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Masorti Judaism
(formerly the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues)


© Masorti Judaism

Masorti Judaism is an umbrella body for all Masorti (Conservative) congregations in the United Kingdom. Masorti is the newest of the various Synagogue movements in Britain and its total membership, though low, constituting only 3.3% of synagogue membership in the United Kingdom in 2016, had more than doubled over the previous six years.(1) 

Basic Data

Name:

Masorti Judaism

Former Names:

Assembly of Masorti Synagogues

Head Office:

Alexander House, 3 Shakespeare Road, London W3 1XE

Date Formed:

1985

Ritual:

Masorti / Conservative Judaism

Affiliation:

Masort Olami (The World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues)

Website:

http://www.masorti.org.uk

Burial Society:

Jewish Joint Burial Board of 1 Victory Road, Wanstead E11 1UL (serving Masorti, Reform, Liberal and Independent Communities in England), established 1968

Reg. Charity No:

1117590


History

The Masorti movement in Britain was founded by Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs in the mid 1960s. Rabbi Jacobs had been minister of the New West End Synagogue, a United Synagogue congregation. However, as a result of a controversy (that became known as the Jacobs Affair), Rabbi Jacobs was denied the opportunity to continue as minister of the New West End Synagogue. This caused a number of members to defect from the New West End in 1964 and to establish the New London Synagogue in London's St. John's Wood, at which Rabbi Jacobs was installed as rabbi and minister. Rabbi Jacobs was made a CBE in 1990. The New London Synagogue became the "parent" synagogue of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, formed in 1985, which later changed its name to Masorti Judaism.

Congregations

There are currently 13 active Masorti communities.(2)


Greater London and Vicinity:


Provincial & Others:

*  A congregation that is still active.

A congregation previously affiliated to Masorti Judaism, but now independent.

 

Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material relating to the Masorti Movement

on JCR-UK

  • Selected Bibliography

    • The Synagogues of London. Paul Lindsay, 1993 (Valentine Mitchell, London)

 

Cemeteries of Masorti Judaism in the Greater London Area

Generally, burials are carried at the following cemeteries either through the Western Burial Society (at the Cheshunt Western Cemetery) or the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), which serves the Masorti and Reform Movements, as well as several Liberal congregations and certain Independent London congregations.

  • Edgwarebury Cemetery (active), Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware HA8 8QP
    This cemetery, opened in 1973, is also shared by various non-orthodox Jewish congregations as well as the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation. (For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Edgwarebury)

  • Bulls Cross Ride Cemeteries (active), Cheshunt, Herts. EN7 5HT
    The "Western Cemetery" at Bulls Cross Ride had originally been the cemetery of the Western (now Western Marble Arch) Synagogue, as well as the independent West End Great Synagogue. This together the newer Woodland Cemetery, is now also the principal cemetery of JJBS.  (For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Cheshunt)

In addition, many municipal cemeteries throughout Britain have sections
reserved for non-Orthdox Jewish burials.


Synagogal Organisation in the United Kingdom

London Jewish Community home page

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Notes & Sources ( returns to main text)  

  1. "Jewish News", Issue No. 1010, 6 July 2017, pp. 1, 4, quoting report by Board of Deputies Policy Reseach, carried out between April and September 2016.

  2. Masorti Judaism website, accessed 2 July 2017.

Page created: 27 June 2017
Latest revision or update: 22 May 2018

 
 

 
 

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