Executively Speaking: Kehilla’s Spiritual Audacity

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by: Michael Saxe-Taller We recently completed a marvelous holiday season.  More people than ever came to our High Holy Day services, including overflow crowds at our Family and Tot services.  Powerful words were spoken on our theme of “Facing Our Times with Spiritual Audacity” (see the sermons on our website). And we concluded the season […]

Executively Speaking: A Brand New Year

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by: Michael Saxe-Taller It’s amazing but here we are, only a couple weeks away from the start of another new year. That means that it is time to take stock of the past year and to imagine what is coming for the new one. It has been a wonderfully full year for the Kehilla Community […]

Executively Speaking: Kehilla Updates

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director I am imagining that as you are reading this, you are enjoying a beautiful sunny weekend, you are away on an exciting vacation or you are reading a good book while your children are off at an awesome summer camp. These may be true, or you may be, like me, […]

Executively Speaking: The State of the Congregation

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director [The following is adapted from a talk given at the Kehilla Annual Community Meeting on May 3, 2017.] We are completing another fine year at Kehilla and we have done so under very tough circumstances. I invited all of those present to share their highlights from Kehilla’s past year. (Dozens […]

Executively Speaking: Change Can Be Tough

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Change can be tough. When things that we count on or are used to shift, we can feel disoriented.  When people change their roles, or leave or die, adjusting can be difficult.  Transitions can cause us to feel unmoored, unsettled and unsure of where we stand. One of the things […]

Executively Speaking: An Extraordinary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director It was an extraordinary celebration. On February 12, 2017, close to 400 people packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for From Justice to Justice and Strength to Strength: A Celebration of Rabbi David Cooper. The crowd included Kehilla members and supporters, folks from the broader Jewish community […]

Executively Speaking: It Takes A Team!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director “We can’t do it alone.  We must do it together.” It was election night and I was hanging out with my son playing basketball in the driveway.  As I thought about the election results that I had just heard on the radio, I tried, without much success, to keep control […]

Executively Speaking: What A Start!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

Well, friends, we are off to quite a start to the year 5777! We recently completed a marvelous holiday season.  From everyone I have spoken with, there is mutual agreement that this year’s High Holy Day services were some of the most beautiful, meaningful and spirit-filled that we have ever experienced.  Highlights included: Many moving […]

Coming Closer to Home: Erev Rosh Hashanah 5777/2016

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Last summer, my mom took my family on a trip to Belarus, where her parents were born and raised.  My grandpa Willy and my Nana Sarah, came as young adults to the United States around WWI, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. My mom was born and raised in Cleveland amongst a […]

Executively Speaking: A New Year~ Looking Ahead

 It is again that time of the Jewish cycle when we reflect on the past year and imagine the one that is coming. This year, my first full Jewish year at Kehilla, was filled with important moments and solid growth for us as a congregation. We finished the year a stronger, more cohesive community. We […]