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.

Mitzvah Day on November 22nd

Some pictures from our Mitzvah Day activities on November 22nd.

Migration and Minorities: How does our tradition help us through today's turmoil.

The mass movement of refugees across Europe is raising profound moral and social issues for European society. Much of the crisis stems from the Middle East, which is experiencing a time of profound upheaval. After a period of calm the turmoil is beginning to impact Israel from within and from without, bringing back into focus the Jewish State's relationship with its own non-Jewish minorities and with the broader Arab world. In this series we will explore classical Jewish sources on relationships between Jews and non-Jews, on migration and on the treatment of minorities. We will try to read current events through the lens of the Jewish tradition.

Join us on this series of sessions with Rabbi Joel Levy at Kol Nefesh Masorti - watch out for details of times and venues.

Photos from the last shiur on November 22nd


Reflections is the weekly study sheet issued by Masorti Judaism for all the UK communities. On this page we highlight some of the articles about the weekly Torah portion written by Kol Nefesh members, our Chazan, and our Rabbi:

Bereshit by Marc Shoffren, 2015/5776
Bereshit by Marc Shoffren, 2013/5774

Lech Lechah
Lech Lechah by Chazan Jackie Chernett, 2013/5774

Vayera by Leon Fenster 2015/5776
Vayera by Rabbi Joel Levy, 2013/5774


How and Why Sukkot was Linked to the Exodus

A fascinating article by Dr David Frankel (Schechter Inst. Israel) in TheTorah.org proposes some reasons that this essentially agricultural festival was linked to the Exodus from Egypt.

Read it at http://thetorah.com/how-and-why-sukkot-was-linked-to-the-exodus/

Rabbi Dr. David Frankel did his doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Moshe Weinfeld. His publications include The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School (VTSupp. 89) and The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel (Eisenbrauns). He teaches Hebrew Bible to M.A. and Rabbinical students at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and five children.

The 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza

Not a Masorti item per se, but its interesting that the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza outside Jerusalem is the only memorial outside the U.S. that includes the names of all who perished in the attacks. This memorial, commemorating the victims who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks fourteen years ago, is made partially from steel taken from the wreckage of the Twin Towers and more information is at this web site..


Note that a lot of sites state the location of this is north of Ramot. In fact it is south-west of Ramot, just inside the Green Line, (hence the American ambassador attends events there) and facing the Har ha'Menuchot cemetary.

Kol Nidrei melodies

The Ya'aleh melody from the Kol Nidrei service is here sung by Ilan Lazarus and Simon Gordon.

Listen here

Selichot in Edgware - Sept 5th

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

We would like to thank Edgware Masorti Synagogue for hosting our wonderful Selichot service at the end of last week. With the inclusion of EMS, we now have five communities taking part in this inspiring event: Kol Nefesh Masorti, Edgware Masorti, Hatch End Masorti, St Albans Masorti, and Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti.

Despite the growth in our numbers, our Selichot service continues to be warm and involved, and designed to encourage participation. The service was led by a choir of about 15 representing all five shuls, with the talented Ilan Lazarus at the piano and others supplying a percussion accompaniment. The lyrical and evocative music, much of it by Chazan Sol Zim, ushered us into the High Holy Day mood in a manner both memorable and inspiring.

Here are three excerpts from the service: MP3 files
Mi She'ana

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?