May 7, 2020 || 13th of Iyyar, 5780 || י״ג בְּאִיָיר תש״פ
Welcoming the Stranger: New Guest at Kehilla!
The Sanctuary Task Force is thrilled to report that Luis Alberto Escobar has been released from Mesa Verde detention facility (due to Covid-19 risk) and is now sheltering in place with us at Kehilla in our guest suite!
Join us for Kehilla's Annual Community Meeting!
Tuesday, May 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm
We are in unprecedented times. Our lives and our communities are being affected in profound ways. More than ever, it is important for us to connect as a community.  Learn more here.
Take the Kehilla Survey
Responses needed by Friday, May 15th
Share your voice! Take this 5-minute  confidential survey, “Putting Our Strength Together to Benefit Our Community." We'll be sharing the results during our Community Meeting and it will help us get a clearer picture of Kehilla's financial strength!
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!
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
Join us for Sukkah b’Makom!

It translates literally to "Shelter-in-Place" and it's how Kehilla is keeping connected with and through community during this time. You can see our latest digital offerings below or on the Sukkah b'Makom page .

Local Resources: Oakland, Berkeley, NextDoor
All of our Services & Gatherings are now being held virtually via Zoom.
Folks With White Privilege - Affinity Group
Thursday, May 7, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Everyone who identifies as white is welcome, we’d love to have you, whether or not you have ever attended these meetings before. See link for homework. Learn more here!
"We Take Care of Us" Webinar with Asantewaa Boykin
Friday, May 8, 12pm
Hosted by Asantewaa Boykin and Cat Brooks of the Anti-Police Terror Project and Justice Teams Network, this webinar will present new alternatives for responding to mental health crises. Register here!
Weekly Friday Morning Meditation Sit
Friday, May 8 , 7:50-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30. Click on this link to join us!
CANCELLED - Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 8, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.   Learn more here!
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-12:30pm
With Rabbi Dev and Julie Nesnansky for Shabbat morning prayers and an exploration of Parashat Emor, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23. Amira Lezin-Havenson's bat mitvah has been rescheduled for August 8th in the afternoon. Join the service here!
Working Class/Low Income Monthly Meeting
Sunday, May 10, 1pm - 3pm
If you are working class/low income and have experienced class/income in ways that have impacted you personally and/or in community, and you are looking for a place to talk and get support, we hope that you will join us. Learn more here and then contact the coordinator to join!
Book Discussion Group
Monday, May 11, 7:00pm-9:00pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. May's book is Inheritance : A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. Check here for more details.
Join us for Kehilla's Annual Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Weekly Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, May 13, 7:50-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Economic Justice Committee
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
The meeting will be held on Zoom. Check here for more details , and please contact the coordinator here to join.
Jews on Ohlone Land Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Jews on Ohlone Land is organizing to maximize Jewish participation in the Shuumi Land Tax throughout the East Bay. Check here for more details.
Upcoming Events
Early Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Ease into Shabbat with the Psalm-songs of Kabbalat Shabbat and an opportunity to say the Mourner’s Kaddish together. We’ll tend our souls and prepare to receive the blessings of Shabbat peace, joy, comfort, and rest. See the liturgy here and click here join the service!
Shabbat Service
Saturday, May 16th, 10:00am-12:30pm
Celebrate Shabbat and Xander Cohen’s simcha online.
"Live" Tot Shabbat - Via Zoom!
Saturday, May 16th, 10:30am-11:00am
With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman and their Puppet Friends. Geared for babies to 5 year olds and their families. Join us for songs, prayers, puppets and dancing!  Join us here!
Essentials of Judaism
Tuesday, May 19th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Join Rabbi Dev for a deep dive into some of the juiciest parts of Jewish practice and life. This monthly class is required for Conversion and Adult B’nei Mitzvah Students and is open to all. Learn more here.
Kehilla Sings
Wednesday, May 20th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
A monthly gathering with Hazzan Shulamit to circle round and sing together! See here for access to music recordings. Join us here.
CANCELLED - Challenging Anti-Semitism with Communal Solidarity on Sunday, May 31. Learn more here
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 . Learn more here.
Send Postcards: It is vital to reduce the population of Santa Rita Jail now
The Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Our Jails is very concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Alameda County Jail and has organized a postcard campaign to pressure District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. Please click here to learn more and take action!
Fabric & Financial Donations Sought for Making Masks for Local Frontline Medical Workers!
To donate 100% cotton, tightly woven sheets or fabric for making reusable medical worker masks, contact Viv Feyer here. Learn more and donate funds to this effort here .
Music For The Dying
Kehilla's Chevra Kadisha is requesting donated phones, CD players, MP3 players, etc. on which we can program a Jewish playlist for those dying alone with Covid-19. Please contact Cathy Steirn at Ketzilah@sbcglobal.net .
Sewing Masks and Gowns
Volunteers needed to sew gowns for Children’s Hospital staff and masks for East Oakland nursing homes. Please call Nancy Karigaca at 510-853-1223 or email her at  nkarigaca@comcast.net
Donate Your REI Dividend to Buy Tents for Unhoused Individuals
Homeless Action has also started a campaign to pool REI dividends to buy needed tents for unhoused people. Convert your dividend to gift card and send the email from REI to Dvora, dvoragee@gmail.com.
Homeless Action Help Needed
Help purchase critical supplies for the Oakland homeless population impacted by Covid-19. Love and Justice in the Streets, a grassroots effort, was started by Kehilla member Tayla Husbands-Hankin. Learn more here.
Clergy Appointments
 To make appointments with Rabbi Dev, please contact Dee and she will help you schedule time with them!
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.
KEHILLA MEMBERS
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Doctor uses traumatic lessons from AIDS pandemic to fight coronavirus
An inspiring story in JWeekly about Dr. Michelle Roland, who is leading the coronavirus fight in Gold Country after several years in Africa. “We maintained our [Kehilla] membership the whole time we were in Africa,” Roland said. ”It is definitely our Jewish home.” Read the full story here.
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Bay Area Covid Relief
Organizer Schuyler Ross is leading an effort to collect food and goods donations for organizations, shelters and food banks in all four corners of the Bay Area through a no-contact doorstep donation system. Get involved here.
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