February 28th, 2019 || 23rd of Adar I, 5779 || כ״ג בַּאֲדָר א׳
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We need you at our Purim event !
A great way to fulfill your Avodah Commitment!
Help staff the registration table - shifts are only an hour,
Help staff the Norah Needs You table - shifts are only an hour,
Kehilla is supporting "Bread for Ed" to bring food to Oakland students and teachers.   Learn more here.
Meeting for those interested in volunteering to assist migrants at the border
Thursday, Feb 28th, 7-8:30pm in the Back Classroom
The Immigration Committee plans to coordinate one or more groups of Kehilla members to volunteer at the San Diego Rapid Response Network Migrant Shelter to assist asylum seeking families that have just been released from ICE detention. Read about Kehilla member Lili Shidlovski's experience volunteering at the shelter in December . Come to the meeting to learn more. To RSVP or for questions, contact Rebecca Rice rrice@jfcs-eastbay.org
Meet and Greet Center for Jewish NonViolence
Thursday, Feb 28, 7-9:30pm
The CJNV leadership is visiting and would like to spend an evening getting to know the Kehilla community better, seeing old friends and to give you some updates about what the organization is doing. Learn more here.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 1, 7:30-9pm
With Rabbi Dev, Debbie Fier, and Julie Nesnansky. Join us for a song-filled and soulful evening of Shabbat music and prayer, both spirited and contemplative. Learn more here.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, March 2, 10:30-11:30am
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! Learn more here.
Family Shabbat
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
With Rabbi Gray and Beth Dickinson. Join us for an engaging, musical service for people of all ages. Families especially encouraged to join in the fun. Learn more here.
Living Room conversation with the Faith Trio
Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern CA
The Faith Trio had its first Living Room Conversation last month at Kehilla and it was enjoyed and appreciated by all 26 who attended. All are welcome from the 3 congregations. These conversations are a wonderful opportunity to listen and also be heard and deepen our appreciation for each other.  RSVP by Tuesday February 26 to  shfalk@gmail.com  or 510-708-0517. Learn more here or see guidelines and agenda here.
Artists Reception – Photography by Glenn Shor & Mixed Media & More by Lynn Lazarus
Sunday, March 3, 3-5pm
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibit, featuring the photography of Glenn Shor and mixed media and more by Lynn Lazarus. Please join us for a reception to meet the artists.  Learn more here.
The Future of Nonviolent Action in Palestine
Tuesday, March 5, 7-9 p.m
An evening of film, food and conversation with Ahmed Abu Artema, an organizer of the Gaza Great March of Return, and Dalit Baum, Israeli American anti occupation activist. In the Social Hall. Learn more here.
A Criminal Justice Reform Workshop
Tuesday, March 5, 6-7:30pm at Plymouth UCC
This workshop is a joint project of the Justice Committees of Kehilla and Plymouth UCC. Based on the recent Alameda Co. Jail Report, the goal is to focus on local actions to bring about change. Read the OCO report re Our Jails here. Learn more about the event here.
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, March 6, 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, March 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Kehilla community members are welcome whether or not you have attended before — we’d love to have you! This is part of Kehilla’s Racial Justice Initiative. The suggested reading before the meeting is “White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun. Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Kehilla Community Passover Seder
Save the Date
Saturday, April 20th
Details & Tickets Coming Soon
Move Your Money: Reduce Climate Risk in Your Investments
Thursday, March 7, 7-9pm
Learn how big banks fuel climate change, how to find climate-friendly banking options, and how to move your investments into socially responsible funds. We will have speakers from Fossil Free CA. Learn more here.
Where All are Welcome: Building Sanctuary for Migrants Arriving in the Bay Area
Saturday, March 16, 7 - 9pm
Join SURJ-BayArea & SF, IM4HI and Kehilla as we:
Hear about the experience of migrants who have traveled as part of a caravan
Sign up for direct ways to support those seeking asylum in the US.
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Kehilla cemetery area consecration
Sunday, March 17th 2-4pm; reception 4-6pm
Kehilla has deepened its evolution as a congregation with the development of a burial section in Mt. View Cemetery. Please join your community at the consecration of Plot 70. Learn more here.
Celebration of Life in loving memory of Carolyn Pedrotti
Sunday, March 17, 5pm
You are cordially invited to a memorial in loving memory of Carolyn Pedrotti.
Doors open at 5pm and the Service begins promptly at 5:15pm.
A small reception will follow. In the Sanctuary. Learn more here.
