"Authentic Judaism with social responsibility and an open mind"
Kehillat Ohel Avraham
Registered: 14 September 2009
If you would like us to continue, please come along and help us make up the minyan.
We are small, friendly Modern Orthodox stiebl meeting on Shabbat mornings in LSJS in the Seminar Room. We represent an attempt to combine traditional Orthodox Judaism with an open and positive approach to the modern world. We are a highly democratic community which tries to foster dialogue and bring together and include all kinds of people.
We aspire to serious, meaningful and tuneful prayer, good community spirit, and changing the world for the better starting with ourselves (but not ending there).
Our traditions are built on the ideas of the late rabbi Mickey Rosen of Yakar whose quest for authenticity and desire to Jews who are good educated Jews started the whole thing off some 30 years ago. Also, over the years we have learnt from Rabbi Shimon Felix, Revd Jonathan Gorsky, Rebbetzin Gila Rosen, Rabbi Simon Harris, Rabbi Saul Zneimer, Rabbi Michael Newman and Rabbi Jeremy Rosen. We have particularly beeing influenced by and led by Rabbi Yehoshua Engleman.
In recent years we do not have a Rabbi (though we have Rabbinic supporters) and we have aligned ourselves to the "Open Orthodox" approach of Rabbi Avi Weiss and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.
We are active in Social concerns (Fair Trade, the environment, poverty and gemilut hasadim). We like Tzedek, we like Limmud, we like the London School of Jewish Studies - but some of us also love Wandering Jews, Los Destarados and Pilpel.
We are known for women who have a voice and an active role in our community, yet we remain strictly orthodox with a mechitzah which runs front to back so that the women can hear more easily.
We have popular "wandering" monthly Friday night "POT LUCK" meals held in different houses around Hendon called "Fourth Friday"
We run occasional women-only services in private houses.
(I can't tell you what goes on there - I'm a guy).
I've heard the women find them enjoyable - the next one will be Simchat Torah.
The stylish Ohel Avraham Succah (featured in the JC see
for a picture) goes "on tour" this year, to Sussex University where the Jewish students and others will be enjoying it.
We have sub groups for environmental action, Fair Trade, interfaith meetings (currently with Quakers).
We are priviledged to have some high quality teachers, including graduates of the LSJS Bradfield women's educators programme who give the shiurim - Lindsey taylor Guthartz, Rabbi Yaakov Lasker, Leo Samuel, Michael Grant, Daniel Tunkel, Anthony Denton, Dr Stewart Brookes and others.
We are very much hoping to hear a few words from guest Rabbi Daniel Braune Friedman, the new Jewish student chaplain at Oxford University, this Yom Kippur. This will be very special for us as he is the first YCT graduate to have spoken to our Kehilla.
We also have never charged for seats in our shul on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - we welcome visitors of all ages. Any children who want to get "certified" for this year's JFS rat-race are welcome too, but make yourself known to someone on the committee so we remember you came!
Oh yes, and we have a kiddush in the middle of the Shabbat morning service, not at the end so don't come late or you'll miss it!