Kehilla High Holy Days 2022 / 5783

Living in Reciprocity & Mutuality

Erev Rosh Hashanah  Sunday, September 25
First Day Rosh Hashanah   Monday, September 26
Second Day Rosh Hashanah  Tuesday, September 27

Shabbat Shuva Morning Service  Saturday, October 1
Tashlich & Picnic at West Berkeley Shellmound 
Sunday, October 2

Kol Nidre Evening  Tuesday, October 4
Yom Kippur Day & Ne’ilah  Wednesday, October 5

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See the full schedule & service descriptions

Join Kehilla Community Synagogue’s VIRTUAL High Holy Day services! This year’s services will be live-streamed from the Kehilla sanctuary. All are warmly invited to get tickets – for yourself or for loved ones! – to join us virtually from around the world for Kehilla’s profound and renowned Days of Awe.

Are you a Kehilla member? Kehilla members are automatically registered for High Holy Days and will be emailed the Zoom links to services a few days ahead of Rosh Hashanah. The registration window to join the lottery for in-person attendance has now closed. Please email help@kehillasynagogue.org with any questions.

In-Person Attendance: Member attendance is by reservation ONLY. No walk-ups please.

The land, with all its non-human and human creatures, waters, stones and fungal networks, both feeds us and needs us; it is us, and we are it, for a time.

Emerging from the shmita year – the seventh year in our seven-year cycle of honoring the earth’s need for rest – we enter (yet another!) time of re-orientation. Whether shmita was something we practiced in some way, or whether it went largely unnoticed, now we move into a new cycle of engagement with the earth, a fresh start in our relations with the land that sustains us, and with all of Creation.

In the Torah’s teaching on shmita , YHVH says, “The land is Mine and you all are strangers (gerim) and temporary residents (toshavim) with Me.” (Leviticus 25:23)

Sometimes the Torah we need for our lives has been paved over by the traumas and disconnections of recent centuries, and we need to excavate to re-discover its life-giving roots, its urgent teaching for just this moment. Over the past few generations many Jewish communities lost touch with the Torah’s vision of the relationship between human beings and the land we live on.

Throughout these High Holy Days we’ll deepen our excavation, as we practice the relational repair of Teshuvah, the truthful self-reflection of Tefillah, and the mutual care-giving of TzedakahWe’ll listen for the ancient song of our Torah’s core teachings about reciprocity, belonging and mutuality – a song we can learn to sing again together, with each other and with our ancestors, as we build our community in this life where we are temporary residents passing through.

About Kehilla High Holy Days

We are excited for a new year of virtual services that you can attend from anywhere in the world! Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, all of our Main Services* will be live-streamed on Zoom from Kehilla’s sanctuary, with in-person service attendance limited to a small number of congregants. Your ticket includes in-person events in the Bay Area, including:

  • In-person Elul Prayer Walk with Rabbi David Cooper (Berkeley Marina, Sept. 3)
  • Selichot Evening Service (Multi-Access from Kehilla Sanctuary, Sept. 17)
  • Rosh Hashanah Morning Tot Service, Family Service & Picnic* (Lake Temescal, Sept. 25)
    * for children and their families only
  • Tashlich with Jews on Ohlone Land & Picnic (West Berkeley Shellmound & Berkeley Marina, Oct. 2)

Kehilla Community Synagogue is an open-hearted, inclusive and welcoming Jewish Renewal synagogue of social progressives and spiritual seekers of all ages, identities and family constellations. We are located on Lisjan-Ohlone land in Oakland’s Grand Lake district.

Contact us at help@kehillasynagogue.org with any questions.

Tickets

Everyone is welcome to Kehilla High Holy Days! This year, we are selling individual High Holy Day tickets for our meaningful virtual services. Kehilla members automatically receive High Holy Day tickets with membership but are warmly invited to get tickets for family and friends.

This ticket gives access to all of our services – Main, Family and Tot services – as well as in-person events detailed above. This ticket page will remain open throughout the holidays, so you can register at any time. 

Are you looking for tickets to only the Tot and/or Family Services? If so, please click here.

Kehilla recognizes that people have many different levels of financial capacity. Our services are available to anyone regardless of financial resource. Please consider the per-person ticket scale below when deciding your contribution. If you are able, please contribute towards the top of the scale. Your contribution makes Kehilla’s year-round work possible and helps others attend our meaningful High Holy Day services. For a no-cost ticket, click here.

2022 / 5783 Ticket Tiers *

$400 – Rachamim/Compassion (your contribution supports others)

$200 – Tzedek/Justice (your contribution covers costs)

$100 – Shalom/Peace, Wholeness

$50 – Ahavah/Love

$20 – Kehilla/Community

*Please purchase a ticket for each person that will be joining us for services.

Accessibility & Recordings

This is a virtual event, hosted on Zoom, live-streamed from the Kehilla Sanctuary. Live closed captioning provided. Recordings of Main Services will be sent to all ticket-holders.

