• E-Diary

    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    (i) Menorah Events (ii) External Events (iii) For Information

    (i) Menorah Events

    Thu 24 Apr  10:30  ACT II: Drama Matters We are reserving this morning for casting and read thru for future events.
    10.30 - 12:00 ~ anyone who would like to read for a part in 'Table Manners' by A Ayckbourn (to be read 26 June)
    12:00 ~ distributing Sherry Ashworth's texts to the following readers: Muriel Cohen, Joan Sherman, Carole Berlyne, Chris Giness, David Mort (for Sunday 18 May 16:00 at the Festival of the Book@Menorah - 'Remembering Louis Golding & Maisie Mosco').
    For more information call Muriel Cohen 01625 424317 or Leila Glancy 0161 926 8745

    Thu 24 Apr  19:30–21:30 Adult Education
    19:30–21:30 Access ~ Introduction for new Access participants only
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 25 Apr  19:00  Erev Shabbat Service and Chavurah Supper  PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME!
    at the home of Sheila Freedman in Southport. Please contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746 if you plan to attend, and bring a non meat dish to share.

    Sat 26 Apr  09:45  Bar/Bat Mitzvah Children's Learning Session (Years 7-8)
    Further details from Jayne Jabore  jayne.jabore@ntlworld.com

    Sat 26 Apr  10:30  Shabbat Service 
    26 Nisan 5774 ~ K'doshim ~ Blessing for Iyar ~ Leviticus 19:23-20:7 ~ Isaiah 5:1-16
    Special Kiddush in celebration of Joceline Schnieden's 80th Birthday

    Sun 27 Apr  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 27 Apr  Adult Education
    10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 27 Apr 10:00 - 11:30 ARK (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME.)
    Louise Ellman MP and Matt Hanley, 'HOPE not hate' North West Organiser: Why is it important for the Manchester Jewish Community to vote in the May European Elections?  View here. All welcome to attend.

    Sun 27 Apr  12:00 Stone unveiling ceremony for the late Mark Cohen at Mill Lane Cemetery, followed by L'Chaim at Menorah Synagogue, at which Mark's family hope you will be able to join them.

    Sun 27 April 20:00  And the music played on and on... Menorah Synagogue marks Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) with a production of the play 'Voices', written by Ruti Worrall.  Cast: Monica - Amanda Hennessy, Miss Schultz - Lynne Nathan and Dad -  Peter Worrall
    It focuses on the aftermath of the Holocaust and on the part that music played in it. The play is one hour long, followed by a discussion with the audience and cast on the subject - Is Music a Force for Good or Evil? It is the story of Monica who, being pregnant late in life, is keen to find her real parents so she can pass on to her unborn child a family history. The truth that is revealed to her takes her places she would not have imagined in her worst nightmares. The part that music played in the Holocaust has not been greatly explored and it is an enigma. The greatest atrocities in the history of this planet were happening to the sounds of the best music ever written. The Nazis were so passionate about music that they spared the lives of people who could play instruments and participate in the camp's orchestra. Using one family's horrendous story allows us to glimpse the subject. ('Voices' was first produced at the King's Head Theatre in London). Admission free. Please contact the synagogue office if you plan to attend office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 28 Apr 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 28 Apr  20:00–21:30  Israeli Dancing
    £5 at the door. Beginners always welcome! For information contact Cathy Knowles 07952 114759 or cathy.knowles613@gmail.com

    Tue 29 Apr  - 20:00 - 21:30 Hebrew speaking group
    At the home of Yvonne Brown in Hale. Tel  0161 941 4448

    Thu 1 May from 9:00  Shofar Volunteers
    If you'd like to help with the mailout of Shofar Magazine please contact the Synagogue Office

    Thu 1 May  19:30–21:45 Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Lifecycle I: from birth to bar mitzvah
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sat 3 May  09:45  Bar/Bat Mitzvah Children's Learning Session (Years 7-8)
    Further details from Jayne Jabore  jayne.jabore@ntlworld.com

