Chess in Shorts - Table Tennis & Growing up in Jewish Manchester

An exhibition by Howard Jacobson and Manchester Jewish Museum

  • 30 June 2016 - 31 August 2016
  • The Lounge

“Why it was that every Jewish boy growing up in Manchester in the 1950s played table tennis with some degree of competence I can't explain...”

Discover the world behind The Mighty Walzer through the words of Howard Jacobson and the collections of Manchester Jewish Museum. Encounter Manchester ping pong legends and the local clubs where they honed their skills.

Why did possessing a mighty forehand eventually lose appeal to a world of late nights in the Kardomah café, hitting the town and chippy dinners at the famous Lapidus’...?

An exhibition by Howard Jacobson and Manchester Jewish Museum to accompany The Mighty Walzer at the Royal Exchange

Image: Local Table Tennis Champ Jeff Ingber, 1950s

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Lounge (next to Bar Exchange) 

    EVENT DATES: Thursday 30 June - Wednesday 31 August 2016

    TICKETS: Free

    MJM is housed inside a former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue – the only UK museum inside a synagogue. Founded in 1873 by Jewish textile merchants from the Mediterranean and the Middle East (Sephardi Jews), the building is Moorish in style and has over 40 exceptional stained glass windows. It is now a Grade II* listed building and has been described by English Heritage as “one of the highlights of Victorian Gothic architecture in the country and one of the architectural jewels in the degraded local area”.

    The museum is located on the edge of Manchester city centre, in lower Cheetham Hill, and is an exceptional survival in what is now Manchester’s historic Jewish Quarter. In 1911 over 30,000 Jewish people lived and worked in this area, but this community has since moved out and, as a result, all the other synagogues have been abandoned, demolished or converted for industrial use. The museum now runs regular guided walks around this historic Jewish Quarter.

    The museum’s permanent gallery tells the story of Manchester’s Jewish community from 1740s to 1945. With Torah scrolls on permanent display, the building’s unique space is used to educate 15,000 visitors a year about Jewish faith, traditions and culture. The authenticity of the space is particularly important to teachers who bring 10,000 pupils a year to the museum. The building also plays an important social and communal role, bringing audiences of all faiths and backgrounds together through exhibitions, events and its award-winning learning programme.

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