Report Back from Kehilla Activist Student & Her Social-Justice Arrest

[Note from Rabbi David: Rosa Petterson has been a part of Kehilla from birth. She was a high school activist on LGBTQI issues and during that time, she gave an inspiring High Holy Day sermon to the congregation. Child of David Lee and Barbara Petterson, Rosa has continued her activism into University of California Santa […]

Events in the Wider Community

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Announcements | No Comments

The Jewish Studio Project Launch Party: July 16, 7pm. Can’t wait to celebrate with you at the Launch Party for The Jewish Studio Project. It’s our way of further introducing The JSP as a new resource for the local community and for us to celebrate as community, eat delicious food, interact playfully with art materials, […]

Job Opening: Kehilla School & Synagogue Administrative Assistant – 16 hours/week

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Announcements | No Comments

About the job: We’re looking for someone to provide administrative support for our religious school (10 hours/week) and for the synagogue (6 hours/week). For Kehilla School: help to set up and run Kehilla School on Thursday afternoons assist with registration, database management, parent communication, event planning, teacher support, and supervising madrichim/teen teaching assistants. For the […]

Members in the Wider Community

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Announcements | No Comments

Bidding is a Mitzvah at Fair Trade Judaica’s On-Line Auction – Ends Thursday at midnight. A message from member Ilana Schatz: We are excited to host a spring on-line auction, bringing you the opportunity to purchase a variety of unique experiences and quality products. All proceeds from the auction will be dedicated to FTJ’s outreach and […]

Executively Speaking: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director More than 70 Kehilla members gathered on the first Sunday in May for Kehilla’s Annual Community Meeting.  It was easy to see that people were happy to be there as they were chatting with friends and munching on snacks.  We came together with a song, and then learned more about […]

Executively Speaking

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Last month, I began my Kol Kehilla article with the line from Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ella’s Song, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” Following its publication, I received a very thoughtful note from Paul Kivel, a friend, Kehilla member and devoted ally against racism. He wrote the […]

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 […]

Executively Speaking

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director “We who believe in freedom cannot rest. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” I remember the first time I sang this refrain from Ella’s Song, composed by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.  I was 25 and was attending a staff training for […]

Executively Speaking

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Over the years, I have learned a lot about how synagogues function. Having worked at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, with dozens of congregations during my tenure as a community organizer, and being a rabbinical spouse for over 10 years (my wife is a rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in […]

My Jewish Homeland: Oakland, California

by Rabbi Dev Noily On February 15, the New York Times reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “that his government was encouraging a ‘mass immigration’ of Jews from Europe…. ‘Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,’ Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday in Jerusalem. ‘Of course, Jews deserve protection […]