May 3, 2018 || 18th of Iyyar, 5778 || י״ח בְּאִיָּר תשע״ח
Have you paid your dues / school tuition / BBM?
The end of Kehilla's '17-18 Fiscal Year is quickly approaching. Please check your records and make sure you are on track to being paid in full by June 30th . Make online payments here.
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CHAI Kabbalat Shabbat: Potluck Dinner and Services!
Friday, May 4th, 6:30-9:30pm
Join us to celebrate CHAI Kabbalat Shabbat with a musically rich, soulful evening of spirited and contemplative prayer and as we honor Kehilla Legacy Society members. Potluck Dinner at 6:30, Services at 7:30. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share!
Shabbat Service and Jasper Vyda becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, May 5th, 10am-12:30pm
With Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Elizheva Hurvich and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory, musical Shabbat morning exploring Parashat Emor. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Jasper’s parents, Rachel Vyda Venning & Laura Weide Vyda. Learn more >>
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, May 5th, 10:30am - noon
Join in the musical fun with Jen Miriam, Alon and their puppet friends. Geared especially for children up to 3 years old, and siblings and friends are welcome. Bring a vegetarian snack to share if you’d like. In the Back Classroom. Learn more here
Joyfully Jewish
Sunday, May 6th, 10-11:30am
Joyfully Jewish  is our program 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. Entrance on Fairview Avenue, around the corner from Kehilla’s main entrance on Grand Ave. Learn more here
Please visit Common Spaces/Uncommon Views
Sunday, May 6th, 2:30-4:45pm
You are invited to view Lili Shidlovski's photography exhibit if you haven't had a chance to see it yet or if you want to see it again. Lili will be gallery sitting on Sunday and would love to share a glass of wine, light refreshments, and conversation about art and life. In the Fireside Room at Kehilla.
Class Discussion for Working Class/Low Income People in Our Community. 
Sunday, May 6th, 3-5pm
We will focus specifically on ideas, suggestions and changes that we would like to work towards in our Kehilla community. We will have time to talk about a community-wide workshop on class that will take place on  October 7 . We will also talk briefly about sharing our group’s purpose and focus with the larger community at the community meeting on  May 16 .
Klezmer Workshop: The Sheet Music is Lying -
How to Interpret Written Klezmer
Sunday, May 6th, 3:45-6:45pm
KlezCalifornia workshop with Dmitri Gaskin. Explore the ways that written klezmer sheet music can be misleading and what to do with it. For intermediate players of all ages, all acoustic instruments. $25 or whatever you can pay. In the Social Hall. Rsvp or learn more by emailing .
Safety through Solidarity: Deadly Exchange Teach-In
Monday, May 7th, 6-8:30pm
Kehilla is hosting Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area's teach-in. It will interrogate our Jewish histories with militarized violence, our own varied relationships to police, and link common struggles here and abroad. Through an experiential approach rooted in Jewish history, we will learn in chavruta (pairs) and envision a world of community safety for all.  Learn more >>
Morning Meditation Sit
Weekly on Wednesdays, 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.
NEW!! Traditional-style Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 11th, 7 - 8:30pm
with Rabbinic Intern SAM Luckey, Talya Husbands-Hankin, Wren Ganin-Pinto & Chloe Piazza. 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. Sponsored by Kehilla and Glitter Kehilla. In the Fireside Room. Learn More >>
Friday Night Peace Walk with OCO
Friday, May 11th, 6:30-8pm
Join Rabbi David in this walk for peace in our own community led by Oakland Community Organizations’ Ceasefire campaign. The Ceasefire campaign is many-sided including the training and mobilization of neighborhood peace interveners, the retraining of police, and a weekly peace walk with local congregations to support a “culture of peace and healing” in neighborhoods at risk. Learn More
Celebrate, learn about and discuss Kehilla's deepening commitment to sanctuary!
10am: Morning Service with special guest speakers, 12:15pm: Lunch
1pm: Afternoon Program and Community Conversation
Childcare available throughout the day, with special activities in the afternoon
Additional information sessions for Kehilla School families:
May 10, 4-4:30pm and 5:30-6pm
The Middle East Peace Committee Film Night: The Wanted 18: Saturday, May 12th, 7-9pm
An animated documentary: a small Palestinian village bought 18 cows and stopped buying Israeli milk. See trailer here .
Protest at the Richmond Immigration Detention Center
Sunday, May 13th, 11am  -  noon
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. Bring signs and noisemakers to let those being interned—and forced to work—know we have not forgotten them. Let’s show up now! If not now, when? Learn more.
Book Discussion Group
Monday, May 14th, 7-9pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. May's book is Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua. Learn more.
Kehilla’s Annual Community Meeting
Wednesday, May 16th, 6:45-9:15pm
Learn about the state of the congregation, share our successes, appreciate our congregational leadership and think about our hopes and goals for the coming year. And toss in some fun, music and food as well!
6:45pm – Schmoozing and Snacks
7:00–9:15pm – Congregational Gathering
In the Sanctuary. Learn more.
A Call for Volunteers for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot!

