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 […]

Executively Speaking

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Last month, I began my Kol Kehilla article with the line from Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ella’s Song, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” Following its publication, I received a very thoughtful note from Paul Kivel, a friend, Kehilla member and devoted ally against racism. He wrote the […]

The Synagogue Turns A Corner: An Invitation to Kehilla’s May 3rd Community Meeting

From Rabbi David, Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director, and Lynn Bravewomon, Board Co-Chair This is a special moment in the life of our congregation. We have emerged from a somewhat shaky interim period and are on solid footing with a full permanent staff for the first time in two years. This means that we can now […]

Executively Speaking

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director “We who believe in freedom cannot rest. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” I remember the first time I sang this refrain from Ella’s Song, composed by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.  I was 25 and was attending a staff training for […]

Executively Speaking

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Over the years, I have learned a lot about how synagogues function. Having worked at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, with dozens of congregations during my tenure as a community organizer, and being a rabbinical spouse for over 10 years (my wife is a rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in […]

Coming to Kehilla

 by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director   [From Rabbi David: After many collective hours of interviews with wonderful candidates, our search committee’s recommendation to hire Michael Saxe-Taller as our new Executive Director was accepted by the Board of Trustees. It is exciting to have on board someone who is steeped in the values of Kehilla and has […]