A Political Engagement Workshop: Sunday, April 2, 4-7pm

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Economic Justice Committee | No Comments

      Has the new political situation got you keyed up? Are you getting deluged with requests to make phone calls, sign petitions and show up for demonstrations? Kehilla is organizing a one-day workshop with experienced activists who can help you take effective political action without getting overwhelmed. The workshop will take place at Kehilla in […]

Oakland Shines in November Election

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee | One Comment

by Karen Rachels and Richard Speiglman, Economic Justice Committee While being caught up in our shock and fear from national election results, many of us may have missed our Oakland pot of gold. The Economic Justice Committee, in coordination with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) colleagues from Imani Community Church and Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana, canvassed […]

Economic Justice Committee News: Kehilla Activists Hold Rousing Ballot Discussion

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee | No Comments

  {See the table below for a summary of endorsements by Oakland Community Organizations (OCO.} On Monday, October 17, members of the Economic Justice Committee, the Greening Committee and the Anti-Death Penalty Action Group hosted a review and discussion of 8 California State Propositions, 4 Oakland City/School District ballot measures, and an Alameda County ballot measure […]

Oakland Community Organizations Recommendations on CA, Alameda County, and City of Oakland issues

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

  Number Title or focus Content OCO endorsement State Propositions 55 Tax extension Extends the temporary personal income tax on incomes over $250,000 to fund education and health care (Prop 30 extension)    Support 56 Tobacco tax Increases the cigarette tax to $2 / pack Support   57 Public Safety & Rehabilitation Act Increases parole […]

Economic Justice Committee Members Support Sanctuary for Immigrant Refugees

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

by Alex Madonik      Kehilla members joined with representatives of numerous local congregations on Wednesday, July 13th, to support the University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley as it declared a renewal of Sanctuary for immigrant refugees facing deportations orders from ICE.  The Department of Homeland Security is targeting Central American children and families for deportation, despite the […]

Demystifying the Oakland Housing Crisis

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee | No Comments

by Richard Speiglman, Economic Justice Committee (EJC) East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) celebrates Affordable Housing Week from May 13-22 this year.  EBHO-organized Housing Sabbath took place across the interfaith community just before, with Kehilla’s participation in the Shabbat service on Saturday, April 30th.[1]  We welcome you to join us in learning more about the issues and opportunities […]

Report Back from Our Refugee Support Action

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee | No Comments

by Karen Rachels, Economic Justice Committee (EJC) Almost 20 members of Kehilla and Jewish Voice for Peace and our friends gathered in the dry spell between the rains on Saturday, April 9, to canvass the 42nd Street and Telegraph North Oakland neighborhood near the Lighthouse Mosque. At 2 pm, we met at the mosque for […]

Economic Justice Committee Corner: Kehilla Supports Migrants’ Rights

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Economic Justice Committee | No Comments

The year 2015 may be remembered as “The Year of the Refugee.”  So many have fled the civil war in Syria, and millions more are on the move in every corner of the world where violence threatens.  We are haunted by images of families and children, clinging to derelict boats or drowned in the surf.  […]

Economic Justice Committee Does the Food Bank

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Economic Justice Committee, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

by Karen Rachels, Lisa Saxe, and Richard Speiglman Test your knowledge: What percentage of Alameda County residents receives food from the Alameda County Community Food Bank?  a. 35% b. 20% c. 10% d. 5% 20%, or one in five people, receives food from the Food Bank, a higher percentage than the national ratio of 1 in 7. […]

Economic Justice Committee Report

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Economic Justice Committee | No Comments

by Bill Lazarus Kehilla kicked off its the tenth anniversary of involvement in the interfaith Oakland Community Organizations with an outreach, “Ubuntu Shabbat,” celebration on Saturday, August 15. It was a typical, spirited service, with a few twists, including Rabbi David reciting the Ve’ahafta in Spanish. Les Morones, an OCO leader and a member of […]