April 26, 2018 || 11th of Iyyar, 5778 || י״א 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
For questions, please contact Molly at molly@kehillasynagogue.org
Tot Shabbat
Friday, April 27th, 6:30-8:00pm
With Jen Miriam Kantor & Alon Altman, Social Hall. For children up to 5 years old (or older if they enjoy it) and their grown-ups. Join Jen, Alon and Jen’s puppet friends. Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Learn more here
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, April 28th, 10:30am-12:00pm
Shabbat Morning Service w/ Sharon Grodin, Rab. Intern SAM Luckey, and Julie Nesansky, Fireside Room. Join us for shabbat morning prayers. We will chant from the Torah, learning about the Biblical origins of counting the Omer and Shavuot in parashat Emor. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the Kiddush after services.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS
CHAI Kabbalat Shabbat
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.
Shabbat Service and Jasper Vyda becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, May 5th, 10am
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat and Jasper’s simcha. 
Class Discussion for Working Class/Low Income People in Our Community. 
Sunday, May 6th, 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 >>
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 jams@klezcalifornia.org .
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 >>
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 .
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
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
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 >>
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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; hoberman@pacbell.net ), Cathy Steirn (510-289-2363; ketzilah@sbcglobal.net ), Jay Koch ( jaykoch8@gmail.com ).
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 marcia@lmi.net
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, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com . Thank you!
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Are you unemployed and interested in building your technology skills for an in-demand career? JVS needs your input. Fill out their survey by 5/11 and get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  www.jvs.org/survey2018
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 
Vocolot Reunion Concert!
Saturday, April 28th, Doors open 7, Concert 7:30 pm
at JCC East Bay
Vocolot is gathering together for a rare concert featuring both original songs & songs of Jewish heritage from around the world. Their music, rooted in social conscience & Jewish soul, communicates a powerful vision of world peace. The performance features Linda Hirschhorn, Talia Cooper, Liz Stuart, Jennifer Karno and special Vocolot alumni guests.  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.
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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