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. Services are currently at the University Chaplaincy Centre, M13 9GH. On the 1st September we move into a new leased venue at Elliot House, M3 3WD at the back in Jacksons Row for two years. 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’re heading back to Jacksons Row!
    From the 1st September, we will be heading back to Jacksons Row, having signed a 2-year contract to lease rooms for our office and services in Elliott House (entrance on Deansgate), M3 3WD. This will give us a home “in our previous backyard” while we consult with members regarding long term plans. We look to welcoming you back to the very heart of Manchester.
  • 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.
  • Celebrate the High Holidays with Us
    This year we will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, as well as Succot and Simchat Torah morning services in our new temporary premises at Elliot House back in Jacksons Row. Other festivals will be celebrated together with our sister Shules in North and South Manchester. For more details click here. It is important to register/have a ticket to enter.
  • 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
  • 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 encourage … Read more