    Sat 3 May 10:30  Shabbat Service
    3 Iyar 5774 Shabbat Atzma'ut ~ Emor ~ Leviticus 22:26-23:16 ~ Deut 11:8-12 ~ Micah 4:1-13

    Sat 3 May 13:15-14:30 Shabbat Study Circle
    Shonaleigh 'The Drutsyla Midrash: Exploring Jewish storytelling tradition.'
    Shonaleigh, a trained drut'syla (storyteller) and professional storyteller, will introduce the family storytelling tradition which she learned from her bubbe Edith Marks, including a repertoire of hundreds of stories and a related oral midrash technique. Please bring a non-meat dish or dessert to share

    Mon 5 May 18:45 Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut ~ memorial ceremony for the fallen soldiers ~ we are very pleased to announce Rabbi Micky Boyden will be at Menorah for the ceremony - The emphasis this year will be on children writing about war and on longing for peace.
    18:45 – Beginning of Yom HaZikaron ceremony. Including readings and candle lighting for the fallen by youngsters from Menorah, interspersed with choir singing.
    19:30/19:45 – End of Yom HaZikaron ceremony, gradually changing the mood with a sing-along led by Ruti.
    20:10 - Hatikva.
    20:15 – Chavurah supper, please bring a dish to share
    21:20 – Israeli Dancing with Julia
    22:00 - Laila tov
    Please contact the synagogue office if you plan to attend office@menorah.org.uk

    Tue 6 May  19:45  Film Club
    Eyes Wide Open (2009) Israel. Dir. Haim Tabakman. Cert 12. 93 mins.Aaron, a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighbourhood, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. The arrival of a young gay apprentice to his shop irreversibly transforms the beliefs in the once-devoted butcher's life, leading Aaron to question his relationships with his family and God.
    Please contact the Office if you plan to attend office@menorah.org.uk

    Thu 8 May  19:30–21:45 Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Lifecycle II: marriage and divorce; death and mourning
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 9 May  18:30  Erev Shabbat Service
    at Menorah

    Sat 10 May  09:45  Bar/Bat Mitzvah Children's Learning Session (Years 7-8)
    Further details from Jayne Jabore  jayne.jabore@ntlworld.com

    Sat 10 May 10:30 Shabbat Service
    10 Iyar 5774 ~ B'har ~ Leviticus 25:19-46 ~ Jeremiah 32:6-27

    Sun 11 May  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 11 May  Adult Education
    10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 11 May 11:15 - 12:15 ARK The Moessingen General Strike of 1933: one town's resistance to the Third Reich’. A talk by Simon Falk.
    This talk aims to tell the story that lay silent for decades. The Mössinger Generalstreik of 1933 was a unique example of resistance to Hitler, occurring on the day after he notoriously seized power in Germany. The sequence of events leading to the strike in this small, remote village have largely been under-researched and the story untold, as the somewhat unexpected controversy around it remains. Simon intends to recall the events that took place over 80 years ago and help to bring the story back to life.

    Sun 11 May 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Sun 11 May  14:00 Stone unveiling for the late Audrey Loofe, mother of Ian Loofe, at Failsworth Cemetery.

    Mon 12 May 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 12 May  20:00–21:30  Israeli Dancing
    £5 at the door. Beginners always welcome! For information contact Cathy Knowles 07952 114759 or cathy.knowles613@gmail.com

    Thu 15 May  19:30–21:45 Adult Education   
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Conversion
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 16 May  18:30 Erev Shabbat service & Chavurah
    Please contact the Office 0161 428 7746 if you plan to attend and bring a non-meat dish to share.

    Fri 16 - Sun 25 May   SMart presents ‘a booklovers feast!’ FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK@MENORAH
    Menorah will be hosting a Literature Festival, with the co-operation of our sister synagogues, Jacksons Row and Shaarei Shalom, and the Manchester Jewish Museum. Well-known authors, as well as our talented home-grown (and often equally famous) writers are already booked to present their wares Local Authors, Book Fair, Exhibitions,  Play Readings  and much more!
    For more information or to book tickets visit www.smart-festival.co.uk

