Celebrate Hanukkah with Puppets, Latkes, and Special Guest, Muslim Civil Rights Leader Zahra Billoo!

Monday December 23rd – The Second Night by Rabbi Dev Noily  This year’s Kehilla Hanukkah party will include our usual fabulous puppet show for the littlest Kehillians, latkes, candle lighting and joyful celebration. And we’ll also have the chance to hear from an amazing leader in our Bay Area community, Zahra Billoo. I met Zahra, […]

Electrify Everything: What We Can Do About the Climate Crisis – Updates from the Greening Committee

Save the Date—Feb. 11—for presentation of “Electrify Everything” at Kehilla.  For urban dwellers the main sources of greenhouse gases are the gas we use to heat our homes and water, our transportation and the electricity we use for power in our homes.  This presentation by volunteers from 350 Bay Area will address these areas and […]

Executively Speaking: Completing a Crucial Step Towards Physical Sanctuary

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Kehilla first declared itself a Sanctuary congregation in the 1980s. In November 2016, the Kehilla Board passed a resolution to reaffirm our commitment to being a Sanctuary congregation, and a year and half later, voted to approve the offering of physical sanctuary in our building to a refugee or immigrant […]

Economic Justice Committee Report Back: Schools & Communities First Ballot & Tiny House Village

Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee has focused on criminal justice and affordable housing issues throughout the past year, while closely watching the progress of a ballot measure to reform California property taxes on large businesses.  After important revisions to this measure, now known as “Schools & Communities First,” Kehilla has joined a broad coalition to endorse […]

Faith Trio News (December 2019)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Lea Delson On Saturday evening, November 9, congregants from four Oakland faith communities joined together at the Harvest Dinner for fellowship and a wonderful potluck vegetarian feast, held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC). The Faith Trio is an alliance of Kehilla with ICCNC and with Montclair Presbyterian Church, and this […]

Kehilla Board Service Myths and Facts

Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Every year new members join the Board of Trustees, starting in July. The process involves attending a board meeting, and a conversation with board members, as well as the executive director.  Once nominations have been finalized, the congregation votes on the candidates prior to the community-wide meeting in May.  Sometimes – as is the case […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Arthur Green, Part 2

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this four-part series, I turn to Rabbi Arthur Green, the founder of Hebrew College Rabbinical School. This […]

700 Benches: Winter 2020 class info for Kol Kehilla

You are invited to come learn with 700 Benches, a SVARA-method beit midrash (house of study; more information about SVARA is at www.svara.org). In this 6-week beit midrash, you’ll learn ancient Jewish texts in their original language, explore Talmud study as a spiritual practice, and co-create a supportive, queer-normative community of study. All you need to […]

Immigration Committee Requests

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Jon and Karen are immigration committee members who are providing Dora Mendoza with housing while she pursues her green card (lawful permanent residency). Dora has held Temporary Protected Status since 2001.She is an extraordinary nanny who cared for their son for almost two years. They wrote: Dora recently relocated to California, lives in central Berkeley, […]

Kehilla Book Group 2019-20 Book Selections

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Announcements | No Comments

Spies of No Country – Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman – November 11 On Division by Goldie Goldbloom – Dec. 9, 2019 – BOOK Club in a BOX (JCL) borrow Nov. 12, return Dec. 10 The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – January 13, 2020 Bethlehem Road Murder by Batya […]