Kol Kehilla
March 2019
The Newsletter of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Kehilla's Kitchen Angels in action!
Dear Friends,
Welcome to the March issue
of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
A Word from the Board:
The Story of the Generosity Committee
Are you looking to become more involved with Kehilla in a way that is fulfilling and productive as well as fun? Then consider joining the Generosity Committee (GenCo) or getting involved in some of our fundraising events. We have a great immediate engagement opportunity and a terrific team to support you.

Dear Kehilla Community Synagogue congregants,
It is with great pleasure that I write this article for the Kol Kehilla. As many of you already know, we have embarked upon an effort to secure a burial site for our synagogue members. With unexpected success, all of you who secured a grave did so in the introductory offer period and thus bought your graves at a remarkable savings. Additionally, enough of you did so that we have already met our obligation to Mt. View to secure this particular area for us. This is a monumental evolution in our life as a congregation...

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
Reb Zalman did not plan to start a new Jewish spiritual movement. He wanted to bring a spiritual dimension to all the denominations of American Jewry. But his charisma and his amazing gifts were so powerful that the people who studied and prayed with him began to form clusters and communities in different parts of the country....

by Jeanne Finberg
The Kehilla Immigration Committee is organizing a contingent to help support immigrants who are currently being held in ICE detention. We are working with Friends Afuera, which is a project of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. Through this program, volunteers write letters to people in detention and contribute a small amount to their commissary fund to use for incidentals. Many detainees don’t have friends or family in the country who know where they are or how to support them. The Friends Afuera (Friends on the Outside) program matches up each volunteer with a detainee. Letters can really lift the spirits of a detainee because that person realizes that someone outside of the facility knows that they are there and cares about them. Detainees have reported that receiving such letters helped prevent them from losing hope and even from self-deporting back to the country they fled from due to violence or some other unsafe condition.

Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Kehilla Sanctuary & Shelter Volunteers
On February 3rd the Immigration Committee held an event for those interested in volunteering when Kehilla has a guest in sanctuary...

Putting Our Bodies on the Line: Matthew Leber Reports Back from the Border
Matthew Leber, Kehilla member and staff member of American Friends Service Committee, led a report-back and discussion about the December 10th action...

Accompaniment Program Meet and Greet
Around fifty people gathered to welcome new immigrants who have been part of Kehilla’s accompaniment program over the past several years, along with their teams, hosts and sponsors...

Dear Friends and Family of Ariel:
To honor our dear Ariel, we are announcing today the establishment of the  Ariel Rose Memorial Fund . We have found the perfect non-profit partner in the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and specifically with their new project,  Restore Oakland .

Norah Needs You
Norah is an expert joke-teller, modern-dancer, ice cream-licker, and loving big
sister. At five years old, she takes her jobs pretty seriously.

Norah was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia (FA). Essentially, FA interferes with her body’s ability to properly repair its DNA. If untreated, it increases her risk of leukemia or bone marrow failure to 90%.

Norah will need a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, none of Norah's family members are a match for her. Norah has a donor match out there – it could be YOU. Join the “Be The Match” registry with a simple, painless cheek swab to help save Norah’s life. Adding donors to the registry increases the likelihood of finding a life-saving match for Norah and others in need.
Get on the phone and help drives happen all over the count

Get on the phone with anyone you know on college campuses who might be involved or KNOW someone who is involved in Jewish life - your relative, your friend’s relative, your relative’s friend - and get your nudge on. Encourage them to touch base with their Hillel / other Jewish orgs on campus and help them put on a drive.
It's so easy! 

We're also having two drives for Norah - at the Purim on March 20th, and at the CHAI Shabbat on March 23rd. Sign up to help with the drives here!
Kehilla Community Passover Seder
Save the Date
Saturday, April 20th
Details & Tickets Coming Soon
Save the Date

Kehilla's Annual Community Retreat
July 12-14
it's going to be a grand adventure :)

