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.

Sale of Chametz

If you would like to sell your chametz this year, please complete this form and return it to Chazan Jacky by March 31st.

Hag Sameach

New Shiurim with Rabbi Chaim Weiner

Journeys: Travel to Jewish communities in Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and Ethiopia without leaving Edgware

Rabbi Chaim Weiner will be offering a series of talks at Kol Nefesh on his recent Jewish Journeys on three Tuesdays over the coming months: 17 March, 14 April, and 19 May. Hosted by Cheryl Sklan.

EAJL Seminar with Joey Weisenberg March 13-15th

(More about Joey at http://www.mixcloud.com/jewishmusicinstitute/eajl-song-seminar-2015)

EAJL is bringing over Joey Weisenberg from Mechon Hadar in New York to the UK for a very beautiful Shabbaton at New London Synagogue, Abbey Road, London NW9 0AT from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 March. After the Shabbaton at New London, the Sunday Seminar will be held at Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, Rectory Lane, Edgware. Joey is a legend in that he and Mechon Hadar have brought a new expression to Jewish prayer through old nigun, revitalising minyanim whose members want to be participants and not audience.

Our work at EAJL is with lay people who do just that. Please come and enjoy an experience of renewing the spirit.

Flyer at http://www.eajl.org/downloads/Joey2015.pdf.

Bookings are made via www.eajl.org.

After Copenhagen – and Paris

By Masorti Judaism's Senior Rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg

After Copenhagen – and Paris

We are living, once again, in extremely difficult times, both for the Jewish People and for civilisation as a whole. Jews are under threat simply for being Jewish. The core values of freedom, equality and the rule of law are under attack precisely because they are core values.

Our thoughts are with the family of Dan Uzan, killed outside Copenhagen’s synagogue while he was helping with security. In the words of the chief rabbi of Denmark Jair Melchior, he was ‘a person who was always willing to help’. They are also with the family of film director Finn Norgaard, ‘a warm-hearted and creative man’ who made films about the dreams of the down-trodden. Our prayers are with all those who were wounded and traumatised.

What should we do, as Jews and as citizens of the UK?

Are there still Jews in Ethiopia? [March 21st, 7.00pm]

Several of KNM's members have visited Ethiopia and seen the Jewish communities in Gondar and Addis.

Hila Bram, a member of KNM, runs a small charity supporting Jews in Gondar who have not been able to make Aliyah. Hila will be speaking about the remaining Jews of Ethiopia, and the work her charity does in support of the Gondar community. The talk will be on March 21st following Havdalah at 7.00pm.

What is the role of a Chazan? What is the difference between the Chazan, Ba'al T'filla and Sh'liach Tsibbur?

Chazan – Professional Cantor, usually ordained member of Jewish clergy, a spiritual leader responsible for the conduct of religious services of a community and its music

Ba’al T’filla – Master of Prayer, who knows the whole matbe’a t’filla (liturgical formulas) for the whole year, all six systems of cantillation and life-cycle liturgies

Sh’liach Tsibbur – Messenger of the Congregation, anyone who leads any part of the service

The professional chazan is a spiritual leader who facilitates communities in engaging with a musically enriched prayer life. The chazan is him/herself a person who is committed to prayer and its sacred musical traditions. He/she is a master of liturgy and its interpretations, a teacher and an enabler and should have a deep sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the congregation.

Current articles on Masorti Judaism

Feb 2015

Masorti Judaism has published this paper explaining why the UK Masorti rabbis have supported same-sex ceremonies.

Nov 2014
Once again, Masorti are discriminated against in Israel, this time by the Knesset Speaker. See an article here and here (on Ha'aretz, may not be able to view without subscription)

Feb 2014
Transfer of part of Western Wall to right-wing group to be blocked after Conservative and Reform groups protest Times of Israel

December 2013

Noam—the year ahead

By Joel Fenster, Noam Mazkir

In the story of the Israelites entering Egypt, there are few more prominent relationships than the one between the brothers Joseph and Benjamin. Initially Benjamin is sheltered, left behind while the brothers seek out Joseph in his new home. Later, only at Joseph’s insistence, do they bring him out from safety and into this foreign land. While certainly not the central theme of the portion, we are learning of what must have been a transformative experience in Benjamin’s life. With this exception, however, the reader is witness to relatively few developmental moments in Benjamin’s upbringing. Throughout biblical sources he is regarded as a young person, and then without warning we find out that he is a father of ten sons (Genesis 46:21).

Learning Chironomy

Aryeh and Nava Abramovitz, good friends of Rabbi Joel and members of Kehilat Ma'ayanot (Rabbi Joel's Jerusalem community), visited Kol Nefesh over the weekend of 13-14 February. Aryeh taught us the system of chironomy (Torah-reading hand signals) that he uses to great effect at Ma'ayanot.

This link takes you to a series of video images of the signing for each note

This is a summary of the principles of Chironomy

Chironomy: a system of hand signals for reading from the Torah
Design principles:
· One handed signalling: signal comprised of a hand shape and movement.
· Unobtrusive movements: should not attract undue attention from the rest of those present; nor be distracting to the reader.
· Signals must be distinct from one-another and easily and quickly identified from peripheral vision.