Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 25th of Cheshvan, 5781 |כ״ה בְּחֶשְׁוָן תשפ״א
NEW! Refuat HaNafesh Healing Circle
Fourth Sundays of the Month - Next Date Nov. 22, details below
In this new drop-in healing circle, we’ll hold each other tenderly, pray for healing for those who need it, and make space for the feelings that arise as we face challenging moments in our lives and world. From the Bikkur Cholim Team. RSVP here.
Closed Captioning at Kehilla Shabbat Services
Beginning November 21st, Kehilla will provide closed captioning for its Saturday morning Shabbat services. Services with this feature will include "CC" in the title on the Calendar and Weekly. Please write to us with any questions or comments!
THIS WEEK AT KEHILLA
Friday Morning Meditation Sit
Friday, November 13, 7:50am-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Join us here! Passcode: ModehAni
POC Shabbat Service
Friday, November 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Beloved community, this space is for Black, Brown and Indigenous folks, and folks who identify as People of Color. It’s time to slow down, embody self-care and feel the liberation of stepping into this special time of the week. We’ll light the candles together to invoke our time of rest. Please feel free to bring ritual items if so moved and share elements of your own practice as we deepen connection and community.
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 14, 10:30am - 12:15pm
Join us for Chayeh Sarah with Howard Hamburger and Beth Dickinson. Join us for a Shabbat morning of musical prayer, torah discussion, and community.
CORRECTED DATE - Varieties of Alternative Jewish Theologies with Rabbi David
Saturday, November 14, 4 pm - 5:30 pm
Our Jewish theologies have evolved over time and differ within each time period and even within each community. Moreover, each of us can operate within ourselves with different relationships to God or the concept of God. This survey class taught by Rabbi David Cooper is to enable people to consider and to honor their own theological (or atheological) and spiritual perspectives. The teaching concludes at 5:30pm and then opens to thirty minutes of discussion amongst participants.
Tikkun Ha-NaFesh (Repair of the Soul, Unpacking White Privilege)
Sunday, November 15, 10am-11:30am
Until further notice we will shelter-in-place, we’ll be hosting a one hour Tikkun HaNefesh session on the third Sunday of the month. We’ll do a check-in on how our practice is going, and how we’re experiencing and impacted by white supremacy culture in this time. A brief overview of principles will be provided at the beginning of the session. New participants are welcome.
Torah from the Beginning: The Book of Genesis
Monday, November 16, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Join Rebecca Kaplan and occasional guest speakers for an opportunity to study the Torah as it unfolds week by week for 12 weeks; each class covers the same parasha that will be read/discussed at that week’s Shabbat service.
Kehilla Sings! Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Monday, November 16, 5pm-6:15pm
Join Hazzan Shulamit to kick off the lunar month of Kislev– we’ll learn and sing melodies and prayers that soothe our souls, celebrate our aliveness, and inspire us to meet the moment we’re in, personally and collectively.
Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, November 18, 7:50am-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Join us here! Passcode: ModehAni
UPCOMING EVENTS
Trans Day of Remembrance & Resistance Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, November 20, 5pm-6:30pm
With Rabbi Dev, Rabbi Gray, Rabbi SAM, Talya Husband-Hankin and Binya Koatz (pre-recorded) and Hazzan Shulamit. We’ll welcome Shabbat Toldot, and take time to honor Trans lives lost and celebrate Trans resilience and resistance. Join us here
Shabbat Morning Service - Toldot - CC*
Saturday, November 21, 10:30am - 12:15pm
With Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, and Natalie Boskin. Join us for a celebratory Shabbat morning of musical prayer and an exploration of parashat Vayera. In the wake of the election, it’s good to be together– Everyone is welcome! Join us here
*Closed captioning will be available at this service.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, November 21, 10:30am - 11am
With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman and their Puppet Friends! Designed for babies, tots, and children up to 5 with their families! Join us for Shabbat songs and prayers, dancing and puppets and community. Cosponsored by the Jewish Baby Network.
NEW! Refuat HaNafesh Healing Circle
Sunday, November 22, 7pm-8:15pm
In this new drop-in healing circle, we’ll hold each other tenderly, pray for healing for those who need it, and make space for the feelings that arise as we face challenging moments in our lives and world. From the Bikkur Cholim Team. Join us here!
