Kol Kehilla
June 2018
The Newsletter of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the June issue of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
Executively Speaking:
The Effects of Class and Money at Kehilla
by Michael Saxe-Taller
Over the last several months, a group of working class and low-income members of Kehilla have been gathering to discuss how class affects their lives both in and outside of the Kehilla community. From what I have heard from some who have gone, it has been very meaningful for them to connect with each other and have a place to share their common experiences... continue reading
Words of Gratitude for the Conclusion of the Kehilla School Year
From Rabbi Gray and Natalie
Our Kehilla School team is still reveling in the sweetness of graduation and somewhat amazed that our school year has come to an end. The summer stretches out before us and we’re already looking forward to the learning the fall will bring... continue reading
June Book Discussion Group:
Judas by Amos Oz
Monday, June 11, 7-8:30pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month in the Fireside Room. Learn more
Want to join an affinity group? We would love to have you!
We are entering the next phase of the Racial Justice Initiative, now called the “Belonging and Allyship Project: Uncentering Whiteness and Building Racial Justice at Kehilla.” This is a working name, we are still trying to figure out the final form of the name and your suggestions are welcome. Please fill out this   one minute survey   to let us know which affinity groups you are interested in joining. Learn more
B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon!
You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing 7th graders become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Some of us may feel a little hesitant... read more
The Mi Shebeirach List: a note from the Chesed Committee
The healing power of our community is available to us in many ways. One of them is during the Torah service. As part of the healing prayer, in the Mi Shebeirach, we mention the names of those who are ill, injured, in distress or recovering. Learn more or go to the Mi Shebeirach form
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support people experiencing homelessness by donating blankets, tarps, tents, warm jackets, pants . .. Learn more.
Epiphany on the San Rafael Bridge
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
For the last few years my wife Diane and I have lived in El Sobrante, California, about eight miles north of Berkeley. I was recently asked to give a presentation about the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov... continue reading.
A Special Thank You
We want to say a special thank you to our outgoing Kehilla board members, Jay Koch and Remedios Martinez-Cantu. Jay has given tirelessly for the last six years as the board treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee, stepping forward whenever something was needed. Remedios brought wisdom, clarity and vision to her time on the Kehilla board... continue reading
Sharing My Family’s Story
By Sam Davis
One of the most moving moments (among many) at the Sanctuary Shabbat service on May 12 was when two people came up to the bimah to tell the stories of how their family members had been saved from the Holocaust by receiving sanctuary in the homes of non-Jews.... continue reading
Q&A on Sanctuary
Saturday, June 16th, 1-2:30 pm
This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with Rabbi Dev and members of the Sanctuary Task Force to discuss and learn more about sanctuary at Kehilla. In the Fireside Room. Learn More
Sanctuary: Where We Are Now
Saturday, May 12th, 10:am-3:30pm
On May 12, more than 100 members of our community participated in an all-day Sanctuary Shabbat. The theme of sanctuary was beautifully threaded through the music, prayers, Torah service and talks. Kehilla members, Leah Korican and Ralph Silber, shared deeply moving stories of their families being given sanctuary during WWII.... continue reading
Summer Torah Chanting Opportunities!
We have many new and seasoned torah chanters at Kehilla and we value your contribution so much! If you're interested in chanting Torah at a shabbat morning service on any of the following dates, please be in touch. Learn more
Opening Reception for “Memory” – A Photography Exhibit by Alex Madonik
Come meet the artist, shmooze, and enjoy refreshments. In the Fireside Room. Alex writes: I take photos to help me remember. Every moment, every place, every person is somehow unique.. . continue reading
Community Wide Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality
Saturday, June 2nd, 4-7pm
Kick off Pride month at a Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality. A participatory ritual filled with song and dance. Past attendees, including non-Jews and straight identified folxs said it moved and delighted them. Learn more here
A New Group at Kehilla – Working Class/Low Income
Next meeting on Saturday, June 9th from 2-4pm
The Working Class/Low Income Groups was created as a space for those of us raised working class as well as those currently low income because of limited income, age, retirement, disabilities, etc. Kehilla is an amazing progressive community... continue reading and learn more
An Interview with Barbara Petterson
Story and Photo by Bill Lazarus
Despite and partly because of her deep roots in Catholicism, when Barbara Petterson first attended a Kehilla service some 30 years ago she felt immediately at home in a community to which she could connect spiritually and intellectually... continue reading.
Attention all Kehilla artists!
The Art Gallery Committee invites all Kehilla members to submit two dimensional artwork or framed writing for our Third Annual High Holy Days Art Show. Any piece you create, or have created in the past, that resonates in your heart as a reflection of this year’s theme of “Truth” will be accepted for the exhibit. Learn more
Kehilla's Annual Retreat: Shabbat at Lake Temescal
July 21st, from 10 am - 4:30 pm

Come celebrate Shabbat in a beautiful setting with your community! We will have sweet times to talk, play, worship, and learn together.

Children’s programs and childcare will be available, and playshops offered will include Torah with Rabbi Gray Myrseth and Rabbi David Cooper, Drumming with Debbie Fier, and Sketching from Nature with Leah Korican - among other exciting options!

Book Talk: Deathless: The Complete, Uncensored, Heartbreaking, and Amazing Autobiography of Serach bat Asher, the Oldest Woman in the World
Sunday, June 17 th at 4pm in the Fireside Room
In celebration of Pride Month, gay author Andrew Ramer will be reading from his new book, the story of a three thousand year old lesbian - learn more .
Book Talk by Moriel Rothman- Zecher at Moe's Books
Wednesday, June 20th, 8-9pm
Moriel Rothman-Zecher, author of Sadness is a White Bird, in conversation with Ayelet Waldman.
Thank You for Your Generosity   

Thank You for Your Time

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