Our Covid-friendly in-person Shabbat services have now resumed - there is a booking app for members and visitors to book on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for details..
Our main weekly event on Zoom is before Shabbat, when we have community prayers, a Dvar Torah and our Kabbalat Shabbat service. After Shabbat, we will have a short havdalah and chat on Zoom. Check our calendar for precise start times.
For the moment, we're still running our programming via Zoom. For more details, see the sections below.
Log on to Zoom using the link on the home page of this site, or use these details;
Meeting ID 807 978 4899
Shabbat services are open to members and visitors via a booking app, on a first-come, first-served basis. The booking app can be found here. However, if this will be your first visit under the new conditions, please read the guidelines below before booking.
In order to operate safely, we are following public health guidelines on social distancing and masking. This means that numbers in the room are limited, and everyone must be masked. The exception to this is the shaliach tsibbur or leyener, who can be unmasked as long as he/she is facing away from the kehilla.
Only the shaliach tsibbur or leyener may sing out loud. However, in good news, it appears safe to hum ... and it turns out that humming can create a stirring, inspirational, and even beautiful sound world. It's different – but it works.
Because masks become quite uncomfortable after 90 minutes or so, the services have been shortened to accommodate this new constraint. Each service begins with a minimal Psukei D'Zimra, followed by a full and complete Shaharit. The Torah service is largely as usual, except that the leyening follows the (shorter) triennial system (available here), and those saying blessings do so from their seats. Each week there will be a short drasha from a member of the community or Rabbi Joel, followed immediately by Aleynu, Mourner's Kaddish, and Adon Olam (with no Musaf service).
Due to the size of the room and social distancing requirements, each week we can accommodate up to 13 individuals or household groups, with a maximum of 18 people in the room. Booking is on a first-come, first-served basis, with slots reserved for those on the rota for the main roles. The gabbai and shammash roles are combined and may be assigned on the spot.
The service runs from 9:45am to about 11.15am. Bathrooms are available for use.
If you have a yahrzeit or wish to say a blessing and you find that the service is fully booked, please contact Gabi Peretz, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavour to arrange a swap.
Everyone booking is asked to arrive on time, as the shortened service means we'll need a minyan from the beginning. However, it goes without saying that if you're feeling ill, or if you've been exposed to someone potentially carrying the virus – stay home! The health of all our members is more important than ensuring a minyan.
We look forward to seeing you!
Regular Zoom Events
During this period of social distancing to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended our face-to-face activities in line with government guidance, but most importantly as the best way to keep our members safe and reduce the spread of the virus to vulnerable people in our community and around us.
Our priority now becomes caring for each other, avoiding the isolation and anxiety that we may feel, and supporting people in need. Further down this page are prayers for healing and safety.
On the positive side – we now have the opportunity to try out ways of gathering virtually for all sorts of purposes, including prayer, learning, socializing, and sharing our fears and concerns in a caring and reassuring space.
This is our current weekly schedule of regular virtual events, starting in November:
7:30pm–8.45pm "Sunday Evening Social"
This will vary each week, so take a look at the Calendar for details. Some Sundays we have our own "KNM Desert Island Discs" where Shirley Fenster interviews a member of the community who chooses their music they want to take with them to the desert island. We also have discussions when Rabbi Joel and guests will discuss everyday life and current affairs in Israel. We also hold Zoom quizzes, games and films, and occasionally have a Siach Bo'er (literally a burning conversation or burning bush) – an opportunity for members to raise issues they are concerned about, and hear responses from the community.
Start the week on the right foot by joining us for a quiet introspective Shacharit on Monday mornings at 7am in the Zoom room. Please bring a traditional siddur.
9:00pm, Parents Group (not every week)
6.00pm, Virtual Allotment (running the 1st Tuesday of the month).
On Tuesday evenings join us for the Virtual Allotment, KN's gardening group led by Mike Simmonds. Come along and find out what can be done with a bag of compost and Zoom. Rabbi Joel also participates and leads occasional teaching on agricultural laws in the Jewish tradition.
8:00pm Study with Rabbi Joel
Rabbi Joel is starting a new series of sessions on 'the Future of Kosher Meat Eating'.
