AGM, Sunday 19th of November 2017

Jeremy Jacobson, Chairman of Kehillat Kernow, led our members through a fine summary of all that we have accomplished in the past year. We really do ‘punch above our weight,’ thanks to so many (but not enough!) of our hard-working members. So many worthwhile events are organised throughout the year in addition to our liturgical and pastoral duties  as a synagogue. Council members were duly re-elected, and plans for new events for 2017-18 are well underway.  Following the meeting a light luncheon was held and much time was spent in the Library which will figure largely in the coming year.

You can expect announcements from Jeremy shortly. In the meantime,  check out here the photos from the meeting on our web-site.

A Golden Night


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If you missed the book, food and film festival on Saturday, 18th of November at Malpas Village Hall celebrating The Lady in Gold, Klimt’s masterpiece, and the title of Anne-Marie O’Connor’s book, you lost out on something very special.  Not only was the film excellent (how can Helen Mirren not be first-rate?),  but the poignant conversation after about Austrian life before and after the Nazi invasion, brought home so many truths about the terrible loss of Austrian Jewry. Needless to say, our ‘Golden’ food menu was sumptuous and meticulously prepared. Some photos of this fine event can be seen here on our  web-site.

Book Swap Success

On November 4th, KK members, Jacqueline and Harvey Kurzfield,  hosted and organised their annual Book Swap to raise funds for Cornwall Hospices. This year £665  was raised. A multitude of people arrived at the Kurzfield house to swap books, eat cakes, participate in raffles and contribute to this worthy cause which is held every year in honour the memory of one of our beloved, members, Kate Fagin (z’l). Pictures of this special event can be seen in our picture gallery by clicking here.

Jewish wild flower cemetery consecrated

Over twenty people attended the consecration ceremony at the Penmount Wildflower Cemetery section for Jewish burials in Truro on Sunday, the 15th of October.  The service was led by Life President, Harvey Kurzfield, to officially mark the site which will eventually be the final resting place for members of the Jewish community who wish to be buried there.

The area has been especially marked off and separated from the other wild flower section of this cemetery with Hawthorne bushes. A portable water facility is on hand to accommodate those who wish to wash their hands after leaving the area and a bench has been placed which will one day have the names of people who are buried there.

In addition, a special book of remembrance will be placed inside the Penmount Crematorium building with a page for each member buried at this particular site with a picture of a Jewish headstone with the appropriate words in Hebrew and English and inscriptions of choice to replicate what the deceased person’s burial plot would have looked like with a traditional tombstone.

Following the ceremony an extra service took place to bury sacred, unusable sacred books.

A High Tea at the Alverton Hotel sponsored by Kehillat Kernow took place after the services.

Many thanks to Susan Cannon, Penmount Funeral Director; Harvey Kurzfield, Rachel Brown and Leslie Lipert for organising this meaningful event.

For Gallery pictures click here.

Teshuvah for Yom Kippur

From Kol Nidrei to Neilah, our final journey of the High Holiday on 29 and 30th of September, couldn’t have been more moving or expertly conducted by our star service leaders, Adam Feldman and Harvey Kurzfield.  Highly attended by members, friends and visitors, the second half of the Days of Awe, combined song, remembrance, prayer and thoughtful moments and ended joyfully with Havdalah and a fine communal breaking of the fast.

Our hosts and caterers, Jos and Peter Hadfield of Roselidden Farm, have become experts at treating us to proper gifilte fish as a savory reward for observing this most important of all festivals..

Some of these moments can be seen by clicking here onto our Photo Gallery.

Jewish Community in Cornwall