Jewish Museum

Boris praises museum’s education role

July 2, 2009

The educational role of the Jewish Museum will become increasingly important in the fight against rising antisemitism, one of its leading supporters said last week.

In welcoming Mayor of London Boris Johnson as guest of honour at its annual dinner Lady Wendy Levene, chair of the museum’s development committee, told the 200 guests at Mansion House in the City of London that antisemitism has become rife and acceptable in mainstream society.

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Museum piece from 10cc

April 23, 2009

Legendary seventies pop group 10cc have added an extra date to their 2009 tour to support the Manchester Jewish Museum’s 25th anniversary.

Original 10cc member Graham Gouldman has a special affinity with the museum, which his father Hymie helped to set up. On learning of the landmark birthday, he committed the band to a fundraising concert in June at the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation premises. Museum director Stuart Hilton reports that over half the 400 tickets have already been snapped up.

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Rare showing on museum 25th

By Cathy Forman, March 5, 2009

Manchester Jewish Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary by staging an exhibition of artefacts not generally shown to visitors.

Explained Alexandra Grime, curator of the Cheetham Hill museum: “We have asked previous curators, volunteers and local historians to choose their favourite item from the extensive collection of objects that we hold. This gives visitors the opportunity to see items that are usually in storage.”

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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