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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 site is devoted to the Kahal's rich musical tradition, and consists of the following areas:

  • Hazzanut
    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.
  • Perasha
    An archive of recordings of the Shabbat Torah readings (UNDER CONSTRUCTION).
  • Haftara
    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
    A developing archive of both recent and historical recordings featuring the choir.

Copyright: All material on this site is Copyright © 1997, 2015, 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 it from time to time. Last update: July 2015.
Contact for questions, comments and suggestions about the site: jonathan.e.cohen [at] gmail.com
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