Kehilla in the West Bank: The Palpable Reality of Occupation: A Report Back

by Rabbi David J. Cooper On Monday, February 17, Rabbi David, Jim Haber and Becca Heisler will report about their experiences together this last December and January in the Occupied Territory as part of a delegation of the Center for Jewish NonViolence. Two years ago, on the 50th anniversary my first trip to Israel/Palestine in […]

Passover: The Quintessential Kehilla Holiday

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Between our Kehilla’s Annual Community Seder, our on-line downloadable Haggadah, Kehilla takes Passover seriously and provides the means to make it meaningful and accessible to every household. Our Kehilla Home Haggadah is free for anyone to use and is usable even by those who know no Hebrew and includes instructions […]

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 […]

Nevertheless – the Truth Persists / Eppur Si Muove: Sermon Yom Kippur Afternoon 2018-5779

Sermon Yom Kippur Afternoon 2018-5779 David J. Cooper It’s Yom Kippur afternoon. I figure it’s a good time to tell a story. Some of you might know that I’m a sort of sidewalk-astronomer. I lead the annual fall equinox gathering at the Cesar Chavez park Solar Calendar on the Berkeley Marina. [So—by way of a […]

The Kehilla Shabbat at the Climate Action September 8

From Rabbi David and Kehilla’s Greening Committee We will observe the last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 8 with a short service before the action: “Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice.” This is an action across the country and we will gather near the local convening point of the march on the Embarcadero Plaza […]

Tips for Using the Kehilla Home Seder

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

Tips for Using the Kehilla Home Seder HOW TO HAVE A SURPRISING SEDER USING THIS HAGGADAH Can you have a seder where no one person, no leader, knows exactly its content in advance? This Home Seder for Kehilla folk is short on words allowing space to invite people to bring in their own readings, stories, […]

Me and the High Holy Days

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Announcements, Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

A Note from Rabbi David How unusual. I’m writing from an August vacation. Maybe that doesn’t seem unusual to you, but I haven’t had an August vacation in more than 20 years. Rather, I would be up to my elbows with work prepping for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But this year, even though I […]

The Retreat Always Was An Advance Forward    

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper I find myself thinking about the many Kehilla annual retreats we have had these last 33 years. It’s on my mind as I will be attending the retreat for the first time in my new emeritus status at the upcoming annual on July 14-16. I remember the sensation I had […]

Still in Israel/Palestine: Report Back Coming June 10

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper By the time you read this, I will be back in Berkeley, but I am writing from a hotel in Bethlehem and on the road in the West Bank. Jim Haber and I will do a report back in greater detail on June 10 (see p. 9) about the trip […]

Facing my Return to Israel/Palestine

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper      It was only three years ago that I wrote in Kol Kehilla in regard to the 50 years since my celebration of becoming bar mitzvah. Now I’m writing that it is 50 years since I arrived in Israel as a 16-year old a few weeks after the Six Day […]