We Created Holy Ground: Photo Gallery

On March 17, 2019 a group of Kehilla congregants, family, and friends practiced an established ritual that for many Jews does not occur in their lifetime. We consecrated a Jewish burial site. This momentous event occurred at Plot 70 in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California where 45 graves have been purchased by members and […]

Torah-scope:Study Torah with Rabbi Chaya Gusfield in a Small Group (6-8)

Five sessions start at the end of April Use your birth portion as a lens into our sacred Torah text. Your birth portion is the Torah portion that was being read during the week you were born. (Hebrew birth date) We will learn different approaches to studying Torah focusing on uncovering the personal significance of […]

Chanukah & Multiculturalism

  This piece was printed a few years back in Kol Kehilla. Rabbi Dev suggested that I post it to our website.  Rabbi David  Chanukah and Multiculturalism   by David J. Cooper The standard defensive Jewish response to the December dilemma is to draw the wagons in a circle and resist Christmas at all costs. […]

On Hearing of Shulamith Firestone’s Death

by Rabbi David J. Cooper [Upon receiving an email from Hannah Kranzberg about S. Firestone’s passing.]  I just read this. Thank you Hannah for sending this out.  This hits me pretty hard actually. I was in a socialist feminist study group in the early 70’s called the Kollontai Collective.  Shulamith Firestone’s Dialectic of Sex was […]

Star of David – or Not

Star of David or Not by Rabbi David J. Cooper Our Bar Bat Mitzvah Program Director and Kehilla Spiritual Leader Sandra Razieli recently forwarded to me a question from one of our students about why we didn’t have the six-pointed Star of David prominently displayed in our sanctuary, such as on our Torah ark. The […]

On Lag Ba-Omer: A thought on Numbering our Days

Faith Reflection on May 10, 2012 at the National Steering Committee meeting of the PICO NetworkOn Lag Ba-Omer: A thought on Numbering our Days by Rabbi David J. Cooper  My text today is psalm 90:12 It literally translates as:“That we number our days, thus do teach us, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”Limnot […]

A Shabbat Morning with Adrienne Rich’s words

In memory of Adrienne Rich we included segments of her work in Shabbat Morning service on March 31 which connected to the prayers of the morning.   For the V-Ahavta of the Shma: “It will take all your heart, it will take all your breathIt will be short, it will not be simple” ― Adrienne […]