September 27, 2018 || 18th of Tishrei, 5779 || י״ח בְּתִשְׁרֵי תשע״ט
Wanting to revisit High Holy Day Services?
Videos and Sermons posted here .
13th Annual Faith Trio Harvest Dinner
Friday, September 28, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Join Kehilla, the Islamic Cultural Center, and Montclair Presbyterian for a special evening of shared food and connection. KEHILLA FOLKS: bring a main vegetarian dish to serve at least 6 people in addition to your party. 
This year’s Harvest Dinner theme will be “Sanctuary” and “Immigration” and fittingly.
Held in Kehilla’s Sukkah in Courtyard (entrance on Fairview Avenue). Learn more here.
Drop in and spend time in the Sukkah!
We welcome you to come read, play games, or just spend time! Call the office to confirm availability, 510-547-2424
Shabbat Morning of Sukkot
+ Baby Welcome and Blessing
Saturday, September 29, 10:30am-12:30pm
Join Rabbi Dev and Hazzan Shulamit for a special Shabbat service while our joy is amplified by the celebration of Sukkot and the welcoming of Rabbi Elliot Kukla and Abby Weintraub’s new baby. We’ll sing Hallel, extra songs of praise and make hakafot, circular processions with lulavim– bring one along to shake! Please bring a veggie dish to share for a festive kiddush in the Sukkah after services. Learn more here.
Intergenerational LGBTQ+ Sukkot Celebration
Saturday, September 29, 6-9:30pm
Join Glitter Kehilla to build bridges across generations, break bread, and engage in intentional conversation. During this special special Sukkot gathering, we hope to foster the exchange of knowledge and strength between all generations of our queer Jewish communities. Bring a veggie potluck dish to share! RSVP Here *While we love our allies, this event is specifically for LGBTQ+ people to build community with each other. Learn more here.
Kehilla Neighborhood Brunches
Sunday, September 30, 11am-1pm
If you have ever wanted to find out more about the Kehilla members in your neighborhood and to make connections in your local village - come to a Kehilla Neighborhood Brunch! This year brunches will be held in East Oakland, North Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond / El Cerrito. Learn more here.


Monday, October 1
Kehilla, Chochmat HaLev, Aquarian Minyan and Beyt Tikkun come together at Kehilla to end and begin the Torah and to dance, dance, dance with our community-enhanced Klezmer band led by local klezmer greats greats Mike Perlmutter and Jeanette Lewicki!
White Parents of Children of Color affinity group
Wednesday, October 3, 7-9pm in the Heschel Room
The Belonging & Allyship Project is a big and long term initiative to address white supremacy and racial justice internally within Kehilla, at all levels of our organization and community. Please RSVP to Julie: Learn more here .
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, October 3, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the patio entrance on Fairview Ave). Doors open at 7:50 a.m., short teaching at 7:55 a.m., silent sit from 8:00 - 8:30, mourner's kaddish and announcements at 8:30. Learn more here.
What's At Stake: Immigration, Housing and Why Your Vote Counts
Thursday, October 4, 7pm
Kehilla is a co-sponsor of this event action-oriented program focused getting out the vote for the upcoming elections and beyond. Speakers will focus on immigration and housing issues. Learn more here.
Love versus Truth

