Selichot - the Gateway to the Yamim Noraim

This year our Selichot service will be held jointly with three other Masorti communities. For more detail, see our flyer.

Motza’ei Shabbat, 20th September 2014 9.00 pm

at Hatch End Masorti: Girl Guide Headquarters, at the back of the Grimsdyke car park, 384 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4HP

More details of our Yamim Norai'm program to follow

Rabbi Joel at Kol Nefesh, August 23rd/24th

Rabbi Joel's next visit to KNM will be on Shabat August 23rd.

As well as the normal service, Rabbi Joel will be talking again about the current situation in Israel. Details to follow.

Welcome to Kol Nefesh Masorti (KNM) Synagogue

We hold our services in the centre of Edgware and hope to see you there - Click for details; We are an inclusive, dynamic and welcoming egalitarian, Masorti (Conservative) community located in Edgware, North West London. Browse this site to learn about our services, our activities of educational and social events, including our youth programme, our Rabbi and our Cantor.

Joel Levy became the Rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti in September 2001. He was the director of Noam and is now Director of The Conservative Yeshivah in Jerusalem.

Kol Nefesh social events

Kol Nefesh has a regular Book club, where we discuss books, read plays, and have the occasional theatre visit. We recently discussed 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by Edmund de Waal, and 'Bagels for Breakfast' by author and ex-member Neil Rose. We also visited the Jewish Museum exhibition on 'Jews in WW1' and at a recent session, Shelley Swade a KNM member, talked about her relative Isaac Rosenberg who was one of the most well-known poets from WW1. The next book will be Ari Shavit's 'My Promised Land'.

For details, see the Book Club page.

And we are now starting an occasional Games evening. Look out for details of the next one, and for other events on our Facebook page.

Yamim Nora'im Orientation - Shabbat Sept 20th

We will be holding a lunch in shul after the service on Shabbat 20th Septembe. This is an orientation for the yamim noraim for everyone, but in particular, the people who daven, leyn, gabbai, shammash, segan, shofar blowers, everyone doing security which is all of us…
It is also for people who lead davening etc all year round because the principles apply to us all.

KNM Calendar

Contact the synagogue to get details of how to add the calendar to your own smartphone.

Ical Feed (Add the KNM calendar to your own calendar if you use Outlook)

Yom Masorti

Did you know this year's Yom Masorti was the biggest ever tripling the numbers since its inaugural event in 2011? We had such wonderful sessions from four Masorti Rabbis to Lord Maurice Glassman. Liz Preter, a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue and co-chair of the Yom Masorti organising committee commented: “I love Masorti Judaism because it feels like a real family. Yom Masorti was all about people of all background and all ages getting together, being proud of our communities, and celebrating our achievements, our dynamism and our creative potential. The day showed how fast we’re growing – there was a great buzz and a real feeling of vibrancy.”

47 members of Kol Nefesh attended this great event, probably the largest proportion of members from any of our communities. And we had so many members helping to make the day a success. Thank you to Liz and all of her volunteers for this.

Thankyou for our Kol Nidrei Appeal donation to the Israeli Masorti movement

We received this letter from Laura Lewis, thanking us for the donation to the Israeli Masorti Movement from our Kol Nidrei appeal.
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= Dear Members of Kol Nefesh,

Thank you for your wonderful and generous donation to our Masorti Movement in Israel. As a former Northwest Londoner, I feel particularly proud to have you on board.

We are palpably excited about the changing facts on the ground in Israel. The on-going negotiations towards government-funded expansion of Robinson’s Arch, the egalitarian section of the Kotel (pictured above) represents an enormous opening for the growth of religious pluralism in Israel. For the first time, all Jews, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or conversion status, will be able pray in fully egalitarian services at Judaism’s most holy site whenever they wish, 24/7, with Sifrey Torah, siddurim and all religious services needed, as at the regular Kotel Plaza.

Purim

American Acappella choir Pizmon enlivened our Purim service this year, bringing their amazing singing to Edgware.

Current articles on Masorti Judaism


Transfer of part of Western Wall to right-wing group to be blocked after Conservative and Reform groups protest Times of Israel

December 2013
Gill Caplin writes about Masorti Olami (Global Masorti) in 'Times of Israel'. "Conservative/Masorti Judaism has rejuvenated itself everywhere that Jews can be found. It will continue to do so." Here's hoping.

October 2013
Of course, the orthodox rabbinate has to question our kashrut.....
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/israel-news/seeing-red-over-wine-heksher
Go and buy wine from Rujum winery in Mitzpe Ramon.

February 2013
And now, Masorti wine

http://www.cjvoices.org/article/masorti-wine-supervision-in-israel/