Rousing Our Better Angels

Posted by on Dec 25, 2016 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | One Comment

by Rabbi Dev Noily Better angels of our nature, stay awake now.  You’re in danger.                           — Storyhill, Better Angels The thing that concerns me the most about Donald Trump’s ascent to political power is that the better angels of his nature seem […]

High Holy Day Sermons 5777/2016

Our High Holy Day Sermons are now available to read online: Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “A River Goes Out From Eden” Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Avi Rose Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi David Cooper: “God, the Covenant, and the Inside-Outsider” Yom Kippur Reflection by Scott and Rose Gelfand Yom Kippur […]

Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “A River Goes Out From Eden”

I want to talk with you tonight about home. About what it means to have a home, to be pushed out of our home, and to long for home. These questions feel so urgent because so many people in the world are being forced to leave their homes­‐­‐by violence, and climate change, and simple greed. […]

High Holy Days 5777/2016 ~Seeking Shelter in the Days of Awe: Immigrants and Refugees, Longing and Home

by Rabbi Dev Noily In March of this year a group of Kehilla members working on immigration issues called a meeting to connect people in our community who are involved in all kinds of work and service with immigrants and refugees, and the laws and policies affecting them. Here are some of the ways people […]

In Reponse to the Pulse Orlando Shooting

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | One Comment

by Rabbi Dev Noily In the early hours of June 12, as we celebrated Shavu’ot, a massacre was erupting at Latin Night at Pulse in Orlando.  Scores of mostly young Latinx queer people were brutally killed.  Even more are surviving with lives and bodies and spirits shattered.  Yet more who love them are forever scarred […]

Join me at SVARA’s Queer Talmud Camp!

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

July 3-7 @ Walker Creek Ranch by Rabbi Dev Noily You don’t have to be queer to come to Queer Talmud Camp—you just have to be curious about queer readings of Jewish texts, be up for a learning experience unlike any you’ve ever had, and know your alef-bet!  (And if you don’t know you’re alef-bet, […]

Kehilla’s First Annual Leadership Retreat: Growing Kehilla from Strength to Strength

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Announcements, Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | One Comment

by Rabbi Dev Noily On February 5-7, at Black Mountain Retreat Center near Cazadero, a group of Kehilla’s leaders, including staff, spiritual and musical prayer leaders, and lay leaders, will gather for Kehilla’s first annual Leadership Retreat.  Our working weekend will be facilitated by Susan Colson. At the age of 31, Kehilla is becoming an […]

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5776/2015 by Rabbi Dev Noily

Standing Together, Right Smack in the Middle of the Torah   Speech as Spiritual Practice When my partner Sara and I were younger and first together, probably in our late 20s, around “Glitter”[1] age, we used to go to Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco on Friday nights. There were lots of interesting people, and […]

My Jewish Homeland: Oakland, California

by Rabbi Dev Noily On February 15, the New York Times reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “that his government was encouraging a ‘mass immigration’ of Jews from Europe…. ‘Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,’ Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday in Jerusalem. ‘Of course, Jews deserve protection […]

Kehilla Sanctuary Quote – What Inspires You?

Thanks to the work of the Hiddur Mitzvah Committee and our generous community, our sanctuary has been beautifully painted in exquisite shades of earth and sky.  And there’s still more coming! One aspect of the design is to include a quote from Jewish sacred text on the rear balcony. Here’s where you come in! What […]