May 14, 2020 || 20th of Iyyar, 5780 || כ׳ בְּאִיָיר תש״פ
Have you taken the Kehilla Survey yet?
Share your voice! Take this 5-minute confidential survey, “ Putting Our Strength Together to Benefit Our Community " by Friday, May 15th . The more members that participate, the clearer the picture of Kehilla's financial strength we will have. Thank you!
Please note: If you indicate that you would like a check-in from Kehilla, the survey will remain confidential but not anonymous.
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 use the link here to sign up . Thank you!
Watch Kehilla's Annual Community Meeting
Didn't get the chance to join our community meeting on May 12th? You can still tune in and hear what our community leaders had to share! Watch the video 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.
Weekly Friday Morning Meditation Sit
Friday, May 15 , 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!
Early Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm
A sweet and deep journey into the Psalm-songs of Kabbalat Shabbat, saying the Mourner’s Kaddish together, and Counting the Omer!
Shabbat Service
Saturday, May 16th, 10:00am-12:30pm
Celebrate Shabbat and Xander Cohen’s simcha online.
Tot Shabbat!
Saturday, May 16th, 10:30am-11am
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!
"Isaac: Blindness and Blessing" with Dr. Avivah Zornberg
Sunday, May 17th, 10am-12pm
Isaac survives the Akeda — his Binding on an altar; he marries and fathers children. But what does it mean to survive death? In Midrashic tradition, the trauma of the Binding induces in him a delayed blindness. With the help of Midrashic, psychoanalytic and literary sources, we will explore the enigma of Isaac’s survival, and the ways this experience shapes his blind blessing of Jacob. Register for this event 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.
Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, May 20, 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.
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 and join us here!
CANCELLED - Greening Committee, May 21 Learn more here
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, May 23, 10:30am-12:30pm
Join us for Shabbat morning service with Howard Hamburger and Beth Dickinson for Shabbat morning prayers and an exploration of Parashat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1-4:20. Learn more here.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 6:15pm-9pm

All members are welcome. Join here.
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!
CANCELLED - Challenging Anti-Semitism with Communal Solidarity on Sunday, May 31. Learn more here
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!
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!
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!
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 .
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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