March 8th, 2018 || 21st of Adar, 5778 || Correction
NEW! Social Action Opportunities Calendar
Want to actively shape the world we live in?
A calendar full of opportunities to do so now on the Kehilla website , and easily added to your google calendars here
Passover Volunteers Needed
& Tickets on Sale
We warmly invite you to join us for our Annual Community Seder, “Spiritual Audacity & Social Resistance”.
Dues Payment Reminder
Many of you, at the beginning of the fiscal year (July '17), elected to make recurring payments to pay for dues and/or school tuition by card/check. There are 4.5 months remaining in Kehilla's fiscal year, so I ask that you check to make sure that you're payments are on track.  To make online payments or contact me, please follow this link. With thanks, Molly
Friday Night Peace Walk with OCO
Friday, March 9th, 6:30-8pm
Join Rabbi David in this walk for peace in our own community led by Oakland Community Organizations’ Ceasefire campaign. Second Fridays are when Kehilla folks are particularly encouraged to come. Learn more >>
NEW!! Traditional-Style Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 9th, 7-9 pm
A more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv, the Shabbat evening service, songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Kiddush and light oneg after the service.
Family Shabbat
Saturday, March 10th, 10:30am-12 noon
Join us for Family Shabbat for an engaging, musical service for people of all ages. Families especially encouraged to join in the fun! Please bring a veggie dish to share for kiddush lunch after services. Learn more >>
Sunday, March 11th, 11am-12 noon
Join Kehilla Immigration Committee and Our Family Coalition, FOR JUST ONE HOUR. This is a multi-faith, accessible-for-all-ages action to call for an end to the detention/deportation and mass incarceration of our communities and neighbors. Recent developments make this a particularly important weekend to come out on! Learn more >>
Common Spaces/UncommonViews Art Reception
Sunday, March 11, 3-5 pm
Lili Shidlovski, a long-time Kehilla member is showing 3 series of photographs -- Abstract Expressions of Common Places, Of Love and Longing (a visual poem) and Weathering Time.
Lili’s photographs are visually striking as well as thought-provoking. They will be on exhibit in the Fireside Room from March 7-June 1. Learn more >>
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, March 14th, 7:50-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the patio entrance on Fairview Ave). Doors open at 7:50 a.m., short teaching at 7:55 a.m., silent sit from 8:00 - 8:30, mourner's kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Ever wanted to read Hebrew?
Not too late to register! 2nd Class Thursday, March 15
at 12:30 or 7pm
In April and May, Kehilla and Chochmat HaLev are teaming up to offer ‘700 Benches’, a SVARA-style talmud beit midrash text study class.
The prerequisite is to be able to read and decode Hebrew, so we are offering two Aleph Bet Intensives in March.
Immigration Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 15th, 7-9pm
Please join us, even if you have never attended before. We will have a very full and interesting agenda, including updates on current issues (ICE raids, DACA, the recent Rodriguez decision), reports on our accompaniment program, Let Our People Go protests at the West County Detention Facility, and our support of families in their court cases. The Kehilla Board will be voting in its next meeting on making our building a space for physical sanctuary and emergency housing. There will be many tasks involved in moving this project forward. Please come and learn and get involved.
If you have any questions, contact
Sacred - Berkeley Theatrical Premiere
Friday March 9, at 7pm
Directed by Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon, SACRED immerses the viewer in an exploration of spirituality across cultures & religions. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world's headlines, this film, sweeping in reach & yet intensely intimate, explores faith as primary human experience Learn more >>
Jewish Education Round Table
Sunday March 11, at 1pm
in collaboration with Scattered Among the Nations
Learn about isolated Jewish communities around the world with local author Bryan Schwartz.
At the Alameda Free Library - Main Branch
1550 Oak Street, Alameda, CA 94501 Learn more >>
The 2018 Taubman Lectures | Annette Yoshiko Reed: "Forgetting the Jewish Past between Rupture and Renewal"
Lecture 1: What Was Lost with the Dead Sea Scrolls, Monday March 12, 7:00 p.m. | Lecture 2: How the Jewishness of Christianity was Forgotten, Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. | Lecture 3 + Reception: Forgetting and Remembering Second Temple Judaism, Thursday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.
CHAI Shabbat - Rosh Chodesh
Saturday, March 17, 10am-12 noon
Welcoming Baby Stover-Kemp, & Honoring our Chesed Committee with Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Rabbi Burt, Sharon, Debbie, Beth, Julie, and Ketzev Kehilla. Kiddush co-sponsored by Malka and Jenna Stover-Kemp and all of us– Please bring a veggie dish to share for our celebratory feast.
In the Sanctuary. Learn more >>
Class Discussion for Working Class/Low Income People in our Community
Saturday, March 17th 2-4pm  at Kehilla (after our Chai Shabbat service and lunch)
We will gather to discuss how class effects our lives both in and outside our Kehilla community. If you have experienced class in ways that have impacted you as a Jew and/or in the Jewish community, and you are looking for a place to talk and get support, please join us. 
