Kehilla Sanctuary Quote – What Inspires You?

Thanks to the work of the Hiddur Mitzvah Committee and our generous community, our sanctuary has been beautifully painted in exquisite shades of earth and sky.  And there’s still more coming!

One aspect of the design is to include a quote from Jewish sacred text on the rear balcony.

Here’s where you come in!

What quote from our traditions captures Kehilla for you?  What would inspire, comfort, uplift, center, or call to you as you celebrate and practice and grieve and heal in our sacred space?

Share your ideas here as a comment, or fill out an online Feedback Form, or email us with your ideas (use the subject heading “sanctuary quote”).

Let’s see where this takes us!


  1. Amy Shutkin
    May 2, 2013

    Sanctuary quote:
    Im ayn ani li mi li? U’chshe’ani l’atzmi, ma ani? V’im lo achshav, amatai?

    If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
    This call to action has moved me since childhood and remains key to my core essence and my Jewish roots. This quote drove our high holidays recently and for good reason. Kehilla is about social responsibility in community.


  2. Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman
    May 2, 2013

    I just bumped into a line from Psalms, along with Rabbi Shefa Gold’s translation, which brought it further to life for me: Psalm 72, part of verse 7– yifrach b’yamav tzadik v’rov shalom
    Justice shall flourish in its time, and the fullness of peace (forever– looking interpretively in the next phrase of Hebrew).

    Hmmmm…. 🙂

  3. Eva Pettersson
    May 7, 2013

    I’d love to see: Justice, Justice shall you shall pursue and the one that says swords into plowshares.
    I also love Marcia Falk’s version of the V’Ahavta at the end where justice and peace kissed and embraced.

    As you can see peace is on my mind these days…


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