Middle East Peace Committee News: A New Collaboration

by Nikki Sachs, MEPC member     The Middle East Peace Committee (MEPC) at Kehilla Community Synagogue, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.  Let me tell you about this creative and exciting organization. The CJNV’s mission is to bring diaspora Jews to Israel/Palestine to “engage in creative nonviolent […]

How Was The Values Statement Developed?

   by Rabbi David J. Cooper The Kehilla Statement of Values on Israel/ Palestine  was passed by the Kehilla Board of Trustees in September. That Board resolution was only the last stage of a long process. It was in the making for several years and has involved many educational gatherings, surveys of the community, open […]

Kehilla Statement of Values on Israel/Palestine

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to another” Hillel, Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 31a “You shall not oppress the stranger, and you know the heart of a stranger because you were strangers in the land of Mitzrayim”  Exodus 23:9 “Zion shall be redeemed by justice…”  Isaiah 1:27 From its inception, and in our statements […]

A Note on the Israel/Palestine Values Survey

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Last month we sent out to every member household a survey to determine support for a statement of values on Israel/Palestine. One could indicate where one stood on a spectrum from very much disagreeing to strong agreement (scale of 1 to 5). As of this writing, 141 responses have been received. […]

Solar Lights for Gaza Fundraiser & Pre-Shabbat Potluck

Please join Kehilla’s Greening and Middle East Peace Committees for a potluck dinner on September 16 at 5:30pm and fundraiser to support the children of Gaza. Gaza is still recovering from fifty-one days of bombing in 2014. Electricity, water, and sewage systems are all still very fragile, and more than 17,000 people are still in temporary […]

Kehilla Partners With the Center for Jewish Non-Violence

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson For almost three decades, Kehilla’s Middle East Peace Committee has focused on educating our congregation about issues related to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We plan to continue to engage in this vital work, and recently we launched a new project that will allow our congregation to have a supportive relationship with a […]

My Current Thoughts Toward a Kehilla Resolution on the Occupation: Forum scheduled for Sunday, June 1

 by Rabbi David J. Cooper        Sometime during 2014, probably in the Fall, the Middle East Peace Committee is going to propose that Kehilla take an enunciated position in regard to the Israeli control of Palestinian lands captured during the Six-Day War in 1967. For over 25 years, Kehilla’s positions about the land between the […]

Why is it Such a Big Event that Peter Beinart will be at Kehilla this Sunday besides that it’s important and free?

by Rabbi David J. Cooper It was like when Walter Cronkite came out against the war in Vietnam, at least it was for me. Four years ago, Peter Beinart, a well-respected center-right commentator wrote his now famous article, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” and declared that the leadership of American Zionist institutions was […]

Who’s in? Who’s out? What’s a Jew? Why I Need to See “Between Two Worlds” AGAIN

By Rabbi David J. Cooper [NOTE:  “Between Two Worlds” will be shown at Kehilla on Saturday, January 25, 7pm.] Again? Yes I’ve seen it before and am looking forward to a refresher viewing surrounded by my synagogue community.  Why? The arguments about how Jews should respond to the political realities in Israel/Palestine are ripping the […]

A Message from Rabbi David

  Why we need to hear Yehuda Shaul & Breaking the Silence on Saturday, November 23, 7:00pm   On the evening of the 23rd, I am going to be at Kehilla to listen to Commander Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli Defense Forces, to expose myself to what the Israeli occupation means as experienced by an […]