We will also discuss how to bring class dynamics consciously into our community for education and change. 
For any questions/more info contact Debbie Fier:  or Dvora Gordon: . In the back classroom on the main floor.
Public Committee against Torture in Israel
Saturday, March 17, 7pm
Rachel Stroumsa, Executive Director of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, in a talk sponsored by the Middle East Peace Committee. Their work in detention centers & prisons has decreased state violence & police brutality. Learn more >>
Joyfully Jewish
Sunday, March 18, 10-11:30 am
For kindergartners and their parents who are looking for welcoming, creative, and (of course!) joyful Jewish experiences. In the back classroom on the main floor of Kehilla. Learn more >>
Yoga for Passover
Sunday, March 18, 2-4 pm
Integrate mind, body, heart and spirit via a gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice rooted in Jewish mystical teachings. Experience, via an embodied practice, why the Jewish mystics believe that the places of constriction hold the key and secret to freedom. Learn more >>
Theatre and Song to Support Refugees and Immigrants
March 18, 5:00 pm
Join us in enjoying Stagebridge Playback Theater, an improvisational performance based on the stories of refugees and immigrants. One refugee from Uganda will tell her or his story, which will be “played back” by the actors.  Learn more >>
"Restore the Vote: Overturning Voter Suppression" with SURJ
Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm
This workshop will provide the context for the Voting Restoration & Democracy Act of 2018. Learn concrete actions you can take over the next several months to help restore voting rights to 162,000 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in California.
Passover Song-Shop and Song-Swap!
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30-9 pm
Let’s start preparing for Passover by learning and sharing melodies to carry us through the journey of the seder! We’ll focus on melodies from the Haggadah as well as music we’ve brought to enhance it. Everyone’s welcome! If you have any Haggadot that you’re no longer using, please bring them to offer anyone who’s looking for some new inspiration. Learn more >>
"When I Dare to be Powerful" Workshop
March 17th
Penny Rosenwasser is offering a daylong workshop in Berkeley, for intergenerational Jewish women and gender queer folks targeted by misogyny, focusing on empowering leadership by uprooting internalized oppression.
For info, contact .
Creative Ketubah-Like Writing Workshop
Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30pm
Sheella Mierson and Rachel Eryn Kalish are offering an evening workshop, A Creative Ketubah-Like Writing Workshop for Any Relationship, at Urban Adamah in Berkeley. The Blueprint of We Collaboration Process is a framework to custom design personal, business or community relationships with more trust, ease, honesty & creativity. Learn more >>
Volunteers Needed to Help Feed People Experiencing Homelessness
On the 4th Thursday of each month from 4- 6:30 PM some members of Kehilla and a Berkeley Church feed the folks living in the GRIP, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program shelter at 23 st in Richmond.  We need a few more folks, you don't need to make it every month. We need a few who can shop and/ especially cook on site for about 50-60 people. We take turns doing different parts of the meal. We will help you.  If you are interested,  please call Gabriella Heinsheimer at   510-220-6668  or KAM McCallum-Gesher at  510-235-6668 .
Livingroom Conversations
How can we possibly narrow the the widening divide in our country, and neighborhoods? Over a year ago I learned about LIVING ROOOM CONVERSATIONS. It came out of Move-On about 5 years ago. To learn about the idea of bringing it into Kehilla, please go to to learn more, or contact Steven Falk at: shfalk@gmai
Seeking Car Seat for 22 pound baby
For the baby of an immigrant family our accompaniment team is working with, please contact
Seeking a Double Stroller
For a family that one of our accompaniment teams is assisting. They have a toddler and another baby on the way shortly. Please contact Elaine Leitner with any leads at
Donate Blankets, tents and warm clothes for people experiencing homelessness
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support our homeless population survive the winter by donating blankets, tarps, tents, warm jackets, pants & men's socks to be distributed to homeless folks in the area. A large box is located by the sanctuary door at Kehilla. Please fill it with listed items only. Tayla will pick up the items periodically and deliver them to people who need them. Questions? Contact Jeanne Finberg, . Thanks!
2 Bedroom, 2 Cat Summer Rental in Berkeley
Kehilla members seek summer renters for their Berkeley 2BR 2CAT house for one month. Because this involves cat sitting (no litter box though!), the rent is well below market. Amenities include yards, washer/dryer, dishwasher, bikes, piano, drums, guitars, possibly a car. Contact Hillary Brooks at .
French / Italian and Modern Hebrew Exchange
Hi everyone! I'm looking for a French and/or Italian speaker to practice my intermediate French and/or beginning Italian with once a week! If you speak either of those and want to learn modern Hebrew, contact me at
Free Tax Preparation
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) is a coalition of Bay Area organizations that provide free tax preparation to households earning less than $54,000 a year. United Way Bay Area partners with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), nonprofits, and other organizations to scale the free tax preparation effort across the region. Learn more >>
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