Darren Marks

‘I have lived in Hertfordshire for 15 years and work as a hypnotherapist. Recently I organised a community project cutting out the wooden letters above the ark for the St Albans Masorti Synagogue. The ark is a special cupboard where the sacred Torah scrolls are kept. This is the template for the Hebrew letters that we cut out.  The inscription translates as: “Behold, how beautiful it is for people to dwell together in harmony.”’

‘My grandmother was evacuated to St Albans and my mother was born in Diocesan House, now Verulam House Nursing Home, in 1942. This photo shows me putting the Hebrew letters up above our synagogue ark with my son Benjamin. While cutting out the letters I thought about my mother who sadly died before my children were born. Involving them in this project means her memory and our connections with St Albans will be instilled in them forever.’