St Albans

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.

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St Albans gets the full US treatment

By Jay Grenby, September 27, 2011

St Albans Synagogue's change from affiliated status to full constituent United Synagogue membership was formally approved at Monday's US Council meeting.

Founded in 1933 by local residents who met in private houses, the congregation was boosted during World War II by people who fled London to escape the bombing. Many stayed on after the war, opening businesses in the city.

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Full time for St Albans

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2011

St Albans Synagogue is to become a full member of the United Synagogue, congregants having overwhelmingly supported an EGM motion to switch from affiliated to constituent status.

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Rabbi joins the Saints

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2010

Rabbi Raphael Kaiserblueth has been inducted as St Albans Masorti's first full-time minister at a ceremony attended by more than 200 people.

Guests included his parents and fiancée, who made the transatlantic trip especially for the service. His father Claudio, minister at the Beth Tikvah congregation in Richmond, British Columbia, was among the speakers.

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Masorti refugees set to be home at last

By Jay Grenby, September 16, 2010

Without permanent premises since its establishment nearly two decades ago, St Albans Masorti Synagogue may be on the brink of finding a home.

After a three-year search, a suitable and affordable property has been identified - an empty modern industrial unit on an estate just south of the city centre.

At a well-attended community meeting on Sunday, members were told that positive preliminary negotiations had been held with landlords, local authorities, police and architects.

Terms have already been agreed for a 15-year lease, with right to renew, of the 4,500 square feet unit.

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Masorti's engaging new rabbi

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2010

St Albans Masorti Synagogue's new spiritual leader has returned from America a less single-minded man. For just before his departure, Rabbi Rafael Kaiserblueth got engaged to Mariel Leonard of Washington DC.

Over the last few years, Rabbi Kaiserblueth has regularly visited the Hertfordshire community to lead festival and other special services. He also spent a three month period as a visiting scholar.

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Hertfordshire children plant trees for Tu Bishvat

By Jay Grenby, February 4, 2010

Over 150 children and their parents from four Hertfordshire communities marked Tu Bishvat by tree planting in the Woodland Trust’s 850-acre Heartwood Forest, close to St Albans.

The youngsters — from the cheders of the Radlett and Shenley United shuls, Radlett and Bushey Reform and St Albans Masorti — planted over 1,000 trees. The initiative was organised by Radlett United member Debbie Hougie, a geography lecturer at Hertfordshire University.

“It was fantastic to see so many children and their parents involved,” she said.

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Hallelujah - Songs of Praise & Joy

By HarrowArts, January 20, 2010
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Sunday 31 January
7:30pm - 9:20pm

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