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This year – 2015 – is a very special one for SAMS.

Our community was started in 1990, which means that this will be our 25th anniversary year. Over that relatively short period we have grown from services in front lounges of members’ houses to where we are today, at the very heart of the South Hertfordshire Jewish community. A truly phenomenal story.

To celebrate, we have already held a number of activities during the first half of the year aimed at including all parts of our community, such as the a Jazz Brunch and 25 Friday Nights, and we have more events planned for the coming months including:

  • Silver Jubilee Quiz
  • Children’s 25th Party
  • Silver Jubilee Garden Party
  • Silver Civic Ceremony
  • Silver Anniversary Party

SAMS is a lively, warm and welcoming Jewish community within the Masorti movement, offering a centre for Jewish life in St Albans and the surrounding area. SAMS Members can also join our busy Facebook page – click the icon on the left to join and access the page.

As a member of SAMS, you enjoy many ways to lead an active 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!

When you decide you want to visit the synagogue, please call us on 01727 860642 or send an email using our contact form on THIS PAGE.

Rabbi Rafi’s weekly words
Shabbat 7th and 8th August 2015

Rabbi RafiThroughout the book of Devarim, Moses deliberately goes through many points to make sure the People are aware of importance of each and every point and mitzvah that we are to follow.

Yet, in the week’s portion, there is a grammatical curiosity at the beginning of the portion. The parasha, taking its name from the first word, Re’eh, ראה, ‘See’, seems to be written in the wrong tense. If Moses is speaking to the entire People, why is it written in the singular? Surely, if it is an address to the entire nation, it should be Re’u, ראו?

One answer is provided by the Biblical Commentator, Ibn Ezra (Spain 11th-12th centuries). He teaches that the word being in the singular comes to teach us that all of the Israelites were being addressed as individuals. The teachings that Moses brought were intended to lay the foundation for a just and holy society, but they need to be accepted and implemented on a personal level. Furthermore, the relationship with the Almighty is a personal one. Each individual has a stake in the creation of our society.

In our communal lives it is very easy to assume that someone else will take on the responsibility of something. But this one simple word comes to teach us that each and every one of us has the responsibility to ensure that we are active in our collective. The failure to engage on an individual basis leads to a fragmentation of our society.   How then can you hear the call to engage in your lives; to ensure you are an active contributing member of the community?

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Rafi

If you have any questions about SAMS or you are interested in joining our community, please call us on 01727 860642 or complete the form HERE to send us a message.