COVID-19 Update

Our Covid-friendly in-person Shabbat services have now resumed.  See below for details. 

 

For the moment, we're still running most of our non-Shabbat programming via Zoom, but more in-person events are being held. 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

Password 727721

Shabbat Services 

Shabbat services are open to members and visitors.   If this will be your first visit under the new conditions, please read the guidelines below.

 

In order to maintain a safe environment, we are following public health guidelines.   Wearing a mask is now optional.  If you have any symptoms of COVID (the initial symptoms now are often indistinguishable from a cold) please do not attend services.  

 

Because masks become quite uncomfortable, especially in the heat, we aim to keep the services to around 2 hrs 15 minutes,  and we no longer ask everyone to be there at the start of the service.  

 

The service runs from  9:45am to about 12:00pm. Bathrooms are available for use.

 

Any questions, please contact Gabi,  convenor@kolnefesh.org.uk.  

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Regular Events

During this period of social distancing to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended some of our 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:

 

Sunday

7:30pm–8.45pm  "Sunday Evening Social"  

This will vary each week, so take a look at the Calendar for details.  On Zoom, some Sundays we have our own "KNM Desert Island Discs", where Shirley Fenster interviews a member of the community who chooses the music they would take with them to a desert island.  Other Sundays we hold meetings of our Book Group or Culture Club.

 

We have restarted in-person games evenings each month. These normally meet on the third Sunday of the month at members' homes. Contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk for the dates and locations.

 

Tuesday

7:00am, Shacharit

Start the week on the right foot by joining us for a quiet introspective Shacharit on Tuesaday mornings at 7am in the Zoom room. Please bring a traditional siddur.

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  

Tuesday evenings are our weekly chance to study with Rabbi Joel on various subjects. Sessions normally run for up to 6 or 8 weeks, then we take a break before the next one. Check our calendar for details, or contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk.

Wednesday

7.30pm, 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.   

Thursday

4:00pm, Tea and Chat: Wisdom Literature - The Book of Proverbs

In these text-light and wisdom-heavy sessions we are reading the wisdom literature of the Bible – the Book of Proverbs.  

For other events outside our regularly scheduled offerings, check the Kol Nefesh calendar or your weekly bulletin. To join our mailing list, contact us on admin@kolnefesh.org.uk.  

You can join all open online shul events by clicking on this Zoom link, 

https://zoom.us/j/8079784899?pwd=SHY5TlFiZE5lTWlwTjZlR2ZJUXRkZz09,

or by following the phone instructions and using 8079784899 as the meeting ID and 727721 as the password. 

Click here for instructions on connecting to Zoom. 

Help and Resources

 

Pastoral support and welfare
Rabbi Joel's visits have restarted.  Check the calendar for details of his next visit.  At other times, Rabbi Joel is in Israel and can be reached on 07762 901197.

For general pastoral care and support, including for those caring for vulnerable family and friends, contact Rabbi Joel, 07762 901197 or rabbi@kolnefesh.org.uk, or Chazan Jacky, jaclyn@eajl.org.uk.

 

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, convenor@kolnefesh.org.uk or admin@kolnefesh.org.uk (ask to be put in touch with Helen and Tanya). Or contact Philippa Gamse and Gabi Peretz, our convenors, directly via the convenor email, convenor@kolnefesh.org.uk. All requests will be treated confidentially.

Other resources

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

 

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:

Rabbi Peltz Teshuvah

Rabbi Golinkin Teshuvah 

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

Venomar

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.  

El Na R'fah Na Lah
El Na R'fah Na Lah (with Echo)