    Sat 17 May 10:30 Shabbat Service: The Book
    17 Iyar 5774 ~ B'Chukkotai ~ Leviticus 26:30-27:34 ~ Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
    Special Kiddush sponsored by Lynne and Robbie Wolfson

    Sun 18 May  Adult Education
    10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 18 May  Join us for a day of non stop exciting literacy experiences

    Sun 18 May 11:15  SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: ARK presents Lynne Stein, talking about her new book ‘Rag Rug creations’  You will also get a chance to hear about her community work in Israel and try your hand at rag rug working on a joint Israel/Menorah project. Tickets £5 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Sun 18 May 12:30 to 16:00 Menorah Authors and Book Sale.  Local authors promoting their latest books.   Book Sale old and new with Menorah Social Committee and Simply Books of Bramhall.  Book cafe, read and relax with a Bagel or cake and a tea or coffee.   FREE ENTRY.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk

    Sun 18 May 16:00 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Sherry Ashworth celebrates the work of Maisie Mosco and Louis Golding. Tickets £5 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Mon 19 May 14:15 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Third Age presents… Frank Vigon talks about ‘The Novels of Bashevis Singer’ Tickets £2 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Mon 19 May 19:00 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: An Audience with Eve Harris Author of ‘The Marrying of Chani Kaufman’ Tickets  £7.50 each including refreshments. For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Tue 20 May 19:30 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Clarissa Hyman, award-winning food writer talks about her books. ‘Oranges’ and ‘The Spanish Kitchen’ with demonstration.  Tickets £5.00 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Wed 21 May 14:00 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Hineni Project Exhibition, Talking Lives Capturing the stories of your community.
    Reflections on belonging and identity.  Tickets £5 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Wed 21 May 19:30 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Irma Kurtz, ‘My Life in Agony’ in conversation with Gita Conn.  Sponsored by ‘Menorah’s Third Age’  Tickets £7.50 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Thu 22 May 10:30 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Act II: Drama Matters…
    will deliver carefully chosen pieces from a rich source of material internationally known and acclaimed, as well as that of talented local writers. With their tried & tested format the pieces come alive through the skill of ACT II readers’ / actors’ performances! To secure your place, book now for an audience ticket £3  includes a light lunch  (please note, seating is limited)  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Thu 22 May 19:30 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: ‘Ask the Rabbi - A meeting with Rabbi Jonathan Romain’ Chaired by Rabbi Haim Shalom.  Tickets £7.50 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Thu 22 May  19:30–21:45 Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Shavuot
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 23 May 18:30 Erev Shabbat service

    Sat 24 May 10:30 Shabbat service
    24 Iyar 5774 ~ B'midbar ~ Blessing for Sivan ~ Numbers 1:44-2:4 ~ Numbers 1:44-2:4

    Sat 24 May 13:15-14:30 Shabbat Study Circle
    Andrew Pal: The  life and work of Reb Simhah Bunim and the quest for authenticity. Please bring a non-meat dish or dessert to share.

    Sun 25 May  Adult Education
    10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 25 May 11:15 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: ARK presents… ‘When Saira met Sarah’ hosted by Anjum Malek and Sherry Ashworth.   A Commonword project compiling an anthology of writing by Muslim and Jewish women.  Some of the writers will be joining us to share their work and talk about the process.  Sherry Ashworth, one of the editors, will read from her new story, Mrs Abrahams.  This anthology is intended to be both a celebration of new writing and those things Muslims and Jews have in common – it’s a co-existence project between the pages of a book.  The winners were mentored by Sherry Ashworth (Jewish) and Anjum Malik (Muslim.)  Sherry is a successful novelist and publisher; Anjum is a critically acclaimed poet and playwright.  Tickets £5 each including refreshments.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Sun 25 May 16:00 SMart ‘Festival of the Book@Menorah’: Football Panel with Anthony Clavane, Rodge Glass, David Goldblatt ‘One True Faith Three Great Authors’ in a lively football debate
    chaired by Jonny Becker, their knowledge about football and Jewish involvement in the ‘Beautiful Game’ is second to none, 4pm kick off.  Tickets £10 each including beer and bagel.  For more information visit www.smart-festival.co.uk  to book online visit http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/bookweek/

    Fri 30 May  18:30  Erev Shabbat Service and Chavurah Supper
    At the home of Sharon and Gary Copitch in Cheadle. Please call 0161 374 0428 or contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746 if you plan to attend, and bring a non meat dish to share.

