|Manchester Reform Synagogue|
|Location||Jackson's Row, Manchester M2 5NH|
|Leadership||Rabbi Reuven Silverman|
|Completed||1952 (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 1857under the name Manchester Congregation of British Jews by a group consisting mainly of German-Jewish immigrants, the synagogue is located in central Manchester at Jackson's Row.
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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.The current building has a large synagogue, banqueting hall and classrooms. In 2014 it was reported that the building would be demolished and rebuilt.
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