A Time of Hope?

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson  Throughout the history of Jewish thought human beings have been deemed the very pinnacle of creation. The first chapter of the book of Genesis declares that the first human was fashioned in the very image of God. The Talmudic rabbis believed that people were co-partners—collaborators with God in the work of […]

Executively Speaking: A Year of Inspiration

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director The following is excerpted from a talk given on Erev Rosh Hashanah I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to offer my viewpoint on our unique and powerful community as we welcome the new year. A little more than a week ago, many of us participated in the […]

Kehilla Board Column: Greeting our community every day

That feeling when we walk up the steps of the Scottish Rite Center or to Kehilla at the High Holidays – being greeted on the steps, inside the doors, at the entrance of the sanctuary…. Being handed a prayer book by someone who smiles at you and says l’shana tova….  That sense of being welcomed […]

Dedication of Space

On October 19, 2019 Kehilla held a dedication ceremony for our new sanctuary living space and bathroom, which will be used for immigrants seeking sanctuary or for temporary shelter for immigrant families who we are part of our accompaniment program.  These are the remarks made by Julie Litwin at the event. Welcome! My name is […]

Welcoming Pastor Mike McBride, Speaking on Reparations and Teshuvah, on Erev Rosh Hashana

Rabbi Dev Noily, with Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman We feel very honored to be welcoming Pastor Mike McBride as our guest teacher for Erev Rosh Hashana. Pastor Mike is an Oakland-based national leader in the movement for racial justice. It’s unusual for us to have a guest from outside our community offering a drash / […]

Continue Meeting our Board of Trustees

Ori Tzvieli Ori Tzvieli was born in Israel and moved to the US at age 12 with stops in Louisiana and New Jersey before landing in Berkeley.  It was during his first year at Cal that he first encountered Kehilla’s welcoming spirit while attending the community Seder.  He re-engaged with the congregation later in life […]

Economic Justice Committee Joins Forces to Control Police Use of Deadly Force: AB392 is Signed!

by Merle Lustig California has been among the worst states in the country for regulating police use of deadly force and the number of fatal police shootings. In 2017, California police shot and killed 172 people, including 5 children. In 2018, they shot and killed 115 people. This month, with the help of many progressive […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: September & October 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Thank you to an anonymous Kehilla donor who made a generous gift to improve accessibility at Kehilla. This gift allowed us in the last two months to clean our sanctuary rafters and install a new accessibility door entrance. Thank you to a generous, anonymous Kehilla donor who made a […]

New Beginnings: Challenge and Possibility

Although the days are getting shorter, this time of year is full of new beginnings. A new school year is underway and the new Jewish year is rapidly approaching. I’ve been thinking of another moment of beginning, this one in the Book of Exodus, as our ancient mythic ancestors gathered in the wilderness after their […]

Executively Speaking: Off and Running in the New Year

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director As our son Sam headed off this morning to his first day of junior year at Berkeley High School, reality hit me head on – we are beginning a new year. All of the signs have been showing here at Kehilla; the pace of work is increasing, members are renewing, […]