Questions? Please contact help@kehillasynagogue.org

Schedule & Service Descriptions

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 4

Tot Service: 5:30 pm, Outdoors at Kehilla

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Jen Miriam and Alon Altman bring their warm, loving and puppet-filled world to a musical Kol Nidre experience for little ones up to age 5 and their grown-ups.

Family Service: 5:30 pm, Outdoors at Kehilla

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Designed for children in grades 1 to 6; everyone is welcome!

Join Kehilla’s Rabbi Educator, Rabbi Gray Myrseth, and Musical Prayer Leader Wren Ganin-Pinto for a special family experience of Kol Nidre. Enter into the holiness of Yom Kippur with stories, songs and family activities on the theme of teshuvah (literally “turning,” but also means “relationship repair”). Are there things we want to say sorry for? Are there ways we want to try again in the new year? Together we’ll explore these questions and others.

Main Service: 7:00 pm, Zoom Webinar

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Sermon by Rabbi Dev Noily. Services led by Avi Rose and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman with an offering from Ruthie Levin, our POC Organizer, and musical prayer leaders Beth Dickinson and Debbie Fier

On this holiest night of the Jewish year it’s our custom to wear white, to avoid leather, to fast, and to pray wearing a tallit/prayer shawl – the only time in the year that a tallit is worn at night. This service, beginning with the chanting of Kol Nidre, initiates a practice period that will last for the next 25 hours.

Yom Kippur Morning – Wednesday, October 5

Storytime with Rabbi Gray Myrseth: 9:30 am – 9:55am, Zoom Meeting

Storytime with Rabbi Gray Myrseth

Aimed at children and their grown-ups, led by Kehilla’s Rabbi Educator, Rabbi Gray Myrseth.

Main Services, Beginning with Sound Mikvah: 9:30 am, Zoom Webinar

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Main Services begin with a 10 minute “Mikvah in Sound” with Debbie Fier on handpan. 

Morning Sermon by Max Schlossberg.  Service led by Rabbi Dev Noily and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman with musical prayer leaders Julie Nesnansky and Debbie Fier. Torah service with Rabbi Gray Myrseth.

Yom Kippur Afternoon – Wednesday, October 5

Teen Creative Reflection with Natalie Boskin: 2:15pm – 3:15pm

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Gather in Kehilla’s courtyard (accessed on Fairview Street).

This workshop, facilitated by Natalie Boskin (she/her), will be an opportunity for Kehilla high school students to gather and ground in some creative reflection this Yom Kippur. Our time together will be a combination of discussion and solo creative reflection on the theme of missing the mark- with ourselves, each other, and our greater communities. The goal of the workshop is for teens to have an opportunity to gather in community to do personal reflection. There will be opportunities (and no expectations) to share. RSVP here

Yom Kippur Afternoon Workshops: 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Zoom Meetings

Face-to-Face with Palestinians: A Kehilla Caring Project

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On Yom Kippur we need to engage in t’shuvah for the wrongdoings being done to Palestinians by our fellow Jews in Israel. Face-to-Face is a new Kehilla project meant to help oppressed Palestinians suffering under Israeli political and military subjugation. We have initiated a relationship with Umm al-Khair, a Palestinian village in the West Bank. This workshop will include a report on our efforts, hear from two activists in Umm al-Khair, and discuss ways others can join us in supporting the village.

A Movement Practice to Reflect and Refresh with Sandra Razieli

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In this one-hour session, we will explore gentle movements to support our mind-body-spirit so that we can absorb the experience of Yom Kippur with our whole being. The practice will include standing, seated and reclined positions drawn from Modern Postural Yoga and Restorative Exercise. Please bring a pillow/cushion so that you can sit and recline comfortably as well as a strap or long scarf.

Trauma-informed Meditation / Qigong

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You’re warmly invited to an hour of trauma-informed meditation / Qigong practice intended to deepen self-connected restful resilience during challenging times. We’ll combine gentle movements with alive stillness.

Suitable for beginners; come as you are.  All are welcome to adapt any movements to fit your own needs.

THE POWER OF THE PAUSE: Introspection, Activism, Hope with Ruthie Levins
By and For Jews of Color/People of Color

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As Jews of Color — after the trauma of the last 3 years, from Covid to Buffalo — let’s take a pause. Where have we missed the mark? What does our liberation look like?

Rabbi David Cooper’s Teaching: 4:00pm – 4:30pm, Zoom Meeting

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Mutuality is Not A Zero-Sum Act

To act in a spirit of reciprocity and mutuality does not necessarily mean an equal exchange. I argue that it cannot never be based that. We’ll look at some compelling texts from the Talmud and Jewish philosophy. If it isn’t an equal exchange, what is it?

Yizkor: 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Zoom Meeting 

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Led by Victoria Alcoset with Wren Ganin-Pinto, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman and Debbie Fier. Yizkor is our prayer service of remembrance for those who have died in years past. 

