The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part V

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 six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. In 2005 […]

Sikkuy Co-Directors Speak

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Dear Friends, Join us for a great opportunity to learn about the current state of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.  We have invited the co-executive directors of an outstanding Israeli organization called Sikkuy, which means “Opportunity” in Hebrew, to share their work in advancing equality between the Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. Along with the […]

Julie Litwin is Getting an Award!

As reported by Catherine Lyons: Julie is a recipient of the Mildred Parish Massey Legacy Award from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. This award is in honor of Congresswoman Lee’s late mother, a fierce champion for justice and equality. Julie will be honored at an event the afternoon of Saturday May 11. Not surprisingly, Julie only very […]

Resources: Folks With White Privilege Affinity Group

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

3/21/2019 From Dvora Gordon : Shakti Butler from World Trust (local Oakland) make great films on racism A volunteer opportunity: Aurora Levins-Morales and R. Dev are doing a project called Rimonim. This project supports a Jewish woman of color and is geared toward Jews of color in general.  It is also about writing prayer/songs…etc specifically […]

What to Bring to the Retreat 2019

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Announcements | No Comments

WHAT TO BRING FOR CAMPING Food For Friday night potluck: you can either bring a salad/side dish or pay for pizza through the registration form. Tent (or waterproof ground cover if you want to sleep under the stars) Sleeping bag or warm comforters/blankets/pillow/pad Clothes, toiletries, favorite teddy bear, etc. Note that your camping registration includes […]

Directions to the Annual Retreat 2018

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Announcements | No Comments

Our Retreat site is Bort Meadow in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. While the main address of the park is in Castro Valley, the part we are using is entered via Redwood Road through the Oakland hills, less than 20 minutes from Kehilla. From Highway 13, take  the Redwood Road/35th Avenue  exit; go uphill on Redwood […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: May 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Sarah Stutman, in loving memory of her Papu, Ralph Battino Shoshana and Dave Finacom, in gratitude and appreciation for Hazzan Shulamit and Rabbi Dev and our beloved Kehilla community for the support received during this time of grief of the passing of Arville Finacom General Fund Andy […]

Supporting Asylum-Seekers at the San Diego Migrant Shelter – Consider Going Yourself?

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

By Penny Rosenwasser and Miriam Abrams Inspired by Kehilla’s immigration and sanctuary work – and increasingly horrified by 45’s policies — we each volunteered at the San Diego Rapid Response Network Shelter in late March/early April. Miriam’s daughter Esther accompanied Miriam as well. We were also inspired by Lili Shidlovski’s moving account of her volunteering […]

We Created Holy Ground

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

On March 17, 2019 a group of Kehilla congregants, family, and friends practiced an established ritual that for many Jews does not occur in their lifetime. We consecrated a Jewish burial site. This momentous event occurred at Plot 70 in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. where 45 graves have been purchased by members and […]