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Beyond Shabbat

by Beth Bittle, Managing Director

Beth-profile-pic-150x150Welcome to Beyond Shabbat!

The Kehilla Hanukkah Celebration is on Saturday, December 12th!  We will begin the evening at 6pm in the Sanctuary with a performance and puppet show by Octopretzel!  This will be a fun, lively show especially for families.  After the performance we will light candles in the social hall. Be sure to bring your Menorah. The evening will continue with latkes provided by the amazing Jack Stuber and a potluck meal. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. After we have our fill of latkes, the talent show will begin.  That’s right; we are bringing back the Kehilla Talent Show!  Now is the time to start thinking about which of your talents to showcase.  We will have a limited signup sheet at the beginning of the evening starting at 6pm.  Please sign up early before all the spaces are gone.  Performances will be limited to 3 minutes. Doors open at 5:30pm with pre-show snacks for children. Many volunteer opportunities will be available including helping in the kitchen, greeting, ticketing and clean up. Volunteering at the Hanukkah celebration is always lots of fun, especially in the kitchen!

Gardening 2015Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who have volunteered their time to help remove grass from the lawns and prep the space for our drought tolerant landscaping! Thank you to Dvora Gordon, Carol Rothman, Bill Lazarus, Lynn Lazarus, Ralph Silber, Natalie Roden, Nelson Max and  Nikki Sachs.

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:

  • December 12th, Hanukkah Celebration
    • Ticketing/Greeting – 5:15pm
    • Food setup – 6pm
    • Kitchen prep – 6:15pm (1st Round)
    • Kitchen prep – 7pm (2nd Round)
    • Clean up – 8pm
    • Talent show assistants – 8pm
    • End of evening cleanup – 9:30pm


A special thank you to Rosa Petterson for all the hard work and volunteer hours put in to making our youth name tags and arranging all the Kehilla name tags!

Kiddush Sponsorships Available

  • Friday, December 4th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 12th: Shabbat
  • Friday, December 18th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 19th: Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 26th: Shabbat
  • Saturday, January 2nd: Shabbat
  • Saturday, January 9th: Family Shabbat
  • Friday, January 15th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, January 16th: Shabbat


Thank you Kiddush Sponsors!

November 6 – Simone Masson & Jaime Levy

November 7 – Amy Mueller & Allison Rodman in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Elanna.

November 14 – Julie Bussgang & Rich Bernius in honor of the Bart Mitzvah of their sons, Alex & Andrew.

November 20 – Marjorie Cox, Jenna & Malka Stover-Kemp, Jacque Gothard, Don & Bracha Stone in honor of those who have sustained Kehilla to create a home for new Jews to be able to grow and be celebrated in the fullness of who they are.



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