Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue

Edgware, Middx.



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Leonard SainerCentre, Edgware
Leonard Sainer Centre, present home of Kol Nefesh, June 2018
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Congregation Data


Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue


Leonard Sainer Centre, Jewish Care, Rectory Lane, Edgware, HA8 7LF (from at least 2013(i))

Services previously held at Brady Maccabi Centre, Gideon Close, Manor Park Crescent, Edgware HA8 7NN (which is the current address of Ahavas Yisrael Synagogue and was the previous address of Edgware Masorti Synagogue)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Masorti / Conservative


The congregation is a constituent synagogue of Masorti Judaism (known as the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues until 2012).(iii)




Rabbi Joel Levy(iv) (part time) - 2001 to present (January 2020).


Chazan Jaclyn (Jacky) Chernett(v) - 2006 to present (January 2020) - first woman in the UK to be ordained as a cantor.

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys:(viii)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

Annual Reports of Masorti Judaism(ix) - number of members as of 1 January:























Legal and Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no.1081444), registered on 5 June 2000. (x) The governing document is the congregation's Constitution adopted 17 May 2000.

Local Government Districts:

Edgware, a residential suburb in Northwest London, has a substantial Jewish minority. Most of Edgware (including the locality in which the synagogue is situated) is in the London Borough of Barnet (formed in 1965).

Registration District (BDM):

Barnet (from formation of the Congregation) - Link to Register Office website


The congregation has "London Synagogue" membership of the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), which includes rights of burial at one of the Society's cemeteries, in particular the Western Cemetery, Bulls Cross Ride, Cheshunt. There is also generally the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This address first appears in the Jewish Year Book 2014.

  • (ii) Congregation's website.

  • (iii) From its first appearance in Jewish Year Books in 2001, the congregation was listed as a constituent of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues (AMS) and has been classified as a constituent synagogue in AMS's annual reports from the filing of the first annual report in 2007 (which followed AMS's incorporation - it had previously been an unincorporated association) until the latest annual report, filed for 2017 (see note (vi) below).

  • (iv) Congregation's website, last accessed 5 January 2020. Rabbi Levy, who was ordained in 2000, lives in Jerusalem and is at the congregation roughly one Shabbat each month and for various festivals. He is also Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, since 2008 until present (January 2020).

  • (v) Congregation's website, last accessed 5 January 2020. Chazan Jaclyn Chernett received ordination as a chazan in 2006.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports. In compiling the report for 2010, the size of membership of this congregation was inferred from 2005 data as it was not possible for the BoD to obtain the data direct.

  • (ix) These figures appear higher than the figures for the above reports and presumably include more than one member per household. See links to Masorti Judaism's annual reports.

  • (x) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage), accessed 22 March 2018.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

List of Masorti Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Edgware (London Borough of Barnet)

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

Greater London home page

Page created: 15 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 17 April 2018
Latest revision or update: 5 January 2020

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