Bar/Bat Mitzvah Half Century Later

by Rabbi David J. Cooper A lot has changed in the 50 years since I celebrated becoming bar mitzvah on May 30, 1964, a few days after I turned 13 on the Jewish calendar. The anniversary has spurred my thinking about the many changes of the last half century, and especially as they are reflected […]

Kehilla’s Clergy at Conference on Revitalizing Jewish Life

by Rabbi David J. Cooper You know, for us, Kehilla is just our local community, and it’s just who we are. Here at home, we don’t have any sense of Kehilla as having national importance. I forget how important we are until I get to the Ohalah* Conference in Broomfield, Colorado every January and I […]

Kehilla’s Moment in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

By Rabbi David J. Cooper     Nelson Mandela was still at that time in Pollsmoor Prison, and Kehilla was only one year old in May 1985, when protests broke out all over the University of California campuses to push the university to divest from companies investing in apartheid South Africa. The regents of the UC […]

Latkes & Turkey: “Thanksgivukkah” 25th of Kislev & 28th of November

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Some say it won’t happen again for thousands of years—that the first light of Chanukah is on the evening before Thanksgiving. I’m not totally sure about that, but here is why they coincide this year. Simply put, this is the latest that Thanksgiving can start and the earliest that Chanukah […]

Some Thoughts on Israel’s 65th

Some Thoughts on Israel’s 65th by Rabbi David J. Cooper I wanted to share with you some of my thinking as we enter the month that marks the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel. That moment in 1948 was experienced as a tragedy in the lives of the Palestinian Arabs many of whom were […]

Chanukah & Multiculturalism

  This piece was printed a few years back in Kol Kehilla. Rabbi Dev suggested that I post it to our website.  Rabbi David  Chanukah and Multiculturalism   by David J. Cooper The standard defensive Jewish response to the December dilemma is to draw the wagons in a circle and resist Christmas at all costs. […]

AURORA LEVINS MORALES A Kehilla Member Facing Medical Crisis

  Beloved and long-time Kehilla member, Aurora Levins Morales, has written us about a very difficult medical emergency she is facing which is not covered by insurance. She must raise funds in the thousands as quickly as possible to meet this need.  Many of you are familiar with Aurora through her writings and books on […]

Rabbi David’s Cholent in the J Weekly

  Faith Kramer, the food specialist in the local Jewish paper, the J Weekly, has printed my veggie cholent recipe slightly varied by emendations of hers, for her article on  Rosh Hashana Food: Local rabbis savor the flavor —  and symbolism — of holiday foods She cites my thoughts on cholent as a metaphor for […]

On Hearing of Shulamith Firestone’s Death

by Rabbi David J. Cooper [Upon receiving an email from Hannah Kranzberg about S. Firestone’s passing.]  I just read this. Thank you Hannah for sending this out.  This hits me pretty hard actually. I was in a socialist feminist study group in the early 70’s called the Kollontai Collective.  Shulamith Firestone’s Dialectic of Sex was […]

Skyboxification and Emmanuel Levinas

Skyboxification and Levinasby Rabbi David  In the May 12 New York Times, Tom Friedman comments on Michael Sandel’s new book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. The part of Friedman’s comments that most jumped out at me is Sandel’s invention of the word “skyboxification,” as in “the skyboxification of American society.”  What […]