A Community Banding Together to Make High Holydays

  How to Make the Effort a Spiritual & Communal Endeavor    A Letter from Rabbi David    Dear Kehilla Community, For several weeks every late summer and fall, we as a synagogue put on for ourselves a series of extravagant occasions that constitute our communal pilgrimage. This is not a journey to some distant location, […]

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 […]

Downloadable Kehilla HOME seder

Looking for a good interactive bare-bones haggadah? Kehilla-style?   New, improved and FREE! Instructions and suggestions on using the Haggadah   The Haggadah in PDF format: http://www.kehillasynagogue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Home-Haggadah-2013-Heb-Eng.pdf

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. […]

After the UN Vote: Peace & Punishment

  In today’s (Dec 7, 2012) issue of the J Weekly, my guest editorial was printed. I titled it “Peace & Punishment,” but it appears in the website and paper as “Being a Friend to the Jewish state means criticizing wrong-headed actions,” which is not inaccurate.  To read the editorial, go to: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/67205/being-a-friend-to-the-jewish-state/  – Rabbi […]

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 […]

Regarding the Violence in Israel & Gaza

November 16, 2012  Dear Kehilla folks,  Just a note to share with you my thoughts in this moment of the hostilities in Israel and Gaza.  I find myself immensely sad for several reasons. I am distressed because the idea of killing, especially civilian non-combatants and children whether Israeli or Palestinian, is abhorrent to me, whether […]

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 […]

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 […]