External Events


Wednesday 25 April 6.30 pm
Altrincham Interfaith Group Charity Grand Quiz
in aid of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation For Peace based in Warrington
Venue: AHMA Islamic Centre, Grove Lane, Hale, Altrincham WA15 8JG.
Tickets £4. Light refreshments included. Children welcome. Contact: Carolyn Jones 0161 445 6935 or Yasmin Gill 07460 925096


Wednesday 25 April  7 pm (Doors open 6.30 pm)
70th Anniversity of the State of Israel: an evening with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Venue: King David Manchester, High School Hall. All welcome. Please bring ID photo for security purposes.


Thursday 26th April 7.30pm
Sherman Community Lecture: 25 years of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Reasons for Failure and Prospects for Success
Since the historic signing of the Oslo Accords between in 1993, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has received more political, diplomatic and economic assistance than any other contemporary conflict. Yet despite the unprecedented commitment of the international community to bring the conflict to its peaceful resolution, the prospect of peace seems even more remote today. The lecture presents a historical, diplomatic and political overview of the state of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy and offers explanations to the continuous failure to resolve the conflict, whilst pointing to potential avenues to success in the future.  Speaker Asaf Siniver is Associate Professor in International Security and the Director of the programme in International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Contact for venue information. The event is open to the public; there is no need to book a place. Further information at http://www.manchesterjewishstudies.org/sherman-lecture-2018/


Sunday 29 April
First Draft Cabaret presents ‘Everything To Play For’ at Manchester Jewish Museum
Beyond sporting cliches are amazing stories of people and cultures. A night dedicated to exploring the unusual stories held in museum collections. There will be comedy, poetry, music and stories all inspired by the amazing sporting stories of Cheetham Hill.
Doors open 6pm, performances start at 6.30pm Tickets: £8 (£5 concessions) Book at: https://www.picatic.com/EverythingToPlayFor


Thursday 10 May 7.30pm
University of Manchester and The Jewish Historical Society of England
A lecture organized in collaboration with The Centre for Jewish Studies: Samson in Stone: new discoveries in the ancient synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee by Professor Jodi Magness.
Since 2011, Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including biblical scenes and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer’s season. For more information visit www.huqoq.org
Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the archaeology of ancient Palestine, including on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jerusalem, Masada and the Roman army in the East, ancient pottery, and ancient synagogues.
Venue: South Manchester Synagogue, The Firs, Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 2TE All welcome. Admission free. No ticket required. Refreshments. Enquiries 020 8349 5754
Priority will be given to bookings made through Eventbrite to reserve a seat https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-discoveries-in-the-ancient-synagogue-at-huqoq-in-israels-galilee-tickets-42982916059


Sunday 13th May 2018 9.15 am‒4.45 pm
Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain 16th Annual Northern Conference
Five interesting presentations: Family research in Brody, Ukraine; Inside the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine; Your ancestors in Historic British Newspapers; World Jewish Relief’s WW2 refugee archives; Life & Times of Sholom Aleichem.
Venue: Sir David Wilmot Conference Suite, Greater Manchester Police Training College, Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0JT
A kosher buffet lunch will be provided by State Fayre, Manchester. Refreshments will be served on arrival and during the day. Tickets £27.50 inclusive of lunch, refreshments and free secure on-site parking. For further information, a programme and registration form, email or phone 0734 234 2881


Thursdays 3, 10, 17, 24 May
Lehrhaus Course at Jackson’s Row
A wonderful Learning Opportunity at Jackson’s Row in partnership with Leo Baeck College!
A 4-week course: Exploring Radical Torah to Create Social Change led by Rabbu Robyn Ashworth-Steen.  This will be an opportunity to do some intensive learning.     View course flyer


22-24 June
MRJ Chagigah
Registration is now open for Chagigah 2018, taking place at the beautiful Eastwood Hall in Nottingham.
This year’s Biennial is already shaping up to one of the best ever with a solid mixture of learning, of fun and of friends. Where else can you be part of the team that will shape the future of Reform Judaism and your community? Through our initiatives since Chagigah 2016 Reform Judaism has trained over 170 leaders and been directly responsible to raising awareness about isolation and loneliness, creating care teams in communities that didn’t have them. Are you ready to get involved as well?  Click Here to book. Early bird pricing ends 30th March.
Here are some of the highlights you can expect at Chagigah:
– Re-imagining Leadership: Money For Values – Re-thinking Synagogue Finance
– Beit Midrash
– Discovering New Paths in Congregational Education
– ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ – a play on the impact of early onset dementia by Brian Daniels
– ChagFest- Saturday night entertainment with the one and only Shir.


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:


1-3 November 2019
Northern Chagigah
More info to follow.