    Sat 31 May 10:30 Shabbat Service
    2 Sivan 5774 ~ Naso ~ Numbers 6:1-27 ~ Judges 13:2-25

    Mon 2 Jun  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    The State of the USA. Bobby Garson brings us up to date on America under the Obama administration. Members £1.50; non members £2. For information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 2 Jun 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk   

    Tue 3 - 13 Jun  Third Age
    Trip to Cascais, staying at the 4* Pestana Cascais Ocean Hotel. Last chance to book! Please contact Bernard Sanig for details.

    Tue 3 Jun 18:30  Erev Shavuot service followed by Chavurah supper. Please contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746 if you plan to attend, and bring a non meat dish to share.
    20:00 to 22:30 Study session

    Wed 4 Jun 10:30 Shavuot morning service
    6 Sivan 5774 ~ Exod 19:16-20:17 ~ Deut 16:9-12 ~ Isaiah 6:1-13

    Thu 5 June  19:30–21:45 Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Jewish identity
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 6 - Sun 8 June  Kehilla Weekend
    Menorah's annual community retreat returns to Little Crosby. For all ages with bonfire, walk to the beach, exciting youth activities, inspiring talks, Shabbat services and more. Come for Shabbat or for the whole weekend! Online booking now open. http://www.menorah.org.uk/whats-on/kehilla2014/
    Book by 6 May for the Early Booking Discount!

    Fri 6 Jun 18:30 Erev Shabbat service

    Sat 7 Jun 10:30 Shabbat Service
    9 Sivan 5774 ~ B'ha'alot'cha ~ Numbers 11:1-22 ~ II Kings 2:1-15

    Sun 8 Jun  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 8 Jun  Adult Education
    10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 8 Jun  11:15 - 12:15 ARK
    Speaker Jonny Roland - topic to be announced

    Sun 8 Jun 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Tue 10 June  19:45  Film Club
    The Gate Keepers
    (2012) Israel. Dir. Dror Moreh. Cert 13. 101 mins.
    A documentary featuring interviews with six surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. "No one understands the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians better than these six men. When they speak, leaders listen."
    Please contact the Office if you plan to attend office@menorah.org.uk

    Thu 12 June  19:30–21:45 Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Israel today
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 13 Jun  18:30 Erev Shabbat Service and special Chavurah dinner for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Families
    At Menorah

    Sat 14 Jun  10:30 Shabbat Service
    16 Sivan 5774 ~ Sh'lach L'cha ~ Numbers 14:1-25 ~ Zechariah 8:3-23

    Sun 15 Jun  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 15 Jun  Adult Education 10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746 

    Sun 15 Jun  11:15 - 12:15 ARK
    Speaker Janet Taylor - Disability Awareness

    Sun 15 Jun 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 16 Jun 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Thu 19 June  19:30–21:45 Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ World Jewry
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 20 Jun 18:30  Erev Shabbat Service

    Sat 21 June 10:30  Shabbat Service
    23 Sivan 5774 ~ Numbers 17:6-28 ~ Jeremiah 31:27-40

    Sat 21 Jun 13:15-14:30 Shabbat Study Circle
    Jayne Jabore - topic to be announced. Please bring a non-meat dish or dessert to share.

    Sun 22 Jun  11:15 - 12:15 
    ARK Speaker Rabbi Haim Shalom - topic to be announced

    Sun 22 Jun  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 22 Jun 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  

    Mon 23 Jun 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk   

    Thu 26 Jun 10:30  ACT II: Drama Matters
    Watch this space...  For more information call Muriel Cohen 01625 424317 or Leila Glancy 0161 926 8745

    Thu 26 June  19:30–21:45  Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ British Jewry
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 27 Jun  18:30  Erev Shabbat Service and Chavurah Supper
    At the home of Marjorie and Steve Holt in Gatley. Please call 0161 428 2373 or contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746 if you plan to attend, and bring a non meat dish to share.

