May 17, 2018 || 3rd of Sivan, 5778 || ג׳ בְּסִיוָן תשע״ח
Purchase Graves in Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland
The view of the cemetery, the city, the bay and the Golden Gate from Kehilla’s intended burial site in Mountain View Cemetery is spectacular. It will be a peaceful and beautiful site to remember our loved ones, and for our loved ones to remember us. For more information,
Tikun Leyl Shavuot: All-Night Study Session
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20th, 6pm to dawn
Get ready for a unique celebration and night of learning – a spiritual journey bringing together people from a variety of perspectives and affiliations. Come for an hour or stay the whole night! Rabbi Burt, Avi Rose, Rabbi Dev and Rabbi David will all be teaching! For the full schedule, click here . To learn more about the event, click here .
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
“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.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 18th, 7:30 -9 :30pm
With Hazzan Shulamit, Julie Nesnansky, & Jen Miriam Altman.
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat 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. In the Sanctuary. Learn More
Shabbat Morning Service
Friday, May 19th, 10:30am-12pm
with Rabbinic Intern SAM Luckey and Beth Dickinson.
Join us as we look as we begin the book of Numbers and with a special drash by Kehilla member Rachel Bloch. Kiddush follows the service — please bring a veggie dish to share.
In the Fireside Room. Learn More
Joyfully Jewish
Sunday, May 20th, 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
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. Learn more.
Monday, May 21st: Kehilla Administrative Office Closed for Shavuot
Tot Shabbat
Friday, May 25th, 6:30-8pm
For children up to 5 years old and their grown-ups, siblings and friends are welcome. Led by Jen Miriam Kantor, Alon Altman and Jen’s puppet friends. Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish. In the Social Hall.
Monday, May 28th: Kehilla Administrative Office Closed for Memorial Day
Shabbat Service and Gus Goldstone becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, June 2, 10am-12:30 pm
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat and Gus’ simcha! Learn more.
Community Wide Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality
Saturday, June 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Kick off Pride month at a Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality.
A participatory ritual filled with song and dance.
Wheelchair accessible, ASL Interpreted. Fragrance Free.
The Nigun: A Subway to Paradise, workshop for singers and instrumentalists with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, June 3rd, 3:45-6:45pm
What are nigunim? Songs without words-music without instruments - a subway system of the heart? Learn to sing or play nigunim collected by folklorist Ruth Rubin in 1948. We'll answer questions, question answers, and learn a spiritual drinking song, "In the next world, will there be vodka?" RSVP or drop in. $25/sliding scale for registration.
Save the date for the
Annual Kehilla Summer Retreat! 
Saturday, July 21, 9:30am - 4:30pm
at the Temescal Regional Recreation Area
Lost and Found at Kehilla!

Have you lost something recently?
Could it have been here at Kehilla?
We would love to see our lost and found shrink! Come in and ask us where to look.
Grief & Growing: A healing weekend for bereaved individuals and families
November 30-December 2
This is a weekend program for adults, children, teens, families of all kinds, and friends who are experiencing grief from recent or past losses in their life. To learn more, click here.
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!
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...
Help in Regards to a Vehicle
Hi there. I'm a member and I have limited resources to replace my dying vehicle. Do you have a reliable car you don't need? Or know of one? Heaps of gratitude in advance for any help you can give. Sue Kearney: 510-504-6355,
Immigration Committee Announcements
Do you have room in your home and hearts for this lovely person from mid-June until late August? Valeria, a young trans woman from Mexico who is seeking asylum, can move back in with us again in the fall. Learn more here

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 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 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!
Youth Opportunities
Urban Adamah Teen Fellowship Week
Join this cohort of passionate peers and experience an immersive week of sustainable urban farming, social justice, and Jewish spirituality for high schoolers. You can read more and apply here! Dates: July 30th – August 3rd
Eligibility: For teens already in high school (currently in 9th-12th grade). Learn more here .
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 >>
JCC Afterschool Oakland: Fall 2018-2019 Registration Now Open! The JCC East Bay creates healthy communities inspired by Jewish values, culture, and tradition. JCC Afterschool programs provide safe and healthy environments for young people to play, grow, and explore through programming that encourages creativity, self-expression and community. Come find out more at our open house on Wednesday, May 30 6pm-7pm.   Learn more >>
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.

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