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Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur Observances

All the High Holy Day services were well attended this year at Roselidden Farm on the 8th and 9th of October with many visitors from afar and our own community of Kehillat Kernow.  Services were masterfully led by student rabbi, Eleanor Davis, and included on Yom Kippur afternoon, a special discussion of modern sins and their connection with the twenty-two sins cited throughout the service as part of the atonement liturgy in our machzors on this solemn holiday.  

With Jeremy Jacobson’s reading of  the Jonah story in the afternoon  and the concluding Shofar blowing by Adam Feldman, the holiday concluded with Havdalah, and a breaking of the fast with a fine supper arranged by Peter and Jos Haddenfield of Roselidden Farm.

Special thanks to all those who contributed to making this a most meaningful observance and to Mai Jacobson, Rachel Brown and Leslie Lipert who took all the pictures.

PIctures of Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur can be viewed by clicking onto the Photo Gallery above.

Rosh HaShannah Shines Despite the Weather

It may have been raining on Erev Rosh HaShannah and on the  day of 5780, but the sun certainly shone inside The Barn at Roselidden Farm in Helston when a large number of people from within the Cornish community  and from the greater community gathered together for services and delightful celebratory cuisine, both traditional and contemporary to observe the first part of the High Holy Days.

 Led enthusiastically by KK’s  talented Adam Feldman, the service was warmly received and much appreciated. 

The catering was done by Peter and Jos Hadfield while the traditional wine, whiskey, apples and honey, Challah and honey cakes were  contributed by members of the KK community.

All good wishes for a happy, healthy and good new year: L’Shannah Tovah. Hag Sameah!

Photos of this event supplied can been seen clicking by

Mai Jacobson and/or Rachel Brown

World Cup VS Bar MItzvah

The Fiction, Film, Food Event at Malpas Village Hall on the afternoon of 22nd September proved that both secular and religious rites of passage can somehow be managed with the showing of Sixty-Six for members of Kehillat Kernow and the greater community from the Cornwall Faith Forum. Add some popcorn, scones, brownies, and some Rosh HaShannah goodies, it was a fine combination of the best of British and the best of Jewish.

The funny and moving film told the story of a Jewish boy whose Bar Mitzvah was scheduled on the day of the famous 1966 World Cup at Wembley. Talk about a conflict of interests. A way around this tricky situation is happily resolved and offered much food for thoughtful and light-hearted  inter-faith conversation that belies the adage that sometimes, one can be all things to all people. Organised by Adam Feldman, this popular venue always promises to be of interest to a varied group of pictures. 

Photos can be seen by clicking here.

Lev Returns to Kehillat Kernow

By popular demand, Lev Taylor, Reform Judaism’s student rabbi returned to take a service at Kehillat Kernow for Shabbat Va-ethannan on Saturday, 17th of August. Lev is one of four rabbinical visits we have had to take services this Spring and Summer. Others were: Rabbi Maurice Michaels, Rabbi Amanda Golby, David and Hannah Jacobs.

Lev, who is entering his third year of graduate studies at Leo Baeck College in the Sternberg Centre in North Finchley, has become a favourite of our community after his visit during the last High Holy Days for the  Yom Kippur services.  His service this go round was warmly received by many KK members who made a special effort to be there and also to deliver a fine, robust Kiddush luncheon following the Shabbat morning Torah service. 

Following the service, Lev visited the Penzance Jewish Cemetery with his hosts for the weekend, Pat and Leslie Lipert.  Many thanks to Lev for returning to our community and for giving us an inspiring service and sermon.

Click here to see the pictures.

Weekly Commentary on Chukkat

Fair-weather believers seem to be the underlying narrative in the B’Midbar parshot, from the pusillanimous ten spies to the blasphemous insurrection of Korah, Dathan and Abiram and on to

the bitter waters of Meribah and more rebellion near Ma’im Suf, The Sea of Reeds. Will these wavering Children of Israel, clearly not yet Am Yisrael, ever stop complaining?

Just in the nick of time, the concept of Chukkat, also the title of this week’s parashah underscores not only the supremacy (and mercy) of the God of Israel, it also emphasises the comprehensiveness of all the commandments. Some are blatantly reasonable, rational and understandable, Mishpatim, but others, Chukkat, require leaps of faith and moral exactitude on a much higher, esoteric plain.

We do not understand the prohibition against mixing seeds together or of wearing cloth of mixed wool and linen or, in this week’s parsha, the rules regarding the Red Heifer. We obey them because God says so. End of argument? Not really. Nothing in Torah is that simple.

There is a rationale here. These laws are concerned with a higher morality, with life, not death and regulate one’s less apparent emotional states. These laws, as in the case of the Red Heifer and others, often appear before the narrative event explaining how to act in particular circumstances. Considering, too, that Chukkat tells of the deaths of Miriam and Aaron and its impact on Moses, the need for ‘higher guidance, is exactly what is needed.

To find out more, we are very fortunate this week to have the professional advice of Rabbi Amanda Golby who will be leading our services.  Please make every effort to come so that we cannot only learn and celebrate Shabbat together, but also, give Rabbi Golby a warm, Cornish welcome.