Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community

Borehamwood, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire




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Congregation Data


Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community (EBMC)


Services and meetings are now held at The Cannon, Thirsk Rd, Borehamwood WD6 5AY, Hertfordshire (from October 2018).(i)

From at least 2013 until 2018, the congregation generally held Sabbath and Festival morning services in the Borehamwood and Elstree Children's Centre (BECC), Shakespeare Drive, off Furzehill Road, Borehamwood, WD6 2FD. Friday evening services are generally held at Allum Hall, 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, WD6 3PJ.(ii)

Previously services also held in private homes.

Current Status:

Active. However, in October 2021, the congregation approved a merger with Edgware Masorti Synagogue and it is anticipated that the merger will be completed in December 2021.(iii)

Date Founded:



Masorti / Conservative


The congregation is a constituent synagogue of Masorti Judaism (known as the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues until 2012), having previously been an associate member until 2012 or 2013.(v)



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Rabbi Oliver Joseph (part-time) - from 2015 until 2018(vi)

Rabbi Danny Newman - from late January 2019 until present (October 2021)(vii)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(viii)

2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

Annual Reports of Masorti Judaism(ix) - number of members as of 1 January:























Legal & Charitable Status:

On 6 September 2010, the congregation was incorporated as a registered charitable company, Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community (company no. 07366674), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited'). The congregation is also a registered charity (no. 1139041) registered in November 2010.(x)

Local Government District:

The Borough of Hertsmere, in the county of Hertfordshire, formed in 1974. For details and history, see Hertsmere Jewish Communities home page.

Registration District (BMD):

Hertfordshire(xi) - Link to Register Office website


The congregation has "London Synagogue" membership 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. 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) Congregation's website, accessed 5 December 2018.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, accessed 18 May 2018 and Jewish Year Books 2014 and 2015.

  • (iii) Jewish Chronicle press report of 5 October 2021, entitled "Elstree and Edgware Masorti congregations vote to merge" The congregations already share a rabbi.

  • (iv) Press Report, Borehamwood & Elstree Times, 16 November 2016, entitled "Elstree and Borehamwood Masorti Synagogue welcomes new Rabbi Oliver Joseph".

  • (v) From its first appearance in Jewish Year Books in 2009, the congregation was listed under the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues (AMS). Until AMS's annual report for the year ended 30 April 2012, it was described as an associate member, but with effect from the report for the next year (for the period 1 May 2012 to 31 August 2013), it was described as a consituent synagogue (see note (ix) below).

  • (vi) Press Report in Note (ii).

  • (vii) Based on an announcement dated 31 October 2018 by the congregation entitled "Introducing Rabbi Danny Newman" relating to Rabbi Newman's appointment and to reports on the congregation's website, last accessed 7 October 2021.

  • (viii) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. The congregation does not appear to be listed in the 2010 report. Click HERE for links to the various reports. Link to reports.

  • (ix) See links to Masorti Judaism's annual reports. These figures appear higher than the figures for the above reports and presumably include more than one member per household.

  • (x) Companies House website and Charities Commission's website, respectively, (both in beta trial stage), accessed 15 May 2018.

  • (xi) The former Registration District was Watford, until 1 April 2008. Any registers would now be held by current register office, which is situated in Hatfield.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

  • Annual Reports filed with Companies House and or the Charities Commission (pdf):

Hertsmere Jewish Communities 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

Page created: 1 January 2015
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 15 May 2018
Latest revision or update: 21 September 2020

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