Economic Justice Committee Report, March, 2020

by Myrna Schwartz and Richard Speiglman February 2020 Schools and Communities First initiative – EJCers are actively engaged in the gathering of signatures to get this important initiative on the November ballot.  March 14 is the deadline for the organizations we’re working with (Faith in Action – East Bay; East Bay Citizens for Action).  If […]

Homeless Action now Part of the Economic Justice Committee!  Join us at our first meeting, March 25, 7 – 8:30pm – ONLINE

The last two years have seen a 47% increase in homelessness in Oakland. Over 70% of the people living on the streets are African American. This is not just a crucial racial and economic justice issue, but a public health issue as well. Although Kehilla member Talya Husbands- Hankin has been addressing this issue, there […]

Visioning Climate Justice – More Details

Posted by on Mar 4, 2020 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

EVENT CANCELLED We are sad and disappointed not to be able to offer this opportunity to hear inspiring Lisjan/Ohlone leader Corrina Gould and our youth activists, and to connect with each other around climate justice. We are happy to issue refunds for your ticket purchases, but as this event was planned as Kehilla’s major fundraiser of […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: March 2020

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial General Donation Cathy Steirn and Chris Kinavey, in honor of Mom’s yartzeit Sherrie Ebyam, in honor of Inland Mendocino County Kol HaEmek Community Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Lana Kogan, in honor of Shia’s baby naming Volunteer Many people helped us in February – many people help us every month! – […]

A Community Conversation: Sustaining our Congregation

Dear Friends, Kehilla has almost reached the tremendous milestone of 500-member households. We want to both celebrate this moment in our growth, and to prepare us for an upcoming financial sustainability conversation at our Annual Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 12.  The Board of Trustees – as peers and as those having responsibility to represent […]

Greater Detail about the Areas of Responsibility of our Clergy and Staff

The many facets of Rabbi Dev Noilly’s job include: guiding the congregation’s spiritual and social change initiatives, leading services, pastoral counseling, supervising Rabbi Gray, teaching Essentials of Judaism and 700 Benches, a SVARA-style beit midrash (house of study), and coordinating the Spiritual Lay Leaders. Rabbi Dev also supports the Belonging and Allyship Project, which has […]

Science, Spirituality, and Judaism, Part 2

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson God and the Big Bang Kabbalah is the central tradition of Jewish mysticism that developed and deeply affected Judaism from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries. The 1960s saw an explosion of interest in Eastern spirituality in the U.S., and a resurgence in interest in Kabbalah that continues to this day. […]

View Barry Shapiro’s Ongoing Art Exhibit

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Kehilla’s Art Committee invites you to stop by and enjoy Barry Shapiro’s deeply thoughtful, bold, and uniquely imaginative compositions currently on exhibit in the Fireside Room.  This show will run through mid-April. Barry writes:  “As a visual artist, I use images now, almost exclusively, to tackle the social themes I’ve talked about professionally and personally […]

How Best for Kehilla’s Board to Communicate with Members?

Kehilla’s membership is rapidly approaching 500 households! This change can provide challenges and opportunities. We, the Board, are eager to assure that social connections, lived values, and the web of mutual support this community has always had, are maintained as we go from a small group of folks to a larger and more diverse community. […]

The Spirituality of Cancer

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Judith C. Dambowic At age 58, I was working as a Physical Therapist/Feldenkrais practitioner at a Kaiser pain management clinic when I figured out the swelling in my eye was from a tumor in my right sinus cavity. I received a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. There was so much I […]