הנינו – Hineinu – Here We Are

Rosh Hashanah: September 18 – 20
Yom Kippur: September 27 – 28

Gather your strength. Water your roots. Connect with your people.

We can’t always know what’s coming next, and the way forward isn’t always clear. But no matter what is happening, we can say hineinu: here we are, together.

This year for High Holy Days we won’t be coming together in a building. But we will be coming together in community, online. We’re building a High Holy Day community that treasures all who enter, a community that joyfully celebrates our lives, a community that practices love and pursues justice, a community that reaches into the teachings and melodies of our Jewish ancestors and traditions to guide us toward liberation and wholeness for ourselves and for all people.

Join us for our main High Holy Day services, Family Services, Tot Services, and outdoor, socially-distanced Tashlich. Accessibility note: All main services, not including Family and Tot services, will feature live text captioning.

Meet the Service Leaders

Here are some of the folks who’ll be guiding and teaching us:

Rabbi Dev Noily, Senior Rabbi & Erev Rosh Hashanah Teaching
Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, Music Director

Lia Barrow, Rosh Hashanah Morning D’varling*
Howard Hamburger, Rosh Hashanah Morning D’varling*
Rabbi Chaya Gusfield & Eve Decker, Second Day Rosh Hashanah Leaders

Tonda Case, Kol Nidre Teaching
Satya Zamudio, Yom Kippur Morning Teen D’varling*
Avi Rose, Yom Kippur Morning D’varling*
Rabbi David Cooper, Yom Kippur Afternoon Teaching
Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Ne’ilah Storytelling 

Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Family Services & Yom Kippur Torah Service
Jen Miriam and Alon Altman, Tot Services

Debbie Fier, Musical Prayer Leader
Julie Nesnansky, Musical Prayer Leader
Beth Dickinson, Musical Prayer Leader

*A “D’var Torah” is a Torah teaching – literally, a word of Torah. We’re calling our shorter Torah teachings “D’varlings” – we couldn’t resist.

Registering for High Holy Days

We won’t be selling tickets this year, but we are inviting you to register for services and to consider making a contribution to help sustain Kehilla.

Kehilla members are automatically registered for High Holy Days – become a member here! If you have not yet renewed, please go here to renew today.

Members can register friends and family below.

Already registered? The links to all services have been emailed to the person that registered for High Holy Days. Please be sure to check your Spam folder. Still can’t find the Zoom links? Please contact our Helpline at Tech@KehillaSynagogue.org for assistance.

Preparing for High Holy Days

For the High Holy Day Machzor (prayerbook) in PDF format, please click here. If you received a machzor (prayerbook) in your High Holy Day gift bag and want to keep it, please reimburse us $10-$20 by clicking here.

For Kehilla Yom Kippur 2020 Announcements, please click here.

For Kehilla Rosh Hashanah 2020 Announcements, please click here.

Getting ready for our High Holy Days practice will be a far cry from our usual pilgrimage to the Scottish Rite Center and our Grand Avenue home. Even so, we can give ourselves some of the gifts of the journey! Click here to see a few possibilities about deepening your online experience and practice.

And click here for instructions to create a Zoom Quilt of Memory for Yikzor on Yom Kippur afternoon.

Services

For our Teen Offerings, please click here.

For prayerbooks and handouts, please click here.

A Note on Video Sharing

Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah Day One Main Service are held in Webinar format to accommodate our large attendance, and only those leading the service will be on video. All other services will be in Zoom Meeting format and video will be optional for all participants.

Selichot – Saturday, September 12

Evening Service: 8:00 pm

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Selichot is our portal into the Days of Awe and the process of teshuva, of turning inward with love and curiosity to face ourselves with clarity and truth. Selichot limbers up our ability to ask for forgiveness. Before we enter the great time of Rosh Hashanah, we gather in the intimate circle of Selichot – just us – to begin the tender and life-giving practice of looking deeply and clearly at our lives. Join Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, and Kehilla’s bima team for song, prayer, and story to get us on our way.

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday, September 18

Main Service: 7:00 pm

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Welcome the new year, celebrate the birthday of the world, and gather with our community as we face this moment together, and begin to draw on the practices of this season to sustain us and uplift us in difficult times.

Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily, leading the service with Hazzan Shulamit and musical prayer leaders Debbie Fier and Beth Dickinson.

Bring (optional): Candles to light with us at the beginning of service, challah and wine or fruit juice for Kiddish and Motzi after services.

Hangout Rooms

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Hangout rooms will begin 5 minutes after services end:

General Room
POC Room
Glitter Room
Teen Room

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Saturday, September 19

Main Service: 9:30 am

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Led by Howard Hamburger and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, with d’varlings* by Lia Barrow and Howard Hamburger, and musical prayer leaders Julie Nesnansky and Debbie Fier.

Bring (optional): Tallit/prayer shawl and challah, wine or fruit juice for Kiddish and Motzi after services, plus shofar, kazoo or horn!

Tot Service: 10:00 am

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With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman.  Enjoy a Rosh Hashanah experience with puppets, music and lots of fun for our youngest celebrants and the grown-ups who love them.

