March 15, 2018 || 28th of Adar, 5778
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
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
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 16th, 7:30-9:30 pm
With Hazzan Shulamit, Julie Nesnansky, and Jen Miriam Altman. Join us for to light Shabbat candles and for a song-filled and soulful evening of both spirited and contemplative prayer. Kiddush follows the service. Bring veggie finger-food to share. 
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.
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 >>
Public Committee against Torture in Israel
Saturday, March 17, 7-9pm
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 >>
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, March 21st, 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.
Restore the Vote! Voting Rights Workshop
Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm
This dynamic workshop is led by Rabbinic intern SAM Luckey and SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and will provide the context for the Voting Restoration & Democracy Act of 2018, including essential understanding of voter suppression history in the United States and California.  Please register here and
CANCELLED: Passover Song-Shop and Song-Swap!
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30-9 pm
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 >>
Passover Volunteers Needed & Tickets on Sale
We warmly invite you to join us for our Annual Community Seder, “Spiritual Audacity & Social Resistance”.
Tot Shabbat
Friday March 23rd, 6:30-8 pm
For children up to 5 years old (or older if they enjoy it) and their grown-ups. Led by Jen Miriam Kantor, Alon Altman and Jen’s puppet friends. Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish. In the Social Hall. Learn more >>
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, March 24th, 10:30 am-12 pm
Join us for Shabbat Morning Service. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the Kiddush after services.
In the Fireside Room. Learn more >>
Current Threats to Immigrants
Sunday, March 25th, 1-5 pm at
Come learn how recent immigration policies affect members of our community. Meet representatives from organizations working for immigrant justice and learn how you can get involved. Temple Beth Shalom Social Hall. Learn more >>
Glitter Seder
Friday, March 30th, 6-9:30 pm
Glitter Kehilla is hosting our annual first night Passover Seder on Friday, March 30th at 6pm. Young adults are invited to come together for ritual, themes of liberation, and a potluck of delicious veggie food. RSVP info coming soon. Learn more >>
Seder for Black Lives
Sunday, April 1st, 4:30 pm
Join us for the first annual Seder for Black Lives! A collaborative, innovative, social justice oriented Seder! We are also looking for volunteers to help set up and lead pieces of the Seder. To volunteer please contact Laura at To attend, please contact Nanci at 510-301-5073.
"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 .
Middle Eastern Drum Classes
Beginning April 8th, 4-5:15 pm
I am teaching a 5-class series focusing on drum technique and rhythms from N. Africa and the Middle East. Classes are Sundays 4-5:15 on these dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6.
Cost for the 5 classes is $125. (drop-in is $35/class) Classes are at my home in Oakland. Email to register, learn more >>
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

Passover Sharing Forum!
Have room at your Seder table? Looking to join a Seder in the community?
Invite someone to your Seder or search for one to attend here !
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
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!
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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