THIS WEEK AT KEHILLA
Tot Shabbat
Friday, February 23rd at 6:30 pm
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 Miriam Kantor, Alon Altman and Jen’s puppet friends. Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish. In the Social Hall.
Annual Learner's Service
Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 am
Our annual come-and-learn about the Shabbat morning service is open to all. We will learn the choreography of the service, explore the meanings of the prayers, and learn why the service follows the order that it does. Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch. Sanctuary & Social Hall. Kiddush follows the service. 
Muslim & Immigrant Solidarity Canvassing
Saturday, February 24th at 2pm
Please join Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in a Muslim & Immigrant Solidarity Community Canvas in San Leandro!
We’ll canvass San Leandro shops (in pairs) and ask them to post signs "We Stand With Our Muslim, Arab & Immigrant Neighbors.” We'd love to have you join us. Everyone welcome! RSVP to to  bayarea@JVP.org  with 'Feb24' in the subject and learn more here >>
Closing Reception for Interfaith Art Exhibit
Saturday, February 24th at 2 pm
A final opportunity to see stunning collaborative artwork created by artists of all faiths working in collaboration. Meet artists and hear them speak about their artwork and the collaborative process. 
Location: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California.
Ayelet Waldman Book Discussion
Saturday, February 24th at 7pm
Talk and Q & A with Ayelet Waldman: award winning Israeli-American author of novels and non-fiction will speak about her new book, Kingdom of Olives and Ash - Writers Confront the Occupation, a book of essays she co-edited with her husband, Michael Chabon. Learn more >>
Song Leading and Vocal Activism w/ Melanie DeMore
Sunday, February 25th at 3:30pm
An inspiring afternoon of song, activism, and vocal empowerment – for singers, activists, choir or chorus members- and ANYONE who wants to bring more music to the movement, more power and harmony to our resistance. Learn how to strengthen your activism through the power of song.
Donation: 15-30$. Tickets here , learn more here >>
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, February 28th at 7:50 am
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.
PURIM EVENTS
Kehilla Purim Celebrations
A Purim Production: Thursday, March 1, 5pm 
Kehilla School's all grade, unforgettable, and 
extremely creative production of the Purim
 story! In the Sanctuary.  Learn more >>
Purim Carnival: Sunday, March 4, 2pm
Come one, come all! Join us for games, prizes, hamentashen, a bounce house, and more! 
Purim: Through the Looking Glass
Sunday, February 25 at 1 pm
Bounce house, photo booth. Roaming magicians. 
Trick your senses and enter a fantastical world this Sunday at the JCC East Bay. It's our annual family-friendly Purim celebration! All are welcome. Learn more >>
Purim Like It’s 5778 | with Urban Adamah
Wednesday, February 28th at 6pm
Celebrate Purim with a full reading of the Megillah and creative Purim storytelling!
6:00 pm: Pre-Party Family Friendly Puppet Show
7:00 pm: Full Megillah Reading and Creative Purim Storytelling
8:30 pm: Dance Party with  Shamati
Purim at Ashkenaz
Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm
Coolest Megillah Reading Ever, The Real Deal Shpiellers, The band ADAMA, and Super Awesome Hamantashens! Ashkenaz has great food, drinks, wine and draft beer for sale throughout the evening a best-dressed contest. Members of Jewish Renewal Congregations get a discount! Learn more >>
Irreverently Yours, The Shushan Queens
Thursday, March 1 at 8 pm
Get raucous. Get wild. It's a brand-new, provocative adult Purim experience! Think: cabaret fun, politics, feminism, drinks, and a dance party. It all goes down at the Starline Social Club in Oakland at 8 PM, hosted by the JCC East Bay. Get wild with us! Learn more >>
UPCOMING EVENTS
Save the Date: Kehilla Summer Retreat!!

