We extend a warm welcome to you from all at Manchester Reform Synagogue. We are the Progressive Jewish community in the heart of Manchester, inspiring individuals with Reform Jewish values and traditions.

Our aim is to to empower our members to find a Jewish path to their life. Judaism goes beyond the individual, with a key focus on also supporting and helping others in our communities and society to achieve their full potential. In this regard, our personal rights need to be balanced by our responsibility to the needs of others, whether it be by helping to reduce poverty, hunger, strife and COVID-19, or climatic change and pollution.

We provide transformative education and events to support you through your lives. More than this, we provide a sense of community. Come and join us in meeting life’s challenges.



Every Friday evening at 18h30 and Saturday morning at 10h30 our Shabbat services are live on Zoom and shared by Facebook. We are also back in person every Shabbat but you must register in advance each time you’d like to attend services. This not only helps with security on the door but can also help eliminate queuing outside.

And you can join RJ:TV, the Online Community for Reform Judaism at reformjudaism.org.uk/rjtv

Latest News

  • Nominate a charity for this year’s Kol Nidre appeal
    Every year we at Jackson’s Row come together at Kol Nidrei as a community to commit to improve ourselves and help others.   This year, our charitable efforts are being led by our member, Jonathan Levy, who is on hand to answer any questions you may have about the process. We are looking for three charities which undertake work in our local area.  So please send in your charity nominations for our Kol NidreRead More…
  • Rabbi Robyn to take sabbatical
    ‘On the seventh day God finished the work that had been undertaken…’ Genesis 2:2 Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen says: Radically, we are taught from the first few lines of Torah that rest is a sacred duty. Given all that we have lived through in the past two years, this command to rest could not be more important and vital to help us recover and re-connect with ourselves and our loved ones. In order toRead More…
  • Rabbi Lisa Barrett joins Jackson’s Row for the summer
    We’d like to wish Rabbi Lisa Barrett a very warm welcome to Jackson’s Row, and thank her for stepping in over the summer. Brought up in Manchester’s Reform community, Rabbi Lisa made aliyah to Israel in 1995, where she taught English to Jewish, Muslim and Christian students at the Tabeetha School in Jaffa for five years. On her return to England, a qualification as a complementary therapist specialising in craniosacral therapy, reflexology andRead More…
  • Rabbiting On’s remarkable year
    The final episode of the current series was on the 25th May. Catch Rabbis Robyn Ashworth-Steen, Miriam Berger and Debbie Young-Somers. Series 2 will return after the High Holydays.  Rabbiting On is available by visiting the MRJ website here. Subscribe to the audio-only version at the MRJ. Join in the discussion on Twitter by tagging @ReformMovement or by emailing media@rjuk.org.”
  • Memories are made of this
    Our first ‘Shmooze it or Lose it’ meeting took place after a May Shabbat morning service.  David Hoffman hosted a session which shared some ideas about catching memories of our building and its community as we prepare to move out.  David says “We discussed what we would want to take with us. There’ll be more – and please get in touch if you’d like to help with memory-collecting or building-clearing!” David wants to encourageRead More…
  • Synagogue Development: latest news
    Work goes on in the block next to our Synagogue building. Most of the Police building has now been demolished, in the first stage of the St Michael’s central Manchester redevelopment scheme. Our Synagogue will continue to be open for services and functions for the time being.
  • JR merger talks with Sha’arei Shalom
    The executives of Manchester Reform and Sha’arei Shalom in North Manchester have begun exploring a possible merger. A union would seek to further promote the current dynamic Manchester Jewish community, and continue to liaise closely with our sister congregation, Menorah. A vote by members to agree to progress with talks was approved at the last AGM in May. Final agreement will require another vote and at a subsequent EGM. Rabbi Robyn said “TheRead More…
  • JR Learn with Us
    We are thrilled to be launching our adult education programme, JR Learn with Us. This programme will bring back old favourites, such as Torah Breakfast, and introduce new courses and shiurim from guest rabbis over the course of the year. Open to all members of the community. For more information go to our “Learn –> Adults page” If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Njal at njal@jacksonsrow.orgRead More…
  • Soulful psalms on Sunday July 31
    Wellbeing time with texts led by Rav Reuven Silverman. Sundays 6 – 7.30pm via Zoom. 20 Feb, 22nd May, 26 Jun, 31st Jul, 28 Aug. To participate email rabbi@jacksonsrow.org.