Some 10,000 people annually now visit historic synagogues and sites in England on European Jewish Heritage Day, the European Day of Jewish Culture and Heritage established in France nearly a decade ago.
This year’s event, held on Sunday 4th September, was no exception. The month of September presented a feast of heritage opportunities on successive weekends.
In Manchester, Grade II Listed Higher Crumpsall Synagogue in Cheetham Village proved to be a star attraction during national Heritage Open Days, organised by The Civic Trust in association with English Heritage.
On Sunday 11th September, more than 40 visitors toured the synagogue, which last year was awarded £130,000 grant aid towards essential repairs by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Among admirers of the synagogue’s fine Art Deco stained glass windows were members of the Al Khizra Mosque, which was also taking part in the annual Cheetham Festival which coincides with Heritage Open Days. Chief organiser Revd. Daniel Burton, priest-in-charge of the Parish of Cheetham, expressed his delight at the opportunity that the event created for bringing people together from diverse backgrounds. Later, Jewish musician Mike Tabor, Chinese musician Han Ying and the Asian Music Talent Band laid on a lively concert at the Manchester Jewish Museum, which had over 80 visitors during the day.