St Albans Masorti Synagogue appoints Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet
By Masorti Judaism
On 5th May 2017 St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS) announced the appointment of Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet, as the community continues to grow in strength and membership.
Rabbi Adam is currently a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, having graduated from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) in 2011. He joins SAMS from the Oceanside Jewish Centre in Oceanside, New York where he was the student rabbi and will be moving to St Albans with his wife, Mikayla, and their son Azi.
Moira Hart, Co-Chair of SAMS, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the search for our new rabbi. It has been a long and thorough process and one in which we encouraged the whole community to actively participate. We were all impressed with Rabbi Adam’s energy, enthusiasm and intellectual track record from the start and are now looking forward to welcoming him and his family to SAMS and flourishing together over the coming years. Rabbi Adam will also be a tremendous asset to the Masorti Judaism movement in the UK and across Europe.”
SAMS is a thriving community of over 450 adults and children and whilst its synagogue building is situated in St Albans, over half the members actually live outside the area, joining from across Hertfordshire. Rabbi Adam will take over from Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth who moved to Australia with his wife, Rachel and two sons last year. The synagogue enjoyed an eight year association with Rabbi Rafi who, along with his own predecessor, Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, contributed in the search for his replacement.
Rabbi Adam said: “Mikayla and I are thrilled to be joining SAMS as members and leaders of the community. From the start of our search, we have fallen in love with the warm, welcoming, and energetic community in St. Albans and I couldn’t be more honoured or blessed to have been asked to take the position of rabbi there beginning this summer. We look forward to learning, serving, and growing with SAMS into the future.”
Rabbi Adam is pursuing an MA at JTS in Jewish Thought, concentrating on Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah. His interests are in Sephardi halakha and culture, human rights, ethics, and mysticism and he is also working on creating the first Egalitarian Sephardi siddur. He will take up his post at SAMS in July.
We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Adam to the Masorti rabbinical team and we are sure he is going to make a real contribution to the movement, as well at to SAMS.