Directions to the Retreat 2017

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Announcements | No Comments

Our Retreat site is Bort Meadow in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. While the main address of the park is in Castro Valley, the part we are using is entered via Redwood Road through the Oakland hills, less than 20 minutes from Kehilla. From Highway 13, take  the Redwood Road/35th Avenue  exit; go uphill on Redwood […]

What to Bring to the Retreat 2017

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Announcements | No Comments

For all participants, consider bringing the following: Water bottles for each person (reusable to be filled on site) Easy to set up shade to share / umbrellas A Folding chairs, limited numbers avaialbe for use Sun screen Flashlights Clothing for hot and cool—mornings & evenings can be foggy, esp. if you stay for the   campfire. […]

Kehilla Annual Community Meeting

Kehilla Annual Community Meeting Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Schmoozing and Munching from 6:30-7:00pm Join us at our annual gathering and celebration of the Kehilla community. Engage with other Kehilla members, staff and spiritual leaders as we: reflect on our past year; get an update on our rabbinic transition; learn about the […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

Note: This is the eleventh of an ongoing series of personal essays on the beginnings of Kehilla. Each article shares the origins of one or more of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book I have now completed, There is Only One […]

Special Passover Food Policy at Kehilla (April 10-18)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Announcements | No Comments

Kehilla is observing a completely chometz-free practice in regard to Passover, i.e., no leavening (no bread, no beer, no distilled drinks). We need the cooperation of anyone who is planning to bring food to the synagogue building during Passover week (and just before). We ask people to follow the guidelines listed below from Monday, April […]

Thank You for Your Generosity

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Announcements | No Comments

General Fund Reni Aniela and Miguel Zuliani Christine Orrey Rosemary Robinson in memory of Lee Abrams, Miriam Abrams’ mother   In Honor of Rabbi David Sandra Berrigan Debbie Fier Rabbi Dean Kertesz Amy Shutkin and Bob Olken Tree Gelb Stuber   NEAT Cynthia Johnson Richard Solomon Don and Betty Stone   Terumah Reni Aniela and […]

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Group Poem

The students in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program recently had a workshop about spirituality with Rabbi Burt, Helen Stoltzfus, and Susan Schulman. One of the activities was to create a group poem inspired by a story about the Ba’al Shem Tov. We thought the results were beautiful and wanted to share the finished poems with the […]

A Note from Noa Grayevsky, Executive Director, JYCA

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Announcements | No Comments

Dear Kehilla Members, A couple of weekends ago, youth from Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA for short) canvassed with a multiracial, intergenerational and mixed class group of about 100 community members from synagogues and mosques all over the region, including our very own Kehilla. They attended a non-violent intervention training with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb to learn […]

Protecting Immigrants in Our Community

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Immigration Committee, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

Submitted by Julie Litwin, Kehilla Immigration Committee Whether we are immigrants ourselves or are concerned about the safety of immigrants in our community, it is important for all of us to know the rights of immigrants and to know what to do if we witness activity by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The Trump administration […]

How to Have A Surprising Seder Using the Kehilla Home Haggadah

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Writings Rabbi David | No Comments

The Kehilla At-Home HAGGADAH by Rabbi David J. Cooper [NOTE:  The first night of Passover is Monday, April 10, 2017. ] Once again, the Kehilla easy-to-use, inclusive and interactive Haggadah is on-line for you to download. It is designed to get you and your guests to be creative and fully participatory and for your seder […]