Visit our volunteer page for all the current opportunities to build community and fulfill your Avodah commitment!
Artists Reception – Photography by Glenn Shor & Mixed Media & More by Lynn Lazarus
Sunday, March 3 , 3-5pm
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibit, featuring the photography of Glenn Shor and mixed media and more by Lynn Lazarus. Save the date and please join us for a reception to meet the artists! Learn more here.
A Criminal Justice Reform Workshop
Tuesday, March 5, 6-7:30 pm
This workshop is a joint project of the Justice Committees of Kehilla and Plymouth UCC. Based on the recent Alameda Co. Jail Report, the goal is to focus on local actions to bring about change. Light Dinner: 5:30 pm. Read, listen and learn. Discuss. Consider what is to be done. Learn more here.
The Future of Nonviolent Action in Palestine
Tuesday, March 5, 7-9pm
Kehilla and the Middle East Peace Committee present: an evening of film, food and conversation.
Folks with White Privilege Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Kehilla community members are welcome whether or not you have attended before -- we'd love to have you! This is part of Kehilla's Racial Justice Initiative. Learn more here.
Move Your Money: Reduce Climate Risk in Your Investments
Thursday, March 7, 7-9pm
Whether you’re just starting to evaluate your banking and investment choices or have been wrestling with these issues for years, you can get information and support for moving your money out of polluting banks and investments and into the clean energy economy.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Due to the popular demand of our 1st Saturday Tot Shabbat service every month, we will begin adding 3rd Saturday Tot Shabbat services in May! There will no longer be any 4th Friday Tot Shabbat services. Families are also welcome at any service at Kehilla. Click here for Updated Tot Shabbat schedule through June!
Kabbalat Shabbat: Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive
Friday, March 8, 6pm
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. ALL are welcome to come pray, sing, hum, clap and celebrate building our beloved community. Kiddush and light oneg (ritual snacks) after the service. Cosponsored by Kehilla and Glitter Kehilla. Learn more here.
New Music for Shabbat and Protests and More: Listen and Learn!
A message from Hazzan Shulamit:
Over the past few months, I've learned many new melodies that we're slowing integrating into some of our prayer services, as well as songs for taking out to the streets for rallies and protests. There's more to come, and Kehilla Sings! is a great opportunity to sink into song and lift up your soul as we learn 2-3 new melodies each month. The next Kehilla Sings! event is on Tues, March 12, 7:00-8:30 pm. Enjoy listening and learning and sharing in new melodies here .
December & January Book Discussion Group:
Mondays, March 11 , 7-9pm
The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari
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 .
Kehilla Sings!
Tuesday, March 12, 7-8:30 pm

A new monthly gathering with Hazzan Shulamit to circle round and sing together. 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.

Tikkun Ha-Nefesh (Repair of the Soul) Healing Racism, Unpacking White Privilege – Affinity Group
Sunday, March 17, 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.
Celebration of Life in loving memory of Carolyn Pedrotti
Sunday, March 17, 5-7:30pm
You are cordially invited to a memorial in loving memory of Carolyn Pedrotti.
Doors open at 5pm and the Service begins promptly at 5:15PM.
A small reception will follow. In the Sanctuary.
Purim Like It's 5779!
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm
Put on your costume, and join Kehilla with our friends from Chochmat HaLev and Urban Adamah at the UA Farm for our annual Purim Megillah and blowout. Programming for all ages, from Jen Miriam and Alon’s musical puppet show, to a full Megillah reading with radical, creative interpretations, to a dance party with live music!
Chai Shabbat, Baby Naming, & New Member Welcome!
Saturday, March 23, 10am-2pm
Join us for a celebratory, musical Shabbat morning! During the Torah service, we will welcome Liz Angoff and Justin Wilcox’s baby River with a Brit Shalom ritual, and we’ll honor Kehilla’s newest members. Services led by led by Rabbi Dev and our Musical Prayer Leaders with Ketzev Kehilla, our prayerful drum orchestra. Kiddush sponsored by River’s grandparents, Roz and Gerry Angoff. Learn more here.
Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 24, 2-4pm

Come one, come all, join us for the Purim Carnival- all ages welcome! There will be games, prizes, hamentashen, a bounce house, and more! Sliding scale $10-$36 per family. Costumes are encouraged.  Learn more here.
Dear Kehilla community,
You are invited to join us as at the Shabbat morning service on March 30 as the first student of the 2019 Bat/Bar Mitzvah cohort, Ellie Broscow , becomes Bat Mitzvah!    Some of us may feel a little hesitant about coming to a Shabbat service when a young person we do not know personally is becoming Bat/Bar Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present brings immense joy and liveliness to the service, which is greatly appreciated by the family and their young person.

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!
Are you a family with young children interested in joining a threegeneration chavurah?

Do you have grandparenttype energy that you would love to bring to a threegeneration chavurah?

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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