Manchester Reform Synagogue

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Manchester Reform Synagogue
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LocationJackson's Row, Manchester M2 5NH
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Affiliation Reform Judaism
StatusActive
Leadership Rabbi Reuven Silverman [1]
Website www.jacksonsrow.org [2]
Completed1952 (current building)

Manchester Reform Synagogue, a member of the Movement for Reform Judaism, is one of the oldest Reform synagogues in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1857 [3] under the name Manchester Congregation of British Jews by a group consisting mainly of German-Jewish immigrants, [4] the synagogue is located in central Manchester at Jackson's Row.

Movement for Reform Judaism Jewish denomination in the UK

The Movement for Reform Judaism is one of the two World Union for Progressive Judaism-affiliated denominations in Britain. Reform is relatively traditional in comparison with its smaller counterpart, Liberal Judaism, though it does not regard Jewish law as binding. As of 2010, it was the second largest Jewish religious group in the United Kingdom, with 19.4% of synagogue-member households.

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The current structure was built in 1952, using money from the War Damage Commission, after the previous synagogue building was destroyed on 1 June 1941 during the Second World War in the Manchester Blitz. [5] The current building has a large synagogue, banqueting hall and classrooms. [5] In 2014 it was reported that the building would be demolished and rebuilt. [1]

War Damage Commission

The War Damage Commission was a body set up by the British Government under the War Damage Act 1941 to pay compensation for war damage to land and buildings throughout the United Kingdom. It was not responsible for the repairs themselves, which were carried out by local authorities or private contractors.

Manchester Blitz

The Manchester Blitz was the heavy bombing of the city of Manchester and its surrounding areas in North West England during the Second World War by the German Luftwaffe. It was one of three major raids on Manchester, an important inland port and industrial city; Trafford Park in neighbouring Stretford was a major centre of war production.

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References

  1. 1 2 Williams, Jennifer (9 September 2014). "Inside the historic Manchester synagogue to be demolished in Gary Neville's luxury hotel and shops plan". Manchester Evening News . Archived from the original on 18 May 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. "Rabbi Reuven Silverman". The Jewish Chronicle . 23 September 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. Hoffman, David. "Our story". What's it all about?. Manchester Reform Synagogue. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. Rubinstein, William D. The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. p. 638.
  5. 1 2 Kalmus, Jonathan (7 November 2013). "Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville set to rebuild Manchester shul". The Jewish Chronicle . Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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