September 20, 2018 || 11th of Tishrei, 5779 || י״א בְּתִשְׁרֵי תשע״ט
We couldn't have done it without you.

A big, warm, admiring, loud hurrah for every single person - many of you -
who put their hands and minds and hearts towards making Kehilla's
High Holy Day services all that they were.

Attended High Holy Days and have some thoughts?
We welcome your feedback here .
You can watch all the main services that were streamed 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 Mike Perlmutter!
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 21, 7:30-9pm
Join with Hazzan Shulamit, Julie Nesnansky, & Jen Miriam Altman to light Shabbat candles and for a song-filled and soulful evening of spirited and contemplative prayer. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something veggie to share. Learn more here.
Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 22, 10:30am-12pm
Join Rabbi David and Beth Dickenson as we approach the annual reading of the Torah, we will read from the parashat Haazinu. It is a poem from the time of the prophets but written as if recited by Moses in his last weeks of life. It is a song decrying the worship of false gods and a call to respond to truth. What are the false idols of our time? What are the consequences of worshipping them? The Torah reading will be in three parts—let Rabbi David know if you want to leyn. Please bring something veggie to share. Learn more here.
Morning Meditation Sit in the Sukkah!
Wednesday, September 26, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. in the Sukkah (Outside of the Fireside Room) ~ enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview. 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.
Drop in and spend time in the Sukkah!
We will post our Sukkah schedule on the homepage of Kehilla website, and we welcome you to peek at it and see when it's free - during those times, please come in to read, play games, or just spend time! Call the office to confirm availability, 510-547-2424
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.
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 : Save the Date!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kehilla's 'Belonging and Allyship Project'
racial justice affinity groups are starting! 

For more information on the Kehilla People of Color Affinity Group please contact Penny: . Learn more here .

The 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.

For more information on the ‘Folks with White Privilege’ affinity group contact Susan:

For more info on the 'White Parents of Children of Color' affinity group contact SAM:
Only Six 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!
Light and Rest: Women's Weekend Retreat at Westerbeke Ranch
Starts Friday, November 30th, 6pm
Early Registration Until September 21! Join Kehilla member Julie Emden, Founding Director of Embodied Jewish Learning, and guests at Westerbeke Ranch for a joy-filled, light-filled celebration of Hanukkah and Shabbat! Register here . Contact: .
East Bay Express just ran an article about a Kehilla family and the young Trans asylum-seeker they are sponsoring, with the help of Kehilla's immigration committee.

• Our own Flossie Lewis was on PBS Newshour— here’s the piece .

• The J. just published this article about Jews of color in the Bay, prominently featuring several Kehilla families!

Rabbi Dev mentioned here  in an article title d 'Activists Push Back Against Protest Ban' and here  in one title d 'Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department Bans Future Protests at West County Detention Facility;'

• Rabbi David is mentioned here  in an article tit led 'Bay Area Jews head for the border for weekend protests'
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
Hear from our Community Leaders
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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