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The US heads to Hatfield
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Friday 16th December 2016

On January 17th 2017, The US will be holding a public meeting to explore opportunities to expand Jewish communal facilities in Hatfield. This is in line with its strategic objective to identify ‘communities of potential’. Hatfield is just ten minutes drive on the A1(M) from some of the largest centres of Jewish population, it has excellent road and rail links to central London, and a range of competitively priced housing, much of which may suit young families. 

The US Vice President and chair of the US Communities of Potential Board, Leonie Lewis, said “Over the last few months we have been working closely with Jewish residents of Hatfield, our US affiliate community in Welwyn Garden City as well as consulting with those who are considering making the move to this part of Hertfordshire.  We are excited by the opportunity for strategic community-building that this presents and look forward to working in partnership with others to build a vibrant, Jewish Hatfield”. 

As part of their coordinated effort to support young families in this growing Jewish community, The US has also been working closely with Moriah Jewish Day School.  In addition to extending their provision in Pinner, Moriah is also now examining the feasibility of opening a second school in Hatfield or Welwyn Garden City.  The new school is still at an early planning stage. It would also be led by Moriah’s Headteacher, Ruth Gafson, and would share the management team with the school in Pinner. 

Alan Capper, Chair of Governors at Moriah, said “The excellent Moriah School in Pinner is providing a wonderful Jewish education to our community’s youth. We are looking to see how we might provide the same excellent Jewish education to the growing Jewish population in a new area where we anticipate a real growth in demand. At this stage we are exploring a wide-range of stakeholders’ views and gauging the local need.”    

The US and Moriah will be holding an open meeting for Jewish residents of Hatfield and the surrounding area as well as those thinking of moving to the area on the evening of Tuesday 17th January 2017.   To register for the meeting go to