Latkes & Turkey: “Thanksgivukkah” 25th of Kislev & 28th of November

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Some say it won’t happen again for thousands of years—that the first light of Chanukah is on the evening before Thanksgiving. I’m not totally sure about that, but here is why they coincide this year. Simply put, this is the latest that Thanksgiving can start and the earliest that Chanukah […]

A Sermon for Kol Nidre by Rabbi David J. Cooper (High Holydays 5774/2013)

Tzedakah, Right Conduct, and the Face of the Other Unetaneh Tokef, a prayer only said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning is a really scary prayer. I remember almost 30 years ago Rabbi Burt and I preparing for some High Holyday service and talking about the love hate relationship we had with it and […]

Kehilla’s New Associate Rabbi: Rabbi Dev Noily

by Rabbi David J. Cooper   When Rabbi Dev Noily started working with us as the Director of Kehilla School, she was honest, and told us that she would work hard at this job, but that it was a job for her, and that Kehilla was not her family’s synagogue community. That satisfied us, because […]

A Community Banding Together to Make High Holydays

  How to Make the Effort a Spiritual & Communal Endeavor    A Letter from Rabbi David    Dear Kehilla Community, For several weeks every late summer and fall, we as a synagogue put on for ourselves a series of extravagant occasions that constitute our communal pilgrimage. This is not a journey to some distant location, […]

Some Thoughts on Israel’s 65th

Some Thoughts on Israel’s 65th by Rabbi David J. Cooper I wanted to share with you some of my thinking as we enter the month that marks the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel. That moment in 1948 was experienced as a tragedy in the lives of the Palestinian Arabs many of whom were […]

Downloadable Kehilla HOME seder

Looking for a good interactive bare-bones haggadah? Kehilla-style?   New, improved and FREE! Instructions and suggestions on using the Haggadah   The Haggadah in PDF format: http://www.kehillasynagogue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Home-Haggadah-2013-Heb-Eng.pdf

Chanukah & Multiculturalism

  This piece was printed a few years back in Kol Kehilla. Rabbi Dev suggested that I post it to our website.  Rabbi David  Chanukah and Multiculturalism   by David J. Cooper The standard defensive Jewish response to the December dilemma is to draw the wagons in a circle and resist Christmas at all costs. […]

After the UN Vote: Peace & Punishment

  In today’s (Dec 7, 2012) issue of the J Weekly, my guest editorial was printed. I titled it “Peace & Punishment,” but it appears in the website and paper as “Being a Friend to the Jewish state means criticizing wrong-headed actions,” which is not inaccurate.  To read the editorial, go to: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/67205/being-a-friend-to-the-jewish-state/  – Rabbi […]

AURORA LEVINS MORALES A Kehilla Member Facing Medical Crisis

  Beloved and long-time Kehilla member, Aurora Levins Morales, has written us about a very difficult medical emergency she is facing which is not covered by insurance. She must raise funds in the thousands as quickly as possible to meet this need.  Many of you are familiar with Aurora through her writings and books on […]

Regarding the Violence in Israel & Gaza

November 16, 2012  Dear Kehilla folks,  Just a note to share with you my thoughts in this moment of the hostilities in Israel and Gaza.  I find myself immensely sad for several reasons. I am distressed because the idea of killing, especially civilian non-combatants and children whether Israeli or Palestinian, is abhorrent to me, whether […]