Executively Speaking: Completing a Crucial Step Towards Physical Sanctuary

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Kehilla first declared itself a Sanctuary congregation in the 1980s. In November 2016, the Kehilla Board passed a resolution to reaffirm our commitment to being a Sanctuary congregation, and a year and half later, voted to approve the offering of physical sanctuary in our building to a refugee or immigrant […]

Economic Justice Committee Report Back: Schools & Communities First Ballot & Tiny House Village

Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee has focused on criminal justice and affordable housing issues throughout the past year, while closely watching the progress of a ballot measure to reform California property taxes on large businesses.  After important revisions to this measure, now known as “Schools & Communities First,” Kehilla has joined a broad coalition to endorse […]

Faith Trio News (December 2019)

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by Lea Delson On Saturday evening, November 9, congregants from four Oakland faith communities joined together at the Harvest Dinner for fellowship and a wonderful potluck vegetarian feast, held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC). The Faith Trio is an alliance of Kehilla with ICCNC and with Montclair Presbyterian Church, and this […]

Kehilla Board Service Myths and Facts

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Every year new members join the Board of Trustees, starting in July. The process involves attending a board meeting, and a conversation with board members, as well as the executive director.  Once nominations have been finalized, the congregation votes on the candidates prior to the community-wide meeting in May.  Sometimes – as is the case […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Arthur Green, Part 2

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this four-part series, I turn to Rabbi Arthur Green, the founder of Hebrew College Rabbinical School. This […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! December 2019

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 […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! November 2019

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 Committee Shows Film at Yom Kippur Workshop

by Laura Finkler The Economic Justice Committee (EJC) showed “What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?” a film by Lucas Guilkey, at one of the Yom Kippur afternoon workshops. The film covers the tragic death of a Santa Rita inmate, the father of two young children, in June of 2018, at the hands of Sheriff Ahern’s deputies, […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: November 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Accompaniment Teams Julie Litwin, Shelley Sella and NoahLani Litwinsella Annual Fund Carol Rothman and Scott Ullman Donald White, Simchat Torah Donation Jay and Ruth Koch Julia Epstein and Betsy Sandel Julia Epstein and Betsy Sandel, in honor of Lisa Korwin’s birthday Marcie Rubel and Michael Rufo General Donation Barbara […]

What’s Kehilla’s EJC Up To? We Want to See Medi-Cal Benefits Returned to Everyone Eligible Upon Release from Santa Rita County Jail

by Richard Speiglman Members of Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee (EJC) collected 200 signatures from congregants and friends entering Rosh Hashanah services this year.  Why? The EJC has worked with colleagues on the Live Free Committee of Faith In Action – East Bay (formerly OCO) on criminal justice issues for the last few years.  EJC members […]