The New Essex Masorti Synagogue was founded at a meeting in South Woodford in August 1986. A group of like-minded families resolved to constitute an independent congregation for the promotion of the practice and teaching of traditional Judaism under the name NEW ESSEX MASORTI CONGREGATION. The first Management Committee was appointed to produce a Deed of Trust and draft Constitution and consisted of Morris Joseph (Chairperson), Avram Pearl (Vice Chair), Andrew Goodman, Bernard Black, Renee Bravo and Dr John Frank. In December 2005, our name was changed to NEW ESSEX MASORTI SYNAGOGUE.
Serving the areas of Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell and Loughton primarily, our objective was to create a Synagogue that would put the individual first, where traditional Judaism is taught and practised in a way that is intellectually honest and satisfying to its members within a tolerant framework. Where women would have an equal role to play in the running of the Synagogue. The ideal eventual size of the Shul is regarded as 300 to 400 committed families so that it is financially viable but not too large as to run the risk of being impersonal.