Family Service: 11:00 am

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Join musical prayer leader Beth Dickinson and Rabbi Gray Myrseth for stories, songs, and a fun, kid-centered experience that includes Shofar sounding, a Torah story, and other Rosh Hashanah traditions. Designed for children in grades 1 to 6, and open to all ages.

Hangout Rooms

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Hangout rooms will begin 5 minutes after services end:

General Room
Family Room
POC Room
Teen Room

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Sunday, September 20

Chanting: 9:15 am

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Gathering, chanting, and settling in begins at 9:15 a.m.

Main Service: 9:30 am

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We invite you to a morning of sacred song and teachings, mindfulness, prayer, healing, and shared community experience. Led by Rabbi Chaya Gusfield and Buddhist teacher Eve Decker.

Bring (optional): Tallit or prayer shawl, challah, wine or fruit juice

Virtual Oneg: 11:30 am

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Join us for blessings over wine and challah, followed by time to reflect and an opportunity to get to know each other.

Tashlich with Jews on Ohlone Land – Sunday, September 20

Service: 3:00 pm, Socially-Distanced/Outdoors at West Berkeley Shellmound

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Join Jews On Ohlone Land, Kehilla Community Synagogue and Jewish Youth for Community Action for an outdoor, socially distanced, family friendly, community Tashlich ritual. Tashlich is the tradition of casting into the water the mistakes we’ve made over the last year, and cleansing ourselves to begin anew.

We’ll gather at the West Berkeley Shellmound at 1900 Fourth St at 3 pm for a short program and then walk together to the Berkeley Marina (see photo for walking route). Between 4:15 and 4:30 we will gather near Adventure Playground, just east of the Cal Adventures West Dock on the Berkeley Marina for Tashlich. Please bring greens, duck or fish food, or another organic biodegradable material for your Tashlich. You’re also welcome to bring a shofar to blow at our closing circle at the Marina.

Shabbat Shuva & Healing Service – Saturday, September 26

Morning Service: 10:00 am

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Healing Service cosponsored by the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center.

Practice in the power of this single Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – the Shabbat of Turning. Shabbat prayers led by Howard Hamburger and Julie Nesnansky through the Amidah. Then from 11:00-11:45 pm, the Healing service will be led by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and Beth Dickinson. This will be a service of prayer, lamenting, and reflection. We will witness the losses of the year that passed, as well as celebrating our creative adaptation and survival, as we imagine a more interdependent and connected world together. We will create a sacred space for healing our bodyminds, spirits, communities, and the planet. The Healing Service will center the experiences of all sick and disabled people. Everyone (from all backgrounds, and all abilities) is welcome! Howard and Julie will lead concluding shabbat morning prayers following the Healing Service. Live closed captioning (CART) will be offered.

Kol Nidre – Sunday, September 27

Tot Service: 5:00 pm

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Jen Miriam and Alon Altman bring their warm, loving and puppet-filled world to a musical Kol Nidre experience for little ones up to age 5 and their grown-ups.

Family Service: 6:30 pm

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Designed for children in grades 1 to 6; everyone welcome

Join Kehilla’s Director of Youth Programs, Rabbi Gray Myrseth, for a special family experience of Kol Nidre. Enter into the holiness of Yom Kippur with stories, songs, and family activities on the theme of teshuvah (literally “turning,” but also means “relationship repair”). Are there things we want to say sorry for? Are there ways we want to try again in the new year? Together we’ll explore these questions and others.

Main Service: 6:30 pm

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Sermon by Tonda Case, project director of Jewish Women of Color Resilience Circle. Led by Rabbi Dev Noily and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman with musical prayer leaders Beth Dickinson and Debbie Fier.

On this holiest night of the Jewish year it’s our custom to wear white, to avoid leather, to fast, and to pray wearing a tallit/prayer shawl – the only time in the year that a tallit is worn at night. This service, beginning with the chanting of Kol Nidre, initiates a practice period that will last for the next 25 hours.

Hangout Rooms

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Hangout rooms will begin 5 minutes after services end:

Quiet Room
Reflection Room
POC Room
Glitter Room
Teen Room

Yom Kippur – Monday, September 28

Morning Offerings: 9:30 am – 9:55 am

Storytime with Rabbi Gray Myrseth

Aimed at children and their grown-ups.

Sound Mikvah with Debbie Fier

Immerse yourself in contemplative music on handpan and more. This is an invitation to meditate and/or move as I play music to help you wake up and align your body and spirit in preparation for Yom Kippur day.

Gentle Movement for Body, Soul, and Spirit with Sandra Razieli

Together we’ll experience simple movements that honor and nourish our bodies as a preparation for diving into the richness of prayer and contemplation.

Congregant Slide Show and Morning Blessings with Hazzan Shulamit and Avi Rose

Slideshow starts at 9:30 am with Morning Blessings at 9:45 am.

Main Service: 10 am

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Morning d’varling* by Avi Rose and teen d’varling* by Satya Zamudio. Torah service with Rabbi Gray Myrseth. Haftarah with Anna Talhami and Wren Pinto. Musaf with Rabbi Dev Noily. All with Hazzan Shulamit and musical prayer leaders Julie Nesnansky and Debbie Fier.

