Ma­sorti shul marks out of five

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JAY GRENBY

IT WAS a day for high fives as St Al­bans Ma­sorti Syn­a­gogue cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary.

The rem­i­nis­cences of founder mem­bers and those who joined at sub­se­quent five-year in­ter­vals were shown on a cel­e­bra­tory video. Also fea­tured were the new­est mem­bers, Matthew and Sarah Hoff­brand, who joined this month fol­low­ing their re­cent wed­ding.

From its three fam­ily ori­gins in 1990, the con­gre­ga­tion has grown to more than 450 adults and chil­dren.

Co-chair Si­mon Sa­muels re­called that for 20 years, the shul had led a no­madic ex­is­tence with mem­bers stor­ing its books in their garages and help­ing to move its To­rah scroll from lo­ca­tion to lo­ca­tion. Five years ago, it fi­nally set­tled into per­ma­nent premises — a former ware­house on an in­dus­trial es­tate.

Lo­cal MP Anne Main and the Ma­sorti move­ment’s se­nior rabbi, Jonathan Wit­ten­berg, were also among the speak­ers, as was the con­gre­ga­tion’s former min­is­ter, Rabbi Jeremy Gor­don, and its cur­rent spir­i­tual leader, Rabbi Rafi Kais­erblueth.

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