Manchester Reform Synagogue extend a warm welcome to all. 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 members to find a Jewish path to their life. Judaism goes beyond the individual, with a key focus on also supporting others in our society to achieve their full potential. Personal rights need to be balanced by responsibility to others, whether by helping to reduce poverty, hunger, strife, or climatic change and pollution. We provide education and events. More than this, we provide a sense of community. Come and join us in meeting today’s challenges.

The Zone of Interest

We have been on the other side of this wall and known the pain.

We owe it to humanity to speak out against iniquity, wherever it occurs. Jonathan Glazer’s unsettling, Oscar-nominated film is a timely reminder that to hide behind the veil of complacency will be viewed by others as complicity. As such, it threatens the future of Judaism. 

“…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2-4) Sculpture by Evgeniy Vuchetich, Yekaterinoslav (Dnipro), Ukraine. A gift in 1959 to the U.N. from the U.S.S.R.

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Latest News

  • Vacancy – Full Time Office Manager
    Manchester Reform Congregation is looking for a Full Time Office Manager. 37.5 Hours per week with annual salary between £25,000 to £32,000 based on relevant qualifications and prior experience. The Office Manager will report to the Chair of Charity and will undertake the core administrative functions of the Synagogue, to include overseeing the wider synagogue support team, compliance to all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, responding to member queries, managing the member database,Read More…
  • Statement from our three Manchester communities
    Over a number of years, the three Manchester Reform communities have collaborated in many different ways. In recent times, the three chairs have been meeting to support each other and through this have begun to explore possible options for the future of Progressive Judaism in Manchester. It is clear that there is a unique opportunity at this moment to explore closer work together: both Jacksons Row and Menorah have, or are about toRead More…
  • We’re still in the city centre
    We’re back in the city centre, while we consult with members regarding long term plans. We look to welcoming you back to the very heart of Manchester. After surveying our members, we are holding an open meeting on Sunday 28th January to discuss the findings. Contact the office for more details if you wish to attend.
  • Marianne at 100!
    Celebrate with Marianne and her family at Menorah on Shabbat 17th Feb. All members intending to go will need to register with the office.
  • Come celebrate Pesach with us at MRS
    Tuesday 23 April 10.30am. Pesach First Day Service with Rabbi Lisa Barrett at JR. Tuesday 23 April JR 6.30pm Community Seder at JR. Catered by Marc Cooper Catering (ticket price to be confirmed). Contact the office for more details. For Security Purposes, please advise Mandy in the office if you would like to attend any of our festival services.
  • We stand united with Humanity
    We stand united with Jews and everyone throughout the world abhorred by the recent tragic loss of life, and displacement of innocent people throughout the Holy Land. We pray that Leaders in the region will seek peace and reconciliation rather than war. We have been there before! In times of crisis, we are reminded of our Sages’ statement of Jewish faith to which we should listen and respond with our eyes wide open.
  • Our Rabbis Lisa Barrett and Warren Elf
    We are lucky enough to have Rabbi Lisa Barrett and Rabbi Warren Elf, MBE as our current Rabbis. Both grew up in Manchester, are well known to our members and have strong links to the wider community, promoting and strengthening our social responsibility priorities within GM and further afield. They both look forward to welcoming you to services and Shule activities.
  • Friday Night Shabbat at Home
    Friday nights at home are back! These will occur monthly over the summer and autumn. Please contact the office for further details.