Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

No Jews at Manchester Parade

    Tens of thousands of people will be making their way to Manchester Day on Sunday to see one of the largest parades in the city's history - but there will be no formal Jewish presence.

    The 1700-participant parade will travel through Deansgate, crossing Albert Square and Peter Street in the city centre. But the role of Manchester Jewry in the city will be forgotten.

    Manchester City Council, which organised the event, say all faith groups were welcome to take part but that no Jewish groups had shown an interest.

    Noted historian of Manchester Jewry Bill Williams says the lack of Jewish input is "very sad and an enormous absence. Before the war, the Jewish community was the largest ethnic group in Manchester, involved in its shopkeeping industry and the cotton trade. Economically and politically it was very important indeed."

    Mr Williams says Jewish contributions to the city could have included Nathan Rothschild, of the Rothschild banking dynasty, who developed the cotton trade link with Germany; Charles Dreyfus, who founded Clayton Aniline Works, now part of chemical giant ICI; and Chaim Weizmann, the Manchester University chemist and first president of Israel.

    Lucille Cohen, president of Manchester's Jewish Representative Council, says she will look into Jewish communal involvement at next year's parade after discussions with Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein this week.

Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
Community News

Surrey shul looks to student to step up

Friday, December 9, 2016
Surrey shul looks to student to step up
Uk News

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'

Rosa Doherty

Friday, December 2, 2016

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
Uk News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
Uk News

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86

JC Reporter

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86
Features

The neo-Chasid in search of God

Simon Rocker

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The neo-Chasid in search of God
Uk News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'
Uk News

UJS presidential candidate abused for pro-BDS s...

Daniel Sugarman

Thursday, December 1, 2016

UJS presidential candidate abused for pro-BDS s...