Immigration Committee Requests

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Request #1: Jon and Karen are immigration committee members who are providing Dora Mendoza with housing while she pursues her green card (lawful permanent residency). Dora has held Temporary Protected Status since 2001.She is an extraordinary nanny who cared for their son for almost two years. They wrote: Dora recently relocated to California, lives in […]

Kehilla Book Group 2019-20 Book Selections

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Announcements | No Comments

On Division by Goldie Goldbloom – December 9, 2019   The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – January 13, 2020 The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan – February 10 The Wife by Meg Wolitzer – March 9 Bethlehem Road Murder by Batya Gur – April 13 by Nathan Englander – May 11 Inheritance: A memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by […]

The Shofar of Mauna Kea – Dev Noily, Kol Nidre 5780

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog, Sermons | No Comments

The Shofar of Mauna Kea Dev Noily, Kol Nidre 5780 The Shofar’s Story Tonight I want to share a story about a shofar. If you were here on Rosh Hashana morning, you’ve already heard part of the story. In the week leading up to Rosh Hashana, I got a message from my friend Alex Tan […]

In search of a live in situation, short or long term

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The face of homelessness keeps getting closer & closer to home. Twice in the past 2 months I have hosted friends who have suddenly found themselves about to become homeless because of rising rents, medical issues or mounting misfortune. And I say, “there but for the Grace of God go I”. I am appealing to […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! November 2019

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us as at the following Shabbat morning services as some incredible humans become B’nei Mitzvah! Some of us may feel a little hesitant about coming to a Shabbat service when a young person we do not know personally is becoming B’nei Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present […]

Economic Justice Committee Shows Film at Yom Kippur Workshop

by Laura Finkler The Economic Justice Committee (EJC) showed “What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?” a film by Lucas Guilkey, at one of the Yom Kippur afternoon workshops. The film covers the tragic death of a Santa Rita inmate, the father of two young children, in June of 2018, at the hands of Sheriff Ahern’s deputies, […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: November 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Accompaniment Teams Julie Litwin, Shelley Sella and NoahLani Litwinsella Annual Fund Carol Rothman and Scott Ullman Donald White, Simchat Torah Donation Jay and Ruth Koch Julia Epstein and Betsy Sandel Julia Epstein and Betsy Sandel, in honor of Lisa Korwin’s birthday Marcie Rubel and Michael Rufo General Donation Barbara […]

What’s Kehilla’s EJC Up To? We Want to See Medi-Cal Benefits Returned to Everyone Eligible Upon Release from Santa Rita County Jail

by Richard Speiglman Members of Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee (EJC) collected 200 signatures from congregants and friends entering Rosh Hashanah services this year.  Why? The EJC has worked with colleagues on the Live Free Committee of Faith In Action – East Bay (formerly OCO) on criminal justice issues for the last few years.  EJC members […]

A Time of Hope?

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson  Throughout the history of Jewish thought human beings have been deemed the very pinnacle of creation. The first chapter of the book of Genesis declares that the first human was fashioned in the very image of God. The Talmudic rabbis believed that people were co-partners—collaborators with God in the work of […]

Executively Speaking: A Year of Inspiration

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director The following is excerpted from a talk given on Erev Rosh Hashanah I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to offer my viewpoint on our unique and powerful community as we welcome the new year. A little more than a week ago, many of us participated in the […]