Report Back from Protest and Vigil at the ICE headquarters

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

The Or Shalom Jewish Community of San Francisco and Congregation Chochmat HaLev of Berkeley took the lead in organizing the monthly protest and vigil at the ICE headquarters in San Francisco on Friday, December 13th, 2020. Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb of Chochmat HaLev invoked the theme of Hannukah, represented […]

First Night and Into the Light – Highlights from the POC/JOC Hanukkah Party

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

On December 22nd Kehilla Community Synagogue hosted a POC/JOC Hanukkah Party. About 30 people attended the special event held in the Fireside Room. Parents, children, partners and siblings attended, as well as folks from the greater Jewish community. While Elanna and Jon prepared the latkes in the kitchen, people began to arrive, mingle and fill […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: January 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial General Donation Cathy Steirn and Chris Kinavey Gwyneth Kirk High Holy Day Tzedakah Dolores Taller Melissa Rapp, in memory of Jeff Rosen Robert Cohen Immigrant Shower Project Lionel Schour Lisa Friedman Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Susan Schulman and Fay Rohrbach, in honor of Lisa Korwin Volunteer Jack Stuber and Tree […]

Kehilla Goes Greener

You may know that in 2014, Kehilla installed solar panels on our roof.  This has enabled us to get most of our electricity from our solar panels.  We are thrilled to let you know that we will be installing additional solar panels that will allow us to receive virtually all our electrical power from our […]

Kehilla’s Board Column: Lisa’s Kol Nidre Speech (October 8, 2019)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Kehilla board member, Lisa Korwin, spoke about her relationship to Kehilla at Kol Nidre services this year. We’re choosing to print her talk here to support each of us in thinking deeply about what Kehilla means to each of us.  Hello. My name is Lisa Korwin and it is an honor to be up here […]

Hiring a new half-time Assistant Rabbi for our community

We are excited to announce that a search committee is now being formed to recruit, interview and select a candidate to fill a new halftime Assistant Rabbi position, intended to start July 2020. As Kehilla has continued to grow, so have our needs for clergy. We have decided to hire a new rabbi to meet […]

Executively Speaking: Kehilla’s Retreat for Leaders

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Planning is underway for Deepening Our Design, our third bi-annual Kehilla’s Retreat for Leaders, to be held January 31-February 2, 2020 at Walker Creek Ranch. This retreat for leaders brings together many of the people whose energy animates our beloved community to get to know each other, and to build […]

Science, Spirituality, and Judaism, Part 1

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Science and Psychedelic Experience The field of science was of little interest to me while I was growing up. And because of my dyslexia I was a poor student in mathematics and science both in high school and college. And then during my late adolescence I became a strictly observant traditional […]

Celebrate Hanukkah with Puppets, Latkes, and Special Guest, Muslim Civil Rights Leader Zahra Billoo!

Monday December 23rd – The Second Night by Rabbi Dev Noily  This year’s Kehilla Hanukkah party will include our usual fabulous puppet show for the littlest Kehillians, latkes, candle lighting and joyful celebration. And we’ll also have the chance to hear from an amazing leader in our Bay Area community, Zahra Billoo. I met Zahra, […]

Electrify Everything: What We Can Do About the Climate Crisis – Updates from the Greening Committee

Save the Date—Feb. 11—for presentation of “Electrify Everything” at Kehilla.  For urban dwellers the main sources of greenhouse gases are the gas we use to heat our homes and water, our transportation and the electricity we use for power in our homes.  This presentation by volunteers from 350 Bay Area will address these areas and […]