Scholarly Shabbatot - Aryeh Bernstein at KNM, July 11-12

The next Scholarly Shabbat will be July 11/12, where we will be hosting Aryeh Bernstein, a Talmud scholar who will be teaching at the Open Talmud project at JW3.

We will have a Kabbalat Shabbat and pot luck dinner on the 11th, a torah breakfast on thre Shabbat morning, and a seudah at 4pm on Shabbat afternoon. Lots of food and study!!

On Friday, there'll be a pot luck dinner at Tanya and Mark’s with a study session aimed at teens, but also suitable for children of approximately 11+. Aryeh will be using his hip-hop skills to enthuse the group in a way most unlike a typical Talmudic scholar.

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 our last event, Shelley Swade a KNM member, talked about her relative Isaac Rosenberg who was one of the most well-known poets from WW1.

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.

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, probabaly 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.

= 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.


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

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Current articles on Masorti Judaism

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.....
Go and buy wine from Rujum winery in Mitzpe Ramon.

February 2013
And now, Masorti wine

For the first time in Israel, a winery, (Rujum, the High Desert Winery near Mitzpe Ramon), has Masorti, not Orthodox, kosher supervision. The Masorti hashgacha (supervision) agreement also calls for a living wage for employees and transparency to assure that salaries and taxes are paid.

September 2012

Should The Chief Rabbi be issuing statements on Gay Marriage? A letter from Rabbi Joel Levy

Two letters from Rabbi Joel Levy on Gay marriage

The issue of sexuality and gender once again rears its head and threatens to pull apart not only the Church of England but also the Tory Party over the Prime Minister’s decision to support legislation permitting gay marriage in the UK. The Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue and his Beit Din have weighed in with an assertion that the Jewish tradition is opposed to such a shift in policy:

“Marriage by definition in Jewish (biblical) law is the union of a male and a female. While Judaism teaches respect for others and condemns all types of discrimination, we oppose a change to the definition of marriage that includes same-sex relationships. Jewish (biblical) law prohibits the practice of homosexuality. It therefore follows that same-sex unions are against Jewish law.”

I do not agree with this statement.

Traditional Judaism for Modern Jews

Watch a video shown at the Masorti Judaism dinner about Masorti in the UK