Purim Like It's 5779!
w. Chochmat HaLev and Kehilla
Wednesday, March 20, 6-10:30pm
at the Urban Adamah Farm
Put on your costume, and join Kehilla with our friends from Chochmat HaLev and Urban Adamah at the UA Farm for our annual Purim Megillah and blowout. Programming for all ages, from Jen Miriam and Alon’s musical puppet show, to a full Megillah reading with radical, creative interpretations, to a dance party with live music!
Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 24, 2-4pm
Come one, come all, join us for the Purim Carnival- all ages welcome! There will be games, prizes, hamentashen, a bounce house, and more! Sliding scale $10-$36 per family. Costumes are encouraged. In the Social Hall. Learn more here.
New Music for Shabbat and Protests and More: Listen and Learn!
A message from Hazzan Shulamit: Over the past few months, I've learned many new melodies that we're slowing integrating into some of our prayer services, as well as songs for taking out to the streets for rallies and protests. There's more to come, and Kehilla Sings! is a great opportunity to sink into song and lift up your soul as we learn 2-3 new melodies each month. The next Kehilla Sings! event is on Tues, March 12, 7:00-8:30 pm. Enjoy listening and learning and sharing in new melodies here:!
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. If you’re interested but have never chanted torah before, or if it’s been a long time and you expect to need significant support, please contact Hazzan Shulamit first– S hulamit@kehillasynagogue.org . See dates here .
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dear Friends and Family of Ariel:
To honor our dear Ariel, we are announcing today the establishment of the  Ariel Rose Memorial Fund . We have found the perfect non-profit partner in the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and specifically with their new project,  Restore Oakland .
Immigration Committee Request
Casual work urgently needed for young Honduran man. William is reliable and eager to do any odd jobs around your home or yard. Do you want some help in your garden? Any repairs needed in your home? No project too small! William is currently living with us and we can recommend him. Please call me, Esther Ehrlich, with any questions or offers of work: (510) 847-0628 
Have you joined yet?
Norah Needs You!
Norah is an expert joke-teller, modern-dancer, ice cream-licker, and loving big sister. At five years old, she takes her jobs pretty seriously.
Norah was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia (FA). Essentially, FA interferes with her body’s ability to properly repair its DNA. If untreated, it increases her risk of leukemia or bone marrow failure to 90%.
Norah will need a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, none of Norah's family members are a match for her. Norah has a donor match out there – it could be YOU. Join the “Be The Match” registry with a simple, painless cheek swab to help save Norah’s life. Adding donors to the registry increases the likelihood of finding a life-saving match for Norah and others in need.
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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, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com . Thank you!
Youth Opportunities
Tivnu: Building Justice Gap Year
The Tivnu Gap Year is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement. Participants create a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and more! For youth ages 17-20. Learn more here
KEHILLA MEMBERS
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Kitka 40th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion Concert
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7:30pm
Join Kehilla member Barbara Petterson and other members and alum of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble for this wonderful concert. This promises to be a wonderful, song-filled event that will lift the roof! At the First Congregational Church of Oakland. Learn more here.
1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations is gearing up for 5 Lakota Grandmothers from South Dakota to spend 10 days here with us in the Bay area.
"My Soul is Filled with Joy" book reading and discussion.
Monday, March 18th, 2019; 6:00pm

Please join me at my home to hear my sister Karen Treiger read her new book, "My Soul is Filled with Joy". Learn more here.
Middle Eastern Rhythms Drum Class
Sundays 4-5:15 PM
Learn hand drum technique and Middle Eastern and N. African Rhythms
$125. for the 5-class series or $35./class drop-in 
More info available: debbie@debbiefier.com
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
3rd Annual Interfaith Havdalah and Dinner
Saturday, March 2
Congregation Beth El invites you to a short Havdalah ceremony at our synagogue on Oxford Street, followed by a vegetarian meal hosted at a Beth El congregant's home.  Learn more here.
Settler Colonialism, Militarization and Zionism in the US & Palestine:
A Creative Study/Action Group
starting week of March 4, day TBD
Join members of Jewish Voice for Peace in an 8-week Study/Action group that will explore how we, as Jews and allies can support, connect, and build upon community organizing rooted in decolonization. Learn more here.
Understanding Muslim Neighbors
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 9:30am
Abrahamic Alliance International  is offering a transformational seminar building bridges of understanding between Jews and Muslims for tikkun olam.  Learn more here.
Living with BRCA mutations and hereditary cancers
On March 28 in Berkeley, CA, join the Basser Center for BRCA and Congregation Beth El for a dynamic evening with a panel of experts who will discuss the experience of living with BRCA mutations and hereditary cancers. Register here.
Yavilah McCoy at USF
Sunday, March 31, 7pm
Come hear this important Black Jewish leader - one of the new national Women's March Steering Committee members, address intersections of racism and antisemitism!
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