Museum’s Summary of Purpose – Discover History / Explore Culture / Celebrate Diversity:
The Manchester Jewish Museum (MJM) is for Jewish and non-Jewish people offering a unique experience as both a social history museum and as a resource for learning. As a social history museum we tell the story of Manchester’s Jewish community from the 1780s to present day. With 30,000 items in our collections, MJM explores the cultural and religious evolution of Manchester’s Jewish community – the largest Jewish community in the UK (outside London). Our galleries reveal the political and industrial legacies of this community on a local, regional, national and international scale.
This is the only UK museum housed inside an original synagogue and, built in 1874, it is Manchester’s oldest surviving synagogue building. The building provides a unique and powerful learning space for all ages. From schoolchildren to adult learners, MJM helps over 15,000 people a year discover, explore and celebrate Jewish faith and culture.
Through its spectacular Grade II* listed building and through its displays, exhibitions and events programme MJM offers an experience that will inspire, inform and educate everyone.
MJM – MKK (University) Collaboration:
The collaboration between Museum and the Michael Kahan Kapelye and related klezmer developments in the Music Department at Manchester dates back to December 2012 when the museum hosted the first of what have become a regular series of klezmer concerts there.
The Gathering of the Klezmorim (for Chanukah and other occasions) :
These have taken place for Chanukah each year (2012, 2013, 2014 …. 2015) and there have also been similar events in most summers. Additionally, the university-based klezmorim in various ensembles and smaller groups have performed for some of the Museum’s including the [exhibition opening; 5 museum event]