Kol Kehilla
August - September 2018
The Newsletter of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Kehilla High Holy Days

• Selichot •
September 1

• Rosh Hashanah •
September 9-11

• Yom Kippur •
September 18-19

• Sukkot •
September 23-30

• Simchat Torah •
October 1

•  Learn More Here 

Art by Micah Bazant
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the August-September issue of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
Membership Renewal: A Must for Your High Holy Day Tickets!
The primary contact for your household received an email with a link to your membership renewal form! Not sure where the email is? Click here to have it re-sent!

Members must have renewed to pick up their High Holy Day ticket at Will Call.
For paper copies or any questions contact Maya at 510-547-2424 x 106 or maya@kehillasynagogue.org . New members can join here

About our High Holy Days Theme
Emet ~ Truth ~ אמת

מִי־יָג֣וּר בְּאָֽהֳלֶ֑ךָ מִֽי־יִ֜שְׁכֹּ֗ן בְּהַ֣ר קָדְש? הוֹלֵ֣ךְ תָּ֖מִים וּפֹעֵ֥ל צֶ֑דֶק וְדֹבֵ֥ר אֱ֜מֶ֗ת בִּלְבָבֽוֹ:

Who lives within your tent? Who settles on your holy mountain? One who walks with integrity, and who acts justly, and who speaks truth in their heart.
Psalm 15:1-2

Our High Holy Day theme this year is “truth”.

The Days of Awe bring us together in a community of spiritual practice that celebrates truth-seeking. We seek deeper understanding of the truth of our own experience and relationships. We seek to align ourselves with the moral and spiritual truths of our world. We seek courage in community to face the truths of our lives that can lead us toward greater wholeness. Continue Reading.
Executively Speaking: A Fast Approaching New Year
By Michael Saxe-Taller
We are still in the midst of summer. Our days are warm. Young people are out of school, playing, exploring and learning. Many of us are taking weekend adventures or cleaning out our garages (happening at the Saxe—Taller home!).

Nevertheless, here at Kehilla, there is a buzz of activity. Preparations are underway for the High Holy Days – which are coming very early this year. Our education staff is also hard at work preparing for a new Kehilla school year. So, if I can grab your attention away from the sun and the beautiful flowers, I want to let you know about some of the things brewing at Kehilla. Continue Reading.
The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values:
Martin Buber, Part 2
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
I spent my junior year in Israel in 1964-65, and one of my teachers was Martin Buber’s closest friend, Ernst Simon. Prof. Simon had arranged for us to meet with Buber, but before this could take place, Buber became ill and died. Yet even though I never met him personally, Buber’s teachings had affected me indirectly as a child through my relationship with Milton Bendiner, my Bar Mitzvah mentor.  Continue reading .
The Kehilla Shabbat at the Climate Action September 8
From Rabbi David and Kehilla’s Greening Committee
We will observe the last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 8 with a short service before the action: “Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice.” This is an action across the country and we will gather near the local convening point of the march on the Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco. (We do not have exact details yet, but plan to be there at 9:30 although this may be subject to change.) Learn more.
Open Minds, Open Hearts:
Exploring Class Dynamics in Our Kehilla Community
Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 1-5 PM
Class issues can exist within all of our relationships, whether they are acknowledged or not. They can silently divide us, for example, as in the case of synagogue members dealing with dues and Hebrew School payments, etc. Members who cannot afford payments can feel shame and invisibility, and congregants with access to more money may not know how to reach out to those with less.

Let’s reach across the divides that may be separating us, build bridges, and connect more deeply to one another. Continue reading and learn more here. RSVP here.
Kehilla Cemetery Section in Mt. View Cemetery is Happening!!
Please read this article as it has significant financial information about grave purchase.
The process has begun to secure a Kehilla congregational section in lovely Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. This is a three phase process contingent upon Kehilla members buying a minimum of 30 graves within the first year. At this time, more than 30 members have already indicated a desire to buy during the first phase at the introductory offer price.  Continue reading .
In a time of profound threats to human rights, we recognize and celebrate when our collective action has an impact. Standing up for our fellow humans in a visible, collective way matters. Achieving concrete wins invigorates the weary and inspires new activism.
Ditty's Closet Q & A: Kehilla's Medical Equipment Resource
By the Chesed Coordinating Committee
Q: What is Ditty's Closet?
A: It's our virtual closet filled with real durable medical equipment. We have over 75 items that are housed in 25 Kehilla households. The equipment is available for loan, for free, to Kehilla members and visiting family members for short term use. Continue reading.
Kehilla’s Little Free Library
Thanks to the collaboration of several congregants, Kehilla is now the proud owner of a Free Little Library that stands at the bottom of the stairs, at the main entrance to the building.

