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The Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation of London. "Kahal Kadosh Shaar Hashamayim". was established in 1656 and is the oldest Jewish community in the British Isles.

This collection of sites is devoted to the Kahal's rich musical tradition, and consists of the following sites:

The Ark at Bevis Marks Synagogue. Photo © 2000, Jonathan Cohen


An archive containing almost the entire cantorial repertoire of the congregation; those parts of the service led by the "hazzan" (reader). Recordings by Revd. Halfon Benarroch.


An archive of recordings of the Shabbat Torah readings (INCOMPLETE).


An archive of recordings of the haftara (readings from the Prophets) for Shabbat and special occasions, and the accompanying blessings.

Congregational Melodies

A site being developed as an online resource of the congregational melodies, as sung by the choir and congregation during services.

Choral Performances

An archive of some recent and historical recordings featuring the choir.

Copyright: All recordings on this site are Copyright © 1997, 2020, The Society of Heshaim, Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London. Individual, not-for-profit use is allowed and encouraged. Commercial use of any kind is prohibited without permission in writing from the Society of Heshaim. This website was proposed and created by Rabbi Jonathan Cohen in 2010. It is corrected and updated from time to time by him on a voluntary basis. Last update: November 2020. Contact for questions, comments and suggestions about the site: jonathan.e.cohen [at] gmail.com