Yamim Noraim Programme - on Love

Every year KNM offers a unique ten day spiritual retreat during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Joel here introduces the theme for 2014 - LOVE. For details of all events see the calender on the website and this detailed leaflet of all our events over the Yamim Noraim (and here for children's events). LOVE is also the theme of our magazine for this Rosh Hashanah.

The Torah and the rabbinic traditions teach of three great obligatory loves:


And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
וְאָהַבְתָּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל-מְאֹדֶךָ

Deuteronomy 10:19
וַאֲהַבְתֶּם, אֶת-הַגֵּר: כִּי-גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם, בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם.

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.

Lcha Amar Libi (Ps 28)

Every day during the month of Ellul until Hoshana Rabba we say Psalm 27 - L’David: Adonai Ori V’yish’i. This melody for verses 8 and 9 was composed by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi who died in July. He was the founding father of the Jewish Renewal movement and had a profound effect on many people. He was a contemporary and friend of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, of whom both had been Chabad emissaries in their youth. As well as being an author, scholar and chassid, he also composed music. This is what I heard him sing in February, just five months before he passed away.

Lchah Amar libi sung by me with Chazan Stephen Robins at the piano.

Chazan Jack Kessler has notated it and I am also attaching the manuscript.

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].

Children at KNM this Yamim Nora'im

This year we start with a fun arty preparation for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah for the whole family. We will be doing some 'sacred decorating', sharing food and stories, and thinking about what makes the Yomim Noraim so special. Suitable for 3-13 year olds and siblings. This is on Sunday Sept 14th at 11.30 am at the shul (More details on the shul calendar).

We have a creche each day during services, and a programme for children from Reception to teens (yr 10+):

1st day Rosh Hashanah
1000-1230 Creche - Age 0-4
1030-1130 Infants Rec-Yr 4
1030-1200 Middle Yr 4-6
1030-1200 Juniors Yr 7-9
1030-1230 Teens Yr 10+
1300-end of service Teens Yr 10+

2nd day Rosh Hashanah
1030-1230 Creche - Age 0-4
1100-1215 Infants Rec-Yr 4
1100-1215 Middle Yr 4-6
1100-1230 Juniors Yr 7-9
1100-1230 Teens Yr 10+

Yom Kippur
1030-1230 Creche - Age 0-4
1100-1200 Infants Rec-Yr 4
1100-1230 Middle Yr 4-6
1100-1230 Juniors Yr 7-9
1100-1230 Teens Yr 10+

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.

= 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.