Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation

Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation
Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation
within Blackpool
Basic information
Location Blackpool, England
Geographic coordinates 53°49′01″N 3°02′38″W / 53.817°N 3.044°W / 53.817; -3.044Coordinates: 53°49′01″N 3°02′38″W / 53.817°N 3.044°W / 53.817; -3.044
Affiliation Reform Judaism
Leadership Rabbi Norman Zalud
Architectural description
Architectural type Synagogue
Completed 1947

The Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation is a Reform Judaism congregation in Blackpool, England.


With a synagogue located on Raikes Parade, Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation was founded in 1947 and was originally a member of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues. It is now a constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism with which it has been associated since 1961.[1]

It is also a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region and the Blackpool Faith Forum.[2]

In October 2005, Michael Howard visited the synagogue on the day he gave his final speech as leader of the Conservative Party at its annual Party Conference in the Blackpool. He was called up to the Torah during a first day Rosh Hashanah service at the synagogue.[3]


The synagogue publishes a quarterly magazine, Migdal.


Rabbi Norman Zalud is the community’s rabbi. He also serves the community of Sha’arei Shalom Synagogue in Manchester and, until 2007, was also rabbi of the Liverpool Reform community.

He has worked with the Blackpool Reform community for the last 40 years. He teaches special needs children at Delemere Forest School, is prison chaplain for all faiths in eleven prisons in the North West of England and Jewish chaplain to Southport and District Hospital.

Rabbi Zalud trained as a Cantor at Guildhall School of Music and then at Jews College, where he received a minister’s qualification before going to Leo Baeck College. He received semikhah in 1993.

See also


  1. "Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation, Blackpool, Lancashire". JewishGen. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  2. "Welcome to Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation - Online". Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  3. Cohen, Justin (14 October 2005). "Howard Goes From Tory To Torah". Retrieved 21 November 2009.

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