Manchester Reform Synagogue (Jackson's Row)





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Congregation Data


Manchester Reform Synagogue

Former Name:

Manchester Congregation of British Jews


Jackson's Row, Manchester, M2 5NH
     18 May 1952 - Consecration of site for Synagogue
     29 November 1953 - Opening of Synagogue

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

Previous Address:

Park Place, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4
11 March 1857 - Foundation stone laid
     25 March 1858 - Consecration of site for Synagogue
     1 June 1941 - Synagogue destroyed in German air-raid
     1941 - 1948 - Services held at Room 35, Houldsworth Hall, 90 Deansgate, M3
     1948 - 1953 - Services held in prefabricated building on Park Place site

Current Status:


Date Formed:





A constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly known as the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).




Rabbi Dr. Solomon Mayer Schiller-Szenessy - 1856 to 1860

Rev. Dr. Gustav Gottheil - 1860 to 1873

Rev Dr Isaac Weiner - 1873 to 1877

Rev Laurence Mark Simmons - 1877 to 1900

Rev Abraham Wolf - 1901 to 1907

Rev Harry S. Lewis- 1908 to 1913

Rev Jacob Phillips - 1913 to 1940

Rabbi Percy Selvin Goldberg - 1940 to 1974

Rabbi Toviah Ben Chorin - 1974 to 1977

Rabbi Reuven Silverman - 1977 to present (March 2017)

Local Authority:

The congregation is situated in the metropolitan borough of the City of Manchester, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers). 

From 1889 to 1974, the locality was in the county borough of Manchester (a unitary authority), geographically (though not administratively) within the County of Lancashire.

Membership Data:

1896 - 142 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/1897)
1905 - 160 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1906)
1941 - 110 members (Congregation's website)

Cemetery Information:

The Manchester Reform Jewish Old Cemetery, Whitefield, M25 was in use by the Congregation from 1856 to 1992. The Southern Cemetery, Jewish Section, Didsbury M20 was used by the Congregation from 1892 and was subsequently also used by other congregations.

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


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material relating to the this congregtion


  • The conference paper on "Manchester" from Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain includes information on this Congregation.

  • Manchester Bibliography, which includes:

    • The Manchester Congregation of British Jews 1857-1957 by Rabbi P. Selvin Goldberg (1957)

    • Manchester Jewry - A Picture History 1788-1988 by Bill Williams (1988). p. 19.

on Congregation's Website


Congregational Records

Registration District (BDM):

  • Manchester (since 1 April 1939) - Register Office website

  • Previous Registration Districts:
    From 1 January 1925 until 1 April 1939 - Manchester divided into two registration districts: Manchester North and Manchester South.
    From founding of Congregation to 1 January 1925 - Manchester
    (All records would now be held by current office.)

At Manchester Register Office:

  • Marriage Registers (MRO Ref: 513/1 to 513/11):
    ○  Park Place - 1859-1941
    ○  Houldworth Hall, Deansgate - 1841-1948
    ○  Park Place (temp.) & Jackson's Row - 1848-1966
    For certain data, including ancillary notes, extracted from the registers and provided to JCR-UK, see the Manchester Congregation of British Jews Marriage Register Data.

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the City of Manchester (metropolitan borough)

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

List of Synagogues destroyed by German air raids during World War II

Jewish Communities of England home page


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