Hangout Rooms

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Hangout rooms will begin 5 minutes after services end:

General Room
POC Room
Glitter Room
Teen Room

Rabbi David Cooper Teaching 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

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Jonah, Teshuva, and Israel/Palestine: A Learning Session with Rabbi David Cooper

Yom Kippur and the short “Book” of Jonah direct us into a process of Teshuva, our perennial re-evaluation as individuals and as a collective in regard to where we are (hineinu) and what we need to change. Rabbi David will tie the story of the reluctant prophet Jonah — traditionally read on Yom Kippur afternoon — to the current analyses and advocacy concerning the Occupation. The recent writings of Peter Beinart have sparked a wider dialogue in the community. What is emerging from this dialogue and how does it connect to our teshuva process?

Afternoon Workshops: 3:45 pm-4:45 pm

Embodying our Spiritual Commitments with Diana Lion

Come join me for a relaxing Qigong and meditation practice. The idea is to support us to harmonize our bodies, heart-minds, spirits, and life force. We will combine gentle movements and alive stillness, in sitting and standing postures. People are also welcome to lie down if that fits better. The emphasis is on connecting internally during this sacred time. Embodying our spiritual commitments can help them become an even deeper part of our Being and practice. Anyone wanting to attend is welcome to come just as you are. I can help people adapt any movements to fit your own needs.

POC Workshop – Forgiveness as a Tool of Resistance and Liberation with Ruthie Levin

During this sacred time we are encouraged to atone and ask for pardon. It is a call to acknowledge the mistakes of the past and forgive. Many of us may feel the weight of these big asks. In this workshop we will explore the ways we move through pain and anger into a place of forgiveness – or not.

Facing the Climate Emergency as Jews with Ruth Atkin

This workshop will give participants a chance to explore their feelings about the changing climate. It will not include science-based facts, but be a chance to face what is getting in the way of thinking and/or acting on this issue.

Class Dynamics and the Effects on Our Community and Lives with WCLIG

Presented by Kehilla’s Working Class/Low Income Group and led by Bessie Citrin and Dvora Gordon. We will be showing the video From the Back of the Room, an Eli talk by Tova Stabin. You are welcome to watch it in advance and again at the workshop. After the video, we will have an open discussion about class and our feelings, reactions and thoughts about both the video and our life experiences. People from all strata of class backgrounds and current class realities welcome. This is a toe dipping into a much larger ocean of knowledge and dynamics and understanding. We will offer this workshop to a minimum of 4 people, with a maximum of 10 enrollees, plus the two workshop leaders. First come, first enrolled!

Spiritual Living in a Time of Adversity with Rabbi Burt Jacobson

We are living in an unprecedented time—the pandemic, the wildfires, the ravages of racism, the government in the hands of a mad despot.  How can we meet these challenges in a spiritual way? The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that because the human soul is divine, we each have within us the ability to sweeten our suffering. In this workshop Rabbi Burt will share the Ba’al Shem’s process.

Tikkun HaNefesh: Repairing the Soul, Untangling White Privilege

Presented by the Belonging & Allyship Initiative and led by Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman and Chaplain Laura Fitch. As we move through the final hours of Yom Kippur, this session offers an opportunity for white folks to focus on the internal and very personal aspect of dismantling White Supremacy culture and untangling white privilege. For the past two years, the facilitators of this workshop have held monthly Tikkun HaNefesh groups for white folks at Kehilla aimed at increasing our consciousness about, and untangling the impacts of, white privilege. We’ve been using the Ba’al Shem Tov’s 3 fold path as a practice for this purpose. Hachna’ah – Be present, find safe places to surrender to the moment when feelings need to be felt. Havdalah – Discernment. Separation. Breathe in and out. Notice what is happening, and what is not. Ha Mitookah – The sweetening. There is so much good happening. Be a part of it. In these times of COVID-19 and social upheaval, this approach feels more precious than ever. Please join us!

Yikzor: 5:15 pm

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Led by Rabbi David Cooper with Julie Nesnansky, Beth Dickinson, and Debbie Fier.

For this service, we will be creating a Zoom Quilt of Memory. Click here for instructions.

Ne’ilah Beginning with Storytelling by Rabbi Burt Jacobson: 6:00 pm

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Ne’ilah will be in a Zoom meeting where we’ll see each other’s faces. It begins with storytelling by Rabbi Burt Jacobson, founding rabbi of Kehilla, and continues at 6:15, led by Howard Hamburger, Hazzan Shulamit, Debbie Fier, Julie Nesnansky, and Beth Dickinson. Before Yom Kippur ends and the gates of teshuvah swing shut, we gather our strength and courage to delve deeply inward, to pour out our prayers like water, and to raise our voices in song and lift the roof!

Hangout Rooms

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Hangout rooms will begin 5 minutes after services end:

General Room
POC Room
Glitter Room

*A “D’var Torah” is a Torah teaching – literally, a word of Torah. We’re calling our shorter Torah teachings “D’varlings” – we couldn’t resist.