Executively Speaking: A Big Moment!

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director April is a big month in the Saxe-Taller household! On Saturday, April 2, our son Sam will be called to the Torah and become Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco where my wife, Julie, is Associate Rabbi. We are excited for the festivities and deeply proud of […]

Executively Speaking: 400! We’re Growing!

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

by Michael Saxe-Taller I am pleased to announce that for the first time since we moved into our building, Kehilla has surpassed 400 member households. We ended last year with 382 households, and by the end of this year, we expect to have increased by at least 20 member units. Check out our membership numbers […]

Executively Speaking: Let’s Talk About Money

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director When I was growing up, my family didn’t really talk a lot about money. I figured out some things by watching, like: We have enough money Be thoughtful about what you spend Saving and donating money are good Economic inequality and the fact that some people don’t have enough, is […]

Executively Speaking: Moments Not To Be Missed

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director There is something special happening at Kehilla. I was hanging around the kitchen last Shabbat afternoon. Most of the guests who had come to Langston Buddenhagen’s Bar Mitzvah had left. But there was still lots of action in the kitchen. Ten adults were chattering away, while at the same time, […]

Executively Speaking: Musing on Membership

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director The administrative staff of Kehilla has been working diligently over the last four months to renew the memberships of close to 400 Kehilla households, and at the same time, to welcome in and process the memberships of several dozen new households. We are coming near the end of the process […]

Executively Speaking: An Auspicious Start

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director It is the beginning of November and it is hard to believe that we are only a third of the way through our new fiscal year. We have had an incredibly full start and I want to recap some of the key events and happenings. Rabbinic Transition – We have […]

Executively Speaking: Looking Ahead

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director We have entered the month of Elul.  I have a personal practice, at the moment between the conclusion of one year and the beginning of another, to review my past year and imagine the one that is coming. I have been the executive director of Kehilla for eight months so […]

Executively Speaking: On the Horizon

For many of us, the beginning of August means going on vacation, spending more time outdoors and hanging out with friends.  Here at Kehilla, it means a few other things: a new membership year has begun, preparations for religious school are underway, and the High Holy Days are around the corner. All of us on […]

Executively Speaking: The Close of A Good Fiscal Year

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Executive Director's Blog | No Comments

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director We are coming near the end of our fiscal year, paying our last bills, receiving our final gifts and closing the books on the 2014-2015 year. As I prepare for the final board meeting of the year, I have been reflecting on what a fine year it has been. Given […]

Executively Speaking: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director More than 70 Kehilla members gathered on the first Sunday in May for Kehilla’s Annual Community Meeting.  It was easy to see that people were happy to be there as they were chatting with friends and munching on snacks.  We came together with a song, and then learned more about […]