May 9, 2019 || 4th of Iyyar, 5779 || ד׳ בְּאִיָּר תשע״ט
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Invite friends who couldn't make it, or don't live nearby,
to join us digitally.
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Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 10, 6-7:30 pm
IMPORTANT UPDATE: This month we will be joining “Queering Jewish Diasporas” for Kabbalat Shabbat on Fri., May 10th at 7pm ONLY – This Service will be held at the Omni Commons – 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA 94609. Learn more here.
Shabbat Service and
Ezra and Talia Kotovsky become B’nei Mitzvah
Saturday, May 11, 10am- 12:30pm
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat Morning Service and Ezra and Talia Kotovsky becoming B’nei Mitzvah with Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Natalie Boskin, Noa Grayesvsky, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory and musical Shabbat morning service exploring Parashat Kedoshim. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush sponsored by the parents of Talia and Ezra Kotovsky. Learn more here.
May Book Discussion Group:
Mondays, May 13 , 7-9pm
Girl From the Garden  by Parnaz Foroutan
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 our upcoming 2018-19 meetings here.   Learn more here.
Kehilla Sings!
Tuesday, May 14, 7-8:30 pm
Continuing on 2nd Tuesdays through September!
A new-ish monthly gathering with Hazzan Shulamit to circle round and sing together. 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. Join us for a delicious night of tuning into our souls and to one another. Everyone’s welcome! Donations accepted at the door $5-15. Learn more here.
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, May 15, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Learn more here.
Asking if you can do something? DO THIS!
Wednesday, May 15th, 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm at Kehilla
We have a great opportunity to help our Norah find her bone marrow match! We have collected an amazing list of Jewish summer camps that may be interested in swabbing their eligible counselors. Come help us make the calls to get the word out! RSVPs are helpful and if you’re interested in helping but can’t make either session, reach out to . More info about Norah at
Upcoming Events
Save the Date: Kehilla's Annual Retreat, 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.
Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Queer Sexuality
Sunday May 19th 2-5 pm
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer to Assist Migrants at the Border
Tuesday, May 21st, 7-8pm
The Immigration Committee has been coordinating individuals and groups of Kehilla members 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 at the links provided. RSVP to lili.shidlov@gmail for the 5/21/19 meeting or if you have questions. Learn more here and 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. 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!
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.
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.
IfNotNow Bay Area Training!
Sunday, May 12, 8:30AM-7PM
A day of learning, connecting, noshing and community with the group of Young American Jews ending our community's support for the occupation. Beautiful people, exciting work! Register for Address. FB Event/Sign up here.
Lenore Weiss published The Glimmerine : A Children's Book!
The book is an urban environmental fantasy for middle grade readers and their parents and friends—set at the edge of a condo development where we meet 10-year-old Leah who has been labeled as the school weirdo. Why? Because she talks to something hidden inside her backpack. But Leah doesn’t care how much she’s teased. She has other friends. Learn more here.
Increasing universality and affordability of health care coverage
May 12, 7:30-9pm with Indivisible Berkeley
Speaker: Yasmin Peled, Policy Advocate, Health Access (, Campaign Communications Coordinator, Care4All California Campaign ( Learn more here.
Access Women's Health Justice - Practical Support Volunteer Training
Practical Support Volunteers (PSVs) help people throughout California obtain abortion services through direct assistance such as rides, overnight housing, child care, translation, funding, etc. Application Due: May 11, 2019 (Orientation June 1, 2019). Learn more here and here .
Sikkuy Co-Directors Speak
Tuesday, May 14, 7:30-9:30pm
Arab and Jewish Co-directors will speak about Arab-Jewish relations post-election. Learn about this outstanding organization that works towards equality in Israel. RSVP 1628 Blake St. Berkeley. Learn more here.
The Urban Adamah Residency
MAY 15 or JUN 1 – NOV 30, 2019
What is it?  Open to any individual age 21 - 35, the  Urban Adamah Residency  is a program that offers partially subsidized housing in exchange for hosting some Urban Adamah programs and other peer events.
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