We're pleased to announce that Kol Nefesh is reinstating in-person Shabbat services in a new, Covid-friendly format. These are open to the community via a booking app on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for details.
Please also note that our regular Friday evening pre-Shabbat programme on Zoom will come to an end after Friday September 25th, as the days are growing too short to allow this before Shabbat.
For the moment, we're still running all our other programming via Zoom. Please check our calendar for the timing of our Zoom Havdalah on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday nights).
For more details, see the sections below.
Kol Nefesh is is now running in-person Shabbat services in a new, Covid-friendly format. These are open to members and interested others 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 13 individuals or household groups. 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 10am to about 11.30am. Bathrooms are available for use.
Two points to note when booking:
1. If you are booking for a household group, please book only once for the entire household. This is because members of the same household can sit together, allowing for a greater number of people in the room.
2. If you have a yahrzeit or wish to say a blessing and you find that the service is fully booked, please contact Gabi Peretz, email@example.com. We will endeavor 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
This is our weekly schedule of regular virtual events:
8:00pm, Study with Rabbi Joel. Currently running a short series on Jews and Race – how black people have been presented in the classical Jewish texts. (These sessions have now finished. Watch this space for more details.)
11:00am, KNM's Desert Island Discs (currently on hold)
6.00pm, Virtual Allotment
6:15am, Shacharit, led by Rabbi Joel
8.30pm, Torah Chat
3:00pm, Tea and Chat, discussing Pirkei Avot
Kabbalat Shabbat (check our calendar for the start time), ending before Shabbat. See below. Our last Friday Zoom before the days get too short is Friday the 25th September.
Saturday night (Motzei Shabbat)
Havdalah on Zoom. Check our calendar for timings.
For more information on the weekly sessions, see below. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Kabbalat Shabbat & Friday Night Programme
(Times are now changing weekly as Shabbat starts earlier – please see our calendar for exact timings. The last Friday night Zoom will be September 25th.)
c. 5.45pm (check the calendar for precise timing)
Minchah start time + 15 mins
Minchah start time + 30 mins
A bit of leyening from this week's parashah
Minchah start time + 60 mins
Prayers for the community, the country, the State of Israel
Prayers for the sick
Minchah start time + 70–80 mins
We conclude Kabbalat Shabbat with the penultimate verse of Lecha Dodi, as the last verse of Lecha Dodi formally brings in Shabbat.
Details on Regular Zoom Programming
During this period of social distancing to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending most face-to-face activities in line with govenement 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.
These virtual events will restart after the High Holidays, so check our Calendar for the latest information on sessions.
We are holding a regular virtual Kabbalat Shabbat service each Friday (see above), and Havdalah at the end of Shabbat.
On Monday evenings, Rabbi Joel is running a short series of sessions on Jews and Race – how people with black skin are presented in classical Jewish sources.
On Tuesday evenings join us for the Virtual Allotment, KN's new gardening group. Join Mike Simmonds at 6pm to discuss what can be done with a bag of compost and Zoom.
Torah Chat on Wednesday evenings has also gone virtual. We're starting at the beginning again, with Bereishit. Bring a chumash and any thoughts you want to share! Torah Chat starts at 8.30pm and is preceded by Ma'ariv at 8.15pm.
We have two virtual social events each week. Join us on Tuesdays at 11am (from August 18th) for KNM's own Desert Island Discs . A member of the community will present two tracks they would wish to have on a desert island, along with a luxury item and a book (the Tanach and Shakespeare will of course already be there). Recording of our first interviews with Chazan Jacky Chernett and Nahum Gordon are here. Or Zoom in on Thursdays at 3pm to gather virtually over tea for a discussion of Pirkei Avot, Sayings of the Fathers.
For other events outside our regularly scheduled offerings, check the Kol Nefesh calendar or your weekly bulletin. If you're not on our mailing list and would like to be added, contact us on email@example.com.
The recording of the virtual visit from Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg on April 18th is here, and the two papers by Rabbis Dorff and Nevins on triage are here. If you joined our Shavuot study program, the resources and a bibliography on the theme of Democracy, Authority and Freedom are on our study resources page.
Help and Resources
Pastoral support and welfare
Rabbi Joel's visits are currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rabbi Joel is in Manchester 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (ask to be put in touch with Helen and Tanya). Or contact Liz Preter and Meira Ben-Gad, our convenors, directly via the convenor email, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.