The Prime Minister addressed the country on 12 March 2020 through a news bulletin outlining the serious situation the country faces with the spread of the Coronavirus. The most important thing we can do to protect each other and reduce the speed with which this illness affects people is to minimise social contact. Coronavirus is now circulating in the general community throughout in the UK and Cornwall. To protect all members we have taken the decision to suspend all Shabbat Services including the one on Saturday, 14 March 2020 until further notice and this year’s communal Seder Night. This is in keeping with advice from Reform Judaism
Coronavirus can be
transmitted before people have symptoms and the only action that can be taken
in order to slow down the rate of transmission is reducing social mixing.
We are not aware of anyone at
this time within Kehillat Kernow who has been diagnosed and very much hope
everyone remains healthy.
When the public health
situation settles we will be able to resume services.
The four special Shabbats leading up to Pesach are God’s
proscription for purification before the
major festival of Passover to begin the Jewish calendar year. And you thought it was all about getting rid
of the Chametz and purchasing your ‘unleavens.’ Like all major Holy Days, the
Torah guides the way with preparatory parashot to put us in the right frame of
mind to participate in our festivals in the right spirit.
Shabbat Shekalim starts with the equitable contribution to
the holy community with each of us giving our half-shekel. It is followed by
Shabbat Zachor to remember our past, both its triumphs and desecrations.
Shabbat Parah, the “Red Heifer” is about purification, this week’s parsha of Ki Tissa, a much needed element
considering it is the narrative involving the Golden Calf incident and the
redeeming second set of Tablets containing the Law carried down the mountain
after Moses, once again, rescues the
B’nei Yisrael from total annihilation. It took two tries. We are not called a
‘stiff-necked people’ in this parsha for nothing. Finally, just before Pesach,
we have Shabbat Ha-Chodeh which concerns forgiveness, reconcilliation and
specific instructions for Passover.
By that time, we ought to be both spiritually prepared and
physically strong to meet Pesach with gusto!
In this week’s service, led by Pat, you will learn more
about what it takes to be purified, have a greater understanding of what God
wants from us through the revelation of His thirteen attributes of mercy and
learn that there is more to Aaron than meet the eye.
The largest Seder in KK history happened this year with 80 people attending the first night of Pesach at Trelssick Gardens in Feock, Truro.People came from near and afar to celebrate the traditional Haggadah service which highlights our Exodus from Egypt.
Masterly led by Vice-Chairman Adam Feldman, the first night of Seder was filled with song, prayer, meaningful and funny commentary throughout. Song, prayer, four cups of wine, a spectacular Mah Nishtana by our under 13’s, and much role playing by many members and visitors who attended made it a most lively and super Pesach.
Many thanks go to Chairman Jeremy Jacobson who welcomed and greeted all the guests in his very witty introductory remarks, to Harvey Kurzfield who officially passed over the service leadership to Adam, to Leslie Lipert who worked behind the scenes, to all the chefs who created a most spectacular seder meal, and most especially to Anne Hearle and her husband, David, who organised the entire festival.
Hag Sameach and enjoy your Matzah. You are commanded to do so. Never mind the crumbs
Photos of Pesach Sedar 5779
Spring is coming and, with it, one of the most wonderful festivals of the Jewish year: Pesach. It is fitting that, at the same time as the world around us begins again to burst into growth, we celebrate the throwing off of the bonds of slavery. We clean our houses, looking for chametz and in the process, sweep away the dust and crumbs at the back of drawers and cupboards, the grey cobwebs in the corners of our kitchens. Pesach is also a time to look inside our hearts and perhaps clear away a few dusty habits and modes of thought grown stiff with complacency. And it is a time to celebrate together the great gift of freedom and the coming together of the people of Israel in a shared covenant with God.
The first night of Pesach this year will be on Friday, 19 April and we will be celebrating it in grand style. There will be the traditional story, given new life by the ever fresh reading of our Honorary Life President Harvey Kurzfield and Deputy Chair Adam Feldman, the traditional seder plate, and a wonderful buffet lovingly cooked and prepared by some of the talented chefs of the community.
Our seder is a wonderful occasion for both children and adults. If you are visiting Cornwall during Pesach and wish to join us, please contact Anne Hearle for details.
One last thing. This year the seder begins on Erev Shabbat, so we will be lighting candles for both Shabbat and Yom Tov. Please bring with you your candlesticks, candles and kiddish cup. We will then have two mitzvot for the price of one, plus a beautiful seder table covered with joyous lights.
Leslie and I have uploaded some photos taken at the Pesach Seder. Please check them out!