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Beyond Shabbat

by Beth Bittle, Managing Director

Welcome to Beyond Shabbat.  As you know Kehilla is a very busy community with many events, fundraisers, community building activities, classes and Shabbat services. This is the place you will find additional information about the many things happening here at Kehilla, as well as ways to become more involved in your community.

Thank you to the fabulous volunteers who helped with cooking and setup for the Kehilla Retreat.  Thanks to you we had a delicious meal with community! Also a big Thank You goes to our Retreat Sponsors and Supporters, what a wonderful day we had under the Redwood trees.

August 15th is Chai Shabbat. We need volunteers in the kitchen to help prep food the day before and on the 15th.  Clean up help will also be needed after the Kiddush around 2pm.  Please let me know if you are able to help

High Holy Day volunteer opportunities are now posted on the website at this link:  Now is a great time to sign up for your favorite volunteer shift.  There are so many volunteer opportunities available during the High Holy Days and this is a wonderful way to participate in your community.

For all Avodah opportunities, sign up by contacting me, Beth Bittle, at (510) 547-2424, ext. 106 or

Sign up with Jan Herzog, Kiddush Coordinator, at to sponsor a Kiddush.  Kiddush Sponsors are responsible for purchasing and delivering Challot, grape juice, desserts and drinks, and having it set-up at Kehilla by 7:20PM on Fridays (5:50PM for Tot Shabbat) and 10:15AM on Saturdays.

Upcoming Avodah Opportunities:

  • Chai Shabbat
    • Prepping food in the kitchen
    • Clean up
  • High Holy Days
    • Volunteers are needed the week before in the office
    • Lots of day of volunteers needed

Thank you to last month’s amazing office and kitchen volunteers!

  • Shoshana Finacom
  • Joseph Sklar
  • Nikki Sachs
  • Jaime McGrath
  • Lisa Rothman
  • Diane Wirtschafter
  • Sammy Evans

                Kiddush Sponsorships Available

  • Saturday, August 15th: Chai Shabbat
  • Saturday, August 22nd: Shabbat
  • Friday, August 28th: Tot Shabbat
  • Friday, September 4th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, September 5th: Shabbat

Thank you Kiddush Sponsors!

July 11:  Mika & Nelson Max in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lisa Max.

July 18 (Retreat Kiddush Lunch):

   Bracha & Don Stone  in memory of Janet Adelman and Bob Osserrman who were great retreat goers.

  Varya Simpson & Charles MacDermed in memory of Rabbi Bernard Zlotowitz.

  Glitter Kehilla in honor of Malka, Jenna, and SAM, fabulous pillars of the Glitter community. Glitter Kehilla wishes Malka and Jenna much joy and happiness in their marriage and SAM much luck in rabbinical school.

  Malka Stover & Jenna Kemp in honor of their family who came from out of town for their wedding AND the Kehilla community that has been so generous and supportive of them over the last few years.

  Laura Boxer & Hedy Straus in memory of Laura’s brother’s yahrtzeit, Ira Boxer.

  Jan Herzog to commemorate the yahzeit of her father, Bert Herzog, and in honor of her mother, Lois Gordon’s 86th birthday.

July 25: Toby Levenson & Richard Cupp in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Chloe Levenson-Cupp.

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