May 16, 2019 || 11th of Iyyar, 5779 || י״א בְּאִיָּר תשע״ט
Please join us for Kehilla's

Annual Community Meeting
Wednesday, May 22
6:45pm - Snacks and Schmoozing (ooooh!)
7:00-9:15pm - Meeting (aaahhh!)

Evening Includes:
  • Highlights of Kehilla's awesome past year 
  • A conversation about membership engagement
  • Michael's 'State of the Congregation" presentation
  • Updates on Kehilla's Racial Justice Initiative, Refugee Sanctuary, Safety and Security Plans and more
  • AND food, singing, socializing, and old-fashioned (meaning, in-person) community connections

Any questions? Contact Michael at

We hope to see you there!!
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 17, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
With Hazzan Shulamit, Julie Nesnansky and Jen Miriam Altman. Join us for a song-filled and soulful evening of Shabbat music and prayer, both spirited and contemplative, as we welcome in Shabbat. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something veggie/parve to share, sweet or savory. Learn more here.
Shabbat Service and Tomas Caminos becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, May 18, 10am-12:30pm
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat Morning Service and Tomas Caminos becoming Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi David, Hazzan Shulamit, Noa Grayevsky, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory and musical Shabbat morning service exploring Parashat Emor. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush sponsored by Tomas’ parents, Kirah and Alejandro Caminos. Learn more here.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman with their Puppet Friends. Especially for the littlest tots (0-3 years) and their grown ups; children up to 5 are welcome! Bring a snack to share at Kiddush if you’d like. Learn more here.
Tikkun Ha-Nefesh (Repair of the Soul) Healing Racism, Unpacking White Privilege – Affinity Group
Sunday, May 19, 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.
Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Queer Sexuality
Sunday, May 19th, 2-5 pm on the Urban Adamah Farm
Celebrate queer sexuality & conjure a magic spell at a participatory JeWitchy ritual! Dancing, singing & radical liturgy led by musicians Jewlia Eisenberg and Debbie Fier with dancer, Bruce Bierman. Commissioned by Queer Cultural Center for the National Queer Arts Festival. Kehilla members get 20% off. Learn more here.
Volunteer to Assist Migrants at the Border
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Emma Goldman room
The Immigration Committee has been coordinating individuals and groups to volunteer at the San Diego Rapid Response Network Migrant Shelter. This shelter assists  asylum seeking families  that have just been released from ICE detention with their medical needs, clothing, food, and transportation to sponsors in all parts of the US. Read about  Kehilla members’ experiences volunteering at the shelter . Please RSVP to  for the 5/21/19 meeting or with any questions.
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, May 22, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Kehilla's Annual Retreat: Registration form now live!!
July 12-14 at Bort Meadow

This is a unique opportunity
to get away from the hustle of our busy lives
and spend some time in community
in connection with nature.
We hope you can join!

Kehilla Invited to Ramadan Open House!
Saturday, May 18, beginning at 7 pm
All are invited to the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California's Annual Ramadan Open House and Iftar that will be held Saturday, May 18 starting at 7 PM. Please RSVP by May 17, 2019. 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA. Learn more here.
Voter Registration by Mail with Swing Left 2020
Sunday, May 19th 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the Back Classroom at Kehilla
Please join us at a Swing Left letter writing party: we'll write letters to get Democratic voters registered in critical States. This action has been tested and proven to expand the electorate. Learn more here.
The Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Is Coming to Kehillla
Thursday, May 23rd, noon - 6pm in the Kehilla Parking Lot
Join us on the afternoon of May 23rd to learn about this project and tour the Tiny House. Talk with YSA’s Hannah Trumbull and EBHO's Vanessa Riles. Rebuild the world by building homes for youth.
Shabbat Service and Riley Newfield becoming Bar Mitzvah
May 25, 10am-12:30 pm
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat Morning and Riley Newfield becoming Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Dev Noily, Beth Dickinson, Rabbi Carol Caine, Debbie Fier, and Lisa Zeiler. Join us for a celebratory and musical Shabbat morning, exploring parashat Behar. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush sponsored by Riley’s parents, Rachael Reiley and Emily Newfield. Learn more here.
Monday, May 27th: Kehilla Administrative Offices Closed For American Memorial Day
Save the date!
Feminism All Night with Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, June 7, 6:30 pm - June 8, 4:00 am
A communal immersive all night long learning experiment to center feminism. It is a call to the community to engage together in feminism: the political, social, economical movement coming to fully challenge and resist patriarchy while dreaming up and manifesting a visionary new way of existence. A public gathering to delve deep into feminist learning. Come join to expand your awareness, connect with community, and shift the political tides towards justice. Learn more here!!
Commuter bicycle for long-term loan!
From Sandra Razieli: I have a lightly used Raleigh commuter bicycle that is currently sitting in a garage in Oakland. I'd like to offer it to community members as a bike that can be shared/on loan (short or long term) I'm 5'5" so it will fit someone a little taller and a little shorter than me. Email me at if interested.
Community Member Looking for Housing!
Hello friends,
I am looking for a new place to live. Ideally a one bedroom with good light in Oakland, Berkeley or Emeryville, and I'm am open to other areas as well. I am a responsible and reliable tenant and former homeowner with an excellent track record and strong references. I work as a consultant/photographer and sometimes work at home. Please let me know of any possibilities. Thank you! Susan Freundlich,
Julie Litwin in getting an award!
As reported by Cathrine Lyons: Julie is a recipient of the Mildred Parish Massey Legacy Award from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. This award is in honor of Congresswoman Lee's late mother, a fierce champion for justice and equality. Julie will be honored at an event the afternoon of Saturday May 11. Not surprisingly, Julie only very reluctantly shared this informatio n. Continue reading.
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!!
Need any house painting?

One of our accompaniment teams is working with a young Guatemalan man who is looking for jobs to supplement his employment as a house painter. He is available to do painting, large jobs or small, interior or exterior. He and a friend have already painted the homes of two Kehilla members who report that the work was done well and at a lower cost than hiring a commercial company. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact Kehilla member Dan Alpert at 510-717-8565 or 
Annual National Outreach to Abolish the Death Penalty
To contribute to Kehilla's co-sponsorship of the annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme court, contact Beth Weinberger, Learn more here.
Have you fulfilled your Avodah commitment for this membership year?
We have less than two months left!
Photography by Glenn Shor
& Mixed Media & More by Lynn Lazarus
You are invited to see the current show in Kehilla's Fireside Room. To ensure availability of the space for viewing call or email Dee at 510-547-2424 x 100 or Learn more about the exhibit here.
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.  While it’s fun and rewarding, it’s a disorganized and mostly unpaid way to work. 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!
DO I Love You-Leah Korican solo art exhibit
May 3-June 21st at 2440 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Leah Korican's art will be on view at Fine Ideas and Art 2440 Telegraph Avenue Oakland. Inspired by women's crafts, she has created a window installation and smaller wall pieces. Learn more here.
Call for Art
On the Consequences of Hate Speech, III
The Peninsula Jewish Community Center is accepting submissions for a group exhibit at PJCC and is inviting artists of all faiths and cultures to submit their work for consideration.
Learn more here.
Hear from our Community Leaders
Need to book a room at Kehilla for an event or committee meeting?
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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