September 26, 2019 || 26th of Elul, 5779 || כ״ו בֶּאֱל וּל תשע״ט
Kehilla's Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1 for First and Second Day Rosh Hashanah. Services will be held at Scottish Rite on Monday and at Kehilla on Tuesday - come celebrate the new year with us!
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
Yoga for Renewal 
Friday, Sept 27, 1:30-3:30pm
with Julie Emden, Embodied Jewish Learning
Enter into the High Holy Day season with a gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice, infused with wisdom teachings rooted in Jewish Mystical tradition. Discover your own sensing, moving body as a resource for presence, joy and calm while gaining a deeper connection to yourself on all levels- mind, body, heart and spirit- at this time of return and renewal on the Hebrew Calendar. At 4th Street Yoga. $25 Public/ $20 Members of Co-sponsoring Organizations. Learn more here .
Elul Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, September 28 10:30 am-12:15 pm
With Rabbi David and Julie Nesnansky. We continue the journey through Elul, our month of spiritual and inter-relational preparation for the Days of Awe. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something vegetarian to share.   In the Fireside Room.  Learn more here.
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, October 2, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Shabbat Shuva
Saturday, October 5 10:30am-12:15pm
With Howard Hamburger and Julie Nesnansky. Practice in the power of this one Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur– the Shabbat of Turning. Join us for davenen and an extended torah study and discussion. Kiddush sponsored by Amy Bat Tzipora in memory of her beloved Bubbies, and Beth Weinberger in memory of her mother, Frieda Weinberger. In the Fireside Room. Learn more here.
Kehilla's Administrative Offices will be closed on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9 for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.
Book Discussion Group
Monday, October 14, 7-9pm
October's book:  End of Days  by Jenny Erpenbeck
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. See our selections for the next few meetings  here . For more information about the Book Group, contact Terry at Learn more here.
Party in the Sukkah w. Jewish Studio Project & Shamati - at Urban Adamah
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:30-11pm
Kehilla is excited to co-sponsor this event, coming to a sukkah near you: Lulav shaking. Dance breaking. Art making. Soul waking! Celebrate Sukkot where the holiday was born...on a farm! Shofar so good? 7:30 pm: Paint your heart out in the Sukkah with The Jewish Studio Project, while enjoying s'mores, a cozy bonfire and craft cocktails by Chochmat HaLev's Maggid Mixologiost, Jhos Singer. Learn more here!
"Life, Death and the Meaning of Legacy in Our Lives"
Sunday, October 20, 5-7pm
A potluck dinner and structured discussion. An initial exploration of ethical wills, focused on the gifts we've inherited, and the "gleanings" (learnings, experiences, contributions) we hope to leave behind. Bring a substantive veggie or fish dish to share. Hosted by the Chevra Kadisha in the friendly intimacy of a backyard  sukkah . For location and to RSVP, email  . Or call 510-915-1040.
Kehilla in the News
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:
Can you help during Erev Rosh Hashanah?

Go to  to see the shifts and sign up for one (note the different tabs) . Contact  / 510.547.2424 x 106 with any questions
New Art Show in Fireside Room!
More than 20 talented Kehilla member artists are part of our annual High Holy Days group exhibit now on view. Stop by and enjoy the widely varied show. Artists' Reception: November 10th, 3-5pm.
Ride Request for High Holy Days!
Aurora Levins Morales needs a ride from Tomales to Berkeley on Friday the 27th for Rosh Hashana. Please contact her at
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!!
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!
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.
Immigration Committee Requests

We have a sponsor and young Guatemalan man who need housing as soon as possible. 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
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!
The Art and Gift of Forgiveness
Thursday October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 7-9pm at Chochmat Halev
In a loving & supportive environment we will study & wrestle with issues around forgiveness, using class discussion, historical references, small group sharing, and spiritual tools and exercises. Email Nicky Silver for more info
Save the date!
Cancer Cafe and Writing Workshop (Reimagine End of Life)
Monday, October 28 6:30pm-8:30pm free, donations requested
Using performance, Judith demonstrates a role reversal, from chronic pain specialist to patient diagnosed with cancer. Facilitated writing, reflection and discussion will be our tools for deepening. Learn more here.
Unbounded Heart just published!
Rabbi Diane Elliot is pleased to announce the publication of a new book of sacred poetry, Unbounded Heart. Available on-line at,, and locally at Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley.
Body Love Creative Writing Workshop
Sunday, September 29th 1-3:30pm
Join Kehillans Talia Cooper & Eli Conley for a new year workshop in nature to write your Body Love Anthem. Open to writers of all levels. Join us to explore body acceptance through creativity. Tilden Park- exact location shared with registration. Learn more here.
Pack the Courthouse for a preliminary injunction against Trump's latest attack on immigrants
Wednesday, October 2, 9am
Preliminary injunction in 3 cases heard together on Oct 2. We're being asked to help pack the courthouse to send a loud message to the judge. 1301 Clay St, Courtroom 3, Oakland (US District Courthouse). Learn more here.
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