Mourning the Dream on Tisha B-Av: The Holiday of Lamentations

 Saturday, August 13, 6:30pm by Rabbi David J. Cooper & Rabbi Burt Jacobson During the last years, especially during the Netanyahu administration, big steps have been taken that are increasingly making an independent Palestinian state less and less possible. That failure can mean many more years of suffering and an absence of justice for Palestinians. […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the fourth of a series of personal essays that I am publishing in Kol Kehilla. In each article I will share the origins of one of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book I am […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the third of a series of personal essays that I will be publishing monthly in Kol Kehilla. In each article I will share the origins of one of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the second of a series of personal essays that I will be publishing monthly in Kol Kehilla. In each article I will share the origins of one of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the first of a series of personal essays that I plan to publish monthly in Kol Kehilla. In each article I will share with congregants the origins of one of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of […]

Yom Kippur Day Teaching 5776/2015 by Rabbi Burt Jacobson

Judging Others Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of the 18th century Hasidic movement, was not only a mystic and a spiritual teacher; he was also a shamanic healer, and he would travel from town to town in southeastern Poland offering his services to people with physical or psychic ailments. His reputation was widespread and […]

A Spark of the Messiah: A Message for Passover

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Enslavement is not just external. The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that it was not only the bodies of Israelites who were enslaved, but their consciousness, their awareness as well. What does this mean? It means that the people had internalized their slavery and had come to accept it. And this internalization […]

Eulogy for Susan Schacht

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Losing Susan has been a shocking blow to all of us who were privileged to know her. I am so glad that family and friends have assembled here today to remember and honor her memory. I’d like to share with you some of the significant details about her life. I want […]

Reflections on Kehilla at 30

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Announcements, Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper   Kehilla was born 30 years ago in a period of people building “intentional communities.” We were one of the many experiments in this genre. As for me, I watched these communities come and go and I didn’t necessarily expect this one to last any longer than the others. I […]

Why Kehilla’s Menorah Is Turning Green

By Rabbi Burt Jacobson and Alice Kostin (Most of this text was drawn from the Green Menorah Covenant of Kehilla Community Synagogue) As part of the Kehilla Resolution on Acting in the Face of Climate Change, our Board of Trustees held that our synagogue affirms the Green Menorah Covenant of Kehilla Community Synagogue as a guideline […]