A Note of Introduction from Kehilla School’s New Director from Rabbi Gray Myrseth

I am delighted to be joining the Kehilla community as School Director! Having grown up in the Bay Area and spent the last five years in rabbinical school in Boston, I am also very happy to return to the West Coast. I was recently rereading one of my favorite pieces of midrash, or rabbinic expansion […]

Kehilla Staff Transition

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Announcements, Staff Writing | No Comments

Dear Beloved Kehilla Friends, I am writing to you with news of a bittersweet change for me. I want to let you know that I will soon be moving out of the Bay Area. I have been having some health challenges and am fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time in Hawaii where […]

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 […]

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 […]

Talking to our Kids About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – A Message and Invitation from Rabbi Dev

How do we talk to our kids about Israel/Palestine?  One of the most challenging things I face as a rabbi, an educator and a parent is finding developmentally appropriate ways to ease our kids into the morally complicated, historically intricate, sometimes inspiring and often heartbreaking landscape of the Jewish national project in Israel/Palestine and the […]