Nevertheless – the Truth Persists / Eppur Si Muove: Sermon Yom Kippur Afternoon 2018-5779

Sermon Yom Kippur Afternoon 2018-5779 David J. Cooper It’s Yom Kippur afternoon. I figure it’s a good time to tell a story. Some of you might know that I’m a sort of sidewalk-astronomer. I lead the annual fall equinox gathering at the Cesar Chavez park Solar Calendar on the Berkeley Marina. [So—by way of a […]


by Aurora Levins Morales This piece was written for the Kehilla community and shared on Kol Nidre 5779/2018. In the heart of this congregation, we have planted the seeds of racial justice, a handful of grains in the earth of our belief, a place to tell untold stories, a place to draw maps of long journeys, […]

Executively Speaking: Rosh Hashana Thoughts

By Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director The following is excerpted from a talk given on Erev Rosh Hashana I love my job! One thing I love is the view I get of the many parts of this living, growing organism we call the Kehilla Community. During last year’s High Holy Days, our leaders called us to […]

High Holy Day Services 5779: Sermons and Videos

All of Kehilla’s Main Services were video-streamed, and can be found on our youtube channel here. You can read Rabbi Gray Myrseth’s Rosh Hashanah Sermon, Together at the Gates, here. You can read Josh Bernard-Pearl’s Sermon, Rosh Hashanah Drash On Truth, here. You can read Rabbi Dev Noily’s Kol Nidre Sermon, Chesed + Emet = Teshuva, here.  […]

High Holy Days 5779 – 2018: Emet ~ Truth ~ אמת

High Holy Days 5779 – 2018 Emet ~ Truth ~ אמת מִי־יָג֣וּר בְּאָֽהֳלֶ֑ךָ מִֽי־יִ֜שְׁכֹּ֗ן בְּהַ֣ר קָדְש? הוֹלֵ֣ךְ תָּ֖מִים וּפֹעֵ֥ל צֶ֑דֶק וְדֹבֵ֥ר אֱ֜מֶ֗ת בִּלְבָבֽוֹ: Who lives within your tent? Who settles on your holy mountain? One who walks with integrity, and who acts justly, and who speaks truth in their heart. Psalm 15:1-2 Our High Holy […]

Family Services

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We would love to have your family join us during the upcoming High Holy Days in the beginning of October.  Children and youth are welcome at all of Kehilla’s High Holy Days services. We have also created a wide variety of options for families and children of all ages, including: Celebration for Toddlers and Young […]

High Holy Day Sermons 5777/2016

Our High Holy Day Sermons are now available to read online: Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “A River Goes Out From Eden” Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Avi Rose Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi David Cooper: “God, the Covenant, and the Inside-Outsider” Yom Kippur Reflection by Scott and Rose Gelfand Yom Kippur […]

Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “A River Goes Out From Eden”

I want to talk with you tonight about home. About what it means to have a home, to be pushed out of our home, and to long for home. These questions feel so urgent because so many people in the world are being forced to leave their homes­‐­‐by violence, and climate change, and simple greed. […]

Yom Kippur Sermon by Rabbi Burt Jacobson: “The Quest for Inner Freedom”

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the day of at-one-ment, is drawing toward its close. The inner and outer work of the Ten Days of Teshuvah is almost complete. And so at this time, as the sun is descending, I want to pose a question to each of you: Where will you go from here? […]

Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi David Cooper: “God, the Covenant, and the Inside-Outsider”

Ellis Island Story Referenced in Sermon Introduction to Hagar & Ishmael Torah Excerpt (Genesis 21:9-21) A few years ago, I was dropping my son Lev off at college. I helped set up his part of the dorm room and it was time for me to leave. I turned to look at him and I thought, […]