COVID-19 Update

This is our weekly schedule of regular Virtual Kol Nefesh events:


  Sunday: 10:00am, Shacharit, led by Jackie Chernett

  Monday: 8:00pm, Study with Rabbi Joel 

  Tuesday: 11:00am Coffee and Chat 

  Wednesday: 7:00am,  Shacharit, led by Rabbi Joel 

                   8:00pm, Torah Chat preceded by Ma'ariv

  Thursday: 3:00pm Tea and Chat

  Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat, approx. 1 hour before Shabbat - see below for exact times

  Saturday: Havdalah, approx. 30 minutes after Shabbat - see below for exact times

 Other events are listed below, as well as more information on this coming week's sessions.

 We will be using Zoom (a video link service that's reliable, free for participants, and easy to install and use).   See here for instructions on connecting to Zoom. 

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

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


In light of recent government advice around the coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision, along with other Masorti communities, to suspend our weekly Shabbat services and all other face-to-face activities. We hope this suspension will be brief, but in the meantime, it seems 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 link lists some of the online resources where you can get help and assistance, and some ideas for filling time with online content and activities from other Jewish organisations.  

This week, you can read Robert Stone's drasha on this week's sedrah Vayikra.   Robert would have delivered this in shul last Shabbat, but you can now read it here.

We now have a regular virtual Kabbalat Shabbat service each Friday and Havdalah on Motzei Shabbat.  

Kabbalat Shabbat will be at 6.15pm on April 3rd, and Havdalah at 9.00pm on April 4th.

Chazan Jacky will be leading a meditative shacharit service at 10:00am  on Sunday mornings. 



Kol Nefesh prides itself on its participation and we draw from each other in an amorphous sound when we daven together.  Zoom is a wonderful facility but there is a delay when we all sing together, resulting a cacophony which can be painful!  I invite you to join me in an experiment to see how we can use our voices together within this strange medium and use it as a means of entering a morning meditation.  You will find the beautiful piyyut, Shachar Avakesh'cha, here.  It was written by Shlomo ibn Gvirol who was born in Malaga, Spain, in around 1021.

On Monday night (March 30) we will begin to learn the "Bnei Machshavah Tova", "People of Heightened Consciousness", a Chassidic work written by Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (1889–1943), the Piaseczno Rebbe. This work was written in the 1920's before Shapira became the rabbi of the Warsaw Ghetto. The manuscript for this, his first work, was found amongst the rubble of the ghetto. The book is an instruction manual on how to forge deep religious experience in the midst of the distractions and tribulations of everyday life.

Tuesday evening on March 31st there is a first meeting for The Virtual Allotment, KN's new gardening group.  Join Mike Simmonds at 7pm to discuss what can be done with a bag of compost and Zoom.


Torah Chat on Wednesday evenings has also gone virtual.  Torah Chat will start at 8.30pm and be preceded by Ma'ariv at 8.00pm. There will also be time to share a memory of someone whose yahrtzeit is being commemorated this week.  Join by using the link above.  The text for this week's session (April 1st) is Chapter 1 of Bereshit/Genesis which is here on Sefaria

We have two virtual social events each week at 11am on Tuesday and 3pm on Thursday.  Join in by Zoom and share what is going on in your new life with the community.

Keep an eye out on this page for updates on this and other plans over the coming days.

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.

Masorti Judaism has started moving all of their communal activities online so that they can continue to engage with the Masorti communities throughout the coming months.

  • Online portal: We are excited to announce the launch of a new online portal: This is a one stop shop for Masorti content over the coming months. We'll be uploading daily offerings from Rabbis and other contributors and sharing links to live streaming and other content of interest.

  • Click here to see all of the Masorti UK on-line events including services, kids events, study etc. 

  • Facebook group: join our new Facebook group 'Masorti Together' where you can start discussion topics, share ideas and keep in touch with other members of the Masorti community as often as you like.

Rabbi  Jonathan Wittenburg wrote this to his community:  No message in the almost forty years that I have had the privilege of belonging to the New North London has left me with a heavier heart. It feels symbolic that we should have to send it in the very week in which read the Torah portion Vayakhel, which describes how Moses gathered the Children of Israel together.


But that must be our inspiration: we will find ways to look after each other, remain connected, learn Torah, pray and seek out what is sacred and beautiful in life, despite the fact that we cannot gather in person. By phone, on line, by living ve’ahavta lere’acha kamocha, ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself,’ we will discover new ways to be together with each other, with those we love, with those who especially need our care, with our own souls and with our God.


As in the prayer lefanai Uriel umei’achorai Rephael, may God’s light guide us and God’s healing protect us. May God be with everyone, as our whole society, and countries across the world, work together for the safety and wellbeing of us all



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

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 Jackie Chernett.  

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

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