St Albans

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.


Joel Solomons plays his way into the Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain

By Candice Krieger, December 30, 2008

Nine-year-old Joel Solomons has landed a dream place in the under-11 division of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

Joel, a pupil at Aldenham Preparatory School in Hertfordshire, was one of four clarinetists to be selected from more than 800 hopefuls.

From January, he will attend monthly rehearsals and next year participate in a one-week residential course, where he will receive intensive tuition, performing a concert at the end of the week.


Masorti will take the train to New York

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 30, 2008

Fifteen Masorti members identified as future leaders of the movement will be travelling to New York as part of a training venture.

The group will also undergo professional leadership training sessions in the UK and theological tuition by rabbis as part of the five-month Atid Hadash, or New Future, programme Masorti is funding.