Exhibition celebrates town’s Jewish history
AN exhibition celebrating the Jewish families and entrepreneurs who helped shape Macclesfield will go on display in the town.
Jewish historian Basil Jeuda, of Sandringham Road, Hurdsfield, has been working with Incubation Arts to curate the exhibition which looks at the lives of Jewish families who made Macclesfield their home following the Second World War.
The display - ‘Celebrating Jewish Life, Art and Enterprise in Macclesfield During World War Two’ - commemorates the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Macclesfield Synagogue at 62 Chestergate, now Charles Roe House, where the exhibition will be held.
Basil, who moved to Macclesfield in 1970 and attends a synagogue in South Manchester, said: “There were between about 150 - 200 Jewish people in the town, but it was a handful of Jewish employers who employed about 1,500 people.
“They made a significant contribution to Macclesfield which was quite outstanding compared to the numbers.”
He added: “A lot of the older generation will have worked for these Jewish families and will remember them.
“Max Tannebaum was a highly regarded GP and very well remembered.”
On the first floor of the exhibition, which from 1941 -46 housed the Macclesfield Synagogue, there will be 25 panels illustrating Jewish life in the town.
The display also looks at the profiles of 10 Jewishowned firms, including V&E Friedland, Halle, Oberland Silks, and BJ Friend, and some of the war-time products they made.
Also covered will be the experiences of the Tannenbaums, who came to Macclesfield as refugees, and the Weinberg family, who were evacuated during the war.
It will also include artwork by Jules Weinberg, who in 1946 exhibited at West Park Museum.
Author Basil, who announced last year he had written his final book, has not been able to resist working on another publication to accompany the exhibition.
The free exhibition is supported by Macclesfield Silk Museums, Cheshire East Council, and Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, funded by two anonymous donors.
It will run from Sunday March 23, to May 2, Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm, with an invitation only preview on March 20.
Basil’s book, which costs £3, is also available from Incubation Arts and at the next Treacle Market.
●» The Weinberg Family, who were evacuated to Macclesfield, are one of the families to feature in the exhibition
●» Paintings by Jules Weinberg will also feature in the exhibition