External Events

Saturday 17 February 7 pm for 7.15 pm
Altrincham Interfaith Group: Annual Shared Meal
Guest speaker Waseem Ahmedi (Ahmadiyya Muslim community whose motto is: ‘Love for all, hatred for none’.)
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Marlborough Road, Altrincham WA1 2RS.
Adults £10, Seniors/Unwaged £8, Children over aged 5 £5, Family £25.
Contact Ann Angel 07939 060 787 for info.

Sunday 18 February
Visit My Mosque Day 12 – 4 pm
The annual Visit My Mosque day gets bigger every year. You can learn more about the national programme at http://www.visitmymosque.org/ and by entering your postcode on the page http://www.visitmymosque.org/find-my-mosque/ you can find your nearest participating mosque.
The Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association and the British Muslim Heritage Centre are participating in this national initiative.  It’s an opportunity for all the family to visit a mosque and find out more about Islam and participate in activities.
The Muslim Jewish Forum wants to mention the Visit My Mosque participation by Khizra Masjid, 425 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M8 0PF. This mosque hosted our June 2017 iftar event and our October 2017 Loose Lawyers event. Khizra Masjid’s Visit My Mosque times run from 12:00 – 16:00 and the sessions take about 30 minutes. There’ no need to book.


Sunday 18 February and Tuesday 20 February
UK Jewish Film in Manchester. Cineworld Didsbury presents Russian Jews. Part Two. 1918-1948
This is the second part of a documentary trilogy that charts the fascinating and complex history of the Jewish community in Russia throughout the centuries. Created and presented by leading Russian journalist Leonid Parfenov, Russian Jews focuses on both the good and bad times, shedding new light on Jewish contribution to the country and its culture. The second film focuses on the 30-year period between 1918-1948, during which Jews took active part in Russian society, helping shape the country’s political and cultural spheres. Among the Jewish leaders whose lives and careers are explored in the film are Leon Trotsky, Marc Chagall, Sergey Eisenstein, classical musicians Matvei Blanter and Isaak Dunaevsky and Isaak Babel, all important contributors to the great Soviet project.
Book tickets at: https://www.cineworld.co.uk/films/russian-jews-part-two-1918-1948-russian#/buy-tickets-by-film?in-cinema=8041&at=2018-02-18&for-movie=ho00005199&view-mode=list


Wednesday 21 February  7.30 pm
When God worked on Shabbat
An evening on the Entebbe rescue with Air France passenger and hostage Benny Davidson. Venue: Shaare Sedek Synagogue, Old Lansdowne Rd, Manchester, M20 8NZ.  Cost: £5. Students £3. Includes light refreshments.  Register at: https://www.mizrachi.org.uk/events/entebbeshaaresedek/ or call 0161 980 1877.


Sunday 25 February at 7.30 pm
Pub Quiz and Hotpot Supper
The Guild at Yeshurun Invite you to a pre-Purim pub quiz and hotpot supper. With our very own pub landlady Marilyn Berg and questionmaster Gary Barnett. 10 people per team (max) – individuals welcome. Great prized to be won!
£12.50 per person. Tickets from: or telephone Pam: 07971 171884 For catering purposes please book by 18 February (vegetarian option available)


Monday 26 February at 8pm
Striker Boy: an evening with David Bernstein at JW3
Jewish footballers dominated European football before WW2, why are Jews only seen in the boardroom today? In an age of austerity how can we justify paying footballers £350,000 a week? Will England ever win the World Cup again?! Former FA and Man City Chairman David Bernstein explores these questions and more, in conversation with broadcaster Jonny Gould. David offers a unique insight into what’s going on behind the scenes in English football. If you are a fan of the beautiful game then this event promises to be an informative, engaging, and most likely humorous evening.
This event is being run in honour of Jonny Zucker and in partnership with the Striker Boy Campaign. Jonny was a much loved children’s author and member of the Jewish community who tragically took his own life just over a year ago. His popular football thriller Striker Boy has been republished in his memory to raise money for Mind.
Booking link: https://www.jw3.org.uk/event/striker-boy-evening-david-bernstein


27 February – 15 March 2pm – 5pm
Simon Wiesenthal Centre / UNESCO Exhibition ‘People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land’
Venue: Salford Cathedral St. John the Evangelist, 250 Chapel St, Salford M3 5LL   Free entry.  Further details at: http://www.salfordcathedral.co.uk/upcoming-event/exhibitions/


