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 […]

Executively Speaking: An Exciting Time at Kehilla

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Kehilla is at an exciting time in its evolution. We have been growing steadily for a few years. We now have the opportunity to look afresh at our community and imagine new possibilities, some for the first time. This was not true only a few years back. Soon after I […]

Executively Speaking: A Fast Approaching New Year

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By Michael Saxe-Taller We are still in the midst of summer. Our days are warm. Young people are out of school, playing, exploring and learning. Many of us are taking weekend adventures or cleaning out our garages (happening at the Saxe—Taller home!). Nevertheless, here at Kehilla, there is a buzz of activity. Preparations are underway […]

Executively Speaking: The Effects of Class and Money at Kehilla

by Michael Saxe-Taller Over the last several months, a group of working class and low-income members of Kehilla have been gathering to discuss how class affects their lives both in and outside of the Kehilla community.  From what I have heard from some who have gone, it has been very meaningful for them to connect […]

Executively Speaking: The State of the Congregation

by Michael Saxe-Taller Because of the broad nature of my responsibilities as Kehilla’s executive director, I have a unique perspective on the Kehilla community. I have prided myself on knowing just about everything that is happening in our large, growing and extremely active congregation.  At this year’s Kehilla Leadership Retreat, I found out how wrong […]