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 […]

An Interview with Kehilla Congregant Jane Hoberman

By Bill Lazarus It was 1970, and Jane Hoberman, then 18, child of New York City and leftwing atheist parents, was eager for a change. “I didn’t finish high school because I was too busy doing my revolutionary stuff. It was a politically active and unsettled time,” Jane recalls. She hitchhiked across the nation and […]

An Interview with Avi Brooks

by Bill Lazarus Kehilla member Avi Brooks finds connection to his Jewish and African American identities in the music of Passover seders and spirituals. “We say at seders, “Next year in Jerusalem, Brooks says, adding, “Black people in spirituals have said for hundreds of years, “We will see Zion.” Avi, an avid science fiction fan […]

An Interview with Kehilla Staff Member Maya Joshua

by Bill Lazarus Maya Joshua, Kehilla’s Programs and Communications Manager since the turn of the year, has ties to both Israel and the United States as well as to her mom’s political activism and her dad’s secular pragmatism. “I’m lucky that I have two homes,” Maya says. “I feel thoroughly American as well as Israeli.” […]

LECH L’CHA | A Dvar Torah about End-of-Life Decision Making

Lech L’cha | a Dvar Torah about End-of-Life Decision Making By Amy Shutkin In modern conversational Hebrew, the name of this week’s Torah portion, Lech L’cha, translates roughly into “Get out of here!” There are many potential connotations to this ubiquitous phrase. So here’s a “trigger warning:” this dvar Torah lives where Lech L’cha meets […]

Wear Your Pronouns! – Another Way to Help Everyone Feel Welcome at Kehilla

  Compiled for use at Kehilla Community Synagogue You’ll notice a new addition next to our name tag station.  We now have pronoun stickers that you can add to your name tag. If people sometimes or often use the wrong pronouns for you, we hope the stickers will help others to learn and respect your […]

Growing My Activist Voice

A message from Hazzan Shulamit During the past week, I’ve had several opportunities to be more visible as an activist clergy person in the public realm, and I thought it might be meaningful to share a little of my experience with all of you. For over 12 years, I’ve been watching how Rabbi Burt, Rabbi […]

Growing My Activist Voice

A message from Hazzan Shulamit During the past week, I’ve had several opportunities to be more visible as an activist clergy person in the public realm, and I thought it might be meaningful to share a little of my experience with all of you. For over 12 years, I’ve been watching how Rabbi Burt, Rabbi […]

A Note of Introduction from Kehilla School’s New Director from Rabbi Gray Myrseth

I am delighted to be joining the Kehilla community as School Director! Having grown up in the Bay Area and spent the last five years in rabbinical school in Boston, I am also very happy to return to the West Coast. I was recently rereading one of my favorite pieces of midrash, or rabbinic expansion […]

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Group Poem

The students in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program recently had a workshop about spirituality with Rabbi Burt, Helen Stoltzfus, and Susan Schulman. One of the activities was to create a group poem inspired by a story about the Ba’al Shem Tov. We thought the results were beautiful and wanted to share the finished poems with the […]