Visiting Scholars

On Friday the 26th and Shabbat the 27th December we will have the opportunity to learn with Rabbi Paul Schrell-Fox, and on Shabbat the 3rd January we will have a lunch session with teacher and poet Dina Pinner.

Rabbi Paul Schrell-Fox: There will be a Kabbalat Shabbat on 6.30pm, Friday Dec. 27th at Jacky and Brian's, followed by a pot-luck (milky) dinner. After the service on Shabbat morning there will be a lunch and learn.

Dina Pinner: A shiur and bagel lunch with Dina Pinner on Shabbat, Jan 3rd 2015

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.

Chanucah Gift parcels

Etty Gafan and Darya Posner are selling Chanukah gift parcels which have been prepared by Akim, an employer of mentally handicapped people, in Israel. See this flyer for details.

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.

Divrei Torah

A central feature of Kol Nefesh Shabbat services is the reading from the Torah, and a Devar Torah (Word of the Torah) based around the weekly reading.

We will publish here any Divrei Torah written or delivered by our members, or also sent in from external Masorti teachers and Rabbis.

To start, here is a Devar Torah from Rabbi Joel on Vayera and one on on Hayei Sarah from Rabbah Arlene Berger below

[if you'd like to give a Devar Torah at Kol Nefesh, please contact Jeremy Kelly]

The worth of one's days and one's death

Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-26:18.
A Torah parsha is named after the first words of significance found in the first sentence. In this case, Chayei Sarah or the life of Sarah, is named after a woman’s life that informs us of her death in the first sentence. Why?

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

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.

Purim

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