Please Contribute to an Appreciation Book for Kehilla’s Lead Custodian Josef Straub Who is Retiring!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Josef Straub, our lead custodian, is retiring on April 12, his 65th birthday, after 16 years of dedicated service to the Kehilla community. Sadly we’ve had to cancel his retirement celebration on April 3, so we’ve decided to show him another way how much we appreciate him and his care for the Kehilla building and […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: April 2020

Thank You for Your Generosity! Financial Contributions Annual Fund Teri Gruenwald and Karen Cohn General Donation Jonathan and Nina Cohen In honor of the forward-thinking of Rabbi Dev and Hazzan Shulamit and the use of upgraded Zoom for two months Victoria Alcoset and Phoenix Lara Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Beth Weinberger In memory of Irene McPhail […]

An Update from Kehilla’s Executive Director Michael Saxe-Taller

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I have been off work at Kehilla for the month of March. At the end of February, I had an intestinal obstruction and needed to have immediate surgery to correct the problem. After a few early complications, I have been resting, healing and regaining my strength, and expect a full recovery. I’m […]

Seder Preparation Classes by Chef Jesse Bloom – Via Zoom, April 7 & 8, 2:30-3:30pm AND April 7, 6-7pm

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Sacred Kitchen’s Chef Jesse Bloom Seder was slated to cater our community seder and is excited to share the menu and recipes in an online format. Join him here on Zoom or here live on the Facebook event for any one of three classes in preparation for the first night of Seder. He’ll include a […]

Working Class/Low Income Group Meeting

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Connect with other Kehilla members for our ongoing monthly meeting. The meetings will be held from 1-3pm on the second Sunday of the month, through Zoom. If you are working class/low income and have experienced class/income in ways that have impacted you personally and/or in community, and you are looking for a place to talk […]

Kehilla’s Folks With White Privilege Affinity Group

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The next meeting of Kehilla’s Folks With White Privilege Affinity Group is Thursday, May 7th, 7-9pm — likely on zoom, or else in the Fireside Room. Everyone who identifies as white is welcome, we’d love to have you, whether or not you have ever attended these meetings before. Questions? Contact Susan.  And here’s our suggested Homework […]

Homeless Action – Emergent Needs!!! by Sue Greenwald

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

More than 9,000 homeless individuals live in Oakland, currently at extremely high risk for COVID-19. The newly formed Homeless Action, a subcommittee of Kehilla’s longstanding Economic Justice Committee, had its first Zoom meeting last week and immediately addressed this emergency. The emergent issues discussed were: Supporting an advocacy letter that will go to City and […]

Sharing Kehilla’s Sustainability During Vulnerable Times by Kehilla’s Board of Trustees

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Dear Community, To recap “A Community Conversation: Sustaining our Congregation,” the Board’s March article in Kol Kehilla, our congregation has almost reached the tremendous milestone of 500-member households, a moment to both celebrate and to acknowledge the greater staffing needs posed by having a larger congregation. We hope that the article, still accessible on our […]

Economic Justice Committee Report, March, 2020

by Myrna Schwartz and Richard Speiglman February 2020 Schools and Communities First initiative – EJCers are actively engaged in the gathering of signatures to get this important initiative on the November ballot.  March 14 is the deadline for the organizations we’re working with (Faith in Action – East Bay; East Bay Citizens for Action).  If […]

Kehilla Men’s Group Meets Monthly

Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in News Announcements Home Page | No Comments

An informal group of Kehilla men have been coming together as a monthly men’s group. A major focus has been creating relatively unstructured intimate space for sharing and listening. There is also discussion of topics generated by the group.  We welcome participation from Kehilla men who would be interested in checking out the group!  For […]