Elstree Masorti enjoys a perfect 10

By JC Reporter, November 17, 2016

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden was among the 120 guests as Elstree and Borehamwood Masorti Synagogue celebrated both its 10th anniversary and the arrival of Rabbi Oliver Joseph.

On a day geared towards families, dozens of children enjoyed face painting, arts and crafts and singing supervised by leaders of the Noam youth movement.


Jewish groups join call for sponsorship scheme for Syrian refugees

By JC Reporter, December 13, 2015

Jewish leaders have offered to sponsor Syrian refugees to allow them to settle in the UK.

Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism and Masorti joined an interfaith initiative urging the government to establish a private sponsorship scheme for refugees, similar to that which brought children fleeing the Nazis to Britain in the Kindertransport.


Recruitment drive will support Masorti growth

December 3, 2015

Masorti is to prioritise the recruitment and training of rabbis, educators and community leaders over the next three years, chief executive Matt Plen told the 230 guests at its annual dinner in Finchley on Sunday.

Mr Plen said that advancements over the past year had included the establishment of new groups in Bristol and Liverpool and an agreement with Leo Baeck College to run a training progr


Masorti expands regionally in Bristol fashion

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

A Bristol congregation has joined the ranks of Masorti Judaism as part of the movement's expansion plans in the regions.

Following its approval by Masorti's board of trustees, Bristol held its first official Shabbat at the weekend with Rabbi Oliver Joseph officiating.


Masorti youth take trip to help refugees in Calais

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

Ten members of Masorti youth group Marom gave hands-on support to refugees over Succot by travelling to Calais to build shelters and sort supplies.

"I watched with horror as images of the refugee crisis began to flood news and social media channels," explained one of the group, Lily Stein.


Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.


Masorti approves single-sex marriages

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

British Masorti has followed the Liberals and Reform movements by taking a historic decision to allow its rabbis to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay couples will now be able to marry in Masorti synagogues in a move approved without opposition by the movement's trustees on Tuesday night.


Masorti gets the taste for growth

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

Masorti Judaism is looking to spread its wings with initiatives planned in a number of new locations.

Its chief executive Matt Plen reported that there had been two activities in Muswell Hill, "we're doing an initial activity in Mill Hill and we're also looking at launching a study group in south Manchester".


Rabbis condemn UK government over child poverty

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Leading rabbis have condemned the government for its failure to reduce child poverty in the UK.

The letter to the Guardian was signed by 44 rabbis from four different denominations, including Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of the Reform movement, Sandra Kviat, the outreach Rabbi for Liberal Judaism, Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Natan Levy, who is Orthodox.