Three shuls support plan for pluralist community

By Jay Grenby, July 22, 2013

Liberal, Masorti and Reform congregations in north-west London have overwhelmingly backed plans to create a pluralist community.

The May 2012 accord between the Middlesex New (Reform), Hatch End Masorti and Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogues was supported at special general meetings held by the three shuls last week. These followed an extensive consultation process.


New Cambridge Union president leans on Masorti experience

By Anna Sheinman, May 2, 2013

The new president of the prestigious Cambridge Union debating society is trying to decide what will be harder: a term as Union president, or being the head of a Noam camp for the first time this summer.

“Probably Union president,” decides Joel Fenster. “I’ve only been at Cambridge two years — at Noam I feel like everyone gets 10 years of training to be a rosh (leader).”


Masorti is getting big on learning

By Zoe Winograd, February 18, 2013

Yom Masorti, the Masorti movement’s annual educational and cultural day, attracted nearly 250 people to Finchley’s New North London Synagogue on Sunday, double last year’s turnout.


World awaits award star

January 21, 2013

New North London Synagogue member Gillian Caplin received world Masorti’s Service To The Nation award at a New York ceremony for her help in developing European Masorti communities.


More play at St Albans Masorti

January 21, 2013

The St Albans Masorti congregation is hosting a playgroup open to the wider community in its shul premises.


Double vision delights Masorti dinner crowd

December 10, 2012

Masorti’s vision for the next 10 years was outlined to a record 200 guests at the movement’s annual dinner at the New North London Synagogue, Finchley, on Sunday.

“We aim to double our membership, bringing the amount of individuals in the Masorti family to 15,000,” chief executive Matt Plen told them. “We also hope to establish new synagogues in key demographic areas.”


Essex Masorti warden dies, aged 46

By Cathy Forman, November 16, 2012

Buckhurst Hill Masorti leaders have paid tribute to senior warden Darren Silverne who died on Monday, aged 46, after a short illness.


Congolese join the party to thank shul for support

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A Congolese woman stole the show at an interfaith event at the New North London Synagogue on Sunday with a rousing rendition of Hava Nagilah.

Maman Georgette’s performance of songs familiar to Jews among the 350 crowd was a throwback to her training as a parachutist by the IDF at the time of the Six-Day War in 1967 and a year spent on kibbutz.


Ukraine gets first Masorti rabbi

By Jamie Michaels, July 17, 2012

Rabbi Reuven Stamov, 38, has been appointed as the first Masorti rabbi in Ukraine at a ceremony in Kiev.

Rabbi Stamov, who grew up in Ukraine to a secular family before moving to Israel in 2003, returned to the country of his birth in March this year following his ordination at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary.


St Albans Masorti Synagogue moves into new home

By Jay Grenby, May 31, 2012

St Albans Masorti Synagogue opened the doors to its first permanent home, 21 years after the congregation’s establishment.

Many of the 200 members attended the first Shabbat services in the new premises — a former industrial unit just south of the city centre.