Executively Speaking: Following Youth Towards Climate Justice

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director For several years now the magnitude of the world-wide climate crisis has been lingering like a dark cloud at the edge of my consciousness. I know that enormous harm is being done to our planet, that millions of people’s lives are already affected in devastating ways and that we have […]

Executively Speaking: Kehilla’s Retreat for Leaders

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Planning is underway for Deepening Our Design, our third bi-annual Kehilla’s Retreat for Leaders, to be held January 31-February 2, 2020 at Walker Creek Ranch. This retreat for leaders brings together many of the people whose energy animates our beloved community to get to know each other, and to build […]

Executively Speaking: Completing a Crucial Step Towards Physical Sanctuary

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Kehilla first declared itself a Sanctuary congregation in the 1980s. In November 2016, the Kehilla Board passed a resolution to reaffirm our commitment to being a Sanctuary congregation, and a year and half later, voted to approve the offering of physical sanctuary in our building to a refugee or immigrant […]

Executively Speaking: A Year of Inspiration

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director The following is excerpted from a talk given on Erev Rosh Hashanah I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to offer my viewpoint on our unique and powerful community as we welcome the new year. A little more than a week ago, many of us participated in the […]

Executively Speaking: Off and Running in the New Year

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director As our son Sam headed off this morning to his first day of junior year at Berkeley High School, reality hit me head on – we are beginning a new year. All of the signs have been showing here at Kehilla; the pace of work is increasing, members are renewing, […]

Executively Speaking: It’s About the Bathrooms

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director  Inclusion is one of our community’s central values. The latest opportunity that we have to live out our values is connected to our bathrooms. Having a broad reach in our inclusion efforts often means addressing a variety of people’s needs at the same time. When it comes to bathrooms, we […]

Executively Speaking: Membership Matters

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Summer is almost here, which means it is membership renewal time at Kehilla. On July 1st, the primary contact in your household will receive an email with information on how to renew your Kehilla membership. We continue to invest energy into making clear and user-friendly forms and hope that the […]

Executively Speaking: Thoughts on a Powerful Trip to Israel

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director I just returned from a Passover trip to Israel. I went to participate in a Jewish Leaders Conference of Jews from Israel and diaspora communities around the world. The conference was as good as I expected, but I was moved by my overall visit in ways that I had not […]

Executively Speaking: The Spring is Heating Up

by Michael Saxe-Taller If you have stopped by Kehilla during the workweek recently, you may have noticed me in a meeting, on the phone or intently writing on my computer.  We have hit a very busy time for me and for all of Kehilla. I find my head spinning with the many exciting projects on […]

Executively Speaking: Growing our Foundation

By Michael Saxe-Taller It was culture shock. Julie and I had just moved to New York City (Brooklyn to be specific) for her to begin Rabbinical School and we had gone to the local supermarket to buy food. What we found was a small produce section where the fruits and vegetables were not fresh and many […]