September 5, 2019 || 5th of Elul, 5779 || ה׳ בֶּאֱלוּל תשע״ט
Art by D. Jeanette Nichols
High Holy Days 5780

Rosh Hashanah: September 29 - October 1

Yom Kippur: October 8 - 9

Tools for our Time: Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah
תשובה תפילה צדקה

(Re)turning/repair, reflection/prayer and
acts of righteousness
Elul Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 6, 7:30-9pm
With Hazzan Shulamit, Debbie Fier, and Julie Nesnansky. As we have a song-filled and soulful evening of spirited and contemplative prayer, weaving in themes and melodies for the High Holy Days. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something veggie to share. Learn more here.
Elul CHAI Shabbat Morning Service+ Welcoming New Members + Baby Naming
Saturday, September 7, 10am-12:30pm
a celebratory and musical Chai Shabbat morning service, kicked off by Ketzev Kehilla, our prayerful percussion orchestra led by Debbie Fier. We’ll explore High Holy Day themes and practices, honor our newest members, and share in a welcoming ceremony for one. Learn more here!
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, September 7, 10:30-11:15 am
With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman with their Puppet Friends. Geared towards babies and children up to age 5 with their grownups! Join us for songs, prayers, friends, puppets, and stories and end with challah and grape juice. Bring a snack to share if you’d like. In the Back Classroom – Main Floor. Learn more here.
Help Build the YSA Tiny House Village
Saturday, Sept 7 & Sunday, Sept 8, 9am-4pm
The Kehilla Economic Justice Committee is working with Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA), East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO), and many partners to build the YSA Tiny House Village for homeless youth. You can join the team! Learn more here.
Community Klezmer Band for Simchat Torah! Workshop Info
Sunday, September 8, 5-7pm at Kehilla
Join Kehilla/Chochmat Ha Lev/Aquarian Minyan members in a community offering of musical celebration! This opportunity is open to all with a basic facility on an instrument. We will get familiar with the music from charts and/or recordings before rehearsal, and then meet up to solidify and fine-tune our ensemble. Following date is 9/15. Learn more here.
Book Discussion Group
Monday, September 9, 7pm-9pm
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. Learn more here.
Kehilla Sings!
Tuesday, September 10 , 7:00-8:30 pm, Fireside Room
A monthly gathering with Hazzan Shulamit to circle round and sing together!  Special focus on High Holy Day preparation in September.  We’ll nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits with nigunuim (wordless melodies), new tunes for ancient prayers, and songs to take out into the streets. Everyone’s welcome! Donations accepted at the door $5-15 (for gatherings at Kehilla).
Follow this link  for posted music for shabbat, protests, and more!
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, September 11, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Learn more here.
Folks with White Privilege Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 7-9pm
For info, contact Susan Schulman, . Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Volunteers still needed for Food Bank!
Friday, September 13, 8:30 - 11:30 am
We always have fun when we volunteer with Muslims, Christians and others from Kehilla! RSVP to Lea Delson at or (510) 528-6725. Learn more here.
Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 13, 6-7:30pm
A more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv, the Shabbat evening service: songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Please bring veggie finger food to share. Cosponsored by Kehilla and Glitter Kehilla.  Learn more here.
Elul Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, September 14, 10:30am-12:15pm
Join us for Elul  Shabbat Morning Service  with Howard Hamburger and Beth Dickinson.Join us to daven, sing and share in an extended Torah study and discussion together on Parashat Ki Teitzei, as we celebrate shabbat and prepare for the Days of Awe. Kiddush is sponsored by Lisa Raffel in memory of her mother Johanna Szerlip Fisher on her yahrzeit.
In the Fireside Room. Learn more here.
Tikkun Ha-Nefesh (Repair of the Soul) Healing Racism, Unpacking White Privilege – Affinity Group
Sundays, September 15 & October 20, 10am-12pm
This group is part of the community’s larger project of addressing racism and de-centering whiteness within and beyond our congregation. It is an outgrowth of Kehilla’s affinity group for those who identify as white or as benefitting from white privilege. This will be a safe space in which to engage in the emotional and spiritual journey of healing and repairing the soul around these critical issues. You do not have to participate in the larger affinity group in order to attend these sessions, and you are welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as will facilitate your healing journey.  Learn more here.
Have you renewed your Membership?
The primary contact in your household received an email with a link to your form. Can't find it? Request another one here.
STILL can't find it? Email Maya:
Note: we experience a significant amount of added administrative and data-related work when households don't renew within a certain time period - so this year we are charging a $50 late fee for membership renewals that come in after September 2.

Haven't you been thinking 'I want a meaningful way to build community, and help my beloved Kehilla'? Well, I have good news for you! High Holy Days are the perfect time for that!

