The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part 6

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. By the […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: July 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Ellen and Howard Rosenberg  Marjorie Cox  Catherine Lyons  Barry Skeist General Donation Rachel Vyda Venning and Laura Weide  Ari Grossman-Naples  Jay and Ruth Koch Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Carla Schick, in honor of the Immigration Committee Linda Artel, for Rabbi David who is terrific and understanding Riley Newfield, […]

Kehilla-Plymouth Criminal Justice Workshop June 25

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Along with the Justice Committee of Plymouth United Church of Christ, some members of the Economic Justice Committee presented our 2nd Criminal Justice Reform Workshop on the subject of Re-entry After Incarceration.  It took place June 25 at Kehilla and was aimed at Kehilla congregants and those of Plymouth – the Jazz and Justice – […]

Greetings from the Board of Trustees, Part II

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The Board of Trustees has been sharing individual member profiles to introduce ourselves to the congregation and describe our individual paths to joining the board.  Please meet members Lisa Korwin and Ruth Atkin: Lisa Korwin is beginning her second year on the Board and is very much looking forward to it. She began attending Kehilla’s […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! July

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us as at the following Shabbat morning services as some incredible humans become B’nei 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 B’nei Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present […]

Executively Speaking: Membership Matters

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director Summer is almost here, which means it is membership renewal time at Kehilla. On July 1st, the primary contact in your household will receive an email with information on how to renew your Kehilla membership. We continue to invest energy into making clear and user-friendly forms and hope that the […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: June 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Barbara Petterson and David Lee  Sherry Novick and Bob Roden  General Donation Anna Martin and Loel Solomon  Sarah Jackson and Eric Silverberg, in honor of the wonderful teachers and service leaders who guided our son Leo in becoming a Bar Mitzvah this spring – Rabbi Dev Noily, Beth […]

We Created Holy Ground: Photo Gallery

On March 17, 2019 a group of Kehilla congregants, family, and friends practiced an established ritual that for many Jews does not occur in their lifetime. We consecrated a Jewish burial site. This momentous event occurred at Plot 70 in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. where 45 graves have been purchased by members and […]

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 […]

Good News from the Immigration Committee

by Catherine Lyons and Julie Litwin It seems hard to imagine – considering the news we read and hear about the immigration situation – that there can be good news.  Those who have had the privilege of housing or accompanying a refugee or an immigrant have had the opportunity to experience some moments of success […]