Give Detainees Hope – Be a Friend on the Outside

By Jeanne Finberg The Kehilla Immigration Committee is organizing a contingent to help support immigrants who are currently being held in ICE detention. We are working with Friends Afuera, which is a project of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.  Through this program, volunteers write letters to people in detention and contribute a small amount […]

Kehilla Has Plot 70 in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland

Dear Kehilla Community Synagogue congregants, it is with great pleasure that I write this article for the Kol Kehilla.  As many of you already know, we have embarked upon an effort to secure a burial site for our synagogue members.  With unexpected success, all of you who secured a grave did so in the introductory […]

The Kehilla Library is getting an upgrade!

Over the coming months, we will be cataloguing, organizing and moving our books to the Emma Goldman room, the new home of our abundant and rich but sometimes under-used Synagogue library. Rachel Bloch is working on this effort and may need volunteers and/or community input as the project progresses. Here is a sampling of what our online […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: February 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Anita Stapen and Richard Granberg Dorothy and Paul Wachter Lisa Korwin and Kip Walsh Day to Day Operations Barbara Cohen and Allen Price, in memory of parents Trudy and Cal Cohen Jay and Ruth Koch, in honor of Rabbi Burt Laura Fairman, in honor Hazzan Shulamit Wise […]

An Interview with Glitter Kehilla Leader Jacob Klein

By Bill Lazarus After graduating from college at UCLA with a degree in creative writing and English literature, Jacob Klein moved to the Bay Area in August 2014, hooking onto an internship in Berkeley at Tikkun magazine. They went on to a part-time gig at Laurel Bookstore and a position in San Francisco office of […]

Informal Kehilla Men’s Group

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

An informal group of Kehilla men have been coming together as a monthly men’s group. A major focus has been creating relatively unstructured intimate space for sharing and listening. We also discuss topics generated by the group. We welcome participation from Kehilla men who would be interested in checking out the group. For more information […]

Immigration Committee Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to get involved with Kehilla’s immigration work! –Feb. 3rd, 2019–4-6pm in the sanctuary at Kehilla Welcoming the Stranger:  A Call for Kehilla Sanctuary & Shelter Volunteers Learn what tasks will need to be done once we have a sanctuary guest and how volunteers will be organized! Come to hear testimony from […]

Faith Trio News: Interfaith volunteers work to alleviate hunger in Alameda County!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

On December 28, 2018, thirty five volunteers from four faith communities – Kehilla, Temple Sinai, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California and Montclair Presbyterian Church – worked for several hours bagging fruit at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Thanks SO much to Kehilla volunteers who finished out the Gregorian year with this act […]

Executively Speaking: Growing our Foundation

By Michael Saxe-Taller It was culture shock. Julie and I had just moved to New York City (Brooklyn to be specific) for her to begin Rabbinical School and we had gone to the local supermarket to buy food. What we found was a small produce section where the fruits and vegetables were not fresh and many […]

Volunteering at the Border

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

By Lili Shidlovski Like you, I have been heartbroken about about our country’s immigration policies. Having grown up as a refugee child myself, doing whatever I can for today’s immigrants feels necessary and so centering for me. Over the winter holidays, I spent 10 days volunteering at the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant […]