Communal Diary

Manchester Jewish Museum – Festival of Leaving
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

Ahead of their temporary move into Central Library, MJM presents a two week festival of live art and performance about leaving, loss and legacy

5 November – 18 November: Ellie Harrison: Ofrenda. Free with Museum Entry.  More Info

5 November – 18 November: Nikky Norton Shafau’s Festival Plenary Poem and Audio Podcast.  More Info

15 November:  bloominauschwitz. 7.30pm (followed by panel discussion). £12 (plus booking fee).  More Info and Tickets

18 November: Robin Simpson: The Travellers’ Tales. 11am. £5 (plus booking fee).   More Info and Tickets

18 November: The Great Jewish American Songbook: An Evening with Hope Mill Theatre 7.30pm. £10 (plus booking fee).  More Info and Tickets


The Friendship Circle Dinner
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm

Further details tbc

UK Jewish Film Festival – ‘Shelter’
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm

Dir: Eran Riklis | Drama | Israel, Germany, France 2017 | English, Hebrew, German, Arabic with English subs | 93 mins | Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin, Lior Ashkenazi

Naomi, a retired Mossad agent is drawn back into service after a two-year hiatus
following her husband’s death. Her mission – to protect Mona, a Lebanese collaborator
brought to a safe house in Hamburg – seems simple at first but both women soon find
out that they are in much greater danger than initially thought.

Based on a popular novel by Israeli author Shulamith Hareven, Eran Riklis’s (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride) new film is an elegant and suspenseful psychological thriller.

Sponsored by Lady Beryl Steinberg


UK Jewish Film Festival – ‘Inside the Mossad’ – Plus Q & A with Duki Dror
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm

Dir: Duki Dror | Documentary | Israel, Germany 2018 |
English and Hebrew with English subs | 80 mins

Like the CIA and MI6, Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, has spawned many myths since its foundation in 1950. The tales behind its top secret operations have been the basis for books and films that, in turn, have fed the imagination of fans of conspiracy theories the world over. In Inside
The Mossad, former heads and agents break their silence and talk for the very first time about what it is like to work for one of the most enigmatic institutions in the world.

Sponsored by The Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester

UK Jewish Film Festival – ‘Why the Jews?’
Nov 18 @ 3:45 pm

Dir: John Curtin | Documentary | Canada 2017 | English | 69 mins

Modesty may be a virtue but the stats don’t lie: a whopping 30% of Nobel science
prizes since the Second World War have been won by Jews, and don’t get us started
on Jewish accomplishments in literature, film and art (we have left out sports
for obvious reasons). This fascinating documentary turns to Jewish luminaries,
including Howard Jacobson, Shimon Peres, Alan Dershowitz and Lord Jonathan
Sacks, to find out the reasons for Jewish achievement. A lively debate is guaranteed.

Sponsored by Nigel Alliance OBE

Higher Prestwich Synagogue Present an Evening of Cabaret and Dinner
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm

Further details tbc