Economic Justice Committee Does the Food Bank

by Karen Rachels, Lisa Saxe, and Richard Speiglman Test your knowledge: What percentage of Alameda County residents receives food from the Alameda County Community Food Bank?  a. 35% b. 20% c. 10% d. 5% 20%, or one in five people, receives food from the Food Bank, a higher percentage than the national ratio of 1 in 7. […]

Climate Mobilization (needs Volunteers)! Come to the Faith Trio Service before the March!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Announcements, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

Saturday, November 21, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm In addition to the Interfaith Service, we are asking for volunteers (and it won’t interfere with participating in the service). To help, go to Our Faith Trio alliance with the Islamic Cultural Center and Montclair Presbyterian Church will convene a prayer service before the global action commences. […]

A Report Back from Rebuilding Together 2015

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Announcements, Tikkun Olam | No Comments

                      by Alex Madonik Kehilla has worked with the nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together Oakland, for a dozen years, providing free home repairs for low-income residents in Oakland. Typically, we partner with Temple Beth Abraham and Temple Sinai to provide financial support and a robust crew […]

“We Are All Activists!”

by Karen Rachels Whether we work for Middle East Peace, for animal justice, food justice or climate change, whether we go primarily to demonstrations or do smaller local actions within our neighborhoods, many of us in Kehilla have a stance of tikkun olam on a daily basis. That was one of the themes of the […]

A Spark of the Messiah: A Message for Passover

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Enslavement is not just external. The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that it was not only the bodies of Israelites who were enslaved, but their consciousness, their awareness as well. What does this mean? It means that the people had internalized their slavery and had come to accept it. And this internalization […]

Why Kehilla’s Menorah Is Turning Green

By Rabbi Burt Jacobson and Alice Kostin (Most of this text was drawn from the Green Menorah Covenant of Kehilla Community Synagogue) As part of the Kehilla Resolution on Acting in the Face of Climate Change, our Board of Trustees held that our synagogue affirms the Green Menorah Covenant of Kehilla Community Synagogue as a guideline […]

Who’s in? Who’s out? What’s a Jew? Why I Need to See “Between Two Worlds” AGAIN

By Rabbi David J. Cooper [NOTE:  “Between Two Worlds” will be shown at Kehilla on Saturday, January 25, 7pm.] Again? Yes I’ve seen it before and am looking forward to a refresher viewing surrounded by my synagogue community.  Why? The arguments about how Jews should respond to the political realities in Israel/Palestine are ripping the […]

A Message from Rabbi David

  Why we need to hear Yehuda Shaul & Breaking the Silence on Saturday, November 23, 7:00pm   On the evening of the 23rd, I am going to be at Kehilla to listen to Commander Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli Defense Forces, to expose myself to what the Israeli occupation means as experienced by an […]

On Hurricane Sandy: Thoughts and Actions from Rabbi David

Ecologist and social critic Bill McKibben has written clearly and effectively about why we need to understand the damage of the hurricane which hit the East Coast as the product of human decision-making and how we need to be active on the issue of global climate change.  READ THE ARTICLE HERE> Several activists have also […]