Menorah Synagogue is more than a shul, it is a community with spirituality at its heart. Entering the state-of-the-art building, visitors are struck by a palpable warm and welcoming atmosphere. Indeed, the versatility of the building which can switch its spaces from service, to learning to social, educational and cultural events, enhances that feeling. But it is the members, who have been inspired by a succession of charismatic Rabbis since it was founded in 1963, who have created the dynamism.
With a strong volunteering ethos, Menorah is proudly egalitarian and inclusive. It cares for all its members…the young, the old, the sick and the searching. But it is not inward looking. It has strong links with Manchester’s two other Reform congregations and works hard to foster cross-communal co-operation. In the spirit of Tikun Olam, Menorah reaches out to other faiths, to refugees, asylum seekers and regularly skypes shiurim to its twinned community, Hava Nagila, in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Acknowledged as the most vibrant Reform community outside London, friends from Manchester’s Orthodox community happily frequent our popular programmes. Arts and Book festivals, choir festivals hosted by our renowned choir, Film Club, Book Club, Drama Group and even a biennial Burns Night have established Menorah’s place as the Jewish cultural centre of South Manchester.