St Albans

Shul regulars enjoy a comfort break

By Jay Grenby, January 7, 2010

St Albans Synagogue members have bid a far from reluctant farewell to the 1950s’ metal seating installed when the shul was built. Although the chairs could now be deemed almost fashionable as retro items, most congregants found them cold and uncomfortable, particularly during the long High Holy-Day services.

The replacement seating features gold frames and more user friendly red padded seats, matching other shul furnishings. They are part of a £35,000 makeover, also including new blinds, ceiling tiles and a complete reconstruction of the building’s flat roof.

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Mitzvah Day: Refugees get dinner invitation to St Albans

By Jay Grenby, November 19, 2009

There was food for thought as teenagers from St Albans Masorti Synagogue dined with youngsters of similar ages who arrived in Hertfordshire as unaccompanied migrant children.

Many of the refugees had made perilous journeys from countries such as Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, in some cases clinging on to the underside of trucks and coaches. Taken into the care of the local county council, they often remain isolated from normal teenage life and struggle to make friends with Britons of their own age.

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Auction 'club' début

By Charlie Jacoby, October 8, 2009

The inaugural sale of newly-launched auctioneer Network Auctions, held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire in September, saw sales of £2.5 million from the 28 lots offered.The packed auction room — attended by more than 250 people — saw lively and competitive bidding for the properties.

“The auction results completely surpassed our expectations,” says Toby Limbrick, director of Network Auctions. “Our vendor clients were extremely happy and our estate agent members who had entered property in the sale on their clients’ behalf were also delighted with the result.”

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Why Elvis went back on the road

By Jay Grenby, August 21, 2009

Elvis impersonator Martyn Dias starred this week in probably the first-ever Elvis tribute concert given on a British motorway.

Mr Dias, who performs as Elvis Schmelvis, hit traffic problems returning to St Albans from a commemorative street party outside Elvisly Yours, the memorabilia shop in Baker Street owned by Radlett Jewish community member Sid Shaw.

Stuck in a massive tailback with fellow tribute artist Elvince after an accident had closed both carriageways of the M1, the duo decided to brighten the day for fellow motorists.

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Masorti synagogue gets its man - eventually

By Jay Grenby in St Albans, July 23, 2009

St Albans Masorti members have approved the appointment of student rabbi Rafael Kornblueth as their first full-time minister, albeit not until next summer.

Mr Kornblueth has been in St Albans as a visiting scholar, but will return to America to complete his final year of rabbinic training at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, for which the shul is supplying a part-bursary. By arrangement, he will commute back to St Albans to lead festival services.

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Familiar face returns to fill pulpit vacancy

By Jay Grenby, February 18, 2009

St Albans Masorti Synagogue, which has been without a minister since the departure of Rabbi Jeremy Gordon to the New London at the end of 2007, has temporarily filled the breach.

American rabbinical student Rafael Kaiserblueth, 28, will arrive before Pesach to spend three months as a visiting scholar before returning to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York to complete his training.

The Sams community is delighted at the appointment, particularly after a Canadian rabbi it had recruited pulled out at the last minute for family reasons.

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