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

Welcome to the May issue of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
Executively Speaking: The State of the Congregation
by Michael Saxe-Taller
Because of the broad nature of my responsibilities as Kehilla’s executive director, I have a unique perspective on the Kehilla community. I have prided myself on knowing just about everything that is happening in our large, growing and extremely active congregation. At this year’s Kehilla Leadership Retreat, I found out how wrong I was... 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.
Kehilla Spiritual Leaders' Statement on Sanctuary
We are moved and excited that Kehilla is ready to take our next step as part of the New Sanctuary Movement, preparing to offer sanctuary housing in our building to immigrants facing deportation... continue reading
Celebrating Sanctuary at Kehilla during Affordable Housing Week
Saturday, May 12th, 10:am-3:30pm
10am-12:15pm: Special Shabbat Service Focused on Sanctuary with guest speakers
1pm-3:30pm: Community Conversation on Sanctuary, Speaker from East Bay Housing
Organizations, Information Session, Listening Circles and Q&A.
April Book Discussion Group:
Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua
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
Kehilla Community Synagogue Questions and Answers on Sanctuary
Below are some of the questions that have been asked and answered about Sanctuary at Kehilla; you can find the full article with answers by clicking on 'continue reading'.
What is sanctuary?
Why offer sanctuary?
Who else is offering sanctuary?
What support do we have outside of Kehilla?
Expanding Our Social Justice Work Through Sanctuary
Greetings Kehilla!
We are writing to update the community on a journey led by our Immigration Committee’s Sanctuary Task Force over the last two years. As you may remember, the theme of Kehilla’s year 5777 High Holy Days (2016) focused on support for immigrants and refugees. Following the November 2016 election, this issue became even more pressing... continue reading
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support people experiencing homelessness by donating blankets, tarps, tents, warm jackets, pants . .. Learn more.
Class Discussion for Working Class/Low Income People in Our Community
Sunday, May 6th, 3-5pm in the Back Classroom
We will gather to discuss how class effects our lives both in and outside our Kehilla community. If you have experienced class in ways that have impacted you as a Jew and/or in the Jewish community, and you are looking for a place to talk and get support, please join us.  Learn more.
The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Part 4
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
When Abraham Joshua Heschel arrived in the U.S. in 1940 from war-torn Europe, he was determined to write a book on the Ba’al Shem Tov ...  continue reading

Hope in a Challenging Time
Having grown up during the Holocaust I tend to be pessimistic. Had I been one of the Israelite slaves in ancient Egypt... continue reading
"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
Food Symbols Revelation: Torah Medicinals, Part I
Monday, May 21st, 6:30-8:15 pm
The revelation of Torah, what we read and what we live, is an ongoing process. Come hear Kehilla members Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman and Ayurvedic Doctor Victoria Alara Alcoset share some knowledge and understanding revealed to them each regarding ancestral healing foods in the Torah... learn more and register here
The view of the cemetery, the city, the bay and the Golden Gate from Kehilla’s intended burial site in Mountain View Cemetery is spectacular.... continue reading
New Energies at April’s Let Our People Go Protest
By Sam Davis
At last month’s Let Our People Go protest at the Richmond jail (also known as the West County Detention Facility), the 150 people gathered were so moved to see the family of Fernando Carrillo reunited. His wife, Lourdes, has spoken at many of our protests... continue reading
Get Your Grand Bakery Challah at Kehilla This Summer!
We are extremely excited to announce that we have partnered with Grand Bakery to give the Kehilla Community an opportunity to buy challah through us!
Opening Reception for “Memory” – A Photography Exhibit by Alex Madonik
Come meet the artist, shmooze, and enjoy refreshments. In the Fireside Room. Alex writes: I take photos to help me remember. Every moment, every place, every person is somehow unique.. . continue reading
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Cohort’s Ceremonies
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
Kehilla Community Invited to Ramadan Open House!!
Kehilla is a partner with the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in the Faith Trio, along with Montclair Presbyterian Church. ICCNC invites the Kehilla community to an Open House for the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan on Saturday, May 26 at 7 pm at 1433 Madison Street, Oakland. Learn more
Community Wide Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality
Saturday, June 2nd, 4-7pm
Kick off Pride month at a Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Pride and Queer Sacred Sexuality. A participatory ritual filled with song and dance. Past attendees, including non-Jews and straight identified folxs said it moved and delighted them. Learn more here
Heads up for High Holy Days art exhibit!
As we look toward this year's High Holy Days, Kehilla's Art Gallery Committee invites members of the congregation to begin thinking about this year's HHD theme on "Truth." Do you feel inspired to create a piece on Truth for our annual HHD art show running from September - November? Learn more.
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
Thank You for Your Generosity   

Thank You for Your Time

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