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 […]

Executively Speaking: Kehilla Staff Transitions

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director When I was learning about Kehilla in preparation for my job interview, a friend (and Kehilla member) talked to me about the people working at Kehilla. I remember that she spoke of them with such appreciation, respect and pride. It is 18 months later and I understand why she spoke […]

Executively Speaking: A New Database!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | One Comment

 by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director There are behind-the-scenes systems that allow complex community organizations like Kehilla to run effectively and efficiently. In this day and age, it is crucial to have a well-functioning database. Over the years, Kehilla has continued to develop and grow in spite of not having such a database, but those times […]

Oh, What A Year!

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director This has been a fine year for the Kehilla community.  On May 18, 2016, more than 60 Kehilla members, staff and spiritual leaders came together to learn about and celebrate this year and to share our hopes and goals for the one coming up. After welcomes, songs, and a get-to-know […]

Executively Speaking: The Secret of Success

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director “What is the secret of Kehilla’s  success?” With a look of respect, curiosity and a touch of awe, Rabbi David Evan Marcus, one of the leaders of ALEPH, the Alliance of Jewish Renewal asked me this question last month. ALEPH’s leadership team was visiting Kehilla on one of the final […]