External Events

22-24 June
MRJ Chagigah
Registration is now open for Chagigah 2018, taking place at the beautiful Eastwood Hall in Nottingham.
This year’s Biennial is already shaping up to one of the best ever with a solid mixture of learning, of fun and of friends. Where else can you be part of the team that will shape the future of Reform Judaism and your community? Through our initiatives since Chagigah 2016 Reform Judaism has trained over 170 leaders and been directly responsible to raising awareness about isolation and loneliness, creating care teams in communities that didn’t have them. Are you ready to get involved as well?  Click Here to book.
Here are some of the highlights you can expect at Chagigah:
– Re-imagining Leadership: Money For Values – Re-thinking Synagogue Finance
– Beit Midrash
– Discovering New Paths in Congregational Education
– ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ – a play on the impact of early onset dementia by Brian Daniels
– ChagFest- Saturday night entertainment with the one and only Shir.

Sunday 24 June at 8pm
The Jewish Historical Society, Liverpool Branch
Angela Davies, Lecturer in Japanese and Interpreter, will give an illustrated presentation on A history of Jews in Japan. Venue: King David Campus, Childwall Road, Liverpool.
£3 admission charge for non members.

29 June – 1 July
International Shabaton in Andalusia
A Journey of Learning and Celebration in the Heart of Sepharad.
1. Makom Sefarad : A place of Jewish learning and history. Makom Sefarad´s educational and cultural activities are devoted to creating a meaningful understanding of Spanish-Jewish heritage for visitors and locals alike. Makom Sefarad is a pluralistic initiative inspired by the values of the ancient Hebrew Prophets and lead by Rabbi Haim Casas. Its aim is to preserve the rich legacy of the Spanish Jews and to ensure that Jews living in Spain as well as visitors have access to a vibrant and personally meaningful experience of Judaism in Spain. We are also inspired by our history of co-existence with people from different faiths. Dialogue and cooperation with other cultures and religions is a central part of our mission. 2. Programme. Friday 22nd of June. Seville: introduction to Sepharad and reflections on Spanish Jewish history; visit to the Royal Alcazar; visit to the Jewish Quarter; workshop of Sephardic Shabbat Songs; kabalat Shabbat; Shabbat dinner at Meson del Moro. (Former Mikveh-Hamman).  Saturday 23th of June. Seville: Shaharit + Musaf; shiur; flamenco; Havdalah at Guadalquivir River; optional night tour: Triana, Inquisition and Conversos. Sunday 24th of June. Córdoba: meeting with Sebastian de la Obra, director Casa de Sefarad; visit to Casa de Sefarad, synagogue and Jewish quarter; visit to the Mosque – Cathedral of Cordoba.  Price – 225 Euros per person.  Accommodation. Seville has a wide variety of hotels and apartments of different range price. We can help you to find a nice place to stay.  More info and bookings:

Sunday 29 July 1–4 pm
Peace & Unity: Our Manchester, Our Communities
Manchester Reform Synagogue is proud to host this event which will bring people together to celebrate our cultural diversity in song, dance, food & fellowship.
If you would like to volunteer to help on this wonderful day, please contact

Sunday 2 September at 12 noon
Late Summer Musical Bagel Brunch
Due to popular demand Julia is back! Bagel brunch will be followed by a concert with Julia Chernyavsky at the Grand Piano in the Alexander Levy Hall, Manchester Reform Synagogue. Contact

1-3 November 2019
Northern Chagigah
More info to follow.