Israel to pay salaries of Reform, Masorti rabbis

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2012

Non-Orthodox communities in Israel were celebrating a victory this week after a landmark decision requiring the state to provide the same financial assistance to Reform and Masorti religious leaders as it does to Orthodox ones.


Masorti chiefs play generation game

May 10, 2012

New Masorti Judaism co-chairs Clive Sheldon and Nick Gendler want to energise a fresh generation of leaders throughout the movement.

Mr Sheldon, a barrister, and Mr Gendler, a career coach, have been involved in Masorti for more than 10 years through membership of Finchley's New North London Synagogue and, more recently, the movement's council.

"There is a pool of talent and interest out the


Share deal will pay dividends for four shuls

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

A "trail-blazing" initiative will see the merger of neighbouring Harrow Reform congregations and the sharing of premises and other resources with the local Liberal and Masorti communities.

The chairmen of the Middlesex New and Kol Chai Reform synagogues, Harrow and Wembley Progressive and Hatch End Masorti have signed an accord, backed by their congregations, ministers and movements.


Masorti making it big

May 3, 2012

Issues from Israel and Iran to conversion featured in the annual conference of Masorti Judaism, Yom Masorti, held this year in Edgware and attended by more than 150 people.

Leading Masorti rabbis Jonathan Wittenberg, Jeremy Collick and Chaim Weiner were among the speakers.


Israeli Masorti movement agrees to ordain gay rabbis

By Zoe Winograd, April 20, 2012

Israel’s Masorti movement has agreed to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis.

The Israeli Conservative movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary held a vote on Thursday to decide whether the institute would admit and ordain gay and lesbian students.


Masorti: JC 'waging jihad on Jews'

By Simon Rocker, December 29, 2011

Members of synagogues involved in the social action group London Citizens hit back at JC criticism in a session entitled "Is the JC waging jihad on the Jews who engage?"

Matt Plen, director of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and a trustee of London Citizens, said that the depth of opposition had taken him by surprise.

Controversy has flared up because one of the founding organisations of


St Albans Masorti celebrate 21st birthday

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

More than 100 past and present St Albans Masorti members attended a party to celebrate its 21st birthday, remembering its formative years and looking to the future — an impending move to its own building.


Masorti gets shul go-ahead

By Jay Grenby, April 28, 2011

St Albans Masorti Synagogue has been given the green light to proceed with plans to convert an empty industrial unit just south of the city centre into its first permanent home.


New chapter for up and coming leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.


Masorti tribunal

December 16, 2010

An Employment Tribunal in Glasgow has given the green light to Warren Bader, a member of the Masorti movement, to pursue a case against the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2004.