January 16, 2020 || 19th of Tevet, 5780 || י״ט בְּטֵבֵת תש״פ
Sad News
We share with sadness the death of Allan Solomonow — a long-time Kehilla member and a many-decades activist especially in regard to peace and justice in Israel/Palestine — passed away this week on January 11. 
There will be a memorial service for Allan at Kehilla this Sunday at 2pm. 
Rabbi David and Hazzan Shulamit will officiate.
Ride needed THIS SUNDAY (Jan) 19 from Marin to Kehilla for 2pm Memorial Service
An old friend of Allan Solomonow's, Bruce Ballin, needs a ride to the memorial service. If you can help, he would be very grateful! Please call him at 415 750-1299 or you can email him here . Thank you!
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, January 17, 7:30-9pm
Kabbalat Shabbat  with Rabbi Dev and Julie Nesnansky. Join us for a song-filled and soulful evening of Shabbat music, prayers, meditation, and community as we welcome in Shabbat. Kiddush follows services. Please bring something veggie to share, sweet or savory. In the Sanctuary.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, January 18, 10:30-11:15am
Join us for Tot Shabbat with Jen Miriam and Alon Altman with their Puppet Friends. Especially for the littlest tots (0-3 years) and their grown ups; children up to 5 are welcome! Join us for songs, prayers, friends and stories and end with challah and grape juice. Bring a snack to share if you’d like. In the Back Classroom – Main Floor.
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 18, 10:30 am-12:15pm
Join us for  Shabbat Morning Service  with Rabbi Dev and Julie Nesnansky. Join us for shabbat morning prayers and music and an exploration of Parashat Shemot. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something vegetarian to share. In the Fireside Room.
Tikkun Ha-Nefesh (Repair of the Soul) Healing Racism, Unpacking White Privilege Affinity Group
Sunday, January 19, 10am-12pm |
Facilitators: Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman and Chaplain Laura Fitch
Meeting once a month, this group is part of the community’s larger project of addressing racism and de-centering whiteness within and beyond our congregation. ROOM CHANGE : Fireside Room (on Sun., January 19th ONLY). Learn more here.
Art Show Reception for Barry Shapiro
Sunday, January 19, 3-5pm
Come join us at Barry Shapiro's reception and view his bold, exciting, imaginative work. Barry's digital collages strikingly fuse his passions for social justice and beauty. Light refreshments. In the Fireside Room. Learn more here.
Alternatives to Policing: How Not to Call the Cops Ever
Sunday, January 19, 2-5pm
Kehilla is part of the coalition which is producing this event. POOR Magazine/Homefulness describes it as: including "teaching on poor and traumatized peoples' accountability,...how to hold each other into a true definition of interdependent safety." First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street. Learn more here .
Kehilla Administrative offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 20
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, January 22, 7:50-8;45am
With Rabbi Dev every Wednesday morning!  Doors open at 7:50am, short teaching at 7:55AM, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.  In the Fireside Room (enter  through the Patio entrance on Fairview).
Upcoming Events
Folks with White Privilege Affinity Group Meeting
Thursday, January 23, 7-9pm
Everyone who identifies as white is welcome; whether or not you have attended these meetings in the past, we’d love to have you! This affinity group is part of Kehilla’s Belonging & Allyship Racial Justice Project. Learn more here.
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 25, 10:30am-12:15pm
With Rabbi David and Beth Dickinson. Join us for shabbat morning prayers and music and an exploration of Parashat Va’era. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something vegetarian to share. In the Fireside Room.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, January 28, 6:15-9:00pm
(Dinner at 6:15)  All members are welcome. In the back classroom.
Shabbat Morning Service CANCELLED
Saturday, February 1
Please join us next weekend, February 8.
Save the date: Israel Palestine – A Conversation with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Starhawk
Tuesday, February 4, 7-9pm
Join Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Starhawk in a conversation about creating an ethical Jewish response to Israel/Palestine. Rabbi Dev Noily will facilitate this event that is geared towards the Jewish community. Learn more here.
Volunteer Orientation/Mailing Party February 5 & Save the Date March 28!
Visioning Climate Justice: Embracing the Wisdom of Indigenous Leadership and Youth Activism
Volunteer gathering: February 5, 6-8pm at Kehilla, Buber Room; Event: March 28, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Indigenous people and youth are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and are leading the movement to build climate justice. Join Ohlone leader Corrina Gould and youth activists to explore how to ensure a livable future. Volunteers need! We will have only 1 meeting/mailing party, on 2/5. There will be a few tasks between now and the event, including distributing posters & postcards around town, and many opportunities to help at the event (set up, ushering, ticket sales). If you can help, please email Kehilla Board Chair Catherine . Thank you!
