Administrator

Linda Lassman

Linda has been the Administrator at Edgware Masorti since June 2000 and feels lucky to be working with such a great community.


“Good morning. SHEMA. How can I help you?“

 

It is Linda’s voice you hear when you call the office and she loves answering queries – no question is too small or silly. Linda is the author of most of the emails and newsletters and enjoys tweeting and posting on the Facebook page. When not at work Linda enjoys spending time with her family and walking amongst trees and tulips.

Co-Chair

David Grossman

Having served as Co-Chair for the last 3 years and having seen through the proposal and implementation of a merger with EBMC, I believe I know and understand the community’s needs and expectations and will endeavour to ensure those expectations are met.

I’ve served over the years as Co-Chair (twice), Treasurer, Warden and Council member of Edgware Masorti. I believe I can ensure the merger of the two communities in a harmonious way that ensures the future for all EMS members, together with members of EBMC, in a new and vibrant community based in Borehamwood.

Co-Chair

Steven Lux

As the Co-Chair of EBMC and having worked closely with EMS and MJ over the last three years to bring the merger together I wanted to stand as Co-Chair so that there is some continuity from the previous communities carried over into the new one that is formed.

I have 25 years of Community Volunteering experience gained through the JLGB (previously Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade) running weekly units, weekend camps, national camps and a host of other communal events throughout my time as an Adult Leader within the organization.  For the last 10 years (pre-pandemic) I was also actively involved with Gay Jews in London as one of their committee members organizing events across London for our members around Chaggim or for general socializing

Joint Honorary Treasurer

Deborah Cohen

My family were original members of EMS and we saw it grow from the days at Brady Maccabi to the building it has homed for over 30 years.

I think that being second generation from EMS to EBMC and then the merged community is a natural progression.

Having been heavily involved with EBMC for well over ten years I am looking forward to helping this merged community to thrive.

I love being part of the EBMC family and very much look forward to working with and meeting all our new friends.

Joint Honorary Treasurer

Daniel Davis

I am currently treasurer for the third time in 20 years. Laura and I have been members of EMS for over 30 years and watched our two children grow up in what was a community with an active youth. The fact that is no longer true is one of the main reasons why I have been heavily involved in investigating and agreeing details of the merger with EBMC which I believe is going to be really good for both communities.

My “day job” is as owner-MD of my family dental company that has been around since 1908. In addition, I am immediate past-president of the British Dental Industry Association and am life vice-president of the Oral Health Foundation. With these roles I have acquired experience in management at board level of both charities and businesses which serves me well on the Synagogue Council.

My spare time finds me singing with Radlett Musical Theatre Company, walking with my family, gardening or skiing. I  am honoured to be on the council of the merged communities and help us move to our new location.

Honorary Secretary

Sarah Nathan

I have been an active member of EMS for many years now, having been involved in arranging social events and celebrations for festivals, as well as doing the kiddushim for many years. I have been Co-Chair for 4 years and worked strategically to help guide the shul through some challenging times, when membership both at EMS and in other communities has been struggling.  I am Line Manager for the EMS Shul Administrator and we work closely together.

I have worked tirelessly with others to support and encourage the merger of EMS and EBMC and I am extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities that we have to build a sustainable community for many years to come.  I have been part of the Merger Group working on the Administration and will continue to do that work during the transition.  I am excited that I have opportunity of a position on the new Council and continue with the work we have started.

In my professional life, with Public Health England I am an Information Governance Officer, Mental Health First Aider and trained in Safeguarding with children and adults.

I have been on Executive and Council for more years than I can remember and am more than familiar with the requirements to ensure that Shabbat and the Festivals services are maintained to a high standard, and I wish to continue with this for as long as I am wanted.

Co-Warden

Stephen Fidler

I have been Senior Warden at Edgware Masorti Synagogue (EMS) for several years. I have been involved in arranging services, arranging, and chairing services committee meetings and ensuring that the traditions and practices of EMS are followed.

Over the years I have liaised with a few, different EMS Rabbis who have officiated at EMS, and we worked together to arrange High Holy Day services.

The reason I stood as joint Warden is to assist and endeavour to maintain the traditions and practices of EMS in the merger, and to assist in EBMC services.

I have been on Executive and Council for more years than I can remember and am more than familiar with the requirements to ensure that Shabbat and the Festivals services are maintained to a high standard, and I wish to continue with this for as long as I am wanted.

General Council

Alison Arellano

My name is Alison Arellano and I am a founding member of EBMC.

I have always played a very active part in synagogue life. I served two terms as Co-Chair, as a trustee and I am a member of the Steering Group Committee. Highlights for me in serving the community included leading Children’s Services for many years and in establishing and co-ordinating our Welfare Team.

I have been married to my husband Brett for almost 30 years and we have two daughters, Sadie & Lily who are both in their early twenties. I work in IT, specifically, Internet services. In my spare time I love to hike with my two faithful dogs. I love to read, visit the theatre and cook. I am also a professional actress and I work as a character artist in both TV & Film.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to sit on the General Council of the merged Synagogues and looking forward to serving the community.

General Council

Lauren Cohen

I am committed to the future of the new synagogue and  have been a member of EMS for over 8 years and wish for it to be a thriving, new community, in which to raise my children.

I want to dedicate the necessary time to participate on the council helping to progress it to the future and I have demonstrated commitment towards this by working on one of the steering community groups. In my everyday life, I am a teacher at a well-known Jewish Primary school, a wife and a Mummy. I believe these roles have given me strong experience in creativity, vision, clarity, listening, fairness and being able to work in a team, brainstorm and ideate for a greater outcome and for a higher purpose for everyone.

I have often spoken in the past, in shul meetings, in person and on zoom about the need to look to the future of the community and what will take us there in a gathered and sustained way so that we build the appropriate foundations not just for us, but for all of our children, our children's children and for generations long after we are no longer here. I have a strong desire to be part of the committee that makes this flourish and happen.

General Council

Oliver Davis

I have been a member of the synagogue all my life and grew up when EMS had a thriving community of all ages. I am 27 and I work as a product Development Manager at a magnetic part manufacturing company called SG Technologies. Project management and communication is a key part of this role.

I have not been involved with council or organising things at EMS before, but I became more engaged when merger opportunity was put on the table. This gave hope that the shul can have a bright future and move forward in ever changing times. I wanted to be part of this change and help shape the community during this period. I have done the Masorti community organising program and believe with this training and experience from my job I have a set of skills that can benefit the council and wider community. I was also part of one of the consultation teams for the merger looking at mission, vision, and values.

General Council

Jenny Zetter

I have been a member of the EMS Council for nearly two years and I feel very enthusiastic about the future of the shul following the merger with EBMC. The merger presents both communities with an exciting opportunity to have a new and fresh start.

As a Council member I was part of the team which was actively involved in talking to individual members of the EMS community in order to encourage them to vote in favour of the merger.

I have also edited articles for the shul magazine Or Hadash and have organised food collections donated by the community for several local food banks.

I would very much like to continue to contribute by being a member of the newly formed Council and do as much as I can to take a vibrant new community forward to a successful future.

Meet the Team