    Sat 28 Jun  10:30 Shabbat Service
    30 Sivan 5774 ~ Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Blessing for Tammuz) ~ Chukkat ~ Numbers 20:1-21 ~ Genesis 1:14-19 ~ Isaiah 66:1-23
    Batmitzvah of Gemma Bonnington. 
    Kiddush sponsored by Suzie & Alec Bonnington.

    Sun 29 Jun  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 29 Jun  11:15 - 12:15  ARK
    Speaker Ann Angel - topic to be announced

    Sun 29 Jun 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 30 Jun 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Tue 1 July  19:45  Film Club
    Les Hommes Libres (2011) France. Dir. I Ferroukhi. Cert 12A. 99 mins.Paris, occupied France, 1942. Younes, an uneducated Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man.
    Please contact the Office if you plan to attend office@menorah.org.uk

    Thu 3 July  19:30–21:45  Adult Education   
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ Menorah: community perspectives
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 4 Jul  18:30  Erev Shabbat Service at Menorah

    Sat 5 Jul  10:30 Shabbat Service
    7 Tammuz 5774 ~ Shabbat Balak ~ Numbers 23:1-30 ~ Micah 5:6-6:8

    Sun 6 Jul  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 6 Jul  Adult Education 10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 6 Jul 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 6 Jul  11:15 - 12:15  ARK
    Speaker Tamar Hodes - topic to be announced

    Mon 7 Jul  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    Dermatology. Dr Andrew Winter, a leading specialist in clinical dermatology, and a highly experienced cosmetic dermatologist, provides an update on the latest in skin treatment. Members £1.50; non members £2. For information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 7 Jul 20:00–22:00  Choir Rehearsal
    New members always welcome. For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Thu 10 July  19:30–21:45  Adult Education
    19:30–20:15 Siddur Hebrew: beginners and improvers
    20:30–21:45 Access ~ What does it mean to be a Reform Jew? (Panel discussion)
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Fri 11 Jul  18:30  Erev Shabbat Service at Menorah

    Sat 12 Jul  10:30 Shabbat Service
    14 Tammuz 5774 ~ Numbers 27:1-20 ~ Joshua 17:1-13
    Barmitzvah of Jack Levers  Kiddush sponsored by Jo and Guy Levers

    Sun 13 Jul  10:00–12:30  Cheder
    Parents and siblings are invited to join us for our short assembly and are welcome to stay for coffee & bagels. Further info from Emma Caulfield: menorahcheder@gmail.com

    Sun 13 Jul  Adult Education  10:00–11:15 Hebrew Ulpan Intermediate
    Further information from office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746

    Sun 13 Jul  11:15 - 12:15  ARK
    Speaker Phil Reeves - The technology revolution in Israel

    Sun 13 Jul 12:00–13:00  Children's Choir Rehearsal
    For more information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Fri 25 Jul  18:30  Erev Shabbat Service and Chavurah Supper
    At the home of Lys and Gersh Lipshen in Bramhall. Please call 0161 439 6457 or contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  0161 428 7746 if you plan to attend, and bring a non meat dish to share.

    Thu 31 Jul 10:30  ACT II: Drama Matters
    Watch this space...  For more information call Muriel Cohen 01625 424317 or Leila Glancy 0161 926 8745

    Mon 4 Aug  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    Speaker to be confirmed

    Mon 1 Sep  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    Through the eyes of a magician. Mister Ree (real name Peter Turner, award-winning magician) gives some insights into the world of magic, with some amazing demonstrations and experiments. Members £1.50; non members £2. For information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    Mon 6 Oct  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    Degenerate Art. Eric Roth tells the story of the Nazi exhibition of modern art which they considered degenerate, and which would today be priceless. A Story which has not yet ended! Members £1.50; non members £2. For information contact david.hrose@virgin.net or eric@roth.me.uk

    Mon 3 Nov  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    Topic and speaker to be announced. Members £1.50; non members £2. For information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk  

    Sat 22 Nov  Choir Concert
    Details to follow.

