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18 Years, 18 Events...

Come Celebrate with Us!

In honour of our 18th birthday, Kol Nefesh is running at least 18 special programmes or events over the course of this year. Here's a look at some of what we have in store:

Hanukkah Party

December 16, 2017

5.30pm at Leonard Sainer.

KN's Getting-To-Know-You Project

A follow-up on the KNM Connecting Campaign. Officially launched as of our Hanukkah party on December 16!

Limmud at Home

For those not going to Limmud this year, Kol Nefesh is proud to launch a new initiative - Limmud at Home! Sessions will cover a gamut of topics and will be held at members' homes during the week of Limmud proper. We hope this will become a new KN tradition.

From Medieval Parchment to Digital Image: The Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project

January 20, 2018

The British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts spans over a thousand years - and all are now being digitised. Miriam Lewis will speak to us about her work managing this massive and hugely important project.  

Art & the Synagogue: A Purim Talk

February 17, 2018

Is there a 'Jewish way' of looking at art? Join us for a seudah shlishit with a talk by Rebecca Harris on the stories, imagery and ideas associated with Purim. 

Sudanese Cookery Demonstration and Tasting

February 25, 2018

Daisy Abboudi will lead us in a demonstration of Sudanese cooking...a delicious way to celebrate our birthday!

Theatre Outings - February and March

Two outings are in the works. Book your own seats and enjoy a post-theatre discussion with other Kol Nefesh members.

Whisky Tasting Extravaganza!

March 15, 2018

Join us as at least twelve examples of different whisky types are presented in groups for a blind tasting. Refreshments will also be provided (herring, of course!). Cost: £20 per person for KN members, £25 for non-members (£10 and £12 for under-30s). Please register and pay in advance,

Community Friday Night Dinner

March 16, 2018

Celebrate our 18th birthday with a community-wide meaty catered dinner, with Rabbi Joel. 6.30pm at Leonard Sainer.

Cost: £15 per person; £35 for families of 3 or more. RSVP by Monday February 26th to (please advise whether a vegetarian or vegan meal will be required). See you there!

Grandparents Tea & Talk

April 28, 2018

Come share the highs and lows of grandparenting. Sara Levan, a well-known psychotherapist and teacher, will lead a facilitated conversation over tea and cake. This event is just for grandparents - no parents allowed!

Bengali cookery workshop

May 12, 2018

A Bengali cookery workshop with Shahnaz Ahsan! A professional food writer and founder of The Tiger Kitchen, Shahnaz has been cooking with love since she first learnt how to work a stove. Come for this workshop in the morning; stay for John Lazarus's opera talk in the afternoon. A day for all the senses!

Talking Opera, with John Lazarus

May 12, 2018

John has many years of experience as a pianist, répétiteur, and writer on opera, and he is delighted to help celebrate our 18th birthday with a talk on Verdi's La forza del destino. Both opera aficionados and novices are welcome.


Photography Workshops with Marc Morris & Rena Pearl - June 10 and 24

Kol Nefesh's two professional photographers will share their expertise in two hands-on workshops on Sunday mornings in June - June 10 (Marc) and June 24 (Rena). Come to one or both! (Note that the date of Rena's workshop has been changed from June 17th.)

KNM Fest: The Kol Nefesh Great Summer Tea Party!

July 14, 2018

Cake competition for adults and juniors, traditional English tea, Pimms, Face painting, Arts and crafts, Classic fairground games, Bug hotel making – PLUS Live music from our members! 3–5:30pm. 

Songs of Israel - Concert with Yoav Oved

October 27, 2018

Save the date for this concert with Yoav Oved, an outstanding tenor who draws from the Ashkenazi, Yemenite, and other Jewish and Israeli traditions.  

Making a Difference Through Great Mentoring & Coaching, with Brian Chernett - October and November

Come learn from Brian how to coach or mentor friends, family, children, or business colleagues - and have fun doing it! Participants must commit to all three sessions.

Bring Kol Nefesh to your kitchen.

We're putting together a book of our favourite Kol Nefesh potluck recipes and more. Please send your recipes to Sarah Burns, 

What next?

Plenty! There's so much going on, it's impossible to choose. Keep an eye on the What's On page of our website to see what's happening.

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