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 […]

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 […]