    Mon 1 Dec  14:15–15:30  Third Age
    End of the year. Wind up the Third Age year with our lunch meeting and entertainment. Members £1.50; non members £2. For information contact the synagogue office office@menorah.org.uk

    (ii) External Events

    Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region
    Keep up to date with events in the Manchester area by accessing the JRC website via this link: http://jewishmanchester.org/communal-diary-2/

    Manchester Jewish Museum
    Follow the link for information on current events and activities at the Museum: www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com

    Sat 26 Apr 19:30 Concert of 18th Century music by Telemann Baroque Ensemble at Dunham Road Unitarian Chapel, Altrincham, as part of its bicentenery celebrations. Admission £5, including refreshments. Children free.

    Sun 27 Apr  20:00  Yom Hashoah Commemoration at the Hilton Suite. Please be seated by 19:45.

    Sun 4 May 19:30 Yom Hazikaron ceremony with UJIA Magic Moments at the Hilton Suite, Prestwich Hebrew Congregation. For more details please contact Sally Halon sally.halon@ujia.org or 0161 740 1825 ext 3

    Tue 6 May 10:00 Bury Town Hall Yom Ha’atzmaut ISRAEL Flag-raising Ceremony – Union Square opposite the Bury Town Hall – please assemble at 9:45 followed by reception

    Tue 6 May 17:30 Yom Ha’atzmaut 66 - Communal Event – Youth Activities– Hilton Suite – 19:00 entertainment from Israel and guest speaker. Contact Karen Solomon on 740 8835 or 773 9733

    Tue 6 - Wed 14 May  UJIA Legacy Visit to Israel
    Full details/brochure/itinerary/booking conditions and application form http://www.ujia.org/event/legacy_mission/

    Wed 7 May (evening, time tba)  Manchester Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews: AGM
    Venue: Multifaith Centre. Further details to follow.

    Thu 8 May  18:00 The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society Manchester Lecture Series
    Dr Eveline Van Der Steen ~ A joint lecture with the Centre for Biblical Studies and the Centre for Jewish Studies.
    (Liverpool University School of Archaeology). Room A7 Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester. For further information or to indicate your wish to attend, please contact: Prof. George Brooke, Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (Tel: 0161 275 3609  email:george.brooke@manchester.ac.uk)

    Sun 11 - Fri 15 May  The Sherman Lectures in Jewish Studies 2014
    Thinking about Jews in Medieval Europe: Explorations with Text, Images and Sounds. By Miri Rubin. Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum (located centrally on the University campus). For more information, follow the link www.manchesterjewishstudies.org/sherman-lectures-2014/

    Sun 11 May 10:15  Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester
    AGM at Nicky Alliance Centre. 

    Sun 11 May  Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain: Twelfth Northern Annual Conference
    Full day event at the Greater Manchester Police Training College, Prestwich, Manchester M25.
    Topics and presenters include Student Rosenblatt on Irish/Jewish genealogy: the Manchester connection; Michael Tobias on Changes and updating of JRI-Poland records and website; Mike Gordon on Putting together Shemot [the Society's newsletter] and also Self-Publishing: how to co-ordinate and publish your own research; Kevin Bolton on Re-opening of Manchester Central Library March 2014 after three years of renewal and upgrade, and the Jewish archives held there; and Reva Hill on Information gained from Wills and Probate to help with family history research. In addition, there will be a display and exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of WW1 in June 1914.

    Wed 14 May 19:15 The Nicky Alliance Day Centre Annual Duplicate Bridge Competition for the Gerald Verber Trophy (presented by Tracy Capal) Also Rubber Bridge if you are interested! At The Nicky Alliance Day Centre 85 Middleton Road, Manchester 8.  Donation £10.00 including refreshments and a raffle ticket. For more information contact Tracy on 07956 982 998 or The Nicky Alliance Day Centre on 0161 740 0111 All proceeds in aid of “The Nicky"

    Sun 18 May  12th Leeds Day Limmud at Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
    Further details can be found on the Leeds Day Limmud 2014 page where there is a list of confirmed presenters and a link to the online booking.  Book by 20 April to take advantage of our early bird rates! For full details see limmud.org/day/leeds/  

