Ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates town’s Jewish his­tory

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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