August 22, 2019 || 21st of Av, 5779 || כ״א בְּאָב תשע״ט
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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
Shabbat Service & Rachel Bernard-Pearl becoming Bat Mitzvah
Saturday, August 24, 10am-12:30pm
With Rabbi Dev Noily, Hazzan Shulamit, Rachel Stone, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory and musical Shabbat morning, exploring parashat Ekev. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Rachel’s parents, Lisa and Dierdre Bernard-Pearl. In the Sanctuary. Learn more here.
“Kehilla Day” to CLOSE THE CAMPS
Monday, August 26, 12pm-1pm
ICE - 630 Sansome St., San Francisco
As part of "Month of Momentum: 30 days of actions to Close the Camps" We'll have speakers, music, raise funds for Freedom for Immigrants, and more! Bring signs, bring friends bring your passion and outrage Never Again means Now! To volunteer, contact Penny Rosenwasser: . Learn more here, see Facebook event here.
Community Klezmer Band for Simchat Torah! Workshop Info
Wednesday, August 28, 7-10pm at Chochmat Halev
Join Kehilla/Chochmat Ha Lev/Aquarian Minyan members in a community offering of musical celebration! This opportunity is open to all with a basic facility on an instrument. We will get familiar with the music from charts and/or recordings before rehearsal, and then meet up to solidify and fine-tune our ensemble. Learn more here!
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, August 28, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
CHAI Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, September 7, 10am-12:30pm
Join us for a celebratory, musical CHAI Shabbat morning!
Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something vegetarian to share. In the Sanctuary. More details in next week's weekly :)
Shabbat Service & Sam Hokkanen becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, August 31, 10am-12:30pm
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat Morning and Sam Hokkanen becoming Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Dev, Julie Nesnansky, Beth Dickinson, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory and musical Shabbat morning, exploring parashat Re’eh. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Sam’s parents, Nicole Silverman and Gary Hokkanen.
In the Sanctuary. Learn more here.
Monday, September 2: Kehilla Administrative Offices Closed For Labor Day
Thursday, September 5: Kehilla School is back in session!
Opportunities to Help Build/Physically Support Tiny House Village Construction
Saturday, 9/7 or Sunday 9/8
Help KCS build tiny homes of unhoused youth. Alex, Sunday, 9/8 with other Jewish congregations. Sign-up below through link. Learn more here and sign up here .
Kehilla Sings!

Upcoming dates: 
Tuesday, September 10 , 7:00-8:30 pm, Fireside Room

A monthly gathering with Hazzan Shulamit to circle round and sing together!  Special focus on High Holy Day preparation in August and September.  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 time of tuning into our souls and to one another. Everyone’s welcome! Donations accepted at the door $5-15 (for gatherings at Kehilla).
Follow this link  for posted music for shabbat, protests, and more!
Folks with White Privilege Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 7-9pm
For info, contact Susan Schulman, . Learn more here.
Kehilla 's Hiring!
We're hiring a Development and Communications Associate (part time), and a People of Color Organizer (¼ time) - learn more here!
Invitation to Artists: Kehilla High Holy Days Art Show
Entry Deadline is August 30th!
Kehilla’s Art Committee is finalizing plans for our annual exhibit open to all members of the congregation. We invite you to share your creativity with the community as you reflect on your feelings, thoughts and hopes for the coming year. Get those artistic juices flowing and create a new piece for this show, or bring an old favorite. We are seeking two-dimensional art, ready to hang. The only other limit is your imagination! Learn more here
Maj Jong
Open, maybe Sun afternoons
Interested in playing? I'm a beginner (for now :) ) and looking for others to meet at Kehilla-
American version. You can email me for now- - Lisa Friedman

Like ants taking home a big piece of cake, all working together to pull off something that would be out of their league without collective power, our High Holy Days are an impressive feat of collaboration.

Whether you usually attend services or not,  this is a great time to step in and help for a couple of hours.  If the High Holy Days are important to you, this is a chance to be part of the project that is so meaningful to you, in whatever capacity you have – there are so many shifts that don’t get in the way of services. And if the High Holy Days are just another day for you – what a beautiful chance to help build something that really matters to people in your community by taking on tasks that people attending services or fasting cannot.

Go to   to see the shifts and sign up for one  . There are so many options. I know you’ll find one that works for you :) Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, weather updates, whatever strikes your fancy –  / 510.547.2424 x 106. 
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!!
Immigration Committee Requests

We have a sponsor and young Guatemalan man who need housing starting August 19 or 20. 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
I am assisting a lovely and very strong young Guatemalan man who was in detention for ten months and has now has been living in the east Bay for 2 months. A Kehilla Accompaniment Team helped post bond for him and is supporting him in many ways.

He is seeking casual work opportunities- gardening, manual labor, yard or garage cleanup, digging, painting etc...If you have work please contact me, Carol Rothman at 510-684-1931 or . He is eager to work, quick to learn, strong, careful, fast, and responsible! He’s done great tasks for me and friends.
I have housed and accompanied a lovely Guatemalan family over the last 2 1/2 years. In the past month, 3 of their close relatives have arrived as asylum-seekers. After an awful stint in detention, they are thrilled to be here. The Kehilla Accompaniment Team helped post bond for them, and I've taken the responsibility of being their sponsor. 

They are looking for casual work opportunities -- house-cleaning or repairing, gardening, painting, cooking. If you have any questions or opportunities, please contact me, Lili, at either 510-599-3611 or or Juan, their brother, at 510-837-2771. I trust them and have appreciated the fine work they've already done for me. 
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. We invite you to step in and help us find Norah a match!! Learn more here.
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.
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!
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.
Unlock the Song Inside: Songwriting Class for LGBTQIA+ People & Allies
Tuesdays, August 27th - October 29th, 7 - 9 pm (No class on Yom Kippur)
Everyone has a song inside of them. What does yours sound like? Join us to unlock your creativity and let your songs out! Beginners welcome.  Learn more here . Cost: $400, Sliding Scale: $200 - $375. Contact .
“What Happened to DuJuan Armstrong?” A film by Lucas Guilkey
Friday, August 30, 7:30-9:00
This film follows the search of Barbara Doss to discover the details of her 23 year old son DuJuan Armstrong’s death in Santa Rita jail in 2018. Benefit film showing and panel discussion. Recommended by the Economic Justice Committee. Learn more and register for free here.
Seeking Part-Time Care Assistant for Older Female Friend, Oakland
6-8 hours/week Thoughtful, energetic, compassionate, good sense of humor! Must have car. Days and hours flexible. $16/hour. Contact Karen, for info about tasks.
Alameda County Law Library
Alameda County Law Library is the ONLY organization in Alameda County
that provides free, equitable access to the tools needed to navigate the
legal system (forms, instruction guides, and proprietary legal databases)
AND personal assistance from law librarians trained to help non-attorneys
research the law and find the answers to their legal questions. Learn more here.
Free Trip to Egypt Screening
Thursday, September 12, 7:30pm
FREE TRIP TO EGYPT the documentary film that encourages civility, conversation, and unity is screening at Landmark Albany Twin: 1115 Solano Ave., Albany, CA, 94706. Learn more here.
2 Day Workshop for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
August 24th & 25th
Beyond Trauma - 3 therapists, all children of Jewish Holocaust survivors, offer 2 days exploration, transformation and healing for 1st, 2nd 3rd generation Armand Volkas, Sylvia Israel & Iudita Harlan. Learn more here.
Donate Blood
Tuesday, August