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.


Jackson’s Row, Manchester City Centre’s only synagogue, closed the ark doors for the final time this weekend to make way for the multi-million pound St Michael’s redevelopment. From this Shabbat we will hold services at our temporary base just over a mile away. Soon we will start our consultation exercise to determine a new home for our members.

Every Friday evening at 18h30 and Saturday morning at 10h30 our Shabbat services are live on Zoom and shared by Facebook. We are also 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

  • Rav Reuven recalls 40 years at JR
    In a specially recorded video, Rav Reuven looked back at more than 40 years as Rabbi at JR.  The building, he says, holds so many memories from praying to learning to fun.  He says we are one family and the friendships will remain. You can watch Rav Reuven on Manchester Reform’s YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@manchesterreformsynagogue6288
  • Final weekend closes an era for JR
    Jackson’s Row, Manchester City Centre’s only synagogue, has closed the ark doors for the final time to make way for the multi-million pound redevelopment backed by the former footballer, Gary Neville. It was a roller coaster weekend for our members as we commemorated the end of 70 years in our building. It was marked by a special Shabbat service on the Saturday and a civic Farewell Service on the Sunday with prayers, songsRead More…
  • Coffee Mornings at the University Chaplaincy Centre
    Our first coffee morning at the fully accessible University Chaplaincy Centre was a great success, and we even got to shake the Lulav and Etrog to mark the first week in our new temporary home. Rabbi Robyn and David have moved into the space and the office will follow next week. Packing continues in JR as we begin to move boxes of books and items of furniture into storage. Please join us for ourRead More…
  • Rabbiting On Season 2
    The Rabbis are back for Season 2 of Rabbiting On with news of disaster, spiritual renewal, hilarity and rest over the summer. For some big news coming up for the show this Season and important guidance on how not to be the ‘muffin mum’. Rabbiting On is available by clicking here.
  • Give generously to our 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. Please give generously to those less fortunate that ourselves and those in need.
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Support JR whenever you shop Amazon
    JR has joined Amazon’s charity scheme called Smile, which donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the synagogue at no cost to you. If you’d like AmazonSmile to donate to Manchester Reform Congregation, register and shop at Amazon Smile rather than Amazon using the address smile.amazon.co.uk or with AmazonSmile turned ON in the Amazon Shopping app. You can visit AmazonSmile Impact to see donation information.