St Albans

A silver shine at St Albans

By Jay Grenby, May 28, 2015

Aiming to make the shul's 25th anniversary as memorable an occasion as possible for all of their more than 200 members, St Albans Masorti Synagogue made sure that every one of them got involved in the celebrations.

On one Friday, 25 member families opened their home to invite another group of members, numbering from two to 20, to a Friday night dinner.


St Albans finally gets its man after a 50-year wait

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

St Albans United Synagogue is ready to welcome its first rabbi and rebbetzin for more than 50 years, following members' unanimous approval of the appointment of Rabbi Daniel Sturgess and his wife Alli.


St Albans: who knew it was a crowd puller?

By Jay Grenby, December 30, 2013

A presentation on the history of the Jewish community of St Albans at Verulamium Museum proved so popular that there was standing room only for some members of the nearly 100-strong audience, while others had to be turned away at the door.


History project unites

By Jay Grenby, October 28, 2013

A museum’s appeal to local synagogues for information on the Jewish community in St Albans has inspired so much interest among both Masorti and United shul members that it has now spawned a research project which aims to produce a chronicle of Jewish involvement in the life of the Hertfordshire city.


Rabbi snubs St Albans

April 29, 2013

The Brazilian-born minister chosen to be St Albans Synagogue’s first rabbi in 50 years has upset the congregation’s leadership by turning down the job, citing personal and family reasons.


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.


St Albans shul fills 50-year gap

By Jay Grenby, January 14, 2013

St Albans Synagogue is set to have its first rabbi and rebbetzin in 50 years.

Subject to the approval of members at an EGM on Sunday, part-time positions will be taken up by Brazilian-born Rabbi Elimelech Vanzetta and his wife, Rachel, a qualified teacher and counsellor.


Photographer's pub sessions are a tonic for hospice

By Jay Grenby, October 4, 2012

The drinks are on Rosemary Wenzerul as the joint compiler of an unusual addition to the city’s historical records — a collection of photos of 270 pubs and pub signs, past and present, from the locality.


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.


St Albans Synagogue close to appointing rabbi

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2012

St Albans Synagogue is closing in on the appointment of a part-time rabbi — its first professional minister for more than half-a-century. The last was the late Rabbi Avrom Chaitowitz, who left St Albans for Stanmore Synagogue, where he officiated for many years.