Kol Kehilla
April 2018
The Newsletter of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the April issue of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
by Rabbi Dev Noily
As we gather to celebrate Pesach this year Kehilla is taking the next step on our path as a Sanctuary congregation. As our Board took its vote on March 28, I felt an electric connection with our ancestors, ancient and recent. I felt them smiling on us with love... . continue reading
May 12th 10am-3:30pm
Kehilla has been a sanctuary synagogue since the 1980’s. In November of 2016 the Kehilla Board passed a resolution reaffirming this commitment.... continue reading
Kehilla’s Annual Community Meeting
Wednesday, May 16, 6:45pm in Kehilla’s Sanctuary
Come learn about the state of the congregation, share our successes, appreciate our congregational leadership and think about our hopes and goals for the coming year.
Stand Together CoCo
On March 1, a new immigration hotline to report ICE activity or to seek assistance for someone detained by ICE was launched to serve Contra Costa County residents: 925-900- 5151... continue reading
700 Benches: Teshuvah
Come and learn about the origins of teshuvah – relational repair. 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
The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Part 3
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
As important as social justice was to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he would not have labeled himself a “political activist.” He saw his activism as spiritual practice: He wrote that . . . .
L’dor Vador:
An Intergenerational LGBTQ+ Shabbat Potluck
April 20th, 6:30pm
Join Glitter Kehilla for this special opportunity to build bridges across generations, break bread, and engage in intentional conversation. *While we love our allies, this event is specifically for LGBTQ+ people to build community with each other. In the Fireside Rm. Learn more
April Book Discussion Group:
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
Monday, April 9, 7-8:30pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month in the Fireside Room. Learn more
Two Recent Blows Against Immigrants in Detention
By Sam Davis and Julie Litwin
CIVIC Visitation Terminated: on March 5, 2018 the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office stopped volunteers from the organization Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) from visiting immigrants detained at the West County Detention Facility (WCDF) in Richmond...
Let Our People Go!
Come stand with your community against the inhuman treatment of immigrants, refugees, and prisoners of all kinds—show up at the next Let Our People Go protest, organized by Kehilla's Immigration Committee at the Richmond jail

For questions or more information, contact letourpeoplego@kehilla synagogue.org, or visit us at facebook . Learn More Here
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Cohort’s Ceremonies Begin in April!
You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing 7th graders become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Some of us may feel a little hesitant... read more
Liturgically Traditional and Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat: The Why and How
By Rabbinic Intern SAM Luckey
For a long time, several Kehilla members have hungered for a more liturgically traditional service, for various reasons. People are different and like to pray in different ways. Some people are familiar with this kind of service from other communities or from childhood experiences... read more
Save the Date: "Welcome to the Cancer Cafe"
Thursday, May 17, 7:30 in the sanctuary.
This one woman show about Judith's experiences with Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, is inspiring, moving, funny, and very educational. The show benefits Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for low income women with cancer. Learn more
Save the Date: Moriel Rothman-Zecher at Moe's
June 20th, 7pm
Moriel Rothman-Zecher is an American-Israeli writer, poet, and novelist. Born in Jerusalem, he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Arabic and political science
ICE Raid In My Neighborhood
by Carol Rothman, Kehilla Immigration Committee
On Feb. 20th Kehilla hosted a rapid response training run by ACILEP (Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership) to prepare over 150 members of... continue reading
The Middle East Peace Committee Film Night: The Wanted 18
May 12th, 7-9pm
An animated documentary: a small Palestinian village bought 18 cows and stopped buying Israeli milk... learn more
Dr. Avivah Zornberg – “Sing – Now! – to God!” – Miriam and Moses
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
Miriam Smolover’s Chanting CD Release Party
By Marcie Rubel
Our beloved Jewish chanting and meditation teacher, Miriam Batia Smolover will be releasing her new CD The Source of the Sound. Read more
The Middle East Peace Committee Film Night: A Third Way
April 21, 7pm
A documentary filmed in the West Bank that focuses on the courageous work of the late settler Rabbi Menachem Froman and other Palestinian and Israeli activists. Learn more
by Bill Lazurus
From 1972 to 1978, Lea Delson spent junior high school and high school years growing up in Omer, a Jewish village near Beersheba. Lea’s parents, originally from Chicago, immigrated to Israel in 1972... continue reading
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support people experiencing homelessness by donating blankets, tarps, tents, warm jackets, pants . .. Learn more
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Thank You for Your Time

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