Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community

Borehamwood, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire




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Congregation Data


Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community (EBMC)


Services and meetings are now held at The Cannon, Thirsk Rd, Borehamwood WD6 5AY, Hertfordshire (from October 2018).(i)

From at least 2013 until 2018, the congregation generally held Sabbath and Festival morning services in the Borehamwood and Elstree Children's Centre (BECC), Shakespeare Drive, off Furzehill Road, Borehamwood, WD6 2FD. Friday evening services are generally held at Allum Hall, 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, WD6 3PJ.(ii)

Previously services also held in private homes.

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Masorti / Conservative


A member of Masorti Judaism (formerly known as the Assembly of Masorti Synagogue) since, or from shortly following, formation.




Rabbi Oliver Joseph (part-time) - from 2016 until 2018(v)

Rabbi Danny Newman - from late October 2018 until present (December 2018)(vi)

Membership Data:

2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)(viii)

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered (non-profit) company, Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community (company no. 07366674), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited'), incorporated on 6 September 2010. The congregation is also a registered charity (no. 1139041) registered in November 2010.(ix)

Local Government District:

The Borough of Hertsmere, in the county of Hertfordshire, formed in 1974. For details and history, see Hertsmere Jewish Communities home page.

Registration District (BMD):

Hertfordshire(x) - Register Office website


The congregation has "London Synagogue" membership of the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), which includes rights of burial at one of the Society's cemeteries, in particular the Western Cemetery, Bulls Cross Ride, Cheshunt. There is also generally the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's website, accessed 5 December 2018.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, accessed 18 May 2018 and Jewish Year Books 2014 and 2015.

  • (iii) Press Report, Borehamwood & Elstree Times, 16 November 2016, entitled "Elstree and Borehamwood Masorti Synagogue welcomes new Rabbi Oliver Joseph".

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Press Report in Note (ii) and congregation's website, accessed 2 January 2015. In 2018, Rabbi Joseph joined the New North London Masorti Synagogue.

  • (vi) Based on an announcement dated 31 October 2018 by the congregation entitled "Introducing Rabbi Danny Newman" relating to Rabbi Newman's appointment and to reports on the congregation's website, last accessed 5 December 2018, referring to Rabbi Newman as the congregation's rabbi. However, also on 31 October, 2018, Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue published a report (no longer available) "that Rabbi Danny Newman is able to join us for the next five months". Rabbi Newman is listed on that congregation's website, last accessed 5 December 2018 as an assistant rabbi. Rabbi Newman, who was ordained in July 2017, previously served as an associate rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue (2017-c.2018).

  • (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Report on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2016" published by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research (JPR). The congregation does not appear to be listed in the previous (2010) report. Link to reports.

  • (ix) Companies House website and Charities Commission's website, respectively, (both in beta trial stage), accessed 15 May 2018.

  • (x) The former Registration District was Watford, until 1 April 2008. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

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Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

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Page created: 1 January 2015
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 15 May 2018
Latest revision or update: 5 December 2018

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