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Mazel Tov to Kehilla member Shelley Sella.  After Tiller, a film that profiles her and three other abortion providers, just won an Emmy for Best Documentary Film. The film can be seen on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.


Julie Emden new photoYoga for Renewal Series in Berkeley. Fridays, Oct 9 – Nov 13, 12:30-1:45 pm. At 4th Street Yoga, 1809C 4th Street, Berkeley.  With Julie Emden. Connect all levels of being – mind, body, heart and spirit – in this gentle, grounding Iyengar-based yoga series rooted in Jewish mystical teachings. Enhance your practices for living in balance and wellness, both on and off the mat. $75 for Series/$15 drop-in.  Register here.




Avi-RoseA fantastic profile of Kehilla Spiritual Leader Avi Rose, who is the Executive Director of Jewish Familty & Children’s Services of the East Bay, recently appeared in the Bay Area Reporter. “That combination of working within the Jewish community but also within our wonderfully diverse, multicultural East Bay world is really powerful and satisfying.” Read it here.



A wonderful article about Kehilla teacher Anthony Russell recently appeared in  You can read it here.


DanielleRosenman2A Message from Kehilla member Danielle Rosenman, M.D.

I am writing to let you know about our new sessions of the groups “A Change of Mind: Neuroplastic Tools for Healing.”  Please forward the information to anyone who might benefit from these unique classes for people with pain, illness, medical conditions, anxiety, or depression.

I, along with my colleague Dr. Jan Chambers,  will begin our new sessions of these groups/classes on Monday, October 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, October 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Groups are held in my office on Ashby Ave. in Berkeley and are completely disability accessible.

Information and enrollment is easy on my website page: .  Be sure to click on the More Information button too for an article I wrote about my personal experience with neuroplastic change!

We are asking for your help in letting people know about this innovative way to teach people how to reduce and eliminate symptoms such as pain, discomfort related to illness and medical conditions, anxiety, depression, and stress, by combining principles of neuroplasticity, the way the brain changes itself, with a specific learning method to change brain pathways and with tools that facilitate the process, in a supportive environment.

In these groups/classes, we use the neuroplastic method developed by Michael Moskowitz M.D. and Marla Golden D.O. Their work, and Dr. Moskowitz, a psychiatrist and pain specialist, are profiled in the first chapter of “The Brain’s Way of Healing,” the new book by Dr. Norman Doidge (who wrote “The Brain that Changes Itself”).

Please help and forward this email with the attached and pasted flyer (and attached letter to colleagues) to anyone who could benefit from the groups or who might know others who could do so (and/or your contact list), and then ask them to continue the outreach by emailing it to their contacts or individuals.

Response to these groups has been great from the participants, and we also have been doing advanced level groups for people who wanted to continue the learning and support of the groups.

We so appreciate the help and support!


Layout 1DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY, a one-woman show starring Kehilla member Lisa Rothman.  WHERE: The Berkeley Marsh, 2120 Allston Way near Shattuck Avenue. WHEN: Every Saturday at 5 p.m. throughDecember 5 (Note: no performances 10/24 and 10/31)  TICKETS: $20–35 sliding scale; available for purchase here and also at the door.
Bring some friends, see the show, enjoy a Mom’s Night Out cocktail and get home in time to put the kids to bed.
Word of mouth will ensure the success of this run. If you’ve already seen the show and enjoyed it, please forward this email far and wide with a personalized message. As my colleague Annette Roman says, “You don’t need to be a parent, an animal lover, or in a relationship to love it!”




Toby Levenson-CuppFive days after her Bat Mitzvah, Chloe Levenson-Cupp, daughter of Toby Levenson & Richard Cupp, adopted a very special dog and has been featured in the news from Alameda to the UK.  Here is the KTVU News Story:





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