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Beyond Shabbat

Beth-profile-pic-150x150by 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.

The Kehilla Retreat at Lake Temescal is right around the corner on July 18th!  Volunteers are needed on Friday, July 17th to do some light food prep in the kitchen in the morning.   We will be cooking a couple of dishes that will be served for lunch at the Retreat.  This is a great way to volunteer for the Retreat if you enjoy cooking!  Want to volunteer on the day of the Retreat?  For anyone that enjoys arriving early we need help setting up for services at the picnic area.  Volunteers will also be needed to help light set up for lunch at the Retreat.  Contact me soon to let me know how you would like to be involved in this year’s Retreat!

Also, please don’t forget to brink a chair or blanket to sit on during services and lunch at the Retreat. We will have limited seating available. Be sure to check out what Playshops will be happening after lunch!

High Holy Days volunteer opportunities are now posted here!  It is not too early to start signing up before your favorite shift is gone.

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:

  • Kehilla Retreat
    • Prep food on the Friday before
    • Set up before service at Lake Temescal 


Kiddush Sponsorships Available:

  • Saturday, July 18th: Retreat
  • Friday, July 24th: Tot Shabbat
  • Friday, August 7th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, August 15th: Shabbat
  • Friday, August 21st: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, August 22nd: Shabbat
  • Friday, August 28th: Tot Shabbat


Thank you Kiddush Sponsors

June 5:  Ruth Atkin & Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman in honor of Shifrah’s rabbinic ordination.

June 13:  Hedy Straus in honor of Howard Hamburger, as a belated welcome back from his sabbatical, and in gratitude for his wonderful Torah teachings and years of service leadership at Kehilla.

June 27:  Julie Emden & Michael Tertes in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Eliana Tertes.

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