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 […]

Economic Justice Committee Shows Film at Yom Kippur Workshop

by Laura Finkler The Economic Justice Committee (EJC) showed “What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?” a film by Lucas Guilkey, at one of the Yom Kippur afternoon workshops. The film covers the tragic death of a Santa Rita inmate, the father of two young children, in June of 2018, at the hands of Sheriff Ahern’s deputies, […]

What’s Kehilla’s EJC Up To? We Want to See Medi-Cal Benefits Returned to Everyone Eligible Upon Release from Santa Rita County Jail

by Richard Speiglman Members of Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee (EJC) collected 200 signatures from congregants and friends entering Rosh Hashanah services this year.  Why? The EJC has worked with colleagues on the Live Free Committee of Faith In Action – East Bay (formerly OCO) on criminal justice issues for the last few years.  EJC members […]

Economic Justice Committee Joins Forces to Control Police Use of Deadly Force: AB392 is Signed!

by Merle Lustig California has been among the worst states in the country for regulating police use of deadly force and the number of fatal police shootings. In 2017, California police shot and killed 172 people, including 5 children. In 2018, they shot and killed 115 people. This month, with the help of many progressive […]

Tiny House Village is seeking tangible donations:

Furniture Donations: As a faith partner, Kehilla is being asked to collect the necessary furniture for one Tiny House for our September move in. Also needed are donations of kitchen and dining room essentials, as well as outdoor furniture. Below is the list of items needed.   Gently used is awesome – and please feel free to […]

Join the Kehilla Volunteer Team for the Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Project

Rebuild the world by helping to create a dozen or more homes for youth in Oakland.  The build dates: Saturday, Aug 17 and Sunday, Aug 18: Framing/Siding Saturday, Aug 24 and Sunday, Aug 25: Siding/Electrical/Insulation/Sheetrock Saturday Sept 7 and Sunday Sept 8: Windows/Doors/Flooring/Trim/Painting The secure 8′ x 10′ Tiny Houses feature windows, a skylight, storage, […]

The Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Tour @ Kehilla – 23 May 2019

On Thursday, May 23rd, Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) brought their Tiny House prototype to Kehilla.  Kehilla is one of many congregations that will help build the Tiny House Village in Oakland, and Kehilla members Nikee Borden, Sam Gast, and Nelson Max helped build this prototype and are now trained build leaders. Nikee Borden was there […]

The Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Is Coming to Kehillla

The Kehilla Economic Justice Committee is working with Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) and East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) to bring a YSA Tiny House to Kehilla’s parking lot on Thursday, May 23rd – Friday, May 24th so the community can learn more about this YSA project to provide housing for youth.  With the cooperation of […]

Economic Justice In Kehilla: March 5th Criminal Justice Reform Workshop

On March 5, a six-person group consisting of members of Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee and Plymouth United Church of Christ’s Social Justice group, presented a workshop on Criminal Justice Reform in Alameda County. The workshop took place at Plymouth, a church just a short walk up Oakland Avenue from Kehilla. There were 26 people in […]

Kehilla Joins Youth Tiny House Effort!! Volunteers Sought!

Spearheaded by the Economic Justice Committee, which sought and received Board and Rabbinic approval, Kehilla is now a Participating Congregation in the Tiny House Village Project designed to provide housing for homeless youth. There are 1,700 homeless youth (age 14-24) in Alameda county, and only 36 youth-designated shelter beds. The vast majority of these young […]