May 21, 2020 | 27th of Iyyar, 5780 | כ״ז בְּאִיָיר תש״פ
Join us in 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 virtual offerings and community resources on the Sukkah b'Makom page or below.

Local Resources: Oakland, Berkeley, NextDoor
"From ICE Detention to Quarantine in an East Bay Synagogue"
Luis Alberto and his stay at Kehilla Synagogue has been featured in coverage in J Weekly. “It’s peaceful at the temple,” he said. “When I first got out, I couldn’t sleep; I was so excited and emotional. Even now, I can’t believe I’m free.” Read here and see the Immigration Committee's statement here .
Can you help deliver groceries for Kehilla folks?
We can use a few more volunteers to help deliver groceries and prescriptions to community members in need of support. Interested? Questions? Email Rachel Bloch or click here to sign up directly. Thank you!
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
All of our Services & Gatherings are now being held virtually via Zoom!

IMPORTANT : Zoom users must to version 5.0 before May 30
CANCELLED - Greening Committee, May 21
Weekly Friday Morning Meditation Sit
Friday, May 22 , 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!
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, May 23rd, 10:30am-12:30pm
Join us! With Howard Hamburger and Beth Dickinson for Shabbat morning prayers and an exploration of Parashat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1 - 4:20.  Click here to join the service!
700 Benches: Shavuot Learning 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 5pm - 7pm
In this 2-hour class led by Rabbi Gray Myrseth, you’ll learn an ancient Jewish text in its original language, explore Talmud study as a spiritual practice, and co-create a supportive, queer-normative community of study. Learn more & register here!
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 6:15pm-9pm

All members are welcome. Join here.
Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, May 27, 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS
All Night @ Sinai
Thursday, May 28, 8:45pm - Friday, May 29, 6am (!!)
All-night Torah, teaching and embodied practice for Shavu’ot! Featuring Sam Berrin Shonkoff, Shulamit Wise Fairman, Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Chloe Zelkha, Elliot Rose, Jesse Lev, Jenna Stover-Kemp, Rabbi Dev Noily, Chaya Gusfield and Sandra Razieli.
Shavuot Shabbat Service with Focus on the Unhoused
Saturday, May 30, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Featuring Rabbi David and Hazzan Shulamit, with congregant teaching by Talya Husbands-Hankin. This Shabbat falls on Shavuot, the holiday of the ingathering of the first fruits and the holiday celebrating the receiving of the Torah. It is also, by coincidence, Housing Sabbath weekend. So we will observe both in one service!
The Annual Community-Wide Tikkun Shavuot
Sunday, May 30, 3pm-10pm
Rabbi David will be doing a teaching on the heretic rabbi of the second century, Elisha ben Abuyah. Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman with Shoshana Halle will lead a class featuring groundbreaking work of our Chevra Kadisha for the performance of the rites of honoring those who have died while remaining physically distanced in the time of pandemic. Register here
Up All Night: Torah for Liberation + Revelation
Sunday, May 30, Schedule TBA
Join radical synagogues across the country for a late night of virtual learning, workshops and even a dance party! We’ll also be raising money for a number of causes and campaigns: Ezra Uganda Assistance Fund, Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and Black Mama's Bail Out. Register 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.
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!
Clergy Appointments
 To make appointments with Rabbi Dev, please contact Dee and she will help you schedule time with them!
Immigration Committee Request
Housing is needed for 2 young Latinx transgender women who are part of the Kehilla accompaniment program. They have been living in hosted housing and now need a space, or spaces, to live independently. Learn more here or reach out to Julie Litwin directly!
Meal Delivery for Seniors at Risk for Covid-19
1. . Great Plates Delivered  delivers 2-3 free restaurant meals per day for seniors impacted by COVID-19 to residents of Alameda, Contra Costa and SF counties.
2. . Help Berkeley serves seniors in Berkeley, Albany and Kensington, delivering 2 meals for $10 from quality local restaurants of your choice.
Action Now for MLK
Friday, May 22, 11am - 5pm
A socially distanced rally and day of action at 829 W. MacArthur Blvd! This curbside community has become uninhabitable due to Covid-19. They want housing now. Stay in your car, bring signs, be a witness, make phone calls. Learn more here.
Healing Service, Live with Rabbi Chaya Gusfield & Buddhist Teacher Eve Decker
Thursday, June 18, 4pm - 6pm
Back by popular demand! Using Jewish and Buddhist approaches, Chaya and Eve will offer meditation, music, writing opportunities and teachings to support well-being during uncertain times. Contact Rabbi Chaya to join.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.

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