The Synagogue Turns A Corner: An Invitation to Kehilla’s May 3rd Community Meeting

From Rabbi David, Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director, and Lynn Bravewomon, Board Co-Chair This is a special moment in the life of our congregation. We have emerged from a somewhat shaky interim period and are on solid footing with a full permanent staff for the first time in two years. This means that we can now […]

Some Reflections in the Wake of the Israeli Elections

by Rabbi David J. Cooper I write this the morning after the Israeli elections. Some part of me felt that, to some degree, it wouldn’t make much of a difference whether Herzog and Livni won, or whether Netanyahu won (except for the schadenfreude I hoped to experience on Netanyahu’s defeat). But now in the wake […]

From Rabbi David’s Hard Disk

10:30am Shabbat Service Start Times (mostly) & Social Action Opportunities by Rabbi David J. Cooper  New Saturday Service Start Times     Our Spiritual Leaders and our Spiritual Life Practices Committee have decided that most of our Shabbat morning services will start later, at 10:30am, and finish at the same time. (The exceptions: Our Chai Shabbat […]

A Message from Rabbi David

Many of us in the religious clergy and communities have been alarmed at the announcement by San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that teachers and staff at the high schools under his jurisdiction accept “morality clauses” that require them to uphold such church doctrines as homosexuality as an evil, that women should not be ordained […]

A Few Random Thoughts on Black Lives Matter

by Rabbi David J. Cooper  Black lives matter. ?? Well, Duh! Or is it Duh? It should be Duh. Well it isn’t Duh. And until it is Duh, we have to repeat the refrain not only to impress it upon those who are consciously racist, but to remind ourselves. Certainly those of us with some […]

Frustration, Anger, Compassion, and Action in A Time of Polarization

by Rabbi David J. Cooper     A Note Before My Article: I wrote an initial draft of the following article and circulated it to some folks a few days ago. I received a lot of feedback, but what struck me was that some people perceived that I was taking some sort of in-between position that […]

Membership Renewal Letter from Rabbi David

June 2014 Dear Fellow-Kehilla folk, I am writing this note because even with all of Kehilla’s incredible programming, our services, our social action and other activities, I have become concerned about our being able to sustain our Kehilla programs in the coming year and years. I haven’t been this concerned since the time we were […]

In Memorium: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Kehilla Community Synagogue Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the chief founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, died peacefully, at age 89, in Boulder, Colorado on July 3, 2014. He had endured bouts with bladder cancer and pneumonia among other ailments. Reb Zalman, as he was affectionately known, was born in Poland in 1924. […]

Body, Soul and Social Action

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Repair and healing are the important words in the theme of this year’s High Holydays. But in actuality, this has been Kehilla’s theme for all our everyday every-year operation as a caring community. These words are summed up by the Hebrew term tikkun. Thus our theme: “Tikkun Olam Meets Tikkun […]

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Half Century Later

by Rabbi David J. Cooper A lot has changed in the 50 years since I celebrated becoming bar mitzvah on May 30, 1964, a few days after I turned 13 on the Jewish calendar. The anniversary has spurred my thinking about the many changes of the last half century, and especially as they are reflected […]