Our High Holy Day services are open to all. There is no charge to attend, although contributions are welcome. If you're not a member, contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk to let us know you're coming for security purposes.


Alongside the services we also run our highly popular At-Home “Retreat”: Ten Days of Learning and Reflection, focusing on one particular theme each year. These are mostly evening sessions. Attend as many or as few as you wish. 

The full programme for the Yamim Nora'im 5780 (including Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah) is now available here. Most information also appears below.

The Kol Nefesh High Holy Day At-Home "Retreat": Ten Days of Learning and Reflection

The period of the High Holy Days is a culturally supported time for reflecting on our lives. It provides an opportunity for turning over our core values and assumptions and pondering which areas of our lives we need to develop and work on. 


Each year, Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue offers a unique ten-day spiritual "retreat" during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in which we take a theme and explore it in depth from a variety of perspectives. Through this process, we allow ourselves to stop, think, and re-order our priorities – to re-connect to our deepest take on reality. We aim to arrive at Yom Kippur having done the inner work necessary to put our utmost into that great day of reckoning.

This year's theme is...........


B'Tselem Elohim – In the Image of God


This year we will be exploring the biblical idea that humanity is created “B’Tselem Elohim” – “In the Image of God”. The pagan world routinely employed the word “tselem” or icon, but in that world it typically referred to the relationship between a god and an icon made of wood, stone, silver, or gold. Rabbi Akiva and his school employed the word “tselem” to describe the relationship between God and man. What does this relationship mean? How are humans created “In the image of God” and how does that notion shape who we are or who we should become?

Schedule of events and services 


  • Rosh HaShanah services will be at the Larches Trust, a few meters away from the Leonard Sainer Centre (our usual home). Our communal Erev RH meal will also be at the Larches Trust.

  • Alternative sessions during Rosh HaShanah services will be at the Leonard Sainer Centre.

  • Yom Kippur services will be at the Leonard Sainer Centre.

  • Yom Kippur alternative service will be at the Emmanuel Centre (the former Brady Maccabi),
    4 Manor Park Crescent, Edgware HA8 7NN.

  • YN Retreat study sessions will be at the Leonard Sainer Centre unless otherwise specified. 


Motza'ei Shabbat 21 Sept

Selichot, 9.30pm at Edgware Masorti Synagogue. More information can be found here.

Sunday 29 Sept

Erev Rosh Hashanah service at the Larches Trust, at 6.30pm, followed by a communal potluck meal. Please bring a milky dish to share. Our tradition is to bring a dish that represents your goals or hopes for the coming year. Contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk to let us know you're coming!

  • We need your help to set up the shul on Sunday Sept 29th at 5pm.

  • Food can be dropped off after 5pm.  

  • Please help us cover our venue and set-up costs with a voluntary donation of £5 per person/£10 per family (payment via admin@kolnefesh.org.uk). Thank you.

Monday 30 Sept

  • Rosh Hashanah service at 9am.  

    • A guide to our Rosh Hashanah service can be found here

  • Creche and activities for infants to teenagers from ~12pm.

  • Alternative session from ~12pm, led by KNM member Nahum Gordon, on B'tselem Elohim in light of the episode of the Golden Calf (Parashat Ki Tissa – Chapter 32 of the Book of Exodus).

  • Tashlich, tea and study session at 5.45pm (for details on the venue contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk).

Tuesday 1 October

  • Rosh Hashanah 2nd day service at 9am. 

    • A guide to our Rosh Hashanah service can be found here​​

  • Alternative meditative session from ~12pm, led by Chazan Jacky Chernett.

Wednesday 2 October - Evening study session with Alyssa Gilbert 

7.30–8pm: Slichot (optional)

8–9.30pm: Session

9.30–10pm: Time for personal reflection (optional)

B’Tselem Elohim and the environment: How have core Jewish ideas affected the way humans interact with their physical environment? Is the environmental crisis our fault?  

Alyssa Gilbert is Head of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London. 

Thursday 3 October – Evening study session

7.30–8pm: Slichot (optional)

8–9.30pm: Session

9.30–10pm: Time for personal reflection (optional)

Jews and their Bodies:  A joint session with our chevra kaddisha (burial society) about B’Tselem Elohim and the sanctity of the human body after death.

Friday 4 October

Kabbalat Shabbat and potluck dinner for families, 6pm at a member's home (contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk for the venue).

Shabbat Shuva, 5 October

Shabbat morning service at 9.30am.

Motzei Shabbat, 5 October

8.30pm prompt

B’Tselem Elohim and homosexuality: The penetrated body, procreation  and human dignity. A film & discussion on sexuality and gender. The film: “Trembling before God”. Contact admin@kolnefesh.org.uk for the location. 

Sunday 6 October, morning


God in the Image of Man? A visit to the National Gallery, with art historian Rebecca Harris. Meet at 11am. Tour will last about 2 hours.


Sunday 6 October, evening

7.30pm prompt

B’Tselem Elohim in the three Abrahamic faiths: An interfaith discussion with Pastor Paul Anderson Walsh, Imam Dr Mamadou Bocoum, and  KN’s Rabbi Joel Levy.

Dr Imam Bocoum is a lecturer in Islamic Studies, a Chaplain at HMP Ford Prison in Sussex, a Board member of the Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK, and an Interfaith Consultant and Director of Interfaith Through The Arts (ITTA).  He has authored a number of written works, including “The Position of Jews and Christians in the Qur’an”.

Paul Anderson-Walsh is an author, broadcaster, inspirational speaker and founder and director of The Grace Project. He is a well-respected commentator who is called upon by the BBC, and a regular contributor at Premier Radio. He also travels internationally as a highly regarded keynote speaker.


Monday 7 October – Evening study session 

7.30–8pm: Slichot (optional)

8–9.30pm: Session

9.30–10pm: Time for personal reflection (optional)

Summing up from Rabbi Joel.

Tuesday 8 October

  • Kol Nidrei. Service begins at 5.45pm.

    • A guide to our Yom Kippur service can be found here

Wednesday 9 October

  • Yom Kippur service all day from 9.30am.

    • A guide to our Yom Kippur service can be found here

  • Creche, and activities for infants to teenagers between 11am and 12.30pm.

  • Alternative session at ~12.45pm with KNM member Danny Kalman: We may be created in God's image, but how are we measuring up? Reality versus aspirations. (Venue: The Emmanuel Centre, 4 Manor Park Crescent, Edgware HA8 7NN.)

  • Book group and junior book club will be held during the break between Musaf and Mincha (adult book group to discuss Nikesh Shukla's collection of short stories, The Good Immigrant; junior book club to discuss Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf).

  • At the end of the service you are invited to break the fast with us at the synagogue (~7.30pm).

Please contact the synagogue for more details.

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