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. […]

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. […]

Coming to Your Email: Values Statement Survey on Israel/Palestine

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

by Rabbi David J. Cooper In a few days, Kehilla members will receive a survey to assess support for the wording of a statement reflecting our synagogue’s values in regard to Israel/Palestine. Standing up for our values is not just words, but an action. And silence too is an action. So I believe that we […]

ALEPH is Not Silent – It is Listening

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Announcements, Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

ALEPH Listening Tour at Kehilla Friday & Saturday April 15 & 16 by Rabbi David J. Cooper The Velveteen Rabbi aka Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus will be guest service leaders and teachers on the Shabbat of April 15 and 16—and they are not to be missed—but they, along with ALEPH Executive Director Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin, are coming to […]

Downloadable Kehilla HOME seder

Looking for a good interactive bare-bones haggadah? Kehilla-style?   New, improved and FREE! Instructions and suggestions on using the Haggadah   The Haggadah in PDF format: http://www.kehillasynagogue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Home-Haggadah-2013-Heb-Eng.pdf

 The Sanctuary and The Journey    

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

by Rabbi David J. Cooper At the Shabbat service on March 12, we are completing the Book of Exodus where a little sacred magic happens. But more on that later. The first parashah (torah segment) in Exodus begins with a list of people who went down to Egypt in Joseph’s time (“These are the names…”). […]

The Turning: God, Jews, and Torah in the 21st Century

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper These are some ideas that frame my thoughts as I start co-teaching with Rabbi Burt our course “Radical Judaism for Our Time.” It’s all up for grabs – as the expression goes. The major frameworks of Jewish life for 2000 years are now subject to reevaluation. We are in the […]

Breaking Down the Barriers

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Announcements, Rabbi David's Blog | 2 Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper In Eugene Ionesco’s play, Rhinoceros, a man notices that mysteriously one-by-one people around him are turning into rhinoceroses, and they do not notice that this is happening, and neither do most of the people around them who will shortly become rhinoceroses themselves. The play is a metaphor, and it captures […]

Our Wall of History: Dedication at our Hanukkah Party on December 12

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Announcements, Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper [At our Chanukah party on December 12 we are “ribbon cutting” the amazing Kehilla History Wall in our social hall and honoring the folks who made it happen.] The board of directors was pondering how to celebrate Kehilla’s 30th. This was more than two years ago. Board member Susan Freundlich […]

My Intifada Thoughts

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper, October 2015 As I write this, I am watching events in the West Bank that sadly I have been expecting for a while now. Resistance, both non-violent and otherwise, is ramping up against the Occupation. As a rabbi, I am supposed to condemn violence, and I do, but more than […]