Miriam Smolover’s Chanting CD Release Party

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

By Marcie Rubel             Our beloved Jewish chanting and meditation teacher, Miriam Batia Smolover will be releasing her new CD The Source of the Sound. It is a compilation of chants designed to inspire and soothe your spirit. The CD project includes a manual to guide people interested in creating their own local chanting meditation […]

Stand Together CoCo

On March 1, a new immigration hotline to report ICE activity or to seek assistance for someone detained by ICE was launched to serve Contra Costa County residents: 925-900- 5151. The hotline is part of a deportation defense initiative called Stand Together CoCo. OCO is one of a coalition of nonprofits that manages the program, […]

Save the Date: Sanctuary Shabbat Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation

Sanctuary Shabbat: Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation ~ Cosponsored by Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee for Affordable Housing Week May 12th 10am-3:30pm Kehilla has been a sanctuary synagogue since the 1980’s. In November of 2016 the Kehilla Board passed a resolution reaffirming this commitment. Kehilla members have been deeply involved in the many aspects of sanctuary […]

Kehilla’s Deepening Sanctuary Work in Our Season of Liberation

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | One Comment

by Rabbi Dev Noily ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם Together, make Me a sanctuary so that I may dwell among you.  – Exodus 25:8 As we gather to celebrate Pesach this year Kehilla is taking the next step on our path as a Sanctuary congregation. As our Board took its vote on March 28, I […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Part 2

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson What were the Jewish origins of the spiritual and moral values that guided the fashioning of my vision of Kehilla Community Synagogue? Four prominent modern Jewish teachers influenced my life at crucial times during the 1960s, and the values I learned from them became vital to the founding of Kehilla. These […]

Kehilla Immigration Committee Meeting

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, March 15th at 7pm in the Buber Room Please join us, even if you have never attended before. We will have a very full and interesting agenda, including updates on current issues (ICE raids, DACA, the recent Rodriguez decision), reports on our accompaniment program, Let Our People Go protests at the West County Detention […]

Special Passover Food Policy at Kehilla (March 26-April 8)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Announcements | No Comments

Kehilla is observing a completely chometz-free practice in regard to Passover, i.e. no leavening (no bread, no beer, no distilled drinks). We need the cooperation of anyone who is planning to bring food to the synagogue building during Passover week (and just before). We ask people to follow the guidelines listed below from Monday, March […]

Thank You for Your Generosity

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Announcements | No Comments

Thank You for Your Generosity General Donation Kristine Peterson Em Herzstein and Sandy Bredt in honor of Hedy Straus and the Chesed Committee Laurie Nemzer in memory of Raymond and Sylvia Nemzer Harvey Sohnen in honor of Kehilla’s Spiritual Leaders Immigration Committee Margaret Lord and Erik Davidson Nonnie Welsh in honor of the In-kind donation […]


Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Announcements, Chevra Kadisha | No Comments

by Cathy Steirn and Jane Hoberman It is with gratitude and appreciation to all who participated in Kehilla’s cemetery survey that we write this article to our congregation. We anticipate that this will be the first of other communiqués about this complex and life cycle topic. The intention of this survey was to determine if […]

An Interview with Kehilla Staff Member Maya Joshua

by Bill Lazarus Maya Joshua, Kehilla’s Programs and Communications Manager since the turn of the year, has ties to both Israel and the United States as well as to her mom’s political activism and her dad’s secular pragmatism. “I’m lucky that I have two homes,” Maya says. “I feel thoroughly American as well as Israeli.” […]