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Not the L*****D Show!

If you didn't go to Limmud and were at home over the "festive season",  Kol Nefesh had an alternative program over the holiday. Links to recordings of some of the sessions held on Zoom are below.

Friday 23rd December


18:30 at Brenda and Mike's

Kabbalat Shabbat service, communal catered meal, and then some study with Rabbi Joel:

"HOW TO JEW OVER XMAS – lessons in co-existence, cultural accommodation and passive aggression from Masechet Avodah-Zara."

Please let the synagogue know if you will be coming (email

Saturday 24th December


19:00 at Miriam's

Games Evening.  Please bring board games and let us know you are coming as space is limited. Email

Sunday 25th December


10:30 - 12:00 in Mill Hill 

Join us for a walk around Mill Hill if the weather is nice. Meet at 10.30 at the entrance to St Joseph's Gate, Mill Hill NW7 4AZ for a circular walk round Mill Hill & Totteridge.  Parking on side streets.  Refreshments at Mark  & Tanya's  or even pot luck lunch if bring contributions.
Wear suitable shoes for footpaths & mud. 

17:00 - 18:30 at Gabi and Sara's.  Also on Zoom

Gabi Peretz presents "Ever-changing melody: Attitudes to religion & dissent within Israeli popular music".

The creation of Hebrew culture as part of the Zionist, Jewish revival was a central element of the Zionist movement. Hebrew music occupied pride of place in this effort and has continued to be intrinsic to the development of Sabra culture. We will look at a selection of Israeli songs by various artists and discuss what these reveal about evolving attitudes towards religion and political dissent and their place within Israeli society.

20:00 - 22:15 at Aviva and Mike's

IMAGE OF VICTORY. A film directed by Avi Nesher about the battle for Kibbutz Nitzanim in the War of Independence. The film was released in 2021 and received good reviews in the Jerusalem Post and the Guardian!  More information about the film here.

Monday 26th December


10:30 - 12:30 at Nahum's.  Also on Zoom

Nahum Gordon presents "Sounds of the 60s and the 70s".

A taster session for a ZOOM series in early 2023 on The History & Evolution of Rock Music, and the Jewish contribution.

Click here for the recording

15:30 - 17:00 at Shelly and John's.  Also on Zoom

John Lazarus presents "Folk tales: For 'us', for 'them', or for 'everyone'?" 

Every culture in the world has its own folk tales, which represent and maintain that culture's distinctive character. Yet, these unique tales share many features. This session will be a telling, a reading and a discussion. 

Click here for the recording

19:30 - 21:00 on Zoom

Annette Boeckler presents "Who are we as Jews?

A taster session for hopefully a series in early 2023 on Jewish thinkers and philosophers, e.g., Moses Mendelssohn (we are a religion), Hermann Cohen (a nationality); Martin Buber (a nation); Mordecai Kaplan (a civilisation) and Abraham Joshua Heschel (a holy people). 

Click here for the recording

Tuesday 27th December

10:30 - 12:00 at Laura and David's.  Also on Zoom

Laura Ostroff presents "What makes a successful children's story?"

Why do particular children's stories always capture the imagination? This session is interactive.  We'll take turns to read aloud and try to identify the characteristics that make them successful. All resources supplied, but bring along your own favourite.  Stories should be picture books with limited print. Good examples are The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Hungry Caterpillar.

Click here for the recording

13:30 - 15:30 at Tanya and Mark's.  Also on Zoom

Dr Yizhar Hess will speak on The Impact of the Recent Israeli General Election on Masorti and the Diaspora: What are the consequences for Israel and World Jewry? 

Come to this important session and listen to Dr Yizhar Hess, Vice-Chairman of the World Zionist Organisation and former Executive Director of Masorti Israel.

Click here for the recording

19:30 - 21:00 at Nahum's.  Also on Zoom

Shibby Allen presents "Babylonia, a Modern Journey".

In 2018 Shibby Allen visited Iraq at a time when ISIS was still in control of parts of the country. Her purpose was to visit the historical sites that connect to the origins of the Jewish people. Hear about the challenges, discoveries, and most of all, why?

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