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 […]

Coming to Kehilla

 by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director   [From Rabbi David: After many collective hours of interviews with wonderful candidates, our search committee’s recommendation to hire Michael Saxe-Taller as our new Executive Director was accepted by the Board of Trustees. It is exciting to have on board someone who is steeped in the values of Kehilla and has […]

Eulogy for Susan Schacht

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Losing Susan has been a shocking blow to all of us who were privileged to know her. I am so glad that family and friends have assembled here today to remember and honor her memory. I’d like to share with you some of the significant details about her life. I want […]

Reflections on Kehilla at 30

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Announcements, Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper   Kehilla was born 30 years ago in a period of people building “intentional communities.” We were one of the many experiments in this genre. As for me, I watched these communities come and go and I didn’t necessarily expect this one to last any longer than the others. I […]

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. […]

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 […]

My Current Thoughts Toward a Kehilla Resolution on the Occupation: Forum scheduled for Sunday, June 1

 by Rabbi David J. Cooper        Sometime during 2014, probably in the Fall, the Middle East Peace Committee is going to propose that Kehilla take an enunciated position in regard to the Israeli control of Palestinian lands captured during the Six-Day War in 1967. For over 25 years, Kehilla’s positions about the land between the […]

Why is it Such a Big Event that Peter Beinart will be at Kehilla this Sunday besides that it’s important and free?

by Rabbi David J. Cooper It was like when Walter Cronkite came out against the war in Vietnam, at least it was for me. Four years ago, Peter Beinart, a well-respected center-right commentator wrote his now famous article, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” and declared that the leadership of American Zionist institutions was […]

Prophetic Responsibility

at the Kehilla Seder with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO)& with Peter Beinart and our Middle East Peace Committee by Rabbi David J. Cooper “If you didn’t break it, you don’t have to fix it.” That’s basically what American and English common law have held for centuries, at least until recently. You see someone drowning and […]