Sha'arei Shalom

North Manchester Reform Congregation

Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester



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Congregation Data


Sha'arei Shalom Synagogue - North Manchester Reform Congregation

Former Name:

North Manchester Reform Synagogue(ii)


Elms Street, Whitefield, M45 8GQ (synagogue building purpose-built in 1980).(iii) Previously met in members homes.

(The congregation is considered part of the "North Manchester" Jewish community.)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

Founded in 1977(iv)




A constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly known as Reform Synagogues of Great Britain), although initially (1970s) an independent reform congregation.


http://www.shaareishalommanchester.org.uk (not currently operating - from at least September 2019 until at least October 2021.) For contact details see either the congregation's Facebook page or the website of the Movement for Reform Judaism - https://www.reformjudaism.org.uk/

Breakaway Congregation:

Chaim V'Tikvah Independent Congregation in 1988


(To view a short profile of a minister - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Hillel G. Avidan - from 1982 until 1983(viii)

Rabbi Warren Elf - from about 1994 until about 1998(ix)

Rabbi Norman Zalud - from about 1999 until at least 2017(x)

Membership Data:

Congregation's webisite(xiv)

1977 - 10 founding families

2013 - 300 members

National Reports and Surveys(xv)

1977 - 35 male (or household) members

1983 - 136 male (or household) members and an estimated 136 female members

1990 - 195 members (comprising 140 households, 22 individual male and 33 individual female members)

1996 - 216 members (households)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

Legal & Charitable Status:

On 15 March 2012, the congregation was incorporated as a registered (non-profit) company, North Manchester Reform Synagogue Limited (company no. 07991054), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital.(xvi)

It is a also registered charity, under the name Sha'arei Shalom North Manchester Reform Congregation (registered charity no. 506117), registered on 11 March 1977. The governing document is the congregation's constitution dated 27 February 1977, as amended 19 June 1996.(xvii)

Local Government District:

Whitefield is in the metropolitan borough of the Bury, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers).

From 1889 until its incorporation into Bury in 1974, Whitefield was an Urban District in the county of Lancashire.

Registration District (BMD):

Bury (since formation of the congregation) - Link to Register Office website.

Group for Marriage Certification: West London Synagogue.


See Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information on Manchester Jewish Community home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) This was the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Book until and including 1980 and is also used as an alternative name for the congregation.

  • (iii) This has been the address given for the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1982 and is still the address as given on the Congregation's website, last accessed 10 September 2019.

  • (iv) Jewish Year Books.

  • (v) to (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Avidan's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Book 1983 and his profile on the SAAPR website. There were no ministers listed in the editions for 1984 through 1995.

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Elf's profile on Southend & District Reform Synagogue website. (The dates do not totaly coincide with the listings in the Jewish Year Book, which list Rabbi Elf as minister from 1996 through 1999. There were no ministers listed in the editions for 2000 through 2002.)

  • (x) Congregation's website, accessed 2017.

  • (xi) to (xiii) Reserved.

  • (xiv) Accessed 2017.

  • (xv) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (xvi) Companies House website, accessed 10 September 2019.

  • (xvii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 10 September 2019.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation


  • Reports and Accounts filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page
(including list of Jewish congregations in Greater Manchester)

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 24 August 2007
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 10 September 2019
Latest revision or update: 1 January 2020

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