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Overwhelming “yes” vote to sell our building

Inside the sanctuary – before the start of the first pilot service – showing the new layout

The EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) held on Sunday (July 25) voted by 68 votes to two to allow the Trustees to agree the sale of our freehold and leasehold to Jackson’s Row Developments Ltd. The meeting was a lively one in a full but not crowded Alexander Levy Hall, with most members expressing excitement for our future.

Gary Neville, who attended remotely, said on behalf of the developers of the site, that the first phase, the commercial development around the old Bootle Street Police HQ had already started but he hoped that Phase 2, the hotel and residential complex which includes our synagogue land, would commence well before the completion of Phase 1.

Naomi Ward, our Synagogue Chair, said after the meeting: “We look forward to many more conversations as we plan to move to a new, sustainable location, fit for generations of Reform Judaism in Manchester. Our hearty thanks go out to the development team, so strongly led by Danny Savage and all those who helped make Sunday’s gathering, in such interesting times, safe and successful“.

Our dedicated email address – – is still open for comments and questions.

Covid restrictions ending

Following the Prime Minister’s new five-point plan allowing people to make personal choices on coronavirus safety, the Movement for Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism and the Masorti Movement have encouraged all of our synagogues to continue applying our ongoing level of thoughtful responsibility and to reopen in a cautious way.

JR along with other Shuls, will continue to prioritise our members’ feelings of safety and comfort while also understanding their spiritual needs. It is our responsibility to ensure that our members feel, and are secure. Our next few services will continue on Zoom and Facebook only, while the situation is assessed and the audio visual equipment used in the two pilot services is purchased and installed.


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