April 5, 2018 || 20th of Nisan, 5778 || כ׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ח
Please note that on Friday, April 6th, St. Michael's Ethiopian Church will be observing Good Friday in the Sanctuary. The office will be open as usual.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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  letourpeoplego@kehillasynagogue.org
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 >>
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 >>
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: **
Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation
May 12th, 10am - 3:30 pm
The Kehilla Immigration Committee, Board of Directors and Spiritual Leaders invite you to a day of learning and discussion about next steps in sanctuary at Kehilla.
To learn more, please read the Save the Date on the Kehilla website, released in the April Kol Kehilla. We also invite you to read Rabbi Dev's article in the same issue.
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 >>
“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 >>
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
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 >>
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 
Jewish Studio Project, 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. Join the conversation about where we go from here. 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 Debbie@debbiefier.com 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, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com . 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; hoberman@pacbell.net ) or Cathy Steirn (510-289-2363; ketzilah@sbcglobal.net ). 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 >>
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