We extend a warm welcome 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 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 and COVID-19, 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 life’s challenges.



Our old Jacksons Row synagogue site closed the ark doors in November 2022 to make way for the St Michael’s redevelopment. We continue to hold services in temporary premises in the city centre. Consultation with members will continue to find a new permanent home.

Every Friday evening at 6.30pm and Saturday morning at 10.30am our Shabbat services are live on Zoom and shared on Facebook. We are also in person every Shabbat morning but you must register in advance to attend.

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

Latest News

  • 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.
  • Jewish Film Festival – Manchester, 9 – 23 Nov
    UK Jewish Film Festival returns to Cinemas in and around Manchester.  This year the it shows its largest collection to date of outstanding cinematic stories. Full details are in the attached programme and /or the following link: https://ukjewishfilm.org/manchester/
  • 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. For more details of services and activities please email the office.
  • Welcome to Rabbis Lisa Barrett and Warren Elf
    We currently have Rabbi Lisa Barrett, as well as Rabbi Warren Elf, MBE working for our Synagogue. 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.
  • 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.
  • Generations: Portraits of Survivors at Imperial War Museum North. On now. Admission Free.
    Marianne Phillips features in one of the portraits of survivors of the Holocaust currently portrayed at the Imperial War Museum North. It is part of a project involving the Royal Photographic Society, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, The Fed, Dangoor Education and Jewish News, which initiated the project by asking the now Princess of Wales to take the first two photos. Definitely worth a visit. Click here for more information.
  • Climate Change Meeting in Rome
    The Mayor and religious leaders from Greater Manchester, including our own Rabbi Robyn and Rabbi Warren Elf, met the Pope to pledge a commitment to tackle climate change. They had a private audience with Pope Francis at The Vatican to discuss the work in progress and commit to take further action.
  • Northern Chagigah 3 – 5th Nov 2023
    Northern Chagigah is where all of our northern communities meet together for a weekend of relaxation, learning, praying and fun. We have exclusive use of a gorgeous conference centre with extensive grounds, The Hawkhills in Easingwold is 19 miles north of York. Bookings now open. For more information click here.
  • 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