To Members of Our Kehilla Community who Identify as JEWS OF COLOR:
Aurora Levins Morales will be leading an Affinity Group for Jews of Color, as part of our new Kehilla Racial Justice Initiative. Since the day & time of this meeting is still being set – though will likely be in August or early September– if you would like to attend this meeting, please email Penny Rosenwasser,  penro@comcast.net , with “JOC Kehilla Meeting”in the subject line, and Penny will send you the meeting info.
Elul CHAI Shabbat Morning Service, Aufruf,
& Honoring New Members & New Jews
Saturday, August 18, 10am-12:30pm.
We’ll begin to explore High Holy Day themes together, as well as honor our newest members, our beloved members who’ve affirmed their Jewish identity, and also celebrate the upcoming wedding of Talia Cooper and Andrew Gordon-Kirsch. Everyone’s welcome! Learn more here.
Special call from Penny Rosenwasser, middle class ally, to Kehilla members raised Middle Class and/or Upper Class! 

Please save the date now to attend our upcoming workshop:
Open Minds, Open Hears: Exploring Class Dynamics in Our Kehilla Community
Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 1-5pm at Kehilla
Teens and Adults, let’s do this, one aliyah at a time 
Hazzan Shulamit is eager to support you along the way.
13th Annual Faith Trio Harvest Dinner
This year at Kehilla on Sukkot: Friday, September 28, 6:30-8:45pm
Join us in the Kehilla Sukkah for this annual tradition of the Faith Trio [Kehilla, the Islamic Cultural Center, and Montclair Presbyterian) as we gather in the autumn to be together in community. The Harvest Festival brings together Jews, Muslims and Christians from the three congregations to eat together, to get to know each other and to consider some concern that we share together. Learn more.
Community Klezmer Workshops for Simchat Torah
4 Workshops starting Monday, August 6
Help make our Simchat Torah Celebration a rockin’ musical success. Join the Community Band!
Open to instrumentalists from Kehilla, Chochmat haLev and Aquarian Minyan. Sliding scale $20-$30/workshop for participants. Minimum 8 participants for each workshop.  Learn more.
August Book Discussion Group:
The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir
Monday, August 13, 7-9pm
In September we will vote to select books for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year. All Kehilla members interested in joining the book group are invited to nominate books and help us make the selection. Learn more here.
B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon!
You are invited to join us at the following shabbat morning services as these amazing 7th graders become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
August 4- Sevan Minassian-Godner
August 11- Nadia Gaskin
Kehilla Neighborhood Brunches
Sunday, September 30, 11am-1pm
If you have ever wanted to find out more about the Kehilla members in your neighborhood and to make connections in your local village – come to a Kehilla Neighborhood Brunch!  This year our brunch is on the day of the first evening of Sukkot. Learn more here .
Nourishing Ourselves Wisely with Qigong:
An Introductory Series with Diana Lion
Four Consecutive Tuesdays Starting Aug 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Come join us for a 4-week relaxing Qigong class series. Qigong is an embodied form of meditation, which acts on all aspects of the body, mind, spirit, and life force. This series is a wonderful way to nourish ourselves as we address what’s happening in the wider world, as well as help us prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days.
Donate Supplies to Help
People Experiencing Homelessness
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support our homeless population by donating tents, blankets, tarps & socks! A large box is located by the sanctuary door at Kehilla. Please fill it with listed items only. Talya will pick up the items periodically and deliver them to people who need them. Pickup is on pause until Tuesday morning. Questions? Contact Jeanne Finberg, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com. Thank you!
Thank You for Your Generosity   

Thank You for Your Time

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