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 […]

RACIAL JUSTICE INVOCATION

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, […]

Rabbi Gray Myrseth’s Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5779

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in High Holyday Sermons | No Comments

Together at the Gates—Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779 The first time I looked at a page of Talmud, my initial thought was, “what have I gotten myself into?” This was the first day of my second semester of rabbinical school, not much more than a year after I learned the alef-bet, the Hebrew alphabet, about two […]

High Holy Day Sermons 5778/2017

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in High Holyday Sermons | No Comments

Our High Holy Day Sermons are now available to read online: Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon by Howard Hamburger (coming soon) Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon by Jessica Shen-Wachter Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily Yom Kippur Morning Sermon by Aurora Levins Morales: “Tai” Yom Kippur Evening Sermon by Rabbi David Cooper: “On Sumud, Uncertainty, Hope, […]

Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “I Will Sing for People Who Might not Sing for Me”*

When I was 12 or 13, I came home one day wearing my friend Steve Rogers’ necklace. It was a leather string with painted ceramic beads on it. And right in the middle, there was a simple metal cross. I knew I was over the line to wear that into my house. I knew it […]

Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon by Jessica Shen-Wachter

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As a Chinese American Jew, for as long as I can remember I have been passionate about social justice. I remember meeting with my principal as a fifth grader because I refused to be weighed as part of the statewide fitness test for I believed then, as I do now, that body size has nothing […]

“Tai: A Yom Kippur Sermon” by Aurora Levins Morales

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in High Holyday Sermons, Sermons | One Comment

  [The theme of Kehilla Community Synagogue’s High Holy Days was “spiritual audacity” drawn from these words by Abraham Joshua Heschel, written in 1963: “The hour calls for moral grandeur and spiritual audacity.”   The Torah portion preceding this sermon describes the scouts Moses sent into Caanan coming back to report that the people living there […]

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? […]