The Kehilla Trip to Israel/Palestine?

by Rabbi David J. Cooper For well more than a decade there has been some discussion about a trip to Israel/Palestine that could uniquely reflect Kehilla’s values and the variety of attitudes in our congregation about that zone. I believe that the time has come if belatedly, but in the words of Bertolt Brecht, “For […]

Coming Together in the Shadow of the Tree of Life

By Rabbi Dev Noily We are shaken and grieving, each of us in our own ways, all of us together. We know more now about the people whose lives have been lost and shattered. We know more about the three Jewish communities who shared a building – Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light. […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Martin Buber, Part 4

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Martin Buber’s parents divorced when he was quite young, and he grew up living on a farm with his paternal grandparents. The boy would also visit and spend time with his father. One time his father took him to a small Hasidic synagogue for worship on the Sabbath, and there he […]

Talmud and Transformation: Come Learn with Us

By Rabbi Gray Myrseth During the week of October 15th, Rabbi Dev and I had the honor and privilege of gathering in Chicago as members of the inaugural cohort of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva’s Transformative Talmud Teaching Fellowship. Alongside our teachers and colleagues—including Maggid Jhos Singer of Chochmat HaLev— we learned the following Talmudic […]

Open Hearts/Open Minds Exploring Class Dynamics in Our Kehilla Community Workshop—Report Back

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

We want to thank everyone who came to the workshop. It is really revolutionary for people in a synagogue to sit and talk about the dynamics of class. We recognize that class is rarely talked about in our society, let alone in our Jewish communities. We are very grateful that this conversation has begun, and […]

An Interview with Kehilla Congregant Satya Zamudio

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | One Comment

By Bill Lazarus When Satya Zamudio turned 11 she moved back to the Bay Area with her mom Brooke Lober. Her dad, Joaquin Zamudio Garcia, lived four blocks away. In prior homes in Tucson and LA, they had not been particularly religious. But Brooke, an activist in Jewish Voice for Peace and the International Jewish […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: November 2018

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Danielle Rosenman and Steven Falk, in memory of our mothers, Adele Essman and Lillie Falk Shelley Nathans and Sam Gerson, in memory of Ariel Hershcopf General Fund Andrea Bryck Cathy Jane Steirn, in memory of my sister Judy and Irwin Miller, in memory of Irene McPhail Nahum […]

A Word from the Board

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Kol Kehilla Newsletter | No Comments

Welcome to this new column about the life of the Kehilla Board of Trustees.  We hope to keep the congregation informed about what our Board does to support and sustain our wonderful community. In our first column, we’d like to introduce the work of the Board towards uncentering whiteness and advancing racial justice.  In tandem […]

What’s Up with Our Jails?

By Jeanne Finberg and Richard Speiglman Holding Alameda County’s Sheriff Accountable — Report and Rally In a rousing rally and demonstration on Oct 2, 2018, Jose Bernal from the Ella Baker Center emceed an event in front of the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility on 6th Street in Oakland, decrying the harsh conditions and human rights […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! November

Dear Kehilla community, You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing humans become Bat/Bar 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 Bat/Bar Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present brings […]