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Hello from SAMS – St Albans Masorti Synagogue
We are a lively, warm and welcoming Jewish community within the Masorti movement, offering a centre for Jewish life in St Albans and the surrounding area. We provide our members many ways to enjoy a Jewish way of life: through education for all ages and a variety of services, activities and events throughout the year. We are a community that supports each other, reaches out to each other, worships, celebrates and learns together and helps each other lead a better life ... and we have a lot of fun.
Our website tells you all about SAMS. Whether you're a member, thinking of joining us, interested in Masorti Judaism or considering moving to the St Albans area and looking for a synagogue, please have a browse and then come along to see us in person!
Words from the Co-Chairs
Having just come to the end of our most important time of the year as a community – the High Holy Days – we both felt we wanted to reflect on this special period.
It was a time on which we can all look back with enormous pride, from the uplifting spiritual experience of Ne’ila to the fun of Simchat Torah, the shul once again showed just what a unique community this is.
Throughout the period, an amazing one in every four of our adult members got involved – from running the adults and children’s services, to our team of “meet and greeters” to producing and delivering the shul magazine, to setting up the building, to Kiddush, to security etc etc. And whilst that is something we can all be proud of, there remain lots of opportunities for those who were not able to get involved this time to help out with many other things during the shul year. So please do read the weekly email every Thursday and consider ways in which you might be able to volunteer.
All of those involved have been thanked in different ways, but we wanted to mention two people whose roles have not been publicly acknowledged in quite the same way – Rabbi Rafi and Ruth Rabin (sounds like the start of a tongue twister….!).
Rabbi Rafi was inspiring over the period, with apparently boundless energy and enthusiasm, making young and old members, regular and new members as well as our many visitors feel enormously welcome. Religiously, he took many of us to a higher level through prayer and with his sermons. To single out one moment, those of you able to join the concluding services of Yom Kippur and Havdallah will, I hope you agree, feel that you left the building more inspired and more in touch with our Judaism than we had entered.
Ruth’s role is a little like that of the football match referee – you only notice when things go wrong. And on that basis, many of you may hardly have noticed her in the services. Yet her and her team of Gabbais ensured the seamless, smooth running of all the adult services over the period, which given the often packed main hall is even more of challenge than normal. And always done calmly and with lovely big smile on her face.
Thank you Rabbi Rafi and thank you Ruth.
Simon and Alan