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 eternal 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

This week’s Torah portion is 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?

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.

This Shabbat

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Go to the Events calender in the right hand panel to see this weeks Shabbat programme at KNM.

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.


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

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.

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

February 2013
And now, Masorti wine


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.