Rabbi Dev Noily, School Director & Community Rabbi
Rabbi Dev Noily is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an educator, Dev wants our kids to know in their kishkes that Judaism belongs to them–its melodies, its tastes, its stories, its wisdom, and its paths to creating community, growing our selves, celebrating life, and joining in the healing of our world.
Dev is active in queer and interfaith work– teaching LGBTQ inclusion at RRC, and serving on the board of the interfaith Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations. Dev is also involved in Jewish mindfulness practice, and facilitates intra-Jewish dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Dev has served congregations in Philadelphia, Vermont, Atlanta, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, and served as a chaplain at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
Natalie is a graduate of Kehilla Hebrew School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah (BBM) program, but more recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Religion. She is in charge of communication, coordinates the details of Kehilla School and the BBM Program, and teaches as a teacher in the BBM program. Natalie is committed to deeply loving and embracing all that her students bring to the table. She also views her role as an opportunity to share her love of Judaism, especially grappling with the harder questions of our world through a Jewish lens, with the students of Kehilla School and the BBM program.
Rebecca Weiner is a long time Jewish educator. She was the Director of Education at Temple Israel of Alameda and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Rebecca believes Judaism should be joyous and rich with learning and welcomed the opportunity to teach and learn with Rabbi Dev and the rest of the Kehilla School staff! One fun fact about Rebecca is that she does floral design.
I was raised in a vibrant Jewish community and fell in love with Jewish living & learning at a young age. Throughout the years, my interests have motivated me to study in the fields of dance, psychology, history, and education and I enjoy including these topics in the classroom. I find great joy in facilitating multimodal learning and sharing Torah stories & ritual with my students and I continue to learn so much from the families and children of Kehilla school! My wife and I found Kehilla shortly after we moved to Oakland and teaching at Kehilla school is a privilege. Outside the classroom, I enjoy sharing meals, taking pictures, and going on walks with my puppy.
Judaism is the lens through which I see and view the world. I see Judaism as my main way to pursue justice, both for others and for myself. I teach at Kehilla School because Kehilla models the beloved Jewish community I wish to see in the world and because I want to be part of shaping the Jewish justice leaders of tomorrow. As a Master of Arts in Social Change student at Starr King School for the Ministry, I feel so grateful to have this opportunity to learn from all of your children, who carry so much inherent knowledge and wisdom on Torah and the world.