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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lead a service, but feel you don’t have the knowledge or skills? Do you lead services sometimes, but want some fresh input and a chance for reflection? Do you want to increase your understanding of our services as part of your Jewish journey?  Would you like to be part of a network of Shilchei Tzibbur (Service Leaders) around the country?

Reform Judaism relies on an army of committed volunteers, from those behind the scenes to greeters and lay leaders to lay readers. This is where we support you to support your community. Register your interest for our Introduction to Service Leading course (Date TBC) which will be taught                                                                                               online from the comfort of your own home.

Previous courses have included:

  • Introduction to Service Leading
  • Empowering Jewish Practice; with modules on Shabbat, Ritual Clothing (Tallit, Kippah and Tefillin), Mikveh and Morning Blessings
  • Writing a D’Var Torah
  • Leading Shivah & Pastoral Care


The Northern Learning House was the brainchild of Sherry Ashworth, a member of Manchester Reform Synagogue. Founded in 2016 it was funded through RJ’s Community Development Fund. Together with Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers and Sarita Robinson the learning opportunities are heading South and now available to all our communities.

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