We are a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation right in the heart of Manchester and cater for a wide social, age and religious spectrum.
We offer a broad range of activities. . . .
Regular Shabbat and festival services
Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes
Adult and multi-faith educational activities
Social activities for people of all age ranges, from youth, through young adults to older members
We currently have two Rabbis working for our Synagogue, both of whom have grown up with our community.
Rabbi Lisa Barrett
Brought up in Manchester’s Reform community, Rabbi Lisa Barrett made aliyah to Israel in 1995, where she taught English to Jewish, Muslim and Christian students at the Tabeetha School in Jaffa for five years. On her return to England, a qualification as a complementary therapist enabled her to work with cancer patients and bereaved carers at St.Anne’s Hospice. She then studied for three years at Boston’s Hebrew College, followed by two years at Leo Baeck College and after ordination in 2011 she taught Jewish studies at JCoSS, was Rabbi at Synagogues in Middlesex, Glasgow, Stevenage and Hendon.
Rabbi Warren Elf
Rabbi Elf, has been involved with Manchester Reform Synagogue and other synagogues in the Region and further afield. He played a pivotal role as a faith leader in Greater Manchester and in developing strong links between people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths. He was a leading voice in restoring calm and reassurance to all communities following the Manchester Arena attacks in 2017, through his work as the community development officer for the Faith Network for Manchester. He received an MBE for services to the community from Prince William in 2019. He is also a prominent member of Manchester’s Challenging Hate Forum, helping to organise the annual Peace and Unity event in the city and co-Chair of a national charity (FODIP), promoting positive dialogue between Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.