Disability Centered Healing Service: 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Zoom Meeting

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The Healing service will be led by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and Beth Dickinson. We will mark the many losses of the past year including losses of: people, places, community, world change, body changes, and losses from ableism, as well as praying for healing for our bodies, communities, and the planet. This service will use a Disability Justice approach, which is intersectional and sees racial justice as inextricably tied to healing.

Everyone (from all backgrounds, and all abilities) is welcome! This will be a multi-access service offered over zoom and in person. The prayers will be interpreted into ASL and closed captioned. There will also be small group discussions over Zoom with options to participate using chat, ASL, or by voice; the in person discussion groups will be by voice only. Please be in touch with elle@kehillasynagogue.org (for virtual access) and tadish@kehillasynagogue.org (for in-person access) with other access questions.

Ne’ilah: 6:45pm – Havdallah (approximately 8:15pm), Zoom Meeting

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Led by Rabbi Dev Noily, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, Debbie Fier, Julie Nesnansky, Beth Dickinson, and Wren GaninPinto. Before Yom Kippur ends and the gates of teshuvah swing shut, we gather our strength and courage to delve deeply inward, to pour out our prayers like water, and to raise our voices in song and lift the roof!

 

Past Events

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 25

Main Service: 7:00 pm, Zoom Meeting

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Welcome the new year, celebrate the birthday of the world, and gather with our community as we face this moment together, and begin to draw on the practices of this season to sustain us and uplift us in difficult times.

Sermons by Victoria Alcoset and Avi Brooks. Service led by Rabbi Dev Noily, Fresh Lev White, and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman with Musical Prayer Leaders Beth Dickinson and Debbie Fier, joined by Julie Nesnansky and Avi Rose.  

Gather for the virtual service (optional): Candles to light with us at the beginning of service, challah and wine or juice for Kiddush and Motzi after services.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 26

Main Service: 9:30 am, Zoom Webinar

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Led by R. David Cooper and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, with an offering by Aurora Levins Morales, and musical prayer leaders Julie Nesnansky and Debbie Fier. Torah Service with Avi Rose and Torah chanters Max Roston-Saul and Rebekkah Scharf.

Bring (optional): Tallit/prayer shawl and challah, wine or juice for Kiddush and Motzi after services, plus shofar, kazoo or horn!

Tot Service: 10:00 am, In-Person at Lake Temescal

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Join Jen Miriam and Alon Altman at the Lake Temescal North picnic area!  Enjoy a Rosh Hashanah experience with puppets, music and lots of fun for our youngest celebrants and the grown-ups who love them.

Family Service: 11:00 am, In-Person at Lake Temescal

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Join Musical Prayer Leaders Beth Dickinson and Wren Ganin-Pinto with Rabbi Gray Myrseth at the Lake Temescal North picnic area for a fun, kid-centered experience that includes songs, Shofar sounding, a Torah story, and other Rosh Hashanah traditions. Designed for children in grades 1 to 6, and open to all ages.

Bring a blanket or camp chairs to sit on and, if you want, bring your own picnic for Rosh Hashanah lunch following the service. About 30 minutes after our service ends, join us for a family tashlich at the edge of the lake. 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, September 27

Main Service: 9:30 am, Zoom Meeting

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Gathering, chanting and settling in begins at 9:15 am. We invite you to a morning of sacred song and teachings, mindfulness, prayer, healing, and shared community experience. Led by Rabbi Chaya Gusfield and Musician-Educator Jen Myzel.

Bring (optional): Tallit or prayer shawl, challah, wine or fruit juice

Shabbat Shuva – Saturday, October 1

Morning Service: 10:30 am, Zoom Meeting

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We will engage together in prayer, practice, and Torah study within the power of this single Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – the Shabbat of Turning. Service led by Howard Hamburger and Julie Nesnansky.

HavurTot Shabbat Tashlich – NEW DATE! Sunday, October 1

Gather: 10:30am Outdoors at Alameda Beach Near the Sandcastle Play Area

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Join us for a HavurTot* Shabbat Picnic at Alameda Beach near the Sand Castle Picnic Area.

HavurTot is a Kehilla community space for families with tots ages 0 – 4 ish. BYO picnic blanket and snacks. Contact R’SAM with questions and to rsvp: rabbisam@kehillasynagogue.org

*Havurah means “a friend.” Havurot means “friends.” So HavurTot means “friends with tots” (0 to 4 ish year olds)

Tashlich with Jews on Ohlone Land – Sunday, October 2

Gather: 10:30am Outdoors at the West Berkeley Shellmound / 1920 Fourth Street, Berkeley

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Gather at 10:30am at the West Berkeley Shellmound at 1920 Fourth Street in Berkeley. See the location on Google Maps.

Join Jews On Ohlone Land and Kehilla Community Synagogue for an outdoor, family-friendly community Tashlich ritual. Tashlich is the tradition of casting into the water the mistakes we’ve made over the last year, and cleansing ourselves to begin anew.

We’ll gather at the West Berkeley Shellmound at 1900 Fourth Street for a short program and then we’ll walk together to the Berkeley Marina for the Tashlich ceremony and a picnic.

Check out the Facebook event page here.