St Albans Masorti Synagogue

St Albans, Hertfordshire




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Congregation Data


St Albans Masorti Synagogue


Unit 9, The Decora Centre, Campfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5HN (from 2012(i))

Previous, the congregation met at various venues.

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Masorti / Conservative


Affiliated to Masorti Judaism (formerly the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues)




Rabbi Paul Glantz - from 2000 to 2003(iii)

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon - from 2004 to 2008(iv)

Rabbi Raphael (Rafi) Kaiserblueth - from 2010 to 2016(v) (the congregation's first full-time rabbi)

Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet - from 2017 until present (January 2019)(vi)

Membership Data

Congregation's Website(viii)

1990 - 3 families

2017 - 450 male and female members

Reports & Surveys(ix)

2010 and 2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered (non-profit) company, St Albans Masorti Synagogue (company no. 6131892), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited'), incorporated on 28 February 2007. The congregation is also a registered charity (no. 1118649).(x)

Registration District (BMD):

Hertfordshire(xi) (since 1 April 2008) - Register Office website


There is no Jewish cemetery in St Albans. However, the congregation is a member (with "London Synagogue" status) 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 (only about 17 miles away). 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) The Congregation's website (first accessed 2 July 2017) relates that "...we have finally secured our own place! On 18 May 2012 we held our first Friday night service, with over 100 people celebrating the conversion of an industrial unit into our new home".

  • (ii) The Congregation's website (accessed 2 July 2017).

  • (iii) SAMS News (the Congregation's newsletter) refers to Rabbi Glantz's appointment in September 2000 (issue no 52, Summer 2000) and his departure in August 2003 (issue no 64, Autumn 2003). Rabbi Galantz served previously as minister of Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (c.1997-2000) and subsequently as minister of Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue (2007 until ?).

  • (iv) (issue no 67, Summer 2004) and a Jewish Chronicle report of 23 May 2008 refers to his taking up the post of minister of the New London Synagogue.

  • (v) A Jewish Chronicle report of 18 November 2010 refers to Rabbi Kaiserbleuth's recent induction as rabbi of the Congregation and a Jewish Chronicle report of 25 March 2016 refers to his upcoming departure to take up a post in Australia.

  • (vi) Masorti Judaism blog of 18 May 2017 refers to Rabbi Adam's appointment. Still in office in January 2019, per congregation's website, last accessed 3 January 2019.

  • (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) The Congregation's website (accessed 18 May 2017).

  • (ix) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.

  • (x) Companies House website and Charities Commission's website, respectively, (both in beta trial stage), accessed 18 May 2018.

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


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

on the Congregation's website


St Albans Jewish Community home page

List of Masorti Judaism Congregations

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Communities in Greater London and its Outskirts

Greater London home page

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