Reform shuls look at possible merger

TWO of Manchester’s Reform synagogues have started discussions on merging their congregations.

Manchester Reform Synagogue (Jackson’s Row) and Sha’arei Shalom, in Whitefield, are exploring closer co-operation.

“The conversations about joining together in a more intentional way are so exciting,” Manchester Reform Synagogue’s Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen said.

“Joining resources, places, leaders and skills means the future is so bright.”

Leaders of both synagogues are keen to stress that any union would be a modern solution to the traditional synagogue model.

Initial talks have been about looking at the most effective ways to share campuses and resources to strengthen and enhance both communities – and not about shutting down premises.

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