Torah from the Beginning: The Book of Genesis
Monday, November 23, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Join Rebecca Kaplan and occasional guest speakers for an opportunity to study the Torah as it unfolds week by week for 12 weeks; each class covers the same parasha that will be read/discussed at that week’s Shabbat service.
TIME CHANGE - Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 6:45pm - 9pm
Please note that Board Meetings are now beginning at 6:45pm. All members are welcome! Kehilla is also looking for new board members - could that be you!? You can learn more here and find the application here.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kehilla Holiday Dinner Drive with Alameda County Community Food Bank!
The Koret Foundation is matching the first $25,000 in donations - and every dollar buys seven dollars worth of food. Learn more including instructions for donating by mail here or donate online to the ACC Food Bank here!
Help Needed to Sort Donations and Deliver to Encampments!
Homeless Action now has a temporary storage room for donations of items needed by unhoused people at encampments. We need help sorting and delivering to sites. Please contact Dvora by email here to volunteer!
TIny Homes Youth Project (YSA) Seeks Move-In Team -- Can You Volunteer?
November 28-29 and December 5-6, Hegenburger Street, Oakland
KCS helped build two tiny homes last year. Now, youths are going to move in and help is needed with the move and providing basic needs for their homes. Please contact Nikee to join the team.
Hineinu Campaign
Like a Havdalah candle, we are braided together. Now more than ever, we need to build our resilience. Please consider joining our Hineinu Campaign with a sustaining gift to Kehilla. Your contributions make it possible for us to house immigrants, support those who are struggling, care for our building, and sustain Kehilla’s people by clicking here.
An Invitation to Leadership on the Kehilla Board!
This is an invitation to step up as a leader in your community. Kehilla is our home, our place of worship and learning, the place and the people we go to in times of hardship, an anchor for our social justice work. If you are interested in exploring participation on the Board of Trustees, you can learn more here and find the application here.
Recording: Preparing for an Attempted Coup, an Intergenerational Training
This Zoom training with with JYCA, 1000 Grandmothers and Greenfaith is now online - check out the video recording and the slide deck.

Election Resources Page
We've created a webpage to serve as a resource bank to connect members to existing organizing and networks - especially ones we have relationships with. It features trainings, actions, and movements. Visit the Election Resources page.
Kehilla Adds Its Voice to Humanely Support Unhoused People
Kehilla members spoke out in many ways against the Oakland City Council's proposed Encampment Management Policy. Read this article describing the result and what you can do.
Still have your machzor (prayerbook) from High Holy Days?
We are no longer collecting prayerbooks from High Holy Days - but we'd love you to have it for next year. Please make a contribution of $10-$20 to hold onto it for keeps!
Make Clergy Appointments with Rabbi Dev!
Rabbi Dev welcomes one-on-one conversations with Kehilla members! Please contact Dee and she will help you schedule time with them.
Sanctuary Task Force Update
We have been able to put our guest space at Kehilla to good use during the pandemic. Read more here!
Norah Needs You!!
Norah is a 5 year old in our Kehilla Community who needs a bone-marrow donor. You might save a life by joining the marrow-donor registry, which is easy and free to do. If that isn't an option for you, there are other ways you can help!! Learn more here.
Automated Payment Notices!
This is a friendly reminder that we have launched a new system that automatically sends emails to folks when their monthly payments are overdue. If you see one but have already sent in a check or paid the balance, please disregard the email. If you have any questions or feedback please contact our bookkeeper Molly at molly@kehillasynagogue.org or call (510) 929-0602 (Tuesdays and Thursday, 2pm-7pm).
Phishing Scams Continue in Rabbi Dev's Name
Please be aware of phishing emails being sent under Rabbi Dev's name. If you get such an email, please report it to Google as a phishing email, and notify the Kehilla office. You can learn more here.
The Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund is Here for You
Through the generosity of many in our community, the Rabbis' Discretionary Fund (RDF) can help with modest financial challenges: Learn more here.
Bikkur Cholim: Pastoral / Spiritual Care
Rabbi Chaya Gusfield is coordinating a wonderful group of members who are rabbis and chaplains to offer support to our members who are ill or caring for loved ones who are sick. Learn more here!
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Hear from our Community Leaders
Kehilla Community Synagogue is comprised of people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, including people with a wide range of religious and spiritual persuasions. We are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for everyone in our community.

Kehilla Community Synagogue | 1300 Grand Ave. | Piedmont, CA 94610
510-547-2424