Taught by Rabbi Burt
Dates: Thursday’s from 7-9pm, October 4 , October 18, November 1 and November 15, 2018
Cost: $65 for Kehilla members
$85 for non-Kehilla members
Cost includes the printed materials for this course. There will be assigned readings for the second, third and forth classes. Learn more here .
Family Shabbat
Saturday, October 6, 10:30am-12:00 pm
Celebrate Family Shabbat! Join Rabbi Gray and Beth Dickinson for an engaging, musical service for people of all ages. Families especially encouraged to join in the fun! Please bring a veggie dish to share for kiddush lunch after services. Learn more here .
Open Minds, Open Hearts: Exploring Class Dynamics in our Kehilla Community; Sunday, October 7, 1-5pm
A Free Experiential Workshop for ALL Kehilla Members: ⧫ Get to know your fellow congregants (and yourself!) on a deeper level ⧫ Gain understanding and compassion as we learn about our differences and similarities, and the ways that we have all been influenced by society’s concepts of Jews, money, and power ⧫ Recognize the gifts you’ve received from your class backgrounds, and how you can utilize this awareness in Kehilla and the wider community ⧫ Brainstorm ways that Kehilla can be more responsive to and inclusive of members who are working class / lower income. Learn more here. RSVP here by 9/26.
Book Discussion Group: All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
Monday, October 8, 7-9 pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. For more information about the Book Group, contact Terry at
First 'Kids of Color and their POC Parent(s)/Interracial Couple Co-Parents –
Potluck Social' affinity group will be: 5 - 7 pm, on Saturday, October 20th, at Kehilla. Please RSVP to Matthew: Learn more here.
Immigration Committee Request: Need for Housing
As many of you know, Valeria, who came to the US with a caravan of trans women and gay asylum seekers from Central America and Mexico last year, has been living with our family, which has been a wonderful experience for all of us. But she’s now ready for the next big step in her life! She wants to find a place to live with her boyfriend, William, who is an immigrant from Honduras, has held down the same job for the past three years, and has a steady income. (Valeria is on the verge of receiving her work permit.) They’d like to find a one-bedroom place in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, or Richmond and can afford up to $1500/month. (They’re also open to a two-bedroom, in which case William’s brother could move in with them and help with the expense.) In this current market, it will be very difficult for them to find a place without some help. Do you have a place you’d be willing to offer at a below-market rate to these two lovely young people? Will you please spread the word? We’re happy to answer any questions or provide references.
Thank you! Neal Davis and Esther Ehrlich. (510) 847-0628 
Kehilla's 'Belonging and Allyship Project' racial justice affinity groups
• Kids of Color and their POC Parent(s)/Interracial Couple Co-Parents – Potluck Social'
See event above

• For more information on the ‘Folks with White Privilege’ affinity group contact Susan:
• For more information on the Kehilla People of Color Affinity Group please contact Penny: . Learn more here .

• White Parents of Children of Color
See event above
Only Four Weeks Left!
Creation of Kehilla section in Mt. View Cemetery IN ACTIVE PROCESS. Save $2000-$3000 PER GRAVE through 10/31/18. Of 48 graves, only 13 left to purchase; no room for expansion. Space also available in Kehilla's 2 cremation graves. If interested, suggest you call soon. Jane Hoberman: 510-333-1848
Donate Supplies to Help
People Experiencing Homelessness
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support our homeless population by donating tents, blankets, tarps & socks! A large box is located by the sanctuary door at Kehilla. Please fill it with listed items only . Talya will pick up the items periodically and deliver them to people who need them. Pickup is on pause until Tuesday morning. Questions? Contact Jeanne Finberg, . Thank you!
Coaching for Your Success
Susan Freundlich Coaching has launched. Coaching is a forward looking dynamic partnership designed to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Use your body's wisdom, neuroscience and a pragmatic path to accomplish the change you desire. Free trial sessions < >. Learn more here!
Responsible, mature man seeking housing
Responsible, neat, 54 y.o. single man seeking a room with other adults in a safe neighborhood in Oakland, or Berkeley, preferably close to public transit. U.C. Berkeley alum with diverse interests, politically progressive and open minded. Currently working as a freelance editor and writer. Contact at .
Help Needed this Weekend in El Cerrito
Kehilla member Sue Goldberg urgently needs help to finish up getting her old apartment In El Cerrito ready for the movers coming Mon, Oct 1. She needs help Fri, Sat & Sun - heavy packing has been done, needs help getting rid of small items and having bags of garbage/recycling carried down the stairs to the ground floor. She is not able to do this herself. Please contact Sue. New cell phone number is 510-660-5125, landline phone in El Cerrito is 510-234-9717.  
Forum for Oakland Mayoral candidates
Sunday, October 7, 4-5:30pm
From 3-4 there will be an informal reception where to meet the candidates and gather their campaign information. Candidates for several other Oakland offices will also be there.
Free Screening of the movie Human Flow
Sat, October 13, 7pm
Jewish Family & Community Services Bay invites you to our 12th annual Art of Living gala event on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Berkeley's own  W. Kamau Bell , host of CNN's Emmy-winning  United Shades of America . The conversation will be moderated by  Rachael Myrow , KQED reporter & host. The evening will support JFCS East Bay's vital services for refugees, immigrants, kids, parents, seniors, and Holocaust survivors here in the East Bay. Information and tickets:
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