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.

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenburg - Walking with the Light

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenburg will be with us at Kol Nefesh on Thursday Nov 6th, talking about his walk from Germany to London, and we will be showing the film of the walk. Refreshments will be provided. Suggested minimum donation of £5

Oleh as Oleh

Alex Stein will kick-off this years series of study sessions on Zionism and Modern Israel with his session called "oleh as oleh". (Nov 2nd, 10am, KNM at Jewish Care)

Oleh as Oleh: The literal translation of oleh is 'one who goes up'. It may sound ridiculous today, but, according to traditional Zionist ideology, it meant that the Jew who makes aliyah is superior to the one who doesn't. If this 'negation of the Diaspora' is no longer relevant, though, then what does the concept of aliyah mean? Is oleh now another word for immigrant, or does the concept still hold relevance today?

This Shabbat

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Go to the Events calender in the right hand panel to see this weeks Shabbat programme at KNM.
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Kol Hakehila - our community magazine

Here is the latest edition of the KNM Magazine 'Kol Hakehila' for Rosh Hashanah 2014, on the theme of Love, and we have articles from Rabbi Joel, Chazan Jacky, and many of our members. The Pesach 2014 had the theme of "Leaving Egypt".

[Here are the last two magazines - Rosh Hashanah 2013 edition and Pesach 2013 edition].

KNM Calendar

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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.

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/