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

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. In 2005 […]

Thank You for Your Generosity: May 2019

Thank You for Your Generosity Financial Annual Fund Sarah Stutman, in loving memory of her Papu, Ralph Battino Shoshana and Dave Finacom, in gratitude and appreciation for Hazzan Shulamit and Rabbi Dev and our beloved Kehilla community for the support received during this time of grief of the passing of Arville Finacom General Fund Andy […]

Supporting Asylum-Seekers at the San Diego Migrant Shelter – Consider Going Yourself?

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By Penny Rosenwasser and Miriam Abrams Inspired by Kehilla’s immigration and sanctuary work – and increasingly horrified by 45’s policies — we each volunteered at the San Diego Rapid Response Network Shelter in late March/early April. Miriam’s daughter Esther accompanied Miriam as well. We were also inspired by Lili Shidlovski’s moving account of her volunteering […]

We Created Holy Ground

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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 […]

Kehilla Endorses 2 Important Pieces of Legislation

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Kehilla Community Synagogue submitted letters of support for two important bills working their way through the State Assembly. AB 732 (Bonta), the Reproductive Dignity Bill would improve the quality of reproductive medical care, support and accommodations in state prisons and county jails. This bill advanced out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee this week on […]

Thank You From the Finacom Family

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Dear Kehilla community, I’d like to express my (and our) deepest gratitude for the Shiva gathering, and all your support and attention following the loss of my mother, Arville Finacom. Your spiritual and practical care has been a blessing, and confirms my mother’s belief in the value of this community to my family. We’d also […]

Executively Speaking: Thoughts on a Powerful Trip to Israel

by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director I just returned from a Passover trip to Israel. I went to participate in a Jewish Leaders Conference of Jews from Israel and diaspora communities around the world. The conference was as good as I expected, but I was moved by my overall visit in ways that I had not […]

Mourning the Attack on Chabad of Poway – Coming Together this Friday

Dear Friends, Our hearts are heavy with the news of yet another white supremacist shooting in a place of worship – this time at Chabad of Poway, near San Diego, on Shabbat morning, the 8th day of Pesach, where many people had come for Yizkor, memorial prayers that are recited four times a year. Coming […]

B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! May

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 […]

Year End Article 5779

by Rabbi Gray Myrseth In one collection of midrash (rabbinic expansions on biblical verses), the rabbis ask: why was the Torah given in the wilderness? The question had never occured to me before, but once I read it on the page, I also wondered. Why does the God of the exodus story require our mythic […]