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

Welcome to the October issue of  Kol Kehilla , our monthly newsletter. 
Wanting to Revisit or Share
Kehilla's High Holy Day Services?
Videos and sermons are now posted here !
Many Thank Yous

We'd like to take a moment to honor the members of our community who made High Holy Days happen, along with our amazing clergy and staff here at Kehilla. There were many of you.

Sharon Grodin, for prepping and leading the Bima Team.
Don Stone, for working on seating and all matters of accessibility.
Renee Enteen, for staffing all hired help and coordinating volunteers.

The Bima Team, for prepping and setting up and taking down the beautiful bima (multiple times!)
The Ushers and Greeters
The Setter-Upers and Cleaners
The Magical Everything Helpers (Max with chairs, Leanne with logistics, Joi with cleaning up)
And to So Many More People who showed up and gave a hand

Thank you!!!
ARTICLES
Thank You to the People Who Make Our High Holy Days Come to Life!
by Rabbi Dev Noily
I’m about to take down our sukkah, excited that rain is miraculously in the forecast. All that lulav-shaking inviting an early drizzle to our parched soil in these early days of what we pray will be a season of rain. I feel the fullness of this time of year, a kind of calm that comes after the months preparation, anticipation, introspection and celebration that the High Holy Days lead us through....
Executively Speaking: Rosh Hashana Thoughts
By Michael Saxe-Taller
[The following is excerpted from a talk given on Erev Rosh Hashana]
I love my job! One thing I love is the view I get of the many parts of this living, growing organism we call the Kehilla Community.
During last year’s High Holy Days, our leaders called us to act with spiritual audacity. Tonight, I want to share some of the audacious acts I’ve witnessed this year:
Leaders of Kehilla’s Immigration Committee continued organizing a monthly protest called Let Our People Go at West County Detention Facility, calling for an end to the detention, deportation and mass incarceration of our neighbors. 
The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values:
Martin Buber, Part 3
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson
I became aware of Martin Buber’s views about Zionism and Israel during the 1970s, and since that time his spiritual/political approach to these thorny issues has been central to my own understanding of Jewish nationalism. I adopted a version of Buber’s outlook when I was formulating the original vision for Kehilla Community Synagogue. Continue reading .
Attention All Healthcare Providers and Advocates: The Economic Justice Committee (EJC) asks for your help in improving health and safety conditions in Alameda County jails
Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee (EJC) had a full committee retreat on August 26, coming away with renewed energy to focus as a committee on the Live Free work of Oakland Community Organizations (OCO). OCO is a community group with which EJC and Kehilla have had strong connections for a number of years. Continue reading
The Belonging and Allyship Project, a congregation-wide effort to better align our commitments to being a welcoming congregation to all, especially people of color (for more context, reference Aurora Levins Morales’ powerful   Yom Kippur update   or some history from Rabbi Dev,   here ), has moved into the next phase, with many of the affinity groups hosting their first causes! (It’s not too late to join one, sign up   here !). Continue reading.
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Launch of East Bay Community Energy
What You Need to Know
About Your New Energy Provider
After a decade of organizing and advocacy by multiple community organizations, including Kehilla’s
Greening Committee, an Alameda County Community Choice Energy program designed to address environmental, economic and social justice needs of East Bay communities will become your energy provider next month (November.) Continue reading
Here  is an article about Rabbi David’s leadership of the observance of the equinox at Cesar Chavez Solar Calendar in the Berkeley Marina. He talked about this a bit during his high holiday sermon, and several Kehilla folks came. He does it every year on the autumn equinox. Enjoy!
Time is of the Essence! Kehilla Cemetery Section in Mt. View Cemetery is Happening
Please read this article as it has significant and time sensitive 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. Plot 70 is bordered by two oak trees and cannot be expanded. Once all the graves are sold to our membership, this Kehilla section will not be able to have graves added to it. Continue reading .
SERVICES, EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Family Shabbat Service + Baby Welcoming with Rabbi Gray and Beth Dickinson
Saturday, October 6, 10:30am-12pm
People of ALL ages– Join us for a celebratory Shabbat morning exploring Parashat Breishit, the very beginning of the Torah! We will also welcome Benjamin Stone Braillard, child of Rachel Stone and Michael Braillard, to the community with special blessings at the Torah. Kiddush following services is sponsored by Bracha and Don Stone, and you’re also invited to bring something veggie to share. Learn more here.
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.
Hazzan Shulamit is eager to support you along the way!
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.
Love versus Truth – a Class with Rabbi Burt
Starting Thursday, October 4, 7-9pm for 4 sessions

Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Inner Struggle
and the Ideals of Kehilla Community Synagogue

“I was taught about inexhaustible mines of meaning by the Baal Shem; from the Kotzker I learned to detect immense mountains of absurdity standing in the way.”
October Book Discussion Group:
All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
Monday, October 8, 7-9pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm.
For more information about the Book Group, contact Terry at mcglynnmandel@gmail.com. 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.
October 13- Amelia Spong
October 20- Isaiah Phillips
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   
         
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