Go to  to see the shifts and sign up for one . There are so many options. I know you’ll find one that works for you :) Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, etc –  / 510.547.2424 x 106. 
Swimming A Mile for Women's Cancer Resource Center: Lynn Bravewomon & Sam Braveman-Kennedy
We're swimming our hearts out for Annie and friends for the Women's Cancer Resource Center Swim on October 5th. Please help us meet or blow the lid of our fundraising goals. Learn more here!
SFMOMA and CJM museums in SF are FREE on Sept 19, Let’s go!
Thursday, September 19, 11 am - 9pm
Meet in the SFMOMA lobby at 11 am, or at 5:30 pm at the CJM for “Night at the Jewseum: Kabbalah Funhouse”. RARE free day at SFMOMA. Easy access by bart. RSVP to Lea Delson at or (510) 528-6725. Learn more here.
Maj Jong
Open, maybe Sun afternoons
Interested in playing? I'm a beginner (for now :) ) and looking for others to meet at Kehilla-
American version. You can email me for now- - Lisa Friedman
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. See dates and learn more here!!
Immigration Committee Requests

We have a sponsor and young Guatemalan man who need housing starting August 19 or 20. The sponsor is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, whose landlords decided to sell their house. He is a wonderful, perfectly-matched sponsor (has lived on & off in Guatemala and started his own nonprofit there) who is committed to providing housing for our recently-arrived friend. An ideal setup would be with someone who has a back house or empty rooms that understands the situation and is willing to offer below-market rent as an act of solidarity. They are looking for: Reasonable rent. Sponsor's price range is $800-$1,400, but the upper end of that range is a hardship. Two rooms if possible.
Oakland or Berkeley--closer to their accompaniment team and to campus.
The sponsor's classes resume Aug 28, so they are hoping to move in sometime August 19-28. I know this is a tight window, but let's think hard, spread the word, and see what housing we can find!
Please email the sponsor, Michael, directly at < > with possibilities.
Both individuals are wonderfully warm, positive, energetic, and conscientious
I have housed and accompanied a lovely Guatemalan family over the last 2 1/2 years. In the past month, 3 of their close relatives have arrived as asylum-seekers. After an awful stint in detention, they are thrilled to be here. The Kehilla Accompaniment Team helped post bond for them, and I've taken the responsibility of being their sponsor. 

They are looking for casual work opportunities -- house-cleaning or repairing, gardening, painting, cooking. If you have any questions or opportunities, please contact me, Lili, at either 510-599-3611 or or Juan, their brother, at 510-837-2771. I trust them and have appreciated the fine work they've already done for me. 
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.
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 Finberg, . Thank you!
Conversation with Rebecca Vilkomerson from JVP & Penny Rosenwasser
Wednesday, September 11, 7-9 p.m.
JVP BA is excited to host a conversation between Penny Rosenwasser and Rebecca Vilkomerson, outgoing Executive Director, reflecting on how we've grown and the direction JVP is going. Greenlining Institute, 360 14th Street, Oakland. Learn more here.
Grito de Lares 2019 & Farewell to Aurora Levins Morales
Sunday, Sep 22, 12:30pm
The program includes Bay Area Bomba and Plena Workshop, Madeleine Zayas y Su Groupo, Taller Bombalele, Aurora Levins Morales, and tributes from Kehilla Community and Puerto Rican Activists. 12:30 Doors open, 1:15 Main Program. 4-5 Light Refreshments and Social Hour. Learn more here.
Join Sheella Mierson for an interview about sociocracy
Wednesday, September 25, 11am-12pm
Kehilla member Sheella Mierson will be interviewed on a Responsive Org webinar, "Sociocracy: Unleashing the Creative Forces of Self-Organization." It's free. Learn more here.
Seeking Part-Time Care Assistant for Older Female Friend, Oakland
6-8 hours/week Thoughtful, energetic, compassionate, good sense of humor! Must have car. Days and hours flexible. $16/hour. Contact Karen, for info about tasks.
Musical Extravaganza to Benefit the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Freight & Salvage
Sun, Sep 15, 1 PM
It's All about the Blues - with Lola Gulley and Pat Wilder! Learn more here
Free Trip to Egypt Screening
Thursday, September 12, 7:30pm
FREE TRIP TO EGYPT the documentary film that encourages civility, conversation, and unity is screening at Landmark Albany Twin: 1115 Solano Ave., Albany, CA, 94706. Learn more here.
Becoming a peace activist with Nonviolent Communication
September 9 - December 16
An online workshop that teaches peace activists how to embody nonviolent communication practices in their activism. Learn more here.
Scholarships for High School Jewish Student Athletes
The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California is accepting nominations of outstanding Jewish student-athletes for a small college scholarship (approx. $1,500) to be awarded at a gala dinner at the San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Learn more here.
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