August 27th, 2020 | 7th of Elul, 5780 | ז׳ בֶּאֱלוּל תש״פ
See our latest virtual offerings below &

All events are accessed via Zoom. Download it here!
Kehilla High Holy Day Registration is Open!
Register here (Kehilla members are already registered but can now register family & friends) and see our High Holy Days website for service schedules!
Membership Forms Are Live - Please Renew!
Please be sure to register before High Holy Days! If you don't see your membership form in your inbox please get your form here or email Elle with any questions. And if you are joining Kehilla for the first time, we are so very excited to have you - click right here to join!
Friday Morning Meditation Sit
Friday, August 21, 7:50am-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30. Join us here!
Elul Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, August 29, 10:30am-12:30pm
Join Rabbi David and Beth Dickinson for an Elul Shabbat, a sweet morning of musical prayer and torah discussion with a focus on our spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days ahead.

*Please note that you will be asked to register once you click the link! Please select the August 29 service when registering. You may register for this service at anytime.
Charles Joseph Community Meeting
Sunday, August 30, 2pm-3pm
After serving 12 years in prison and being found eligible for parole, ICE detained Charles for 11 months and is attempting to deport him back to Fiji, a country he left in his youth. Learn about Charles Joseph's story and pardon campaign and how to stop transfers of our community members from prisons and jails to ICE.
Middle East Peace Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 1, 7:30pm-9pm
Kehilla’s Middle East Peace Committee (MEPC) educates and mobilizes for an end to the Occupation, advocating justice, freedom, compassion and equal rights for all the people in Israel/Palestine. Please email the coordinator for the meeting link.
A Community Conversation with Kehilla’s Executive Director and Chair of the Board
Wednesday, September 2, 7pm-8:30pm
Learn about the current state of the congregation from Kehilla’s Executive Director Michael Saxe-Taller and Board Chair Catherine Lyons. Get the latest on High Holy Days, Kehilla School, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, Kehilla’s fiscal situation and more. Hear about our latest social justice initiatives and make connections with other congregants. Elaborate virtual snacks will be served.
Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, August 26, 7:50am-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Elul Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, September 4, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Join us for Elul Kabbalat Shabbat with Hazzan Shulamit, Debbie Fier, and Julie Nesnansky as we ease into Shabbat and weave in Elul practices to help us prepare for the High Holy Days.
Elul Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, September 5, 10:30am-12:30pm
Join Rabbi Dev and Hazzan Shulamit for an Elul Shabbat, a sweet morning of musical prayer and torah discussion with a focus on our spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days ahead.
Tot Shabbat - Live!
Saturday, September 4, 10:30am-11am
With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman and their Puppet Friends. Geared for babies to 5 year olds and their families. Join us for songs, prayers, puppets and dancing, and enjoy seeing each other’s faces! This event is cosponsored by the Jewish Baby Network.
700 Benches - Elul Learning 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Taught by Rabbi Gray Myrseth and will focus on a text from Tractate Gittin. In this 2-hour class, you’ll learn an ancient Jewish text in its original language, explore Talmud study as a spiritual practice, and co-create a supportive, queer-normative community of study.
Jews on Ohlone Land
Wednesday, September 9, 7pm-8:30pm
Organizing to maximize Jewish participation in the Shuumi Land Tax throughout the East Bay.
Stand Up for Racial Justice – Vote No on Prop 20
Wednesday, September 9, 7pm-9pm
Please join Kehilla and the Economic Justice Committee and other co-sponsoring congregations to learn about voting no on Prop 20, a ballot measure that would result in repopulating jails and prisons. Learn more here and register for the votinar here.
Newly Revised Economic Justice Committee Webpage: Take a Look
The Economic Justice Committee has launched its revised webpage, showcasing our criminal justice reform work, critical ballot measure work and our new subcommittee, Homeless Action. Check it out!!
Rabbi David Cooper writes about Peter Beinart and the question of a two-state versus one-state outcome in Israel/Palestine, with new resources to study. Read the blog post here.
Immigration Committee Requests & Updates

We are looking for work opportunities for immigrants being assisted by our accompaniment program. Jobs like small construction projects, cleaning and yard work are all welcome! Please contact us here.
The Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund is Here for You
Through the generosity of many in our community, the Rabbis' Discretionary Fund (RDF) can help with modest financial challenges: Learn more here.
Automated Payment Notices
We've launched a new automated email notification system for payments that become overdue. If you have any questions or feedback about an email reminder you've received, please contact our bookkeeper Molly at or call (510) 929-0602 (Tuesdays and Thursday, 2pm-7pm).
Clergy Appointments
To make appointments with Rabbi Dev, please contact Dee and she will help you schedule time with them!
Phishing Scams Continue in Rabbi Dev's Name
Please be aware of phishing emails being sent under Rabbi Dev's name. If you get such an email, please report it to Google as a phishing email, and notify the Kehilla office. Learn more here.
Bikkur Cholim: Pastoral / Spiritual Care
Rabbi Chaya Gusfield is coordinating a wonderful group of members who are rabbis and chaplains to offer support to our members who are ill or caring for loved ones who are sick. Learn more here!
Homeless Action Help Needed
Help purchase critical supplies for the Oakland homeless population impacted by Covid-19. Love and Justice in the Streets, a grassroots effort, was started by Kehilla member Tayla Husbands-Hankin. Learn more here.
Norah Needs You!!
Norah is a 5 year old in our Kehilla Community who needs a bone-marrow donor. You might save a life by joining the marrow-donor registry, which is easy and free to do. If that isn't an option for you, there are other ways you can help!! 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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