluable and rich contribution to the history and culture of this great city.”
We are sad to be saying farewell to Max and Andrew after everything they have achieved for our stunning new museum. From everyone at the museum - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
SHALOM ! 📣📣📣
Do you know anyone who is celebrating their Bar or Bat Mitzvah this year?
If so tell them that the most fun and worthwhile programme in town starts soon!!
For all the details please contact our wonderful Shlicha for UJIA in Manchester sarab_shliha and
make sure to register as soon as possible 😊
🎶🎹 Sat 25 June. THE AMERICAN-ISH SONGBOOK sung by emmasmith_music (of the the_puppini_sisters) with jamiesafir on piano. A swinging soirée celebrating the Jewish success stories behind the Great American Songbook. 8pm millgateartscentre in Saddleworth, Oldham #greatermanchester
🎫 Tickets £10 with code EMMA10 online bit.ly/USA-ish
On the occasion of Rosh Hashanah we’d like to wish you and your loved ones a sweet, healthy and happy New Year, filled with peace and hope 🍏🍯
We’d also like to thank you for supporting the museum, whether it’s by visiting us, attending our events, using our cafe or being an MJM Member. Your support means we can share the stories of Jewish Manchester with the world and bring communities together, celebrating our similarities and differences. ❤️
If you’d like to support our work and connect closer to what we do you can become an MJM Member and, as a thank you from us, get access to multiple benefits like a bi-monthly newsletter with collection updates from our curator, priority booking to our events and a 10% discount in our cafe and shop. The link is in our bio!
Please also remember that the museum will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (26-27 September) for Rosh Hashanah. We’ll be back open on Wednesday, 28 September from 10am 📌