Welcome to Kehilla Community Synagogue! We’re conveniently located on Grand Avenue in the Grand Lake district of Oakland, easily accessible by public transportation. Our building has gathering spaces perfect for small meetings, intimate classes, larger celebrations, concerts, and events requiring multi-room use. See below for photos and descriptions of the different spaces available to rent.
Let’s start the conversation! Send us your contact info and some information about what you’re imagining at the button below. We’ll be happy to set up a time for you to see our space and plan your next event here!
Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturdays: 3pm – 9:30pm
Sundays: 1:30pm – 6:30pm
***NEW RENTALS NOT AVAILABLE: September 1 thru October 8, 2023 (in observance of High Holy Day services/events.***
All of our rental spaces are wheelchair accessible. Our parking lot, which fits 10 cars, includes a dedicated disabled parking space and there are additional disabled spaces on Grand Avenue and on Fairview Avenue.
Kehilla wants to ensure the health and safety of our community, renters, and everyone that enters our building through adherence to our health policies. Before you book, please review the Rental Guidelines & Covid Public Health Protocols.
The jewel of Kehilla! Our spacious sanctuary has wonderful acoustics, making it perfect for concerts, weddings, lectures and other special events.
- Capacity: 285
- Seating: Combination of moveable chairs and stationary pews
- Sound: Built-in speaker system & awesome acoustics
- Features: Gorgeous traditional redwood beam vaulted ceiling
Our Social Hall is a wonderful space for wedding receptions, celebratory gatherings, and other special events. It includes direct access to our beautiful outside courtyard, and has space for several serving tables both indoors and outdoors. It is adjacent to our kitchen, and thus also ideal for catered events, as it also features a large service window between kitchen and social hall.
- Indoor Capacity: 160 people (seated)
- Outdoor Capacity: 30 people (seated)
Our Fireside Room is so named for its beautiful brick fireplace. It is ideal for classes, meetings and small receptions. This room also doubles as the Fireside Gallery, a special place where we exhibit our community’s amazing art work, and has French doors with access to the beautiful outdoor courtyard.
- Indoor Capacity: 40 people (seated)
We have four other rooms perfect for classes, small groups, and meetings. These classrooms can accommodate up to 30 people in each room with tables and chairs. Each classroom comes equipped with a dry erase board.
- Indoor Capacity: 30 people
Buber classroomMain floor Back classroom
Our kitchen has the layout and equipment of a commercial kitchen, though is not licensed by the health department, and is available to rent for private, non-commercial and non-profit use. The Kehilla kitchen is equipped with:
- Wolf 4-burner stove
- a Wolf griddle
- 2 ovens
- Commercial refrigerator
- Full-size freezer.
Please note that, being a synagogue, we have a Kashrut Policy which include guidelines for what can be cooked, eaten and served in our building. If you are interested in renting the kitchen, it is important to review the Kashrut policy in advance to make sure we can accommodate your needs!
What does it cost to rent at Kehilla?
The cost of renting our facility depends on many interdependent factors, such as the particular space(s), the date and time, whether we have staff already on site or whether we have to bring them in just for your event, the amount of set-up and clean-up, and whether our discount for Kehilla members applies.
Please use this form to get in touch with us, and we’ll answer your questions as soon as we can!.
Terms of Conditional Use Permit
Tenant shall be bound by the terms of Landlord’s Conditional Use Permit with the City of Piedmont. Care and consideration of neighbors is of utmost importance. Tenant shall cooperate fully and proactively in reducing traffic, parking, and noise impact on neighboring residences and businesses.
Allowable hours of operation under the current Conditional Use Permit are:
Events and Services: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m – 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. During these hours only, amplified sound is permitted, provided that care is taken to avoid disturbing neighbors. In the event that amplified sound prompts complaints by neighbors, it will be forbidden under this agreement.