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Hello from SAMS – St Albans Masorti Synagogue
We are a lively, warm and welcoming Jewish community within the Masorti movement, offering a centre for Jewish life in St Albans and the surrounding area. We provide our members many ways to enjoy a Jewish way of life: through education for all ages and a variety of services, activities and events throughout the year. We are a community that supports each other, reaches out to each other, worships, celebrates and learns together and helps each other lead a better life ... and we have a lot of fun.
Our website tells you all about SAMS. Whether you're a member, thinking of joining us, interested in Masorti Judaism or considering moving to the St Albans area and looking for a synagogue, please have a browse and then come along to see us in person!
Weekly Words from Rabbi Rafi
Once again, violence has reared its ugly head in our eternal home, Jerusalem. Yet this time, in a horrific turn, people were murdered as they worshiped. Words once again fail me. I try and make sense of the senseless and come only to the conclusion that Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine and Zidan Saif were murdered not for ideology, not for religion and not for politics, but because of hate. Hatred has been allowed to grow and infect far too many people and we are now seeing the inevitable result.
We offer our condolences to their families. Today, there is no division between Jews. We weep as one.
The images that emerged were sickening and heart wrenching of blood soaked tallitot and siddurim. Those who were in the midst of elevating their souls were brutally cut short.
As a sign of unity and respect, I would like to invite you all to come and join me in shul this Shabbat, to continue the prayers they were offering, to proudly put on the tallit that we have seen desecrated by this senseless act of violence and hate. We will be including special prayers for the victims in services, as well as welcoming in guests from The St Albans Women’s Forum. Let us, together, continue the work we are making, to combat the hatred and ignorance in our communities by continuing to shine our light to all.
SAMS Pre Chanukah Special
IT WASN’T ME, IT WAS BENNETT ARRON
Date: December 14th 2014
Time: Doors open 7:30pm Show starts 8pm
Several years ago, award-wining writer and stand-up comedian and SAMS member Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to mobile phone companies, catalogues and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was a victim of Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in the UK. This theft resulted in Bennett and his pregnant wife becoming penniless and homeless.
Now Bennett has written a comedy show about his experience. To find out what happened next you need to come and see the show!!
The show will be followed by a Q&A with Bennett Arron
Cash bar, light refreshments and Raffle tickets available on the night
All proceeds to SAMS