B'nai B'rith Cheshire
ut simply we aim to enrich our Jewish identity by having a good time together and doing some good in the world.
We have a regular Sunday evening programme held in members’ homes - and since the pandemic – also on Zoom. This includes both external speakers and lodge members talking on every aspect of the Jewish experience and on a wide range of secular topics. We have a rich diet of entertainments including quizzes, play readings, food tastings, musical and theatre visits, country rambles, treasure hunts, dinners, BBQs, tea parties and more besides.
For many years we have had trips to sample our enormous Jewish heritage both in the UK and further afield. Basically, if a member has an idea for an activity we try and help them bring it to fruition.
We turn the principles of B’nai B’rith into practice through fund raising and other support for BBUK charitable projects in Israel, Ukraine and for Jewish and non-Jewish charities in the Cheshire/Manchester area. We have a well-regarded ‘am-dram’ troupe that puts on murder mysteries to help fundraise for both BB charities and where appropriate, to support other ones as well.
Cheshire Unity Lodge was founded in 1973 as the first Unity Lodge in the UK; it enabled young married couples to participate together. In 2020 we changed our name to B’nai B’rith Cheshire and now welcome men and women whether they come as couples or as singles. Through the fellowship and friendships that develop over the years we are there for each other through the ups and downs of life.
We seek for all of our members to get involved in organising or actively participating in some aspect or other of our lodge’s activities. Our hope is that this creates a sense of belonging and that membership of B’nai B’rith Cheshire enriches our members lives.
Programme of events
14th February: ‘Murder for Charity – the “entertaining” story of Cheshire Unity Lodge’
28th February: ‘Talk on ‘The life and times of a communal rabbi and student chaplain’
14th March: AGM followed by a talk on ‘The US election and beyond’
30th March: “Who do you think you are ?”
7 April: Yom Hashoah Yellow Candle Commemoration
11th April: Talk on ‘The Sixties: Decade or Decadence’
2nd May: Talk on “Forgotten heroes of the Kindertransport”
23 May : Talk on “Bagels”
20 June: Discussion evening
4 July: Independence Day Walk and Picnic
20 July: Clonter Opera “Barbara of Seville”
25 July: Annual BBQ
8 August: Murder Mystery and afternoon tea
22 August: Walk
12 September: High Holydays Literary Gathering
10 October: Virtual tour of Jewish London, with Ian Fagelson
24 October: Walk
7 November: Visit to Manchester Jewish Museum
14 November: UKJFF screening at HOME
28 November: “Logistics of the airlift from Afghanistan”
19 December: “The other Strauss”