Kol Kehilla
July 2019
The Newsletter of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Dear Friends,
Welcome to the July issue
of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
The 3 Generation Chavurah Gathering in June
Kehilla's Annual Retreat: July 12-14 at Bort Meadow

A unique opportunity
to get away from the hustle of our busy lives
and spend some time in community
in connection with nature.
We hope you can join!
The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part 6
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson

By the early 1970s I had become a hippie. I spent time hanging out in communes in different parts of California, and also teaching in free schools in which the students and the teachers shared power and control. By 1973 I was living in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in a crash pad with other hippies. I never told anyone that I was a rabbi, or even that I was Jewish. I wanted a life unburdened by my past...

Greetings from Your Board of Trustees, Part II

The Board of Trustees has been sharing individual member profiles to introduce ourselves to the congregation and describe our individual paths to joining the board. Please meet members Lisa Korwin and Ruth Atkin:

Lisa Korwin is beginning her second year on the Board and is very much looking forward to it. She began attending Kehilla’s high holiday services in the ‘90s and was drawn to the politics and commitment to inclusive practices. As someone who grew up assimilated yet culturally Jewish...

Ruth Atkin is beginning her third year on the Board of Trustees. Ruth was “shul-hopping” in the 1990s and “settled down”, becoming a member after Avi Rose gave a High Holiday talk on LGBT inclusion...

Criminal Justice Workshop June 25
Along with the Justice Committee of Plymouth United Church of Christ, some members of the Economic Justice Committee presented our 2nd Criminal Justice Reform Workshop on the subject of Re-entry After Incarceration. It took place June 25 at Kehilla and was aimed at Kehilla congregants and those of Plymouth – the Jazz and Justice – Church as well as those of St. Colomba Church...


The following Shabbat morning services will include the following young people becoming B’nei Mitzvah:

July 20 - Myles Blazer

Tot Shabbat
Saturdays, July 6 and July 20 , 10:30-11:15am
Join us for Tot Shabbat with Jen Miriam and Alon Altman with their Puppet Friends. Geared towards babies and children up to age 5 with their grownups! Join us for songs, prayers, friends, puppets, and stories and end with challah and grape juice. Bring a snack to share if you’d like. Learn more here (July 6) and here (July 20)
Kehilla Sings!
Upcoming dates: 
*Saturday, July 13* at the Kehilla Retreat in Bort Meadow , 3:15-4:30pm
Tuesday, August 13 , 7:00-8:30 pm, Fireside Room
Tuesday, September 10 , 7:00-8:30 pm, Fireside Room

A monthly gathering with Hazzan Shulamit to circle round and sing together!  Special focus on High Holy Day preparation in August and September. We’ll nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits with nigunuim (wordless melodies), new tunes for ancient prayers, and songs to take out into the streets. Join us for a delicious time of tuning into our souls and to one another. Everyone’s welcome! Donations accepted at the door $5-15 (for gatherings at Kehilla).
Follow this link for posted music for shabbat, protests, and more!
Invitation to Artists: Kehilla High Holy Days Art Show

Kehilla’s Art Gallery Committee is planning our annual exhibit open to all members of the congregation. We invite you to share your creativity with the community as you begin reflecting on your feelings, thoughts and hopes for the coming year. Get those artistic juices flowing and create a new piece for this show or bring an old favorite. We are seeking two-dimensional art, ready to hang. The only other limit is your imagination!
Norah Needs You
Norah is an expert joke-teller, modern-dancer, ice cream-licker, and loving big sister. She's been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia (FA), and will need a bone marrow transplant - none of Norah's family members are a match for her. Joining the registry is simple and could save Norah’s life. Join the registry!
July 4: Kehilla Admin. Offices Closed For American Independence Day
July 1-5: Kehilla Administrative Offices at Limited Capacity
Our Kehilla Administrative Offices will be at limited capacity during this week, as many of our staff members are out on vacation or off-site events.
It is possible response times will be slow as the staff on-site will be fielding all requests. We appreciate your support and understanding.
May Book Discussion Group:
Monday, July 8, 7-9pm
Nemesis by Philip Roth
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. See our selections for our upcoming 2018-19 meetings here .
For more information about the Book Group, contact Terry at mcglynnmandel@gmail.com. Learn more here.
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesdays at 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Doors open at 7:50 a.m., short teaching at 7:55 a.m., silent sit from 8:00 – 8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, July 12, 6-7:30pm
A more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv, the Shabbat evening service: songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Please bring veggie finger food to share. Cosponsored by Kehilla and Glitter Kehilla. Learn more here.
Tikkun Ha-Nefesh (Repair of the Soul) Healing Racism, Unpacking White Privilege – Affinity Group
Sunday, July 21, 10am-12pm
This group is part of the community’s larger project of addressing racism and de-centering whiteness within and beyond our congregation. It is an outgrowth of Kehilla’s affinity group for those who identify as white or as benefitting from white privilege. This will be a safe space in which to engage in the emotional and spiritual journey of healing and repairing the soul around these critical issues. You do not have to participate in the larger affinity group in order to attend these sessions, and you are welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as will facilitate your healing journey. Learn more here.
It’s not too late to view the the art and photography of Lynn Lazarus and Glenn Shor!

Their beautiful and engaging work is on exhibit now in the Fireside Room. The show will be up through August!

Teens and Adults, let’s do this, one aliyah at a time 🙂 Join us for Shabbat morning services and share your skills and love of leynen with our community. If you’re interested but have never chanted torah before, or if it’s been a long time and you expect to need significant support, please contact Hazzan Shulamit first– shulamit@kehillasynagogue.org .
If you are experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship,
please be in touch with one of our clergy members (Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Rabbi Gray, Rabbi David or Rabbi Burt), or with one of these organizations:
www.thehotline.org - National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233
www.shalom-bayit.org   - Shalom Bayit (East Bay) 866-SHALOM-7 /
or (510) 845-SAFE
www.thehotline.org/help/for-abusive-partners/ - National Domestic Violence Hotline (for abusive partners)
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.Questions? Contact Jeanne Finberg, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com. Thank you!
Thank You for Your Generosity   
So many of you give to Kehilla - you give money, you give time, you give love and community in a wide variety of ways.

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