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 […]

Invitation to Artists: Kehilla High Holy Days Art Show

Entry Deadline is August 30th! Kehilla’s Art Committee is finalizing plans for our annual exhibit open to all members of the congregation. We invite you to share your creativity with the community as you reflect on your feelings, thoughts and hopes for the coming year. Get those artistic juices flowing and create a new piece […]

Julie Litwin is Getting an Award!

As reported by Catherine Lyons: Julie is a recipient of the Mildred Parish Massey Legacy Award from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. This award is in honor of Congresswoman Lee’s late mother, a fierce champion for justice and equality. Julie will be honored at an event the afternoon of Saturday May 11. Not surprisingly, Julie only very […]

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 […]

Rimonim New Liturgy Project Seeks Short Term Volunteers

Rimonim New Liturgy Project Seeks Short Term Volunteers This is Aurora Levins Morales, a resident poet of Kehilla.  You’ve heard me read my work during services for years. Now, other synagogues are using my poetry, too, and asking me to write pieces for them.  While it’s fun and rewarding, it’s a disorganized and mostly unpaid way to […]

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 […]

Join us in our effort to help secure a happy and healthy future for our precious 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 NorahNeedsYou.com for more information.) AND there IS something that you can do right now that will hugely increase our chances of finding a match for […]