Welcome to Kol Nefesh Masorti (KNM) Synagogue, Edgware

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.

Selichot in Edgware - Sept 5th

This year Five Masorti synagogues come together on September 5th for a Selichot Service like no other.

Under Chazan Jackie Chernett's direction, members from all five communities will be participating. Join us at Edgware Masorti Synagogue at 9.30pm (details in this flyer.)

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Kol Nefesh in Edgware

Join our Masorti, egalitarian services in Edgware at Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue this year.

We have wonderful tuneful and participative services, in the heart of Edgware. Rabbi Joel Levy runs an educational program across all ten days of the Yamim Noraim, this year on the theme of Justice, in a program put together by the young adults in the community. There are activities for children and youth each day, and alternate sessions for adults as an alternative to prayer.

All services and educational sessions are free, no ticket is required, just let us know when you are coming. Please contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk.

More program details will appear on the website soon.

KNM Calendar

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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?

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

June 2015

Leaders of the worldwide Conservative movement blasted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Sunday June 7th for backtracking on a prior commitment to host a bar mitzvah ceremony for disabled children at his residence along with a representative rabbi from the Conservative community.


Feb 2015

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

Nov 2014

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.

Non-Orthodox Jews prohibited from praying in Knesset synagogue

This article appeared in Ha'aretz on Nov 26th (and was also covered here).

Non-Orthodox Jews prohibited from praying in Knesset synagogue
Group of mainly Conservative rabbinical students told synagogue is reserved exclusively for Orthodox prayer service

A large group of non-Orthodox rabbinical students, attending an event at the Knesset this week, were told they could not make use of the synagogue on its premises because it was reserved exclusively for Orthodox prayer services.