Middle East Peace Committee News: A New Collaboration

by Nikki Sachs, MEPC member     The Middle East Peace Committee (MEPC) at Kehilla Community Synagogue, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.  Let me tell you about this creative and exciting organization. The CJNV’s mission is to bring diaspora Jews to Israel/Palestine to “engage in creative nonviolent […]

Kehilla Statement of Values on Israel/Palestine

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to another” Hillel, Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 31a “You shall not oppress the stranger, and you know the heart of a stranger because you were strangers in the land of Mitzrayim”  Exodus 23:9 “Zion shall be redeemed by justice…”  Isaiah 1:27 From its inception, and in our statements […]

Coming Soon: Pronoun Stickers for Your Nametag

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Announcements, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

by Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fariman, Lynn Bravewomon and Rabbi Dev Noily As Davey Shlasko writes in the Trans*Ally Workbook,     “Most of the time, most people are on autopilot about pronouns. They call all women she, her and hers, and all men he, him and his. But being on autopilot doesn’t always work. Sometimes—especially, but […]

Oakland Community Organizations Recommendations on CA, Alameda County, and City of Oakland issues

  Number Title or focus Content OCO endorsement State Propositions 55 Tax extension Extends the temporary personal income tax on incomes over $250,000 to fund education and health care (Prop 30 extension)    Support 56 Tobacco tax Increases the cigarette tax to $2 / pack Support   57 Public Safety & Rehabilitation Act Increases parole […]

Competing Death Penalty Initiatives on November Ballot

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by Beth Weinberger      This November we’ll have a chance to vote again to repeal California’s death penalty, replacing it with Life Without Possibility of Parole.  Unfortunately, a competing measure that would attempt to change the appeals process to expedite executions has caused confusion, especially as the latter measure’s title is misleading.  So here’s an […]

Death Penalty Reform & Savings Act of 2016—Proposition #66

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by Beth Weinberger This November we’ll have a chance to vote again to repeal California’s death penalty, replacing it with Life Without Possibility of Parole.  Unfortunately, a competing measure that would attempt to change the appeals process to expedite executions has caused confusion, especially as the latter measure’s title is misleading.  So here’s an explanation […]

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 […]

Annual Harvest Dinner of the Faith Trio

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“Solidarity: A Spiritual Necessity” 6:15 Come early if you would like to be present at the Muslim evening service 6:45 Multi-Faith Blessings, Potluck Dinner (see below) and Conversation The Faith Trio is an alliance of Kehilla Community Synagogue, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, and Montclair Presbyterian Church. Every year we hold an autumn gathering. […]

Please Donate to Help A Kehilla Accompaniment Team’s Family!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Announcements, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

   Avi, 3, and Brian, 18 months, peer at each other through a hospital trash can  while their immigrant mom spends time with her 7 year-old daughter hospitalized for cancer. Consider donating money to help Kehilla Accompaniment Team 3 provide some clothing and other necessities to their family. Send a tax-deductible check to Kehilla with […]

Economic Justice Committee Members Support Sanctuary for Immigrant Refugees

by Alex Madonik      Kehilla members joined with representatives of numerous local congregations on Wednesday, July 13th, to support the University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley as it declared a renewal of Sanctuary for immigrant refugees facing deportations orders from ICE.  The Department of Homeland Security is targeting Central American children and families for deportation, despite the […]