The Full Guide to Counting the Omer

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Kehilla’s Deepening Sanctuary Work in Our Season of Liberation

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | One Comment

by Rabbi Dev Noily ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם Together, make Me a sanctuary so that I may dwell among you.  – Exodus 25:8 As we gather to celebrate Pesach this year Kehilla is taking the next step on our path as a Sanctuary congregation. As our Board took its vote on March 28, I […]

Update on Kehilla’s Racial Justice / Uncentering Whiteness Initiative

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

from Rabbi Dev Noily At High Holy Days last fall we announced an initiative to turn some focused attention to the ways that the structures of privileging whiteness in our society play out in our Kehilla community. We extended an open invitation to join in the process. Since then, Penny Rosenwasser and SAM Luckey, our […]

700 Benches: Come and Learn!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

from Rabbi Dev Noily A story from the Talmud: Back in the time when our sages were creating a radical new practice that we now call Judaism, their laboratory was the Beit Midrash, the house of study, where they learned how to live in alignment with the wisdom of their ancestors, and with the truth […]

Thank you from Rabbi Dev

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Announcements, Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

from Rabbi Dev Noily Dear beloved Kehilla community, I’m filled with love and gratitude from the Brit Kehilla weekend, and I know I’ll be savoring so many moments of joy and connection and tears for many years to come. I was so moved, again and again, by the beauty of our community, and by the […]

In honor of Rabbi Dev

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

by Kehilla’s Clergy Team Kehilla will officially welcome Rabbi Dev Noily as our Senior Rabbi on November 10–11, 2017 with a joyous Brit Kehilla – a Community Covenant.  The whole Kehilla community will celebrate Rabbi Dev with music, blessings, learning, eating and dancing. Our Kehilla Clergy Team is offering these words of welcome in preparation […]

Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “I Will Sing for People Who Might not Sing for Me”*

When I was 12 or 13, I came home one day wearing my friend Steve Rogers’ necklace. It was a leather string with painted ceramic beads on it. And right in the middle, there was a simple metal cross. I knew I was over the line to wear that into my house. I knew it […]

Facing Our Times With Spiritual Audacity – Yamim Nora’im / Days of Awe 5778

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

  by Rabbi Dev Noily Last year we gathered for High Holy Days with the election just weeks away and the water protectors holding ceremony at Standing Rock. This year we come together in an increasingly authoritarian and chaotic country, bracing ourselves every time we hear the news. This year, we are joined by many […]

All of you be comforted, be comforted my people

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | No Comments

Nachamu, nachamu ami All of you be comforted, be comforted my people אמי נחמו נחמו — Isaiah 40:1 by Rabbi Dev Noily When I hear those words, I imagine the inviting arms of a big loving mama bear wrapping around me—come rest in here for a while, let the burdens lift off your shoulders, release […]

How Do We Meet Rising Antisemitism?  Let’s Beef Up Solidarity.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Rabbi Dev Noily's Blog | One Comment

by Rabbi Dev Noily Let’s talk about antisemitism.  Since the election I’ve felt more vulnerable as a Jew in the U.S. than at any other time in my life.  I’ve gotten to talk with a number of people in our community about how this shift in Jewish safety / Jewish vulnerability is affecting us.  There’s […]