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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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.