Kehilla Community Invited to Ramadan Open House!!

Saturday, May 26th, 7-10 pm at the ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA Kehilla is a partner with the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in the Faith Trio, along with Montclair Presbyterian Church. ICCNC invites the Kehilla community to an Open House for the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan on Saturday, May 26 at […]

Executively Speaking: The State of the Congregation

by Michael Saxe-Taller Because of the broad nature of my responsibilities as Kehilla’s executive director, I have a unique perspective on the Kehilla community. I have prided myself on knowing just about everything that is happening in our large, growing and extremely active congregation.  At this year’s Kehilla Leadership Retreat, I found out how wrong […]

Purchase Graves in Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland

The view of the cemetery, the city, the bay and the Golden Gate from Kehilla’s intended burial site in Mountain View Cemetery is spectacular. It will be a peaceful and beautiful site to remember our loved ones, and for our loved ones to remember us. Kehilla’s cemetery committee has spent two years exploring different sites […]

Kehilla Spiritual Leaders’ Statement on Sanctuary

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

      And when an immigrant comes to live with you in your land, you should not wrong them. You should treat the immigrant who lives with you as one of your citizens.  And you should love them as yourself; for you were immigrants in the the land of Mitzraim. Leviticus 19:33-34     […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Part 4

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson When Abraham Joshua Heschel arrived in the U.S. in 1940 from war-torn Europe, he was determined to write a book on the Ba’al Shem Tov. My teacher had lost most of his family in Poland and during that bleak time he deeply needed to connect with the hopeful spirit of the […]

Hope in a Challenging Time

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson I offered the following message about hope at this year’s community seder, and I wanted to share it with the entire community. Having grown up during the Holocaust I tend to be pessimistic. Had I been one of the Israelite slaves in ancient Egypt, I probably would have despaired at ever […]

Kehilla Becoming a Sanctuary Synagogue

Learn about Kehilla’s deepening commitment to sanctuary with the following links: Rabbi Dev’s Article in the April Kol Kehilla: Kehilla’s Deepening Sanctuary Work in Our Season of Liberation Kehilla Spiritual Leaders’ Statement on Sanctuary These two articles from the May Kol Kehilla: Expanding Our Social Justice Work Through Sanctuary Q&A on Sanctuary  These two Kehilla Documents: […]

Expanding Our Social Justice Work Through Sanctuary

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Announcements | No Comments

Greetings Kehilla! We are writing to update the community on a journey led by our Immigration Committee’s Sanctuary Task Force over the last two years. As you may remember, the theme of Kehilla’s year 5777 High Holy Days (2016) focused on support for immigrants and refugees. Following the November 2016 election, this issue became even […]

Kehilla Community Synagogue Questions and Answers on Sanctuary

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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The Full Guide to Counting the Omer

Click here for a PDF version of the booklet Sefirat Ha’Omer