    Tue 20 May
    Leo Baeck College’s major annual fundraising event with special guest actor/comedian Omid Djalili. Make up a table and bring your friends. More details here http://bit.ly/Kaufmann2014

    Fri 27 - Sun 29 Jun  Chagigah 2014 - a weekend celebrating Reform Judaism
    Booking is now open. Please go to http://news.reformjudaism.org.uk/chagigah

    Mon 21 - Fri 25 Aug  Limmud in the Woods. Limmud in the Woods is an innovative, under-canvas festival packed with music, learning, art, eco-consciousness and outdoor adventures! For more information go to limmud.org/woods/ 

    (iii) For Information

    Erev Shabbat at Menorah - appeal for hosts
    We are looking for people to host Erev Shabbat services and Chavurah suppers in their homes on the last Friday evening of each month from August 2014.  Please contact Sharon Copitch on 0161 374 0428 or scopitch@gmail.com

    Movement for Reform Judaism
    Keep up to date by following this link to the MRJ website: http://www.reformjudaism.org.uk/ or subscribe to regular mailing via this link http://subscriptions.reformjudaism.org.uk/

    Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission Public Consultation. Between now and 30th May, the Commission wants to hear from as many people as possible to help inform the recommendations they will make to the Prime Minister at the end of this year. For more information view link to the online consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-holocaust-commission-keeping-the-memory-alive submit your views by Friday 30 May. In addition, you could post a link to the call for evidence on your website, social media networks and notice boards, host a consultation event of your own (contact us for a Consultation Pack and further support), create a ‘views box’ for your building, and support your young people to share their views and enter the competition to win a place at a Commission Youth Forum to be held at No. 10 Downing Street http://engage.number10.gov.uk/holocaust-commission-competition/ . If you would like to submit additional evidence to the Commission please do so via the online consultation form. As part of the call for evidence process, the Holocaust Commission is seeking views from Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution on how the country can best secure their legacy for future generations. On Monday 5 May 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday), the Commission will host a special event for survivors at a prestigious London venue – if you know of survivors who should be invited to the event, please let us know.

    MRJ - Reform Judaism attacked again in the Knesset – a call to action
    Many of you have already joined us in challenging attacks on Reform Judaism. After Member of the Knesset, David Rotem apologised for saying Reform Judaism is 'not Jewish,' Ultra-Orthodox MK accused Reform Jews of 'bribing' Israeli politicians. Follow this link to find out more: news.reformjudaism.org.uk

    Board of Deputies Community Briefing view link http://www.bod.org.uk/live/index.php and click on Community Briefing for up to date information.
    Please click on this link to see the BOD Presidential Pesach message - Getting out the Jewish vote for the EU elections http://www.bod.org.uk/content/EUManifesto.pdf

    Zionist Federation UK - for the latest news and events please follow http://www.zionist.org.uk/

    The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce the introduction of a new Online Short Course, Is Interfaith Dialogue Important?. In this course, participants will explore the meaning of ‘interfaith dialogue’, especially in the context of Abrahamic faiths, as well as learn about different perspectives on its contemporary relevance. For more information visit http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/study/e-learning/short-courses.asp 

    The Apartheid Smear
    BICOM has published a pamphlet countering the claim that Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ in the same image as South Africa used to be. The pamphlet, entitled ‘The Apartheid Smear’, challenges some powerful myths and shows that the accusation is factually wrong.
    The document can be downloaded following this link: http://www.bicom.org.uk/analysis-article/18870/

    Menorah Outreach - helping destitute asylum seekers and refugees
    Please leave items of food in the foyer at Menorah. (Please note: collection of clothing is suspended until further notice.)

