Rosh Hashanna

L’Shana Tovah from all the members of Kehillat Kernow.

We celebrated the Head of the Year with services at Pat & Leslie’s house overlooking Mount’s Bay. Radio Cornwall was in attendance in the form of Naomi Rowe, who recorded parts of the Erev Rosh Hashanna service as well as the views of several of our members. The broadcast will be (will have been – depending on when you read this!) on Sunday 9th October.

David Hampshire once again demonstrated his skill with a masterful display of Shofar blowing. We welcomed two students studying in Falmouth, two new members now living in St Columb Major and six visitors on holiday in Cornwall from Milton Keynes. Everyone present enjoyed the services and the excellent Rosh Hashanna festival meal lovingly prepared by our hostess Pat.

The Kol Nidre service will take place on Wednesday 12th October at Bonnie’s house in Camborne, with Yom Kippur services continuing there the following day.

Holocaust Memorial Day

This was commemorated in Cornwall in several ways.

Two members of our community visited St Ives Comprehensive School. About 150 pupils met Pat L. and Leisl M.

Leisl is one of those adults who came over to Britain as a child in the Kinder Transport. She was able to tell the children about her experiences and answered the many questions they asked. The teacher in charge said the whole experience was incredibly valuable and she praised the courage of Leisl.

Leisl was later interviewed by Radio Cornwall.

Our Chairman was also interviewed by Pirate FM news reporter Sue Smith.

The RE Advisor for Cornwall, our Own David Hampshire, organised a ceremony at County Hall which was attended by leaders of the Cornwall County Council. He and Harvey read several appropriate and moving passages. Six candles were lit.

Later in the evening there was a private ceremony for members of Kehillat Kernow at Milton and Gloria’s house. The service included readings from the RSGB Siddur and a final Kaddish. A Yharzeit candle was lit. After the service we had a discussion.

2005 News

Our first entry for 2005 must include a note of sorrow for the devastation caused by the tsunami in the region of the Indian Ocean which affected the coastlines of so many areas. Our prayers for those killed, injured or suffering the loss of loved ones and homes will be repeated during many of our services in the next few months.

Our own news is better. We have received a legacy which we hope will enable us to make tentative steps towards establishing our own premises at some point in the future. This will be a long way off, but it is a dream that may one day come to fruition.

Leslie tells me that we have more Mezuzot in stock. The Cornish Mezuzah is a highly regarded part of our history now and any members (or non-members for that matter) wishing to obtain one, should contact Leslie or myself hkurzfield[at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk.

Our fortnightly services recommence on January 8th and members and visitors are reminded that services normally begin at 10.30am. Visitors who wish to attend any services are asked to contact me at the email address above.
NB: Please note new time for the start of Shabbat services, 10.30am and not 10am. Next Service is on 22nd January, 2005.


Our AGM in November 2004 was not as well attended as in previous years, however, the usual ‘old faithfuls’ put in their usual appearance. Without these ‘old faithfuls’ there is many an organisation which would go under, including ours, so may I express my continuing thanks to those committee members who support all our meetings and help to keep Kehillat Kernow running smoothly.

  • Harvey Kurzfield continues as Chairman
  • Bonnie Rockley continues as Vice-chair
  • Anne H. is our treasurer
  • Pat L. our librarian
  • Leslie L. our press officer
  • David H
  • David H (two different surnames)
  • Keran G (New committee member)
  • Sue C
  • Wilf R

All committee members. Our Secretary is Milton J who took over from Kathleen. We look forward to another year of exciting developments and, hopefully, growing membership.

The Torah Scroll

Thanks to the generosity of the Exeter Hebrew Congregation we now have our own Torah Scroll. This was presented to us at the service at Exeter Synagogue for erev Shavuot. Sixteen members of Kehillat Kernow were driven in a very comfortable mini bus (patient driver: David Hearle) straight to the synagogue. We were welcomed very warmly and enjoyed a wonderful service during which our chairman, Harvey Kurzfield, was presented with one of Exeter Synagogue’s Torah Scrolls. This was a truly memorable occasion for all present and the whole community is grateful to Exeter Hebrew Congregation for making this possible. The scroll has now been with us for several weeks and has been used during all our Shabbat services.

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