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 […]

Week 5 Day 7: Malchut sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Monday, April 29 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 6: Yesod sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Sunday, April 28 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 5: Hod sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Saturday, April 27 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]