Epiphany on the San Rafael Bridge

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson For the last few years my wife Diane and I have lived in El Sobrante, California, about eight miles north of Berkeley. I was recently asked to give a presentation about the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov at a synagogue in Marin county on a particular Shabbat afternoon. I was excited by the […]

Your vision of TRUTH

Calling all artists! We are excited to be putting together this year’s High Holy Days art exhibit reflecting the New Year’s theme of TRUTH. As the spiritual leadership team explains: Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:8 The Days of Awe bring […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! 

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing 7th graders become Bar/Bat 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 Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please be assured that having […]

Sharing My Family’s Story

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Sam Davis One of the most moving moments (among many) at the Sanctuary Shabbat service on May 12 was when two people came up to the bimah to tell the stories of how their family members had been saved from the Holocaust by receiving sanctuary in the homes of non-Jews.  As Rabbi Dev put […]

Sanctuary: Where We Are Now

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

On May 12, more than 100 members of our community participated in an all-day Sanctuary Shabbat. The theme of sanctuary was beautifully threaded through the music, prayers, Torah service and talks. Kehilla members, Leah Korican and Ralph Silber, shared deeply moving stories of their families being given sanctuary during WWII, at great risk to those […]

Words of Gratitude for the Conclusion of the Kehilla School Year

Our Kehilla School team is still reveling in the sweetness of graduation and somewhat amazed that our school year has come to an end. The summer stretches out before us and we’re already looking forward to the learning the fall will bring. But these moments of transition can also be challenging, even when they’re positive […]

Thank You for Your Generosity

Annual Fund Ellen Goldblatt in honor of Rabbi David for Burke Rainey Dolores Taller in honor of Stephen Lee Taller Lenore Weiss Harriet Finkelstein Julie Patrusky Nicky Silver Laura Finkler and Larry Walter in honor of Dvora Gordon Lisa Korwin and Kip Walsh General Fund Michael-David Sasson Harry and Leatrice Abrams Julie and Michael Saxe-Taller […]

Thank You for Your Time

    Lisa Korwin and Nancy Feinstein, for the beautification of our lobby. Michael Butler, for his continued support in beautification and maintenance of our building. Hillary Brooks, for the Challah Project and everything else. Sam Davis, Rachel Kotak, Laura Weide Vyda and Hillary Brooks, for a year of let our people go protests. Debbie […]

Community Wide Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality

Saturday, June 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm in the Fireside Room and on the Patio at Kehilla. Kick off Pride month at a Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality. A participatory ritual filled with song and dance. Past attendees, including non-Jews and straight identified folxs said it moved and delighted them. WC accessible, ASL […]

Heads up for High Holy Days art exhibit!

As we look toward this year’s High Holy Days, Kehilla’s Art Gallery Committee invites members of the congregation to begin thinking about this year’s HHD theme on “Truth.” Do you feel inspired to create a piece on Truth for our annual HHD art show running from September – November? Do you perhaps already have a […]