Seeing the Dark in a Different Light

by Rabbi Dev Noily Hanukkah invites us to explore the holy possibilities of darkness. Our practice of Hanukkah can radically challenge our society’s privileging of light over darkness – a privileging that perpetuates, and may be rooted in, our structural racism. We can see this in our language—both what we say and what we hear.  […]

An Interview with Kehilla Congregant Jane Hoberman

By Bill Lazarus It was 1970, and Jane Hoberman, then 18, child of New York City and leftwing atheist parents, was eager for a change. “I didn’t finish high school because I was too busy doing my revolutionary stuff. It was a politically active and unsettled time,” Jane recalls. She hitchhiked across the nation and […]

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: – National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233 – Shalom Bayit (East Bay) 866-SHALOM-7 / or (510) 845-SAFE […]

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. […]