Major event marks Balfour centenary

MANCHESTER’S special place in the history of the Balfour Declaration will be marked with a celebration at the end of the month.

The 100th anniversary event, in Manchester city centre, will take place on Tuesday, October 31 (7.15pm).

Among the guests will be the current Lord Balfour, as well as political, community and organisation leaders.

Joy Wolfe, co- chairman of the Manchester Balfour 100 steering committee, said: “We hope that many people from throughout the UK, and most particularly Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, will support us and ensure that the importance the history of the Declaration had on the eventual foundation of our Jewish homeland is appropriately recognised.”

The evening will also feature a number of key video messages from leaders and keynote contributions from Lord Balfour, Baroness Deech and Lord Kestenbaum, chairman of the UK Balfour 100 steering committee.

Adding a musical note will be Chazan Michael Isdale.

“It will be one of the most important events in the history of the UK Jewish community and a fitting starting point for a number of key national plans to mark the anniversary,” Mrs Wolfe added.

An academic conference is being planned in Manchester in November and it is hoped that it will be possible to have a live screening of the major lecture to be given by historian Simon Schama as a key part of the national commemoration.

There will be a limited amount of transport from north and south Manchester, available on a “first come, first served” basis.

To register attendance and for details of the event and of the academic conference and lecture screening, phone 0161 491 1350 or email

There will be a special feature in this newspaper on the Balfour Declaration by Jewish Telegraph editor Paul Harris later this month.

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