Thank You for Your Generosity: December 2018

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Flossie Lewis Day to Day Operations Leif Pope General Donation Andrea Gilbert Kaia Burkett Naomi Baran in memory of Ariel Herschcopf Ronald and Shoshana Levy High Holiday Tzedakah Robert Cohen Terumah Building Fund Kaia Burkett Shoshana Halle in memory of Layla Halle Susan Goldstein and Victor Herbert […]

An Invitation from Bracha Stone: Decoding Hebrew

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

I will be beginning the second phase of my De-coding Hebrew class in January. The dates are Jan. 6th, 13th, 20th and and 27th’, Feb. 3rd and 10th. We will meet for 5 of these 6 dates (and you only pay for 5), from 10:30am-12 noon. You are invited to join us if you have […]

Update from the Sanctuary Task Force

Recap of Kehilla’s steps towards offering sanctuary:  1985: Kehilla declared itself a sanctuary congregation and became an active member of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a network of faith communities engaged in helping refugees escape death squads in El Salvador. 2016: Our High Holy Days theme focused on immigrants and refugees. November 22, 2016: The […]

Kehilla Section in Mountain View Cemetery

WE DID IT!!! Kehilla Community Synagogue has an official final resting place for purchasing members. Known as Plot 70, this section has a total of 49 graves and is bounded by two Live Oak trees. It is on a crest overlooking part of the cemetery with rolling hills, old monuments, and the water in the […]

A Word from the Board: December 2018 – January 2019

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This is the second installment of our new column about the life of the Kehilla Board of Trustees. This month we’re presenting a summary of some of the Board’s work over the past year and explaining the various modes of Board work (source article:  “Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of the Nonprofit Board,” The […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! December 2018 & January 2019

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing humans become Bat/Bar 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 Bat/Bar Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present brings […]

An Update on Safety and Security

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

By Rabbi Dev Noily, Michael Saxe-Taller, Karen Cohn and Catherine Lyons Following the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, Kehilla hosted an Open Door Shabbat. More than 450 people came to welcome Shabbat with us, including allies of every faith who spilled out of the sanctuary, into the lobby, and down the stairs. We made […]

Executively Speaking: An Exciting Time at Kehilla

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Kehilla is at an exciting time in its evolution. We have been growing steadily for a few years. We now have the opportunity to look afresh at our community and imagine new possibilities, some for the first time. This was not true only a few years back. Soon after I […]

Seeing the Dark in a Different Light

by Rabbi Dev Noily Hanukkah invites us to explore the holy possibilities of darkness. Our practice of Hanukkah can radically challenge our society’s privileging of light over darkness – a privileging that perpetuates, and may be rooted in, our structural racism. We can see this in our language—both what we say and what we hear.  […]

An Interview with Kehilla Congregant Jane Hoberman

By Bill Lazarus It was 1970, and Jane Hoberman, then 18, child of New York City and leftwing atheist parents, was eager for a change. “I didn’t finish high school because I was too busy doing my revolutionary stuff. It was a politically active and unsettled time,” Jane recalls. She hitchhiked across the nation and […]