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

Welcome to the July issue of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
Shabbat at Lake Temescal
July 21st, from 10am - 5pm

Come celebrate Shabbat in a beautiful setting with your community!

Talk * Play * Worship * Learn

Childcare and Children's Programming

It's Time to Renew Your Kehilla Membership!
The primary contact for your household received an email with a link to your membership renewal form. Please look out for the email and complete your form at your earliest convenience! For paper copies or any questions contact Maya at 510-547-2424 x 106 or maya@kehillasynagogue.org . New members can join here
The San Diego Action Against Zero-Tolerance: Rabbi David’s Report
By Rabbi David Cooper
It was a state-wide phone call of PICO clergy. Question? In order to have a significant protest for immigrants’ rights, can we have a substantial showing of clergy and lay folk at the detention center near the California-Mexico border? When? Starting on Friday – and this was Wednesday! Continue Reading.
Transitions: A Message from Sandra Razieli
Dear Kehilla Community,
As many of you know, I moved to Maui a year ago but have continued to direct the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program with the amazing assistance of Youth Programs Coordinator Natalie Boskin. Beginning July 1, Rabbi Gray Myrseth will be taking over my role.

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Martin Buber
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
In this series of articles I offer readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. Past installments focused on the life and thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel. In this four-part series, I turn to the legacy of Martin Buber for our community.

Piedmont City Council Approves Sanctuary Resolution
By Julie Litwin
Several Kehilla members were present at the Piedmont City Council meeting on June 4th to witness the unanimous vote of the council in favor of a resolution declaring Piedmont to be a sanctuary city. The issue was hotly debated prior to the council meeting, generating numerous letters and calls to the council... continue reading .
Join Kehilla’s Greening Committee! Visit us at July 21st Retreat Lunch-Time Tabling
Kehilla’s Greening Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. The Committee has been meeting for over 10 years and is always excited to take on new environmental projects. Please bring your issue or proposed project to us and consider working with us on it. Learn more.
An Interview with Avi Brooks
Photo and Story by Bill Lazarus
Kehilla member Avi Brooks finds connection to his Jewish and African American identities in the music of Passover seders and spirituals. “We say at seders, “Next year in Jerusalem, Brooks says, adding, “Black people in spirituals have said for hundreds of years, “We will see Zion.”

An Important Invitation
We are forming affinity groups at Kehilla for people to think more about race and racism in our lives and community. The groups are: Jews of Color; white people; white parents of kids of Color, parents of Color and multiracial parents, and Jews of Sephardi and Mizrahi descent. Please follow the link on the homepage of the Kehilla website to sign up. Here  is a link to the survey, or follow:  https://tinyurl.com/y8bsk8tb .
Save the Dates in August!

1st and 3rd Friday Kabbalat Shabbat returns August 3rd and August 17th

Morning + Evening Tot Shabbat returns August 4th and Aug 24th (New earlier time TBA)

Elul Chai Shabbat on Saturday, August 18-- not to be missed!
Your Vision of TRUTH
Calling all artists!  We are excited to be putting together this year’s High Holy Days art exhibit reflecting the New Year’s theme of TRUTH. As the spiritual leadership team explains: Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:8. Learn more
Working Class/Low Income Group Meeting
Next meeting on Saturday, July 7th from 2-4pm
The Working Class/Low Income Groups was created as a space for those of us raised working class as well as those currently low income because of limited income, age, retirement, disabilities, etc. C ontinue reading and learn more
July Book Discussion Group:
Judas by Amos Oz
Monday, July 9, 7-9pm

Please note that the June Kol Kehilla mistakenly listed July’s book. The June selection was The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday. August’s book will be The English Teacher by Daniel Atir.

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 and see a recommended reading list 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.
July 7: Adil Zamora Kantor
July 14: Lily Brown
July 28: Eitan Camacho
Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, July 13, 7-8:30pm
Join us for a more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv, the Shabbat evening service, songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Co-led by SAM Luckey and Arielle Tonkin, with a dvar Torah from Binya Koatz. Kiddush and light oneg after the service. Sponsored by Kehilla.  Learn more here.
Stories of Loss & Destruction – a Multifaith Ceremony
Saturday, July 21, 7-9:30pm
At the West County Detention Facility in Richmond
We come from so many different stories and histories of trauma and loss. Sharing these stories and listening to each other, we heal and build connection.
July 21 is the Jewish holy day of Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning and fasting to remember the communal losses of our people. Learn more here.
Community Gathering to Celebrate Sandra Razieli
Monday, July 23, 6:30-8:30pm
After 16 years, Sandra Razieli is stepping down as the Director of Kehilla’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program. Sandra has been a gift to Kehilla. She has deepened and expanded an extraordinary Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, one that has provided deep learning, meaning and Jewish connection to hundreds of teenagers and their families.  Learn more here.
Community Klezmer Workshops for Simchat Torah
4 Workshops starting Monday, August 6
We’re planning another rockin Simchat Torah celebration at Kehilla on October 1, hopefully with YOU in the band! Once again the intrepid and fabulous teachers/band leaders Mike Perlmutter and Jeanette Lewicki will lead us into and through the experience, with a series of workshops leading up to the event.   Learn more.
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!
Grief & Growing: A Healing Weekend for Bereaved Individuals & Families
November 30-December 2
This is a weekend program for adults, children, teens, families of all kinds, and friends who are experiencing grief from recent or past losses in their life. To learn more,  click here.
Thank You for Your Generosity   

Thank You for Your Time

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