April 12, 2018 || 27th of Nisan, 5778 || כ״ז בְּנִיסָן תשע״ח
Friday Night Peace Walk with OCO
Friday, April 13, 6:30-8pm
Led by Oakland Community Organizations’ Ceasefire campaign. Second Fridays are when Kehilla folks are particularly encouraged to come. Rabbi David reports that he has done this many times and it is an especially nice way to meet people from across the spectrum of Oakland communities. Meet inside First Mt. Sinai Church, 1970 86th Ave. For info, call 510-606-5064.
Traditional-style Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, April 13, 7-8:30pm
NEW!!!  Traditional-style Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbinic Intern SAM Luckey, Talya Husbands-Hankin, Wren Ganin-Pinto & Fox Kogut. 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. In the Fireside Room. Learn more >>
Shabbat Service,
Devon Bowyer becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, April 14, 10am-12:30pm
With Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Rabbi Gray Myrseth, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory Shabbat morning exploring Parashat Shmini as we kick off the first ceremony of the 2018 B’nei Mitzvah class. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Devon’s parents, Naomi Levy & Ben Bowyer. 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.
**Save the Date: Sanctuary Shabbat: **
May 12th, 10am - 3:30 pm | Learn More Here
An Evening with Leslea Newman
Thursday, April 12, 6:30-9:30pm at Sha'ar Zahav
Acclaimed lesbian Jewish poet and writer Leslea Newman will share her beautiful words with our communities. She will share from her newest collection, Lovely, as well as revisit seminal pieces
L’dor Vador: Intergenerational LGBTQ + Shabbat Potluck
Friday, April 20, 7:30-9:30pm
Join Glitter Kehilla for this special opportunity to build bridges across generations, break bread, and engage in intentional conversation. *While we love our allies, this event is specifically for LGBTQ+ people to build community with each other. In the Fireside Room.
Safe Harbor: Benefit Concert for Immigrants & Refugees
Sunday, April 22, 1pm at the Freight & Salvage
Stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. Funds raised will support JFCS East Bay’s work providing resettlement, mental health, and legal services for refugees and immigrants. Learn more >>
Rebuilding Together Project at the JCC of the East Bay
Sunday, April 22 8:30-4pm
Kehilla and Congregation Netivot Shalom are partnering with Rebuilding Together on a community repair project. We will repaint several rooms at the JCC of the East Bay in Berkeley. We are looking for volunteers to spend the day with us. Contact: Alex Madonik 510-872-0528 / alexmadonik@sonic.net. Learn more >>
Dr. Aviva Zornberg
Sunday, April 22, 7-9pm at Chochmat HaLev
Dr. Avivah Zornberg is one of the most dynamic and compelling interpreters of the Bible alive. She weaves together ideas from literature, secular philosophy, psychology and the ancient teachers’ take on the texts. It is entirely engaging and built for the 21st century. Learn more >>
Salon with Rabbi Gray 
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm
at Studio AM Berkeley
Join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with Rabbi  Gray Myrseth , as we explore the long-standing tradition of rabbinic expansions on, departures from, and challenges to sacred text.  Learn more >>
Sumud and Solidarity
Wednesday, April 25, 7-9pm
Join 4 members of the Bay Area Jewish community in reflecting on their experiences during The Sumud Freedom Tour in Palestine this past December. With Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Jesse Sachs, Lauren Holtzman and Kiki Lipsett. Learn More >>
Save the Date: The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series featuring Danny Glover
Thursday, May 3rd, 7-10pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light
Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series featuring Award-winning actor Danny Glover. This dynamic series brings civil rights icons to discuss the topic: "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?" Learn more here.
Save the Date: Join other Kehilla members for a class discussion for working class/low income people in our community. 
Sunday, May 6, 3-5pm
We want to gather together 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. In the Back Classroom.  Learn more >>
New and Renewed Adult Ed Classes!
Food Symbols Revelation -- Torah Medicinals, Part I
Shavuot Season: Monday, May 21st, 6:30-8:15pm
$20 members; $35 non-members (all proceeds go to Kehilla's General Fund). 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.   Learn more >>
Diving into the Siddur:
the Decoding Adventure Continues
4 Sundays in April and May Beginning April 29th, 10:30am-noon
Taught by Bracha Stone . We will continue to build our decoding skills by acquainting ourselves with Kehilla’s Shabbat Siddur. We will practice reading, singing, chanting the prayers found therein, we will study some very basic grammar found in the prayers, and we will have time to form personal responses to these prayers and to the language itself.   Learn more >>
Decoding Hebrew Continues - Room for Newcomers!
4 Thursdays in April and May Beginning April 26th, 2-3:15pm
Taught by Bracha Stone. We will continue where we left off in Lashon HaKodesh and practice reading, and learning together. I can work with newcomers to catch up with the class if needed. Learn more >>
Grand Bakery Seeks Administrative Office Manager (Part Time)
Grand Bakery is looking for an awesome self-starter to join our operations team. You'll be using QuickBooks Online to handle accounts receivable and invoicing. You'll provide management support and engage with customers, becoming a key member of the team. 10-15 hours/week, right here in Oakland! 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, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com . Thank you!
Hear from our Community Leaders
Kehilla Community Synagogue is comprised of people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, including people with a wide range of religious and spiritual persuasions. We are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for everyone in our community.

Kehilla Community Synagogue |  1300 Grand Ave. | Piedmont, CA 94610