8.00pm, Torah Chat
Torah Chat started at the beginning again when we moved online at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Bereishit. We move slowly through the text, drawing on traditional and modern commentaries, but mainly exploring our own ideas and responses. Bring a chumash and any thoughts you want to share.
4:00pm, Tea and Chat: Pirkei Avot
In these text-light and wisdom-heavy sessions we are continuing to read the wisdom literature of the Mishnah – Pirkei Avot, "The chapters of the Fathers". This book of the Mishnah tries to condense the life wisdom of the early rabbis into a few choice phrases.
Check our calendar for the start time. During the Spring and Summer we will be starting each week at 6:30pm. See below.
Saturday night (Motzei Shabbat)
From about half an hour after Shabbat goes out (check our calendar for the start time). See below.
You can join all open shul events by clicking on this Zoom link,
or by following the phone instructions and using 8079784899 as the meeting ID and 727721 as the password.
Before Covid-19, Kol Nefesh was a community whose primary weekly gathering took place on Shabbat morning. Since the lockdown at the start of the year most of our activities have moved online, and we have created a thriving new communal get-together in our Friday evening Zoom event. We are now running a regular community programme on Fridays starting each week at 6:30pm.
A bit of leyening from this week's parashah
Prayers for the community, the country, the State of Israel
Prayers for the sick
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
As we move into Spring and Summer, we will continue with Havdalah on Zoom, starting around 30 minutes after the end of Shabbat. This will be a short event, where we will light the candle, share in Havdalah, and have time for a short chat before starting the new week,
Help and Resources
Pastoral support and welfare
Rabbi Joel's visits are currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rabbi Joel is in Israel and can be reached on 07762 901197.
Our welfare team, Tanya Novick and Helen Stone, are available to arrange practical help or other support at any time. Contact them via the convenor or admin emails, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (ask to be put in touch with Helen and Tanya). Or contact Philippa Gamse and Gabi Peretz, our convenors, directly via the convenor email, email@example.com. All requests will be treated confidentially.
This link leads to a list of resources outside of Kol Nefesh, and some ideas for filling time with online content and activities from other Jewish organisations.
Masorti Judaism has moved all of their communal activities online.
Online portal: http://masortijudaism.social/. This is a one-stop shop for Masorti content over the coming months, including divrei Torah from rabbis and other contributors and links to live streaming and other content of interest.
Click here to see all of the Masorti UK online events including services, kids' events, study, etc.
Facebook group: Join our Facebook group, Masorti Together, where you can start discussion topics, share ideas, and keep in touch with other members of the Masorti community.
Masorti Responsa on COVID Vaccinations
We studied two responsa on this subject with Rabbi Joel on March 2nd. These are provided here:
Here is Rabbi Joel's source sheet
Prayers for Health and for Healing
1. PRAYER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
Mi Sheberakh Imoteinu Sarah, Rivka, Rachel v'Leah,
Ve’Avoteinu Avraham, Yitzhak, v'Yaakov,
Hu yevarekh viyechazek otanu, veyaggein aleinu,
al kehiloteinu ve’al artseinu,
veyatsileinu vechol yoshvei tevel
mimagefah umikol pega ra.
Hu yishmor al kol ha’oskim betsorkei tsibbur be’emunah,
veyishlach refuah lechol hacholim
God, who blessed our ancestors Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bless us and give us strength and resilience.
Shield us, our communities, our country, and all the inhabitants of the world from plague and disaster.
Protect everyone working for the good of the community, especially those engaged in medical care, in public health and in providing for our basic needs in hygiene, food and safety.
God, send healing to everyone who is ill. Help us to care for each other with sensitivity and kindness. Guide us in supporting everyone who is worried about vulnerable family and friends across the globe.
God, be with us and sustain our spirit, as it says in Your name in the Psalms,
Immo anochi betsarah,
I am with you in your troubles
and let us say: Amen
2. EL NA – THE PRAYER FOR HEALING
On Shabbat services we recite a prayer for healing, and we chant perhaps the oldest prayer in our liturgy, El Na Refa Na La - אֵל נָא רְפָא נָא לָהּ, said by Moses for his sister Miriam. This prayer can be chanted at home as well. These two versions are sung by Cantor Jacky Chernett.