Why we need to see “The Gatekeepers” this Saturday night

By Rabbi David  Last night, I saw Rabbi Arik Asherman, the Israeli-American head of Rabbis for Human Rights, speak at an event jointly sponsored by Kehilla, Temple Beth El and TempleSinai. Rabbi Arik is known for leading RHR’s work in defense of the disenfranchised in Israel and in the occupied territory. He spoke modestly and […]

Holiness, Communications & Kehilla History

by Rabbi David J. Cooper     In one of the most sacred texts of the Torah and of the Siddur, we are commanded to love and to communicate. Really. In the Sh’ma, right after we are commanded to love, it says that these words are to be spoken and communicated daily and that the communication […]

A Message from Rabbi David

  Why we need to hear Yehuda Shaul & Breaking the Silence on Saturday, November 23, 7:00pm   On the evening of the 23rd, I am going to be at Kehilla to listen to Commander Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli Defense Forces, to expose myself to what the Israeli occupation means as experienced by an […]

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 […]

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, […]

Kehilla Sanctuary Quote – What Inspires You?

Thanks to the work of the Hiddur Mitzvah Committee and our generous community, our sanctuary has been beautifully painted in exquisite shades of earth and sky.  And there’s still more coming! One aspect of the design is to include a quote from Jewish sacred text on the rear balcony. Here’s where you come in! What […]

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 […]

On Hurricane Sandy: Thoughts and Actions from Rabbi David

Ecologist and social critic Bill McKibben has written clearly and effectively about why we need to understand the damage of the hurricane which hit the East Coast as the product of human decision-making and how we need to be active on the issue of global climate change.  READ THE ARTICLE HERE> Several activists have also […]

“Two Paths to Awakening” with Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Sylvia Boorstein & Naomi Newman: Saturday, November 3, 7pm (Doors open 6:30)

  Join us for a rare evening of conversation with three beloved scholars and teachers. Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein and theater artist Naomi Newman will explore Buddhist and Jewish paths toward finding the wisdom to live with integrity and compassion in an uncertain world.  Each will discuss and reveal a personal definition […]