Prophetic Responsibility

at the Kehilla Seder with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO)& with Peter Beinart and our Middle East Peace Committee by Rabbi David J. Cooper “If you didn’t break it, you don’t have to fix it.” That’s basically what American and English common law have held for centuries, at least until recently. You see someone drowning and […]

Kehilla Kashrut in Conscious Community

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Are we what we eat? Sometimes when I say the Motzi, I remind myself that  it isn’t only the bread that is drawn from the soil, but we, ourselves, are earth-drawn through the bread and through everything we consume.  I have had a love/hate relationship with Jewish laws and interpretations […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why we need to see “The Gatekeepers” this Saturday night

By Rabbi David  Last night, I saw Rabbi Arik Asherman, the Israeli-American head of Rabbis for Human Rights, speak at an event jointly sponsored by Kehilla, Temple Beth El and TempleSinai. Rabbi Arik is known for leading RHR’s work in defense of the disenfranchised in Israel and in the occupied territory. He spoke modestly and […]

Holiness, Communications & Kehilla History

by Rabbi David J. Cooper     In one of the most sacred texts of the Torah and of the Siddur, we are commanded to love and to communicate. Really. In the Sh’ma, right after we are commanded to love, it says that these words are to be spoken and communicated daily and that the communication […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kehilla’s New Associate Rabbi: Rabbi Dev Noily

by Rabbi David J. Cooper   When Rabbi Dev Noily started working with us as the Director of Kehilla School, she was honest, and told us that she would work hard at this job, but that it was a job for her, and that Kehilla was not her family’s synagogue community. That satisfied us, because […]