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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Prophet’s Warning

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

Remarks by Rabbi David J. Cooper at the celebration, February 12, 2017 I think my path to social activism began in a moment when I was about eight. I remember […]

Two Stories of a Rabbinic Activist

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Rabbi David's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi David J. Cooper As I was applying for the position in 1999, the Rabbi Search Committee interviewed me. They asked, “What do you see yourself doing 10 years […]

High Holy Day Sermons 5777/2016

Our High Holy Day Sermons are now available to read online: Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily: “A River Goes Out From Eden” Rosh Hashana Sermon by Rabbi […]

Kol Nidre Sermon by Rabbi David Cooper: “God, the Covenant, and the Inside-Outsider”

Ellis Island Story Referenced in Sermon Introduction to Hagar & Ishmael Torah Excerpt (Genesis 21:9-21) A few years ago, I was dropping my son Lev off at college. I helped […]

How Was The Values Statement Developed?

   by Rabbi David J. Cooper The Kehilla Statement of Values on Israel/ Palestine  was passed by the Kehilla Board of Trustees in September. That Board resolution was only the […]

A Note on the Israel/Palestine Values Survey

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Last month we sent out to every member household a survey to determine support for a statement of values on Israel/Palestine. One could indicate where one […]

Mourning the Dream on Tisha B-Av: The Holiday of Lamentations

 Saturday, August 13, 6:30pm by Rabbi David J. Cooper & Rabbi Burt Jacobson During the last years, especially during the Netanyahu administration, big steps have been taken that are increasingly […]