Science, Spirituality, and Judaism, Part 2

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson God and the Big Bang Kabbalah is the central tradition of Jewish mysticism that developed and deeply affected Judaism from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries. The 1960s saw an explosion of interest in Eastern spirituality in the U.S., and a resurgence in interest in Kabbalah that continues to this day. […]

View Barry Shapiro’s Ongoing Art Exhibit

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Kehilla’s Art Committee invites you to stop by and enjoy Barry Shapiro’s deeply thoughtful, bold, and uniquely imaginative compositions currently on exhibit in the Fireside Room.  This show will run through mid-April. Barry writes:  “As a visual artist, I use images now, almost exclusively, to tackle the social themes I’ve talked about professionally and personally […]

How Best for Kehilla’s Board to Communicate with Members?

Kehilla’s membership is rapidly approaching 500 households! This change can provide challenges and opportunities. We, the Board, are eager to assure that social connections, lived values, and the web of mutual support this community has always had, are maintained as we go from a small group of folks to a larger and more diverse community. […]

The Spirituality of Cancer

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Judith C. Dambowic At age 58, I was working as a Physical Therapist/Feldenkrais practitioner at a Kaiser pain management clinic when I figured out the swelling in my eye was from a tumor in my right sinus cavity. I received a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. There was so much I […]

Executively Speaking: Following Youth Towards Climate Justice

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director For several years now the magnitude of the world-wide climate crisis has been lingering like a dark cloud at the edge of my consciousness. I know that enormous harm is being done to our planet, that millions of people’s lives are already affected in devastating ways and that we have […]

Kehilla in the West Bank: The Palpable Reality of Occupation: A Report Back

by Rabbi David J. Cooper On Monday, February 17, Rabbi David, Jim Haber and Becca Heisler will report about their experiences together this last December and January in the Occupied Territory as part of a delegation of the Center for Jewish NonViolence. Two years ago, on the 50th anniversary my first trip to Israel/Palestine in […]

In Memoriam: Allan Solomonow, z”l (1937-2020)

May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing. by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Allan Solomonow was one of the most remarkable and courageous human beings I have ever met, and he was a personal hero of mine. Allan was one of the very first American Jewish activists to work on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. While […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: February 2020

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Accompaniment Teams Alison Brody Carole Lowenberg Cynthia Stone Gina Sconza Lisa Geduldig Steve Indig, in honor of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy for their support to Kehilla Annual Fund Andy Gold and Karen Cutler Anne Schonfield, in honor of Jacob Schonfield Barbara Cohen David Leifer Dorothy and Paul Wachter Jenny […]

Report Back from Protest and Vigil at the ICE headquarters

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

The Or Shalom Jewish Community of San Francisco and Congregation Chochmat HaLev of Berkeley took the lead in organizing the monthly protest and vigil at the ICE headquarters in San Francisco on Friday, December 13th, 2020. Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb of Chochmat HaLev invoked the theme of Hannukah, represented […]