Jews On Ohlone Land Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-9:30pm
We are organizing to maximize Jewish participation in the Shuumi Land Tax throughout the East Bay. The heart of this project is training and supporting people to offer an interactive workshop that addresses the indigenous history of the East Bay, through the teachings of indigenous leaders, and that explores how we as Jews can live in right relationship to this land, its ancestors, and the indigenous people and communities who live here now. 6:30pm (sharp) Orientation for New Folks.   Learn more here.
Bereavement Spiritual Support Group in Formation
Fridays, 12-1:30pm, Feb 14 – April 3
Grief is a normal response to loss. We know from practical experience and from the ancient teachings of our tradition, that being with an understanding community can help bring comfort and healing to mourners. This group will provide a supportive, non-judgmental context with a spiritual framing to form empathetic connections. Learn more here.
Sanctuary and Shelter Volunteer Training
Sunday, February 9th, 1-2pm in the Heschel Room ( please note this is a change from the original time published in the Kol Kehilla )OR
Wednesday, March 4th 7-8pm in the Fireside Room
We are now ready to welcome sanctuary or shelter guests at Kehilla! Volunteers must attend a one-hour training to learn about important details and logistics.RSVP to sanctuary@kehillasynagogue.org . Please come scent-free! And thank you! In the Fireside Room at Kehilla.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
T orah Chanting Opportunities : Love to chant Torah? We want YOU to leyn!
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 here . See dates and learn more here!
Please Donate Children's Books! We are seeking gently used books for children, pre-Kindergarten up through fifth grade levels. You can put book drive donations in a canvas bag decorated with pink elephants, located outside the sanctuary. We will deliver and donate the books to nearby schools in East and West Oakland. Right now many Oakland children live in houses with no books. Help build our community by sharing the books your child is no longer using, boosting the literacy and chances for success for other children. Questions? Contact Jeanne.
This is Aurora Levins Morales, a resident poet of Kehilla. You’ve heard me read my work during services for years. Now, other synagogues are using my poetry, too, and asking me to write pieces for them. Learn 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.
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Donate Supplies to Help People Experiencing Homelessness
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support our homeless population by donating new & used tents, tarps, blankets, warm socks, warm men’s coats, sweatshirts & sweaters! A large box is located by the sanctuary door at Kehilla. Please fill it with these items only . Talya will pick up the items periodically and deliver them to people who need them. Questions? Contact Jeanne . Thank you!
KEHILLA MEMBERS
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
From Aurora in Puerto Rico: I personally am ok but the store which is the heart of the community was destroyed. My brother and I are trying to research possible sources of funding for what is really much more than a grocery. I’m heartbroken. With community help they’re putting up a mini store for now. There are the promising beginnings of an agroecology revival of the local economy and the store is a key component, so any Kehilla folks who have expertise in the funding world, we’d greatly appreciate your help. We have no power or water, but are well off compared to people on the coast.
Art Show Reception
Thursday, January 16, 5:30-8:00pm
Celebration and showing of Barbara Haber's work at Rick & Ann's Restaurant, 2922 Domingo Ave. Berkeley. This new show includes a selection of her art, and is overlapping but different from her Kehilla show. Learn more here.
World Harmony Chorus Concert (Free)
Tuesday, January 28, 7:30-8:15pm
Come hear stunning arrangements of a cappella world music under the direction of Betsy Blakeslee. Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Bonita (at Cedar), Berkeley. Check out this chorus If you are considering joining one, which rehearses at Kehilla every Tuesday 7-9pm. The spring semester begins February 11, and everyone is welcome! No auditions. More info here, or email Betsy .
Submission Deadline for Art for Climate Change Show at Merritt College
Wednesday, January 29
The "Cherish and Protect" art show will take place early February to mid March and include diverse responses to our climate crisis. All work on theme will be accepted if there's space. For more info, contact Barbara.
JeWitch Camp with Rabbis
February 7-9
Celebrate shabbat & Tu B’Shevat ( the New Year for Trees) with Rabbis Arthur Waskow & Phyllis Berman (fr4mo Philadelphia), Starhawk and Heaven Walker. while also exploring the impact of climate change & activism. JeWitch Camp 2020 is a non-residential retreat for Jews, Pagans, and those who love them . Prices go up 12/15. Humanist Hall, Oakland. More info here and here .
Voter Registration by Mail (Swing Left)
Sunday February 9, 2:30-4:30pm
Let's help register voters by mail, where we'll have the most impact!
Letters are printed, addresses provided. Add: why YOU think it is important to vote. In the Back Classroom. Please RSVP to Renee .
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Job Opportunity with Tikkun Magazine
Tikkun Magazine in Berkeley seeks one full time ($50K/yr + med. ins.) or two part time ($25K/yr) employees to manage all aspects of the magazine: financial, operational, editorial, and social media. Learn more at www.tikkun.org
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