Thank You for Your Generosity

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Thank You for Your Generosity Annual Fund Harold and Diana Feiger Jeanette Nicols Ellen Burke in honor of Burke Rainey Helene Frommer and Steve Lipton Ruth Fagen Phillips Laura Nelson Nikki Sachs in honor of Rabbi Burt for his years working for peace in the Middle East Janet Linder and Elena Moser General Donation Judit […]

Miriam Smolover’s Chanting CD Release Party

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

By Marcie Rubel             Our beloved Jewish chanting and meditation teacher, Miriam Batia Smolover will be releasing her new CD The Source of the Sound. It is a compilation of chants designed to inspire and soothe your spirit. The CD project includes a manual to guide people interested in creating their own local chanting meditation […]

Stand Together CoCo

On March 1, a new immigration hotline to report ICE activity or to seek assistance for someone detained by ICE was launched to serve Contra Costa County residents: 925-900- 5151. The hotline is part of a deportation defense initiative called Stand Together CoCo. OCO is one of a coalition of nonprofits that manages the program, […]

Save the Date: Sanctuary Shabbat Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation

Sanctuary Shabbat: Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation ~ Cosponsored by Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee for Affordable Housing Week May 12th 10am-3:30pm Kehilla has been a sanctuary synagogue since the 1980’s. In November of 2016 the Kehilla Board passed a resolution reaffirming this commitment. Kehilla members have been deeply involved in the many aspects of sanctuary […]

Kehilla Sponsors Anti-Death Penalty Outreach

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

As we have for a number of years, Kehilla is again sponsoring the annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, D.C.  Also known as “Starvin’ for Justice,” the vigil is held on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, June 29th through July 2. Although the dates commemorate 2 important Court […]

Beyond Shabbat

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Beth Bittle, Managing Director Welcome to Beyond Shabbat.  As you know Kehilla is a very busy community with many events, fundraisers, community building activities, classes and Shabbat services. This is the place you will find additional information about the many things happening here at Kehilla, as well as ways to become more involved in […]

Board Member SAM Luckey Enrolls in Rabbinical School

by Laird Harrison Managing what Kehilla has faced in recent years – the stress of the financial crisis, civic strife from the Bay Area to the Middle East, and three changes of executive directors – has demanded the skills of an acrobat. It’s a good thing we had one. SAM Luckey finished her last performance […]

Report Back from Kehilla Activist Student & Her Social-Justice Arrest

[Note from Rabbi David: Rosa Petterson has been a part of Kehilla from birth. She was a high school activist on LGBTQI issues and during that time, she gave an inspiring High Holy Day sermon to the congregation. Child of David Lee and Barbara Petterson, Rosa has continued her activism into University of California Santa […]

Kehilla’s Clergy at Conference on Revitalizing Jewish Life

by Rabbi David J. Cooper You know, for us, Kehilla is just our local community, and it’s just who we are. Here at home, we don’t have any sense of Kehilla as having national importance. I forget how important we are until I get to the Ohalah* Conference in Broomfield, Colorado every January and I […]

Kehilla’s Moment in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

By Rabbi David J. Cooper     Nelson Mandela was still at that time in Pollsmoor Prison, and Kehilla was only one year old in May 1985, when protests broke out all over the University of California campuses to push the university to divest from companies investing in apartheid South Africa. The regents of the UC […]