March 29, 2018 || 13th of Nisan, 5778 || י״ג בְּנִיסָן תשע״ח
700 Benches: Teshuvah:
Mondays, April 9 – May 14, 7-9pm, 
We’ll study the original texts in their original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. While all texts are studied in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, no prior text experience is necessary. If you’re willing to try, we’ll help you to learn! Learn more >>
The Kehilla office will be closed on Friday, March 30th and on Monday, April 2 for Passover
Glitter Seder (RSVP closed)
Friday, March 30th, 6-9:30 pm
Annual first night Passover Seder by Glitter. Learn more >>
Kehilla Community Seder (Sold Out)
Saturday, March 31, 4:45-9pm
Our Annual Community Seder, “Spiritual Audacity & Social Resistance” Learn more >>
Saturday, March 31: No Shabbat Morning Service.
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.
Thursday, April 5th: Kehilla School will NOT be in session.
~ PASSOVER ~ פסח שמח

Seder Sharing!
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 - people have already connected with hosts and guests for Passover !
Home Use Haggadah
We offer you wonderful resources for your seder at home!
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 . For location and to attend, please contact Nanci at 510-301-5073.
Kabbalat Shabbat - Passover
Friday, April 6th, 7:30-9:30 pm
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat-Passover 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 of Passover – YIZKOR
Saturday, April 7th, 10:30am-12:00 pm
Join us for Shabbat of Passover – YIZKOR. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the Kiddush after services.
Please note that on Friday, April 6th, our renters will be observing Good Friday in the Sanctuary. The office will be open as usual.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, April 7, 10:30am-12 noon
Join us for Tot Shabbat, For children up to 5 years old (or older if they enjoy it) and their grown-ups. Led by Jen and Alon Altman and Jen’s puppet friends. Please bring a vegetarian potluck snack. In the Back Classroom (please enter through the door on Fairview Ave). Learn More >>
Protest at the Richmond Immigration Detention Center
Sunday, April 8, 11am-12 noon
Join us FOR JUST ONE HOUR (11 am-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?
For more info, please contact Hillary and Laura at
Book Discussion Group
Monday, April 9, 6:30-9pm
Current Book: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm in the Fireside Room. Learn more >>
Two Women, a Palestinian and a Jew,
and their Struggle to Build a Shared Society
Monday, April 9, 6:30-9pm at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library
Hear Samah Salaime and Noam Shuster Eliasi from Oasis of Peace, a community where Palestinian and Jewish Israelis live and educate their children together, bringing their vision to the rest of Israel through the Primary School, the School of Peace, the Pluralistic Spiritual Community Center. Learn more >>
PAPER IS WHITE - A Queer, Jewish Book Event
Wednesday April 11th, 7pm at A Great Good Place for Books, Montclair
Oakland writer Hilary Zaid will be reading from her novel, PAPER IS WHITE, in conversation with novelist Nayomi Munaweera. PAPER IS WHITE is the story of a young Holocaust oral historian and her 1997 path toward marriage equality. Learn more >>
“The Long Shadow”
Wednesday April 11th, 7:15pm at Grand Lake Theatre
Dear members of Kehilla, Diane and I saw “The Long Shadow” at the Mill Valley Film Festival.” It’s a marvelous look at the history of slavery in America and its current legacy. I want to suggest that all Kehilla members attend this showing. The film offers suggestions about how to combat the systemic racism in this country. The film’s director, Frances Causey, will be present to answer questions following the film. Blessings,
Rabbi Burt. Learn more >>
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 >>
Administrative and Personal Assistant job listing
Provide administrative support for professional writer with neurodiversity challenges. Requires excellent personal communication skills, social media aptitude, and strong organizational abilities to manage both details and overview of multiple kinds of information,and co-create systems to simplify administrative needs. Must be tech savvy enough to troubleshoot systems with help of tech support. Desktop publishing skills a plus.10 hours/week, on your own schedule. Pays: $27/hr  Learn more here >>
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 >>
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!
Purchase graves in Mountain View cemetery in Oakland
So that Kehilla members can be buried together and we can get that area consecrated as Jewish. We are currently in active conversation with the CFO and Sales Manager at Mt. View. As there is a tight window of time for these plans, this is a wonderful time for you to follow up if you have been thinking about this option for yourself and loved ones. For more information, please contact Jane Hoberman (home: 510-843-6047; cell: 510-333-1848; ) or Cathy Steirn (510-289-2363; ). by April 1, 2018.
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 >>
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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