Kehillah Aliyah & yahrzeit policy statement

The bellow statement was accepted by the Kehillah Management Commitee during the Committee’s meeting in July 2019. This will also be added to the new Kehillah website, which is in progress.

It is the minhag (custom) at Kehillah North London that we do not keep a yahrzeit list to read each time we meet, nor do we allocate mitzvot or aliyot in advance of the service except in the case of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Spiritual Leader does not recite names of yahrzeits; the person marking the yahrzeit does so when prompted.

Creating a yahrzeit list is a considerable administrative undertaking that requires not only using a fully updated database (which in itself is an ongoing work in progress) but also compiling information about members going back decades; information we likely do not have, or would have difficulty obtaining. Maintaining the list would require similar hours of upkeep and update. As our administrator is part-time, this is not a good use of time or resources at this point for our community but in the future, this could be an incredibly valuable resource for the community if we are in a position to undertake the project.

Allocating aliyot for yahrzeits is not something that progressive synagogues typically do (with the possible exception of some Masorti communities), and would be a departure from our current custom. Aliyot are given within our community on the day and from within the community gathered in the room at the start of the service, as with all of our mitzvot. We warmly welcome any members wishing to obtain an aliyah or other mitzvah in the service to arrive on time, if not slightly early, to make their preferences known to the warden and service leader.

Yahrzeits are announced by the mourner who is observing at the time that Kaddish is recited. Exceptions to this rule include members who are unable to attend but have asked in advance for their yahrzeit to be mentioned; national or local community tragedies that warrant special mention; or widely-
known secular or Jewish figures of particular note to the community.

If a member does have a bereavement or a yahrzeit that they would like commemorated in some way, please do reach out to Cantor Tamara and she would be more than happy to have a conversation about how best to support both pastorally and ritually during times of grief and bereavement.

Cantor Tamara Wolfson
Spiritual Leader, Kehillah North London

Upcoming Events

29th February 2020
  • Cheder

    29th February 2020 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm

    We are excited to announce, at the request of parents, a trial period of expanded cheder sessions starting this Saturday 11th January. Cheder will therefore be running weekly from 11am-1pm on days when we have a service, and from 11am-12noon on days when there is no service. There will then be a break for half-term after our session on 8th February, to be resumed on 29th February, with the final session in this trial taking place on 7th March

    These additonal cheder sessions are geared towards those young people in our community aged 10-13, and will focus on Jewish Identity and children’s Hebrew. If you would like your child to participate or would like any further information about this, please emai omar@kehillah.org.uk.

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3rd March 2020
  • Adult Education

    3rd March 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

    This four-week block of adult education is called “Trans-formations: The multiple genders of the Talmud”. As our society explores new and varied concepts of gender and transgender identity, this four-week course will introduce key texts in Rabbinic literature – the Tosefta and the Talmud – which discuss intersex, gender-indeterminate and gender-nonconforming bodies and their halachic status. What space do our texts create for trans, non-binary and queer people today?

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7th March 2020
  • Cheder

    7th March 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

    We are excited to announce, at the request of parents, a trial period of expanded cheder sessions starting this Saturday 11th January. Cheder will therefore be running weekly from 11am-1pm on days when we have a service, and from 11am-12noon on days when there is no service. There will then be a break for half-term after our session on 8th February, to be resumed on 29th February, with the final session in this trial taking place on 7th March.

    These additonal cheder sessions are geared towards those young people in our community aged 10-13, and will focus on Jewish Identity and children’s Hebrew. If you would like your child to participate or would like any further information about this, please emai omar@kehillah.org.uk.

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  • Shabbat Morning Service

    7th March 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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9th March 2020
  • Purim Party

    9th March 2020 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

    Come celebrate Purim, hear the Megillah, and learn about the Purim story. All ages welcome, fancy dress encouraged! Please bring food, drink and hamantaschen to share. Please note that this event will be taking place at the Tower Theatre on Northwold Road 

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10th March 2020
  • Adult Education

    10th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

    This four-week block of adult education is called “Trans-formations: The multiple genders of the Talmud”. As our society explores new and varied concepts of gender and transgender identity, this four-week course will introduce key texts in Rabbinic literature – the Tosefta and the Talmud – which discuss intersex, gender-indeterminate and gender-nonconforming bodies and their halachic status. What space do our texts create for trans, non-binary and queer people today?

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13th March 2020
  • Shabbat Evening Service

    13th March 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

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17th March 2020
  • Adult Education

    17th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

    This four-week block of adult education is called “Trans-formations: The multiple genders of the Talmud”. As our society explores new and varied concepts of gender and transgender identity, this four-week course will introduce key texts in Rabbinic literature – the Tosefta and the Talmud – which discuss intersex, gender-indeterminate and gender-nonconforming bodies and their halachic status. What space do our texts create for trans, non-binary and queer people today?

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21st March 2020
  • Shabbat Morning Service

    21st March 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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24th March 2020
  • Adult Education

    24th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

    This four-week block of adult education is called “Trans-formations: The multiple genders of the Talmud”. As our society explores new and varied concepts of gender and transgender identity, this four-week course will introduce key texts in Rabbinic literature – the Tosefta and the Talmud – which discuss intersex, gender-indeterminate and gender-nonconforming bodies and their halachic status. What space do our texts create for trans, non-binary and queer people today?

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4th April 2020
  • Shabbat Morning Service

    4th April 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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9th April 2020
  • Community Passover Seder

    9th April 2020 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm

    Further details to come. Please note, this event will be taking place at Hawksley Court.

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18th April 2020
  • Shabbat Morning Service

    18th April 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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2nd May 2020
  • Shabbat Morning Service

    2nd May 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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8th May 2020
16th May 2020
  • Shabbat Morning Service

    16th May 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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6th June 2020
  • Shabbat Morning Service

    6th June 2020 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

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12th June 2020
  • Shabbat Evening Service

    12th June 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

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