Open event is big success
AN exhibition celebrating Jewish Life, Arts and Enterprise in the town has been officially opened.
The exhibition has been curated by Jewish historian Basil Jeuda, of Sandringham Road, Hurdsfield, who 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 was opened.
At the grand opening Basil read from the Sepher torah - Scroll of the Law - that was formerly in Macclesfield’s own Synagogue, and had been borrowed for the day from the Cohen family and the nearby Cheshire Reform Congregation.
Speaking after the event, he said: “Nearly 150 people were present when Her Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Hilda Gaddum formally opened it on Sunday, 20th March.
“She referred to how well the town and surrounding areas had responded to the arrival during the War of evacuees from London and to refugees from Europe, and how much the businesses, relocated from London, had contributed to economic activity locally and to the war effort.”
The free exhibition is open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm, until May 2.
●● Basil Jeuda, with Julie Hamer, director of Incubation Arts, and Jeff Teasdale, trustee Incubation Arts