Sunday 4th March 2018 2 – 4.30 pm
JGSGB Manchester: Library Open Afternoon
You are welcome to join the Manchester Regional Group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain for a library session which will be held at Meade Hill Road (United) Synagogue, Manchester M8 4LP. This is your opportunity to access our many resources, which include books, magazines, media, and online resources. Experienced members of our committee will be available to guide you in your research into the lives, times and ancestral homes of your family members. Please let us know in advance what names and places you are
researching, and we will try to locate relevant resources ready for your visit. You will appreciate that our books are mostly single copies and some are quite old, so they are only for reference and use within our library. Non-members £3. JGSGB members free. Refreshments included. Please let us know by email or phone if you intend coming. 0734 234 2881


Tuesday 6th March 7 pm – 9 pm
Homework Wars ~ Bedtime Battles!
Parenting workshop presented by Sara Murawa and Jayne Life. Limited places. £25 per person. 4 Barcheston Rd, Cheadle SK8 1LL. To book a place, please email or call 07939 108 682


Thursday 15 March  7.45pm
Celebrate Israel – 70th birthday party!
A huge celebration for Israel’s 70th anniversary with live music from Shir and excellent speakers from both the Jewish and Christian communities. North Manchester venue  Doors open 7.15pm Starts 7.45pm. Free entry.  Register at: https://nighttocelebrateisrael.eventbrite.co.uk


Sunday 18 March and Wednesday 21 March
UK Jewish Film in Manchester. Cineworld Didsbury presents Scaffolding
“A small film with a big heart.” (ScreenDaily)
17 year-old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker at school. Whilst his powerful and strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds unexpected solace in his inspiring literature teacher. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity. An impressive debut from first-time director Matan Yair, who explores his troubled protagonist with tenderness and depth.
Winner – Jerusalem Film Festival 2017 – Best Israeli Feature Film and Best Actor
Tickets on sale soon, probably from: http://ukjewishfilm.org/film/scaffolding/


Wednesday 21 March 2018   6.30 pm – 10 pm
Innovation Africa
The ZCC has recently formed a relationship with Sivan Ya’ari, the founder and CEO of ‘Innovation: Africa’ who: ‘are a team of dedicated problem solvers with a mission to bring Israeli solutions and know-how to those in need living in rural African villages, using solar energy to pump clean water and provide schools, orphanages and medical clinics with light and refrigeration to store vaccines and medicines’. Over 1,000,000 people, in 150 villages, across 8 African countries, over the course of the last 9 years, have had their lives changed by Innovation: Africa, which also empowers women by example and good deed. Sivan Ya’ari, whose inspiring Tedx talk can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfgAexR5Z2w has agreed to come over to Manchester in March, with the view of sharing her goal with a wider audience, at a Central Manchester venue TBC, followed by a scheduled Q&A session, and we’d like to extend an invitation for you to see and hear her. Please click on the Eventbrite link to register for up to 4 tickets, for this free event https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sivan-yaari-from-innovation-africa-manchester-presentation-tickets-41943483087


Sunday 13 May
Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain, Annual Northern Conference


29 June – 1 July
International Shabaton in Andalusia
A Journey of Learning and Celebration in the Heart of Sephatrad.
1. Makom Sefarad : A place of Jewish learning and history. Makom Sefarad´s educational and cultural activities are devoted to creating a meaningful understanding of Spanish-Jewish heritage for visitors and locals alike. Makom Sefarad is a pluralistic initiative inspired by the values of the ancient Hebrew Prophets and lead by Rabbi Haim Casas. Its aim is to preserve the rich legacy of the Spanish Jews and to ensure that Jews living in Spain as well as visitors have access to a vibrant and personally meaningful experience of Judaism in Spain. We are also inspired by our history of co-existence with people from different faiths. Dialogue and cooperation with other cultures and religions is a central part of our mission. 2. Programme. Friday 22nd of June. Seville: introduction to Sepharad and reflections on Spanish Jewish history; visit to the Royal Alcazar; visit to the Jewish Quarter; workshop of Sephardic Shabbat Songs; kabalat Shabbat; Shabbat dinner at Meson del Moro. (Former Mikveh-Hamman).  Saturday 23th of June. Seville: Shaharit + Musaf; shiur; flamenco; Havdalah at Guadalquivir River; optional night tour: Triana, Inquisition and Conversos. Sunday 24th of June. Córdoba: meeting with Sebastian de la Obra, director Casa de Sefarad; visit to Casa de Sefarad, synagogue and Jewish quarter; visit to the Mosque – Cathedral of Cordoba.  Price – 225 Euros per person.  Accommodation. Seville has a wide variety of hotels and apartments of different range price. We can help you to find a nice place to stay.  More info and bookings: