If you are experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship

If you are experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship, please be in touch with one of our clergy members (Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Rabbi Gray, Rabbi David or Rabbi Burt), or with one of these organizations: www.thehotline.org – National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233 www.shalom-bayit.org – Shalom Bayit (East Bay) 866-SHALOM-7 / or (510) 845-SAFE www.thehotline.org/help/for-abusive-partners/ […]

Faith Trio: Finish Up 2018 and help to alleviate hunger in Alameda County!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

The Faith Trio, an alliance of Kehilla, Montclair Presbyterian Church and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), is organizing an interfaith volunteer project against hunger in Oakland on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Alameda County Community Food Bank at 7900 Edgewater Dr in Oakland. We will volunteer from 8:30 – 11:00 am doing tasks such as bagging fruit. Standing […]

The Tree of Life Chevra Kadisha

The Chevra Kadisha of Kehilla wants to honor the Tree of Life Chevra Kadisha for their spiritual strength and dedication. As one of our Chevra Kadisha member said “I had been thinking about the work of the Chevra Kadisha in Pittsburgh these last few days overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. … I find […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part 1

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi […]

Mitzvah, Community, & Avodah – All at Once!

by Barbara Cohen Kiddush is an important part of community and our community is what makes kiddush work. But it doesn’t just happen on its own – kiddush happens when members of the community step up and make it happen. There are three ways you can do a mitzvah:  (1) you do the shopping and […]

The Kehilla Trip to Israel/Palestine?

by Rabbi David J. Cooper For well more than a decade there has been some discussion about a trip to Israel/Palestine that could uniquely reflect Kehilla’s values and the variety of attitudes in our congregation about that zone. I believe that the time has come if belatedly, but in the words of Bertolt Brecht, “For […]

Your Experience at Open Hearts/Open Minds: Exploring Class Dynamics in Our Kehilla Community

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Weekly Email/Kehilla Week | No Comments

Dear Friends, Thank you for attending the workshop ‘Open Hearts/Open Minds: Exploring Class Dynamics in Our Kehilla Community ‘. We would love to have insight into how you felt at the workshop. We’re hoping to learn about your process and experience, if you are willing to share. Some prompts to help you think about this: […]

Coming Together in the Shadow of the Tree of Life

By Rabbi Dev Noily We are shaken and grieving, each of us in our own ways, all of us together. We know more now about the people whose lives have been lost and shattered. We know more about the three Jewish communities who shared a building – Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light. […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Martin Buber, Part 4

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Martin Buber’s parents divorced when he was quite young, and he grew up living on a farm with his paternal grandparents. The boy would also visit and spend time with his father. One time his father took him to a small Hasidic synagogue for worship on the Sabbath, and there he […]

Talmud and Transformation: Come Learn with Us

By Rabbi Gray Myrseth During the week of October 15th, Rabbi Dev and I had the honor and privilege of gathering in Chicago as members of the inaugural cohort of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva’s Transformative Talmud Teaching Fellowship. Alongside our teachers and colleagues—including Maggid Jhos Singer of Chochmat HaLev— we learned the following Talmudic […]