    Voices of the Holocaust - Update. Please follow the link: www.voicesoftheholocaust.co.uk

    Shemesh summer camps
    View this amazing video from RSY-Netzer and the Reform Movement
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxqkaiEgPUQ&feature=youtu.be

    For more information view link http://www.rsy-netzer.org.uk/shemesh/

    Interested in Jewish Music?
    Leo Baeck College is delighted to announce the launch of a new programme in Jewish Sacred Music: 12 February to 14 May 2014
    For more information view link http://www.lbc.ac.uk/201401271820/News/interested-in-jewish-music.html

    Stockport Humanist Group: Invitation to Visit
    The Group holds discussion meetings and on occasions invites people of a religious faith in order to broaden understanding and explore common ground.  Anyone wishing to visit to speak about their Judaism should contact Derek McComiskey 0161 427 0350 derek@marpleclocks.co.uk

    Audio Menorah
    If you cannot attend Menorah on a Saturday morning, you can listen to our Shabbat morning service by clicking on http://www.menorah.org.uk/audio/
    You can also 'listen again' to recorded sermons. 
    The audio page also has a Feedback form; we love to read your comments and suggestions!

    Liverpool Hope University Jewish Studies Programme
    15 May - 12 June (Thursdays): The Jew in Nineteenth-Century English Literature (Dr Rachel Schulkins)
    Prof Bernard Jackson 0151 724 2500 jacksob@hope.ac.uk will be happy to answer any queries

    A literary novel by Larry Lefkowitz ~ The Critic, the Assistant Critic, and Victoria".  The novel tells the story of the assistant to a well-known literary critic who suffers from the dominance of the critic and from the critic's practice to 'borrow' abundantly from the assistant's work and publish it under his own name. Although set in Israel, the novel is appealing to the international reader because of its universality of plot, literary background, sharp and witty dialogue, and humour."

    Jewish Hour
    Mondays 7-8pm on Salford City Radio 94.4FM and online www.jewishhour.co.uk
    Get involved! If you know of a story you think should be covered, if you have an event you want to promote, if you want to request a song, or if you or someone you know would like to volunteer on the show, contact us at thejewishhour@gmail.com

    Route 66 London to Jerusalem Car Rally
    Starts in London on 17 June and ends in Jerusalem on 8 July. Simon Winters, OBE, is leading a group of 25 cars from London to Jerusalem to coincide with Israel's 66th year of independence. The 21-day pre‐planned route through 11 countries costs £15,000 for two people in one vehicle. More info at: www.route66rally.com or contact Simon Winters: 0208 386 8017  07960 986628   simon@formulawonevents.com

    University of Durham Project on Jewish-Muslim Relations
    Durham University Department of Anthropology invites participation in a project to explore the relationship between the Jewish and Muslim communities in the UK. The project aims to explore the minutiae of Jewish-Muslim relations through interviews with representatives of both communities in order to elucidate the main factors and wider political and socio-cultural contexts that account for different aspects of this relationship, which has seen instances of both tension and collaboration. Data from the project will form the basis of an academic publication and an application for a larger study. For further details contact Dr Yulia Egorova yulia.egorova@durham.ac.uk  0191 334 1612

    Muslim Jewish Forum: the need to respond to Council of Europe attack on circumcision
    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recently passed a resolution against circumcision. If such a decision ever becomes state policy, it will be directly discriminatory against the religious freedoms of Muslims and Jews in Europe.
    There is a petition on the French arm of change.org calling upon the Council of Europe to rescind this decision at:  http://www.change.org/fr/p

    Launch of EU Antisemitism Report
    The results of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey of Jewish perceptions and experiences of antisemitism in Europe, conducted by JPR in partnership with Ipsos MORI, were launched last Friday. Read the report in full: http://www.jpr.org.uk/publication?id=3051

    Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
    is currently accepting applications for fellowships for its one-year Jewish Studies programme 2014-15  http://www.paideia-eu.org/

    BBYO Manchester
    BBYO UK & Ireland is part of the global BBYO family - the world's largest Jewish youth movement. Our chapters are run for teens, by teens, with peer-leadership at the heart of what we do - giving you the opportunity to make your mark. Manchester BBYO is a brand new chapter. Join us for interesting, fun and thought-provoking programmes for Jewish teens, giving you a chance to meet new faces in a welcoming environment. For more information, call Adam R on 020 8202 6698 or visit www.bbyo.org.uk

    Campaign to free Jonathan Pollard
    For more information, go to http://www.jonathanpollard.org/