In the Masorti Movement, we believe Halacha (Jewish Law) is binding on the Jewish People and we seek to observe it to the best of our ability. At the same time, we believe Halacha is a dynamic process that is influenced by the sacred texts of our tradition as interpreted by generations of rabbis and scholars and also by the changing conditions of our daily life. It is our aim to search for the balance between tradition and change in order to make Halacha relevant and a force that strives for good in our world.
If you’re used to a traditional synagogue, then services at Kehilat Hakerem will be quite familiar to you. The main differences you will notice (apart from slight changes in the prayer book wording) is that men and women sit together, and men and women both participate fully in the service. Many of our members can lead services, or read from the Torah, chant the Haftarah, or give a sermon.
Usual Service Times
Kehilat Hakerem holds evening and morning services on Shabbat and Yomtov and on other occasions during the year, such as Israel Independence Day or Holocaust Remembrance Day, or to allow a member to say Kaddish.
Friday Evenings and Festival Eves:
Evening services vary with the time of year. Once every 2 weeks we hold a Musical Kabbalat Shabbat which begins around 30 minutes before the commencement of Shabbat.
Sabbath and Festival morning services: Usually begin at 09:00.