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Irish death

February 5, 2009

Irish Jewish Museum curator Raphael Siev has died after collapsing at the HMD commemoration at Mansion House, Dublin.

He had insisted on giving a reading at the ceremony before going to hospital.

After attending Gateshead Yeshivah and qualifying as a barrister, Mr Siev worked for the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He devoted his latter years to the museum.


Artist remembered in his home city

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2009

More than 100 people attended the launch of a tribute exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum for artist Simon Black, who died, aged 49, last year after a battle against cancer.

The Reflections exhibition has given his family the opportunity to display his work in his home city after a similar event in London. Sunday’s opening was addressed by the artist’s widow Raina, eldest daughter Bobbi and his sister Jane.

Speaking afterwards, Jane Black said Mancunians would recognise much of the personal and local imagery in his paintings.


Manchester Jewish Museum draws crowd of 130 to mark 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum drew a crowd of 130 people to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Three Holocaust survivors, Mayer Hersh, Norbert Barrett and Gisela Feldman, lit candles with their children and grandchildren and spoke of their recollections. Pupils from King David, Yavneh and Judith Parker from Withington Girls' School gave presentations and readings. Event organiser Joy Wolfe said: "Having a large participation of young people was rewarding."


Jewish Musem commemorates Anne Frank's birthday with school trip

June 20, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum commemorated what would have been Anne Frank’s 79th birthday by inviting pupils from across the North West to a special event on June 12. Pupils from Notre Dame High School; Manchester High School For Girls; Two Trees Sports College; and George Salter Collegiate Academy watched a documentary about Anne Frank and were addressed by Holocaust survivors.


Jewish Museum director talks of redevelopment

May 30, 2008

The Jewish Historical Society hosted Rickie Burman, director of the Jewish Museum, who spoke about the redevelopment programme of the Camden Town site. Ms Burman’s presentation included a DVD that highlighted the role played by the museum across the Jewish and wider community. The event, held at the Old Post Office in Moseley, was attended by around 20 people. The expanded museum is due to reopen in June 2009.


Blears backs tolerance plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2008

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears visited the Manchester Jewish Museum last Friday to express backing for its plans for a centre of tolerance on its Cheetham Hill site.

Ms Blears spent 90 minutes at the museum, discussing the “high priority” project with museum director Stuart Hilton.


Jewish Museum proposed to house tolerance centre

May 2, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum could become the home of a new national tolerance centre. The proposals, still at a very early stage, are for a centre to be built at the Cheetham Hill road site, where visitors would be taught how to challenge racism and respect other cultures. Museum director Stuart Hilton said: “We will need a great deal of luck to make this happen and until we look at feasibility studies, we don’t know how much it will cost."


Yentob hails museum plan

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

BBC creative director Alan Yentob thinks the Jewish Museum has a hit on its hands with the £9 million development programme on its Camden Town site.

Mr Yentob, a patron of the museum, was present for the start of building work on Monday, telling the JC: “The expansion is a huge leap forward for the museum.

“I think it’s going to be great. [The reopening] will be a big moment for everyone in June 2009.”


Jewish museum books Jesus show by mistake

By Toby Axelrod, April 11, 2008

It might have been a lovely concert to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary — but the Jewish Museum in Berlin will not be hosting it any more.

The museum has announced it will not rent out its auditorium for a May 4 event featuring US pianist Sam Rotman, after learning that the self-described “Orthodox Jew” planned to share not only Mozart, Debussy and Schubert from the stage, but also his spiritual journey to Jesus.