Enjoy a traditional service and super seder in an idyllic setting in Cornwall if you are in the Southwest for Friday night, 3rd April at 6:30pm.
One of the highlights of the year, Kehillat Kernow, the Jewish community of Cornwall is delighted to welcome visitors to their seder and reading of the Haggadah at this beautiful festival held at a beautiful site. Both Ashkenazi and Shephardi food will be served.
Tickets are available by contacting the event’s organiser, Mrs. Anne Hearle at 01736-731686.
We hope that all our members had a good Pesach. It was heartening to see so many people turn up for our first seder night where, incidentally, there is a fine display of Spring Flowers so well worth another visit.
At our last Shabbat service, hosted by Julian Berg, we were pleased to welcome another visitor from the Liberal Community of Cologne. The last occasion when we met a whole family from Cologne was some years ago at a Pesach seder which was celebrated at rooms in Trevano. That facility has now been purchased by a private individual and the gardens are no longer open to the public.
There are many events to look forward to in the coming months not least of all our Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur services which will be held in an exciting new venue.
Our Communal Passover Seder night for 2014 took place on Monday 14th April. We were scheduled to begin at 6.30pm but, as usual, our event began some time later when everyone was settled, the eggs safely boiled and the Seder plates distributed.
We used the MR J’s newly refurbished Haggadot, which, all agreed, now worked really well. All members present had the opportunity to take part in one form or another and those guests (including some of our very youngest Kehillat Kernow members) read appropriate passages with great gusto.
Highlights of the evening included an interesting version of “Dayeinu” where the well-known chorus was sung to the usual well-known tune (unlike the rest of the song – which Harvey seemed to be making up on the spot!); together with the tasty and many-varied foods available during the Seder meal. In the latter part of the Seder, Adam Feldman introduced us to new and exciting tunes for Adir Hu and Chad Gadya and these were well-received by the appreciative congregation.
Our guests came from many different parts of Cornwall as well as other parts of the country. We even had guests from the United States of America.
The evening went well, we became re-acquainted with our wonderful history and heritage and we hope that our guests returned to their places of residence suitably uplifted.
Thanks go to all those splendid people who helped to organise this wonderful event and I include in this those members of the staff who always do their best to make us feel so comfortable.
Our first seder night for Pesach is on Monday 14th April and once again will take place near Truro, so if you haven’t booked up yet with Anne Hearle please do so as soon as possible as these occasions are always very popular. Members can attend for £17.50 and for non-members the price is £40 per person. For this you get the service, all the appropriate foods, the main meal and kosher wine. We look forward to welcoming everyone on the night which starts at 6.30pm.
This year’s Passover Monday 18th April, was a splendid success with 75 members and guests in attendance. Representatives from the Interfaith Council and Truro Baptist Church joined Kehillat Kernow to observe and to remember the Exodus from Egypt. Food was prepared by members and the sumptuous seder which came in between the traditional reading of the Hagaddah added to the joy of the evening. The Cheder childrens’ rendition of the ‘Mah Nishtanah’ was perfect.
Fiddler on the Roof Event
In January, thirty-five members of Kehillat Kernow attended a private viewing and sing-along of the film Fiddler on the Roof at the Phoenix Theatre in Falmouth. Some came in the dress of the Anatevya period in keeping with the Shetl atmosphere of the film; everyone passed the popcorn and sang the familiar tunes. Nostalgia reigned.
Yom Ha-Shoah Service
On the 27th of January, a memorial service conducted by Louise Garcia, KK member, to remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the holocaust, took place.
Members of the community attended to say prayers and honour those who died. In addition, a talk at a local school (St. Ives) was given and KK members attended the Civic Service which took place in Truro on that day.
Plaque and Menorah Dedication by Mousehole Evacuees
On May 11th and 12th evacuees from the Jewish Free School during World War II who were taken in by Mousehole residents, held dedication ceremonies to remember and to honour the time spent in Cornwall when they were children. A menorah and a memorial bench with accompanying plaque now marks the important contribution made by local residents to Jewish children during the evacuation period and also highlight an important aspect of local Jewish history.
See pictures in the Photo Gallery of the events. For Future Services and Events Dates – go direct to events.