Come help with the all-night study session on May 19-20th. Learn more and sign up here .
“Welcome to the Cancer Cafe”
Thursday, May 17th, 7:30-9pm
This one woman show about Judith’s experiences with Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, is inspiring, moving, funny, and very educational. This show benefits Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for low income women with cancer. Suggestion donation $20, no one turned away for lack of funds. (Cash or check only.) In the Sanctuary. Learn more.
Food Symbols Revelation -- Torah Medicinals, Part I
Shavuot Season: Monday, May 21st, 6:30-8:15pm
$20 members; $35 non-members
Come hear Kehilla members Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman and Ayurvedic Doctor Victoria Alara Alcoset share some knowledge and understanding revealed to them each regarding ancestral healing foods in the Torah. Register and learn more here
Kehilla Members in the Wider Community
Rockin' Solidarity Labor Chorus performance of "No Human Is Illegal"
Saturday, May12th, 7:00pm at Or Shalom
Admission is free | Kehilla members and supporters, Isabel Berkelhammer, Pnina Tobin and Eric Bergman perform with the Chorus. "No human Is Illegal" is a history of U.S. expire in narrative and song, and features current chorus members' own experiences. Learn more.
Purchase Graves in Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland
There is a limited time to buy enough graves (including cremains) to secure an area for Kehilla with Jewish consecration. If you are seriously interested in buying now, please contact one of the following by May 31: Jane Hoberman (510-333-1848; ), Cathy Steirn (510-289-2363; ), Jay Koch ( ).
Get Your Grand Bakery Challah at Kehilla This Summer! Enrollment Deadline is May 18
We are extremely excited to announce that we have partnered with Grand Bakery to give the Kehilla Community an opportunity to buy challah through us!
Save the date for the
Annual Kehilla Summer Retreat! 
Saturday, July 21, 9:30am - 4:30pm
at the Temescal Regional Recreation Area
Heads up for High Holy Days Art Exhibit!
As we look toward this year's High Holy Days, Kehilla's Art Gallery Committee invites members of the congregation to begin thinking about this year's HHD theme on "Truth." Do you feel inspired to create a piece on Truth for our annual HHD art show running from September - November? We will share more information in future newsletters. Stay tuned...
Five-Week Sublet 5/29 - 7/4, 2 BR, 2 BA House near Kehilla
I am going out of town for five weeks beginning May 29 and my 1910 Craftsman bungalow is available to sublet. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a dining room, living room, fully-equipped kitchen, backyard and a warm and comfy feeling. If you are interested, please contact me, Karen,
Deepsea Coral Expedition
MARE, an ocean stewardship non-profit, is crowd-funding the last piece of our May Deepsea Coral expedition in the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Our campaign ends Thurs 10 May, to fund this critical expedition deploying a robotic submarine to 2,000 feet deep to discover and cause protection for vulnerable deepsea corals and sponges. Please join us! Learn more.
Large Room with Bath available now in a shared home
Large bd w/ a virtually private Bath in 3 bd 2 bth home that has a beautiful sunset view of Mt Tam and the Bay from the El Cerrito hills. The house is mostly furnished and is .6 miles, uphill from Bart, 13 minute drive to Berk. This is a kosher home $1000 includes all utilities even wifi & 2x monthly housekeeping. For more information please contact Marcia at
Immigration Committee Announcements
For the past 7 months, our family has been housing Valeria, a young trans woman from Mexico who is seeking asylum. Now our daughter’s coming home from college for the summer and we need a place for Valeria to stay. Do you have room in your home and hearts for this lovely person from mid-June until late August? She can move back in with us again in the fall. Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thanks! Neal Davis and Esther Ehrlich (510) 965-9985

One of Kehilla’s accompaniment teams has been working with an immigrant who has started to work cleaning houses. If you are in need of such assistance, it would be great if you would consider using her service. She and her co-worker wrote this description: We offer an excellent cleaning service with all natural products and no harsh chemicals. We'd love to leave your home looking sparkling and new! Call us at 510-302-7923. Learn more here>>

Housing Needed
A beloved immigrant family that a Kehilla accompaniment team has been supporting for a year and a half needs a new place to live beginning in June. The family has been living with a Kehilla family for the last 18 months and has been paying some rent, but now needs their own place. The husband works full-time, the wife part-time, and they can afford about $1500/month. Learn more here>>
Donate Supplies to Help
People Experiencing Homelessness
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support our homeless population by donating  tents, blankets, clothing (both used and new supplies welcome!), tarps, and new underwear & socks are greatly appreciated! 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, . Thank you!
Kehilla Invited to Ramadan Open House
Saturday, May 26th, 7-10pm at the ICCNC
Kehilla is a partner with the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in the Faith Trio, along with Montclair Presbyterian Church. ICCNC invites the Kehilla community to an Open House for the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. Learn more >>
Save the Date: MADRE: The Ladino Project
Saturday, June 2nd, 8pm in the city
In collaboration with flamenco artists present the Sephardic Woman's life cycle through song and dance.
The Brava Theatre 
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