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.



The Jacksons Row synagogue site closed the ark doors in November 2022 to make way for the St Michael’s redevelopment. Services are now held at our temporary base at the University Chaplaincy Centre on Oxford Road, M13 9GH. We have started our consultation to find a new 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

  • Coffee Mornings at the University Chaplaincy Centre
    We will be running coffee mornings each month at SPH – and we’d love as many people as possible to come along. It’s a chance to come to our new office space to enjoy coffee, cake and a fun, informal chat. Upcoming dates: 9 Feb, 9 Mar, 20 Apr, 11 May, 8 Jun at 10.30am.
  • Taste of Talmud: Tu BiShvat with Rav Reuven
    Discover what the Talmud has to say about this special day. Sunday 5th February, 5 – 6pm on Zoom. For more information contact the office
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2023
    Community members attended the Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration on the 26th January, as part of the local events marking the occasion. Our very own Marianne Phillips featured in a powerful exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays. Marianne’s portrait is included in the collection of Holocaust survivors, in a free exhibition that begins today until the summer.
  • 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
  • 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…
  • Rabbiting On Season
    The Rabbis are back live Rabbiting On. Will future generations be Jewish? How do I find love? How can we elevate our friendships? If we could change one thing about Judaism what would it be? In Rabbiting On Live! the studio audience asked the rabbis some rather interesting questions. Recorded on location at JW3 with music from Daniel Cainer and Cantor Zoe Jacobs. With thanks to Rabbi Lev Taylor, Christina and Alex, Adam and Shereen,Read More…
  • 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…