Thank You for Your Time

    Lisa Korwin and Nancy Feinstein, for the beautification of our lobby. Michael Butler, for his continued support in beautification and maintenance of our building. Hillary Brooks, for the Challah Project and everything else. Sam Davis, Rachel Kotak, Laura Weide Vyda and Hillary Brooks, for a year of let our people go protests. Debbie […]

Community Wide Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality

Saturday, June 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm in the Fireside Room and on the Patio at Kehilla. Kick off Pride month at a Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality. A participatory ritual filled with song and dance. Past attendees, including non-Jews and straight identified folxs said it moved and delighted them. WC accessible, ASL […]

Heads up for High Holy Days art exhibit!

As we look toward this year’s High Holy Days, Kehilla’s Art Gallery Committee invites members of the congregation to begin thinking about this year’s HHD theme on “Truth.” Do you feel inspired to create a piece on Truth for our annual HHD art show running from September – November? Do you perhaps already have a […]

Kehilla Community Invited to Ramadan Open House!!

Saturday, May 26th, 7-10 pm at the ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA Kehilla is a partner with the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in the Faith Trio, along with Montclair Presbyterian Church. ICCNC invites the Kehilla community to an Open House for the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan on Saturday, May 26 at […]

Executively Speaking: The State of the Congregation

by Michael Saxe-Taller Because of the broad nature of my responsibilities as Kehilla’s executive director, I have a unique perspective on the Kehilla community. I have prided myself on knowing just about everything that is happening in our large, growing and extremely active congregation.  At this year’s Kehilla Leadership Retreat, I found out how wrong […]

Purchase Graves in Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland

The view of the cemetery, the city, the bay and the Golden Gate from Kehilla’s intended burial site in Mountain View Cemetery is spectacular. It will be a peaceful and beautiful site to remember our loved ones, and for our loved ones to remember us. Kehilla’s cemetery committee has spent two years exploring different sites […]

Kehilla Spiritual Leaders’ Statement on Sanctuary

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

      And when an immigrant comes to live with you in your land, you should not wrong them. You should treat the immigrant who lives with you as one of your citizens.  And you should love them as yourself; for you were immigrants in the the land of Mitzraim. Leviticus 19:33-34     […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Part 4

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson When Abraham Joshua Heschel arrived in the U.S. in 1940 from war-torn Europe, he was determined to write a book on the Ba’al Shem Tov. My teacher had lost most of his family in Poland and during that bleak time he deeply needed to connect with the hopeful spirit of the […]

Hope in a Challenging Time

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson I offered the following message about hope at this year’s community seder, and I wanted to share it with the entire community. Having grown up during the Holocaust I tend to be pessimistic. Had I been one of the Israelite slaves in ancient Egypt, I probably would have despaired at ever […]

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Cohort’s Ceremonies Begin in April!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Dear Kehilla community, We are very excited to announce that the 2018 Bar/Bat Mitzvah cohort’s ceremonies begun in April! You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing 7th graders become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Some of us may feel a little hesitant about coming to a shabbat service when a young person […]