High Holy Days Sermons 5776/2015

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Announcements, High Holy Days | No Comments

Our High Holy Day Sermons are now available to read online: Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: Standing Together, Right Smack in the Middle of the Torah Rosh Hashanah Sermon by Howard Hamburger Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi David J. Cooper:  Shibboleth Words, Labels, “Commonsense” & Resistance Yom Kippur Day Teaching by Rabbi Burt […]

Kehilla High Holy Days Family & Child Offerings

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Announcements, High Holy Days | No Comments

Family Services This year we’re offering two special services that are geared toward school-age kids, and that offer a path of spiritual practice for people of all ages. Our Rosh Hashanah morning and Kol Nidre family services invite young people into the themes and practices of the Holy Days through songs, movement, conversation and spontaneously […]

Niggun Contemplation by Rabbi Burt Jacobson (High Holydays 2013/5774)

Good evening and L’shanah tova . . . This High Holy Day season we’ve been emphasizing the notion of teshuvah, the process of personal change and transformation. But teshuvah is not always good or praiseworthy. There are some harmful ways of attempting to change. Let me tell you a Hasidic story about a simple man […]

A Sermon for High Holydays by Rabbi Burt Jacobson (5774/2013)

The Ba’al Shem’s Teshuvah               As you probably know, the Hebrew concept of teshuvah has to do with personal and communal change and transformation. This afternoon I’d like to speak with you about the place of teshuvah in the life of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Many of you know who the Ba’al Shem Tov […]

A Sermon for Kol Nidre by Rabbi David J. Cooper (High Holydays 5774/2013)

Tzedakah, Right Conduct, and the Face of the Other Unetaneh Tokef, a prayer only said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning is a really scary prayer. I remember almost 30 years ago Rabbi Burt and I preparing for some High Holyday service and talking about the love hate relationship we had with it and […]

“Embracing Uncertainty: A Sermon for Kol Nidrey Night” by Rabbi David J. Cooper

The energy of attempt is greater than the surety of stasis Mary Oliver   In late June, I was in New York and I had my first opportunity to go to the Pride Parade in Manhattan. Marilyn and I sat on the sidewalk on 5th avenue with her friend Mimi. For some reason, as my […]

“Faith After the Holocaust” by Rabbi Burt Jacobson (High Holydays 5773/2012)

A Yom Kippur Afternoon Sermon   On Yom Kippur afternoon in traditional synagogues the cantor or prayer leader chants a section of the service called “Elah Ezkara,” which means, “These things I remember . . .” In keeping with the somber nature of the Day of Judgment, the Elah Ezkara recalls the martyrdom of the […]