SAMS is a lively, warm and welcoming Jewish community within the Masorti movement, offering a centre for Jewish life in St Albans and the surrounding area.
“Masorti” in Hebrew means “traditional” we follow traditional customs & events. But we believe in egalitarian principles & we are open minded and accepting of members from all walks of life.
SAMS began as a small community of 3 families in 1990. Since then we have grown to nearly 400 members, with our very own Synagogue opened in 2012.
All Masorti synagogues have now suspended in-person services as part of the national effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Masorti Judaism endorses this decision which has been taken by the leaders of our local communities.
Closing our premises is painful, even though communities are very much open – for study, online prayer, community events, solidarity and pastoral support. However, we believe this is the right thing to do, for two important reasons.
First, it is required by the Judaism’s highest value – pikuah nefesh, the saving of life. Even though all our communities have been operating in strict compliance with government health guidelines, the extent of the current health crisis means this overrides all other considerations.
Second, while very few outbreaks have been associated with places of worship, closing our synagogues marks our community’s solidarity with the rest of society. We can only stop the virus if everyone genuinely feels that we’re all in this together.
Masorti Judaism will be doing everything in our power to contribute to wider society and to support our communities, members and young people through this difficult time. We look forward to seeing each other face-to-face as soon as possible.
For further advice please contact Rachel Sklan, Masorti Judaism’s deputy chief executive – email@example.com.
Senior Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Moira Hart and Leonie Fleischmann – co-chairs
Matt Plen – chief executive
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See our members recall fond memories as part of our community over the years.