On Saturday, July 21st we will have a daytime community retreat at the Temescal Regional Recreational Area. More details to come - save the date!
Ever wanted to read Hebrew?
First Class is Thursday, March 8 at 12:30 pm
In April and May, Kehilla and Chochmat HaLev are teaming up to offer ‘700 Benches’, a SVARA-style talmud beit midrash text study class.
The prerequisite is to be able to read and decode Hebrew, so we are offering two Aleph Bet Intensives in March.
"Restore the Vote: Overturning Voter Suppression" with SURJ
Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30pm
This workshop will provide the context for the Voting Restoration & Democracy Act of 2018. Learn concrete actions you can take over the next several months to help restore voting rights to 162,000 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in California.
Common Spaces/UncommonViews Art Reception
Sunday, March 11, from 3-5 pm
Lili Shidlovski, a long-time Kehilla member is showing 3 series of photographs -- Abstract Expressions of Common Places, Of Love and Longing (a visual poem) and Weathering Time.
Lili’s photographs are visually striking as well as thought-provoking. They will be on exhibit in the Fireside Room from March 7-June 1. Learn more >>
Jewish Education Round Table
Sunday March 11, at 1pm
in collaboration with Scattered Among the Nations
Learn about isolated Jewish communities around the world with local author Bryan Schwartz.
At the Alameda Free Library - Main Branch
1550 Oak Street, Alameda, CA 94501 Learn more >>
The 2018 Taubman Lectures | Annette Yoshiko Reed: "Forgetting the Jewish Past between Rupture and Renewal"
Lecture 1: What Was Lost with the Dead Sea Scrolls, Monday March 12, 7:00 p.m. | Lecture 2: How the Jewishness of Christianity was Forgotten, Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. | Lecture 3 + Reception: Forgetting and Remembering Second Temple Judaism, Thursday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.
Save the date: class discussion for working class/low income people in our community
Saturday, March 17th 2-4pm at Kehilla (after our Chai Shabbat service and lunch)
We will gather 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. 
We will also discuss how to bring class dynamics consciously into our community for education and change. 
For any questions/more info co ntact Debbie Fier:  debbie@debbiefier.com  or Dvora Gordon:  dvoragee@gmail.com . In the back classroom on the main floor.
KEHILLA MEMBERS IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Save the Date | "When I Dare to be Powerful" Workshop
Penny Rosenwasser is offering a daylong workshop in Berkeley on March 17, for intergenerational Jewish women and gender queer folks targeted by misogyny, focusing on empowering leadership by uprooting internalized oppression.
For info, contact  bethsauerhaft@gmail.com .
Two Opportunities: Volunteers Needed to Help Feed the Homeless

On the 4th Thursday of each month from 4- 6:30 PM some members of Kehilla and a Berkeley Church feed the folks living in the GRIP, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program shelter at 23 st in Richmond.  We need a few more folks, you don't need to make it every month. We need a few who can shop and/ especially cook on site for about 50-60 people. We take turns doing different parts of the meal. We will help you.  If you are interested,  please call Gabriella Heinsheimer at   510-220-6668  or KAM McCallum-Gesher at  510-235-6668 .
Hot Lunch Program
Kehilla’s neighbor, Plymouth United Church of Christ, the Jazz and Justice church (424 Monte Vista Avenue in Oakland), does important social justice work, including a Thursday hot lunch program for homeless people. Learn more >>
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
2 Bedroom, 2 Cat Summer Rental in Berkeley
Kehilla members seek summer renters for their Berkeley 2BR 2CAT house for one month. Because this involves cat sitting (no litter box though!), the rent is well below market. Amenities include yards, washer/dryer, dishwasher, bikes, piano, drums, guitars, possibly a car. Contact Hillary Brooks at  hillary.maroon@gmail.com .
French / Italian and Modern Hebrew Exchange
Hi everyone! I'm looking for a French and/or Italian speaker to practice my intermediate French and/or beginning Italian with once a week! If you speak either of those and want to learn modern Hebrew, contact me at mayajoshua@gmail.com
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 >>
Oakland LGBTQ Center Spirituality Group
Third Saturday of every month
The group, hosted by Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, is designed to support individuals in their spiritual exploration, healing from religious wounds, and organizing for justice with faith communities in and around Oakland. Learn more >>
Summer Internship for Jewish College Students | JVS
For 30+ years, the Kohn Summer Intern Program has molded the next generation of Jewish leaders through a paid internship with local Jewish nonprofits. Learn more here >>
Are you a High School Senior (or do you know one) looking for a hands-on, meaningful experience before you start college?
As a  Tivnu Gap Year  participant, you’ll connect Jewish life and social justice through individualized internships, discover the Pacific Northwest, and create a home together in Portland, Oregon.  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.

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