A Letter from Aurora Levins Morales

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Dear Kehilla Community, A few weeks ago I returned to my homeland, Puerto Rico, for the first time since Hurricane Maria.  As you know from my multiple requests for ride, I have been struggling with the loss of my driving privileges following a seizure, and that started a whole cascade of questions for me about where […]

Challenges and Opportunities: Kehilla’s Annual Community Retreat

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Maya Joshua One of the things I love most about Kehilla is that we don’t shy away from what’s difficult. When I was a kid and I’d complain to my father that something was hard, he’d always respond with enthusiasm: “Good! Hard is good!,” he’d say. The gist was: if it’s hard and you’re […]

Executively Speaking: The Spring is Heating Up

by Michael Saxe-Taller If you have stopped by Kehilla during the workweek recently, you may have noticed me in a meeting, on the phone or intently writing on my computer.  We have hit a very busy time for me and for all of Kehilla. I find my head spinning with the many exciting projects on […]

Passover: The Quintessential Kehilla Holiday

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Between our Kehilla’s Annual Community Seder, our on-line downloadable Haggadah, Kehilla takes Passover seriously and provides the means to make it meaningful and accessible to every household. Our Kehilla Home Haggadah is free for anyone to use and is usable even by those who know no Hebrew and includes instructions […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: April 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Jennifer Wong & Mark Schlosberg Barbara Petterson & David Lee Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Samuel & Daphne Noily Volunteer Shoshkie Finacom for carrying the entirety of the Yahrzeit project for years, and supporting the transition to a digital system with care and her habitual attention to detail and […]

Sharing our Process in Responding to the New Zealand Mosque Shootings

by Rabbi Dev Noily On March 15, we learned of the horrible attack against people praying in Masjid Al Noor and the Linwood Masjid in New Zealand. We continue to mourn and to build our relationships with local Muslim communities in the wake of the attack. Sometime later I was talking with Kehilla’s board co-chair, […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! April

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us as at the following Shabbat morning services as some incredible humans become B’nei Mitzvah! Some of us may feel a little hesitant about coming to a Shabbat service when a young person we do not know personally is becoming B’nei Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present […]

Economic Justice In Kehilla: March 5th Criminal Justice Reform Workshop

On March 5, a six-person group consisting of members of Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee and Plymouth United Church of Christ’s Social Justice group, presented a workshop on Criminal Justice Reform in Alameda County. The workshop took place at Plymouth, a church just a short walk up Oakland Avenue from Kehilla. There were 26 people in […]

Kehilla Joins Youth Tiny House Effort!! Volunteers Sought!

Spearheaded by the Economic Justice Committee, which sought and received Board and Rabbinic approval, Kehilla is now a Participating Congregation in the Tiny House Village Project designed to provide housing for homeless youth. There are 1,700 homeless youth (age 14-24) in Alameda county, and only 36 youth-designated shelter beds. The vast majority of these young […]

News from the Faith Trio

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Lea Delson and Steven Falk The Faith Trio is Kehilla’s alliance with local Muslims and Christians through the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California and Montclair Presbyterian Church.  The Faith Trio held two Living Room Conversations programs recently in January and February 2019: each with 25 or 26 folks total, including people from each […]