St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS)
We are a thriving and welcoming community that comes together for Shabbat, High Holy days and other festivals throughout the year, as well as for a variety of social and educational events.
Our synagogue was founded in 1990 by three local families and has since developed into a dynamic, sociable, child friendly community. Our flourishing cheder (religion school) teaches Jewish Studies and Hebrew to over 50 children in an environment that is both informative and fun. We also offer a GCSE course in Jewish Studies and regular Noam youth activities. In addition to religious services, we run a diverse adult education programme and regular social events including SAMS Ambles for walkers, family fun days, fundraising quizzes and our annual community Seder. Mapping SAMS Roots is an example of the type of community project SAMS excels at. This is a dedicated part of SAMS’ website which accompanies an exhibition in our building. An extension of SAMS Roots which features the stories of a selection of our members who shared their memories and experiences, Mapping SAMS Roots provides a wonderful virtual exhibition of our wider community’s Roots.
The success of our SAMS Roots and Mapping SAMS Roots projects has led to an online exhibition ‘Arriving & Belonging: stories from the St Albans Jewish Community’ which can be found at www.arrivingbelonging.com. In this exhibition, Jewish community members with roots from around the world welcome visitors into their lives, telling some of their stories through personal objects and family photographs and bringing to life the universal themes of sanctuary, courage, compassion, work and community. The exhibition will be displayed in the St Albans Museum+Gallery from 4 February -15 May 2022.
- Full time rabbi
- Our own synagogue building
- Cheder (religion school)
- Bar/bat-mitzvah and teenage classes
- Children’s services
- Noam youth activities
- Conversion course
- Adult education
- Social and cultural events
- Events for young adults
- Playgroup/parent and child activities
- Burial society