Communal Diary


Menorah Synagogue Virtual Choral Extravaganza
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm
ARK at Menorah Invites You to Meet Rosie Whitehouse
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm

ARK at Menorah invites you to meet award-winning Rosie Whitehouse, in conversation with Gita Conn.

The remarkable and intrepid Rosie Whitehouse has travelled alone through Europe and Israel to trace the passengers of a secret ship that took them to Palestine after the war. Over a thousand Jews, survivors of unimaginable horrors, risked their lives and the British blockade in this hitherto untold Exodus adventure.

ARK at Menorah is proud to invite you to hear about their journey and Rosie’s story when she speaks to us via Zoom on Sunday 31 January at 5pm.

Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester – ‘Organ Donation – the Legal and Religious Aspects’
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

Some of us may have received an organ donation, or know family members, friends or acquaintances who have. Some of us may already be registered as organ donors. For others, it is something they prefer not to think about.

Organ donation raises many questions which are medical, legal, and religious such as:

How serious are the medical needs for organ donation today?
Last May the law in the UK changed in a major way, with the introduction of “presumed consent.” What does this mean?
What are the deceased’s rights and the rights of family members with presumed consent?
When does the law regard death as occurring?
What do Judaism and Islam say about the ascertainment of death, and the religious permissibility or impermissibility of organ donation?

Event Chair: MJF Co-Chair Cllr Heather Fletcher

Mr Jeremy Crane, MD FRCS, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and Consultant transplant and vascular surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Rabbi David Mason, Rabbi of the Muswell Hill Synagogue which is part of the United Synagogue.
Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University.
Vote of thanks: MJF Company Secretary Mrs Tahara Amin

As you will see from the details below, we have assembled an expert panel to discuss these issues online, and to take your questions. You can raise questions on the night or email them to us in advance via [email protected] if you prefer them to be asked anonymously.

Yavneh High Schools and Prestwich Hebrew Congregation Present Sunday Night Live – Guest Speaker Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm

Rabbi Dovid Eisenberg in conversation with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

‘The Threats and Opportunities of the Post Covid Era’

How has the pandemic changed us?
What lessons must we learn?
What will Jewish communities look like in the years to come?
What are the main challenges for the future?
What is the legacy of the Covid era?

The discussion will be streaming live to Facebook and YouTube where we will welcome all comments and audience participation as your questions and contributions will be answered live in real time.

Our events are free and open to everyone – please be respectful when voicing your point of view.

To view go to: or

St Annes Hebrew Congregation Presents Dr Bernd Wollschlaeger – ‘My Father was a Nazi’
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm

Dr Wollschlaeger will discuss his astonishing book ‘A German Life – Against All the Odds Change is Possible’. The book tells a remarkable story, growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a highly decorated WWII tank commander and Nazi Officer – eventually converting to Judaism, emigrating to Israel and serving in the IDF as a Medical Officer.

This person has a unique story of transforming darkness to light and can provide us all with well needed inspiration at this time.

We would welcome anyone interested in attending (our capacity is 500 I believe so plenty of room )

Registration link is

Camp Simcha 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign
Feb 7 – Feb 8 all-day
University of Manchester Bogdanow Online Holocaust Studies Event 2021
Feb 7 – Feb 10 all-day

The University of Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 Bogdanow Lecture in Holocaust Studies will be delivered by Oscar-winning film director László Nemes. The globally acclaimed filmmaker, whose 2015 film ‘Son of Saul’ won numerous international prizes including an Academy Award, the Grand Prix, the Golden Globe and BAFTA, will speak on the topic of Holocaust portrayals in fiction film. The opening address for the event will be given by Chancellor of the University of Manchester Lemn Sissay.

László Nemes will be the first cultural practitioner to deliver the Bogdanow Lectures and his work at the interface of cultural production, Holocaust memorialization and academic discourse on Holocaust representation will be of interest to diverse audiences from within the academic and creative communities, as well as the general public.

Sunday 7 February – Wednesday 10 February 2021
‘Son of Saul’ online streaming, as part of the Bogdanow event, in collaboration with UK Jewish Film. Open to the public. The film can be purchased for rental at the discounted rate of £1, from Sunday (7 Feb) to Wednesday (10 Feb). Booking to open soon at

Delamere House of Games
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm

Forget Covid and Zoom away the gloom!

Please join us for an evening of PURE ONLINE FUN! Inspired by the popular TV show, “Richard Osman’s House of Games”

With a wide variety of Amusing Quiz and Game Show Rounds to suit all tastes and interests (strictly non-competitive!) PLUS additional entertaining short breaks and Stand-up Comedy from Marilyn Berg, popular 2014 winner of The Fed’s Laughter Factor Award.

Join in, relax and enjoy yourself!

For details and to request an emailed link invitation, go to

While there’s no charge we suggest a modest voluntary donation of £12 (or more!) Your donations will help our partner provider, JSENSE, to improve
and update its highly valued directory of local expertise and support for Manchester Jewish children with learning disabilities.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews Presents ‘Tiers, Fears and Vaccine Engineers: The Jewish Community and Coronavirus’
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Dr Charlotte Benjamin, Clinical Lead for Covid Vaccine, North Central London
Prof David Katz, Executive Chair, Jewish Medical Association
Dr Daniel Staetsky, Director of the European Jewish Demography Unit (JPR)
Mr Moishe Sinitsky, Jewish Burial Society (Chevra Kadisha)

Chaired by Gillian Merron, Chief Executive, Board of Deputies

No registration necessary.
Streamed from The Board of Deputies social media accounts. Join us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

UJIA – Raffi Berg in Conversation with Dani Limor
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact [email protected] for further information