Get on the phone to help Norah!

Dear Kehilla Community, We all want to do what we can to help secure a happy and healthy future for our precious Norah who is living with Fanconi Anemia (see for more information). AND there IS something that you can do right now that will hugely increase our chances of finding a match for […]

Announcing the establishment of the Ariel Rose Memorial Fund

Dear Friends and Family of Ariel: To honor our dear Ariel, we are announcing today the establishment of the Ariel Rose Memorial Fund.  We have found the perfect non-profit partner in the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and specifically with their new project, Restore Oakland. Now under construction just minutes from our house, Restore […]

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

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. Reb Zalman […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: March 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Joel Kreisberg & Wendy Buffett General Fund for Day to Day Operations Cathy Steirn, in memory of Bernice Steirn Diane Elliott & Burt Jacobson, in memory of Leonard Elliot, Eliezer ben Shmuel Yitzkhak Susan Buseck Terumah Building Fund Joel Kreisberg & Wendy Buffett Youth Scholarship Fund Lisa Bernard-Pearl, in loving […]

Report on Three Recent Immigration Committee Events

Welcoming the Stranger:  A Call for Kehilla Sanctuary & Shelter Volunteers On February 3rd the Immigration Committee held an event for those interested in volunteering when Kehilla has a guest in sanctuary. Participants learned about the steps that we have taken so far to prepare for this undertaking. We showed three short videos to give […]

Tot Shabbat Schedule Changes

Due to the popular demand of our 1st Saturday Tot Shabbat service every month, we will begin adding 3rd Saturday Tot Shabbat services in May! There will no longer be any 4th Friday Tot Shabbat services. Families are also welcome at any service at Kehilla. Updated Tot Shabbat schedule through June: Saturdays from 10:30 am […]

Kehilla Has Plot 70 in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland

Dear Kehilla Community Synagogue congregants, It is with great pleasure that I write this article for the Kol Kehilla.  As many of you already know, we have embarked upon an effort to secure a burial site for our synagogue members.  With unexpected success, all of you who secured a grave did so in the introductory […]

Kehilla Board Column: The Story of the Generosity Committee

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Are you looking to become more involved with Kehilla in a way that is fulfilling and productive as well as fun? Then consider joining the Generosity Committee (GenCo) or getting involved in some of our fundraising events. We have a great immediate engagement opportunity and a terrific team to support you. In May 2019, GenCo […]

B’nei Mitvah on the Horizon! March

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Announcements, Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us as at the Shabbat morning service on March 30 as the first student of the 2019 Bat/Bar Mitzvah cohort, Ellie Broscow, becomes Bat Mitzvah!  Some of us may feel a little hesitant about coming to a Shabbat service when a young person we do not know personally is becoming […]

Give Detainees Hope – Be a Friend on the Outside

By Jeanne Finberg The Kehilla Immigration Committee is organizing a contingent to help support immigrants who are currently being held in ICE detention. We are working with Friends Afuera, which is a project of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.  Through this program, volunteers write letters to people in detention and contribute a small amount […]