September 4th, 2020 |  14th of Elul, 5780 | י״ד בֶּאֱלוּל תש״פ
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All events are accessed via Zoom. Download it here!

Special Note: We are adding Zoom registration to services going forward as a security step. You can register before a meeting or right when you join - it takes less than a minute - and will be given automatic access to the meeting once you have. Email Elle with questions!
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, September 4, 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! Passcode: ModehAni
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.
Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, September 9, 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! Passcode: ModehAni
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.
Kehilla Sings! Elul Gatherings to Prepare for the High Holy Days
Thursday, September 10, 5pm-6:15pm
Join Hazzan Shulamit for musical High Holy Day preparation, through hearing the shofar and joining together for melodies and prayers to help us focus on connecting with the Divine, facing ourselves and our world, and re-aligning with our truest selves, reviving our spirits, relationships, and community.
Folks With White Privilege
Thursday, September 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Any Kehilla – connected folks who identify as white, we’d love to have you, whether you’ve ever been to these meetings before or not! We meet every month to work on decentering white supremacy at Kehilla and work to make Kehilla more welcoming to people of color. Please email the coordinator to join.
POC Shabbat
Friday, September 11, 5:30pm-6:45pm
Amidst the joy & rest of Shabbat, this gathering for People of Color at Kehilla will include time to reflect on ourselves as a POC community since the start of this last Jewish New Year, which began 10/1/2019: As the preparatory month of Elul winds down, and we cross the Selichot threshold into High Holy Days proper, we can take some time to set intentions for ourselves as Community. Join us here!
Selichot Evening Service
Saturday, September 12, 8pm-9:30pm
Selichot is our portal into the Days of Awe and the process of teshuva, of turning inward with love and curiosity to face ourselves with clarity and truth. Selichot limbers up our ability to ask for forgiveness. Join us here!
Working Class/Low Income Group Meeting
Sunday, September 13, 4pm-6pm
If you are working class/low income and have experienced class/income in ways that have impacted you personally and/or in community, and you are looking for a place to talk and get support, we hope that you will join us. Please email the coordinator to join.
Book Discussion Group
Monday, September 14, 7pm-9pm
The book for September is by Nathan Englander. Please email the coordinator to join.
Automated Payment Notices!
This is a friendly reminder that we have launched a new system that automatically sends emails to folks when their monthly payments are overdue. If you see one but have already sent in a check or paid the balance, please disregard the email. If you have any questions or feedback please contact our bookkeeper Molly at or call (510) 929-0602 (Tuesdays and Thursday, 2pm-7pm).
No Clergy Appointments Until Week of October 19
Rabbi Dev will next be available for appointments starting October 19th - but not before! Please contact Dee and she will help you schedule time with them.
Immigration Committee Requests & Updates

The Sanctuary Task Force was prepared to welcome a guest at Kehilla this week, but the system which funnels immigrants who earn parole directly to ICE detention prevented this from happening. Learn more here.

Responsible Guatemalan couple with delightful toddler seek housing in East Bay. Max rent $1200/mo. Willing to do home maintenance and landscaping as work-trade. Please call Yael with leads: 415-741-5373.
Shabbat Shuvah Donation
For a number of years, Amy Bat Tzipora and Beth Weinberger have offered a grand Kiddush on Shabbat Shuvah. Although we cannot enjoy food together this year, we want to continue our tradition of honoring our forebears and nourishing our community by donating the funds that would have been spent on the Kiddush to Love and Justice in the Streets.
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!!
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.
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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