Manchester Jewish Museum building

“Not just a museum”

How Manchester’s Jewish Museum is opening its doors in many ways to bring local and the wider community of Cheetham Hill together.  

The newly renovated space of Manchester’s Jewish Museum is now becoming home to daytime workshops to evenings of music and culture within their 150-year-old synagogue connected to the museum.  

Locals of Cheetham Hill have been given full access to the museum for free as the museum wants to celebrate its community ‘We want everyone to use this space as it’s for everyone’ Julia Gorko, marketing and communications for Manchester Jewish Museum.

Inside the 150-year-old synagogue which is where the Jewish Museum hosts their evening performances. Credit: Martha Norris.

Julia describes the space as ‘friendly, open and welcoming’ as she was excited for the doors of the museum to host a night is Noga Ritter Trio, performing in their synagogue ‘which the space itself is quite unique… not many synagogues are this in Manchester’.

‘We open up the space in the evenings for comedy, music, and dancing, all sorts of shows. We want it to be more than just a museum and celebrate Jewish art’.  

A center point for the community.

The museum is becoming a hub for locals to get involved with projects and workshops. With both volunteering positions and participation in workshops there is something for everyone.

The community and residents so Cheetham Hill are spoken about in high spirits with the museum. ‘We love the local community. We chair the Cheetham [cultural] festival, where all businesses open their doors to everyone for free’.  

The museum is always welcoming members and volunteers as a way to meet more like-minded people. The museum is a light and airy space with many exhibitions and artifacts with a calming cafe for anyone that wants to come and be somewhere safe. ‘it really is a space for everyone’.  

How to get involved.

The best way to get involved with the museum and see their upcoming events and workshops is to visit their website or see their social media pages on Instagram, Facebook, Tik-Tok, and YouTube.