Welcoming Pastor Mike McBride, Speaking on Reparations and Teshuvah, on Erev Rosh Hashana

Rabbi Dev Noily, with Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman We feel very honored to be welcoming Pastor Mike McBride as our guest teacher for Erev Rosh Hashana. Pastor Mike is an Oakland-based national leader in the movement for racial justice. It’s unusual for us to have a guest from outside our community offering a drash / […]

Continue Meeting our Board of Trustees

Ori Tzvieli Ori Tzvieli was born in Israel and moved to the US at age 12 with stops in Louisiana and New Jersey before landing in Berkeley.  It was during his first year at Cal that he first encountered Kehilla’s welcoming spirit while attending the community Seder.  He re-engaged with the congregation later in life […]

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 […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: September & October 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Thank you to an anonymous Kehilla donor who made a generous gift to improve accessibility at Kehilla. This gift allowed us in the last two months to clean our sanctuary rafters and install a new accessibility door entrance. Thank you to a generous, anonymous Kehilla donor who made a […]

New Beginnings: Challenge and Possibility

Although the days are getting shorter, this time of year is full of new beginnings. A new school year is underway and the new Jewish year is rapidly approaching. I’ve been thinking of another moment of beginning, this one in the Book of Exodus, as our ancient mythic ancestors gathered in the wilderness after their […]

Executively Speaking: Off and Running in the New Year

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director As our son Sam headed off this morning to his first day of junior year at Berkeley High School, reality hit me head on – we are beginning a new year. All of the signs have been showing here at Kehilla; the pace of work is increasing, members are renewing, […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Arthur Green, Part 1

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 four-part series, I turn to Rabbi Arthur Green, the founder of Hebrew College Rabbinical School. This […]

Is Kehilla a Fit for My Interracial Family?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

by Aviva W I’m not a member of your synagogue… but I could be. I am the daughter of a Rabbi from a long line of rabbis. I am the product of Jewish day school education, Jewish camps and summer programs. I know Hebrew, am well versed in Jewish prayers, and feel deeply rooted in […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: August 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Contributors to: Many Stories, Shared Liberation, an Evening with Alicia Garza: Alex Madonik and Eve Sweetser Ali and Jessica Cannon Andrea Lappen and David Smith Ann Finkelstein Barbara Petterson and David Lee Carol Rothman and Scott Ullman Carole Lowenberg Carolyn Schour Catherine Lyons Cathy Steirn and Chris Kinavey Daniel […]

Is Kehilla a Fit for My Interracial Family?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | One Comment

by Aviva W I’m not a member of your synagogue… but I could be. I am the daughter of a Rabbi from a long line of rabbis. I am the product of Jewish day school education, Jewish camps and summer programs. I know Hebrew, am well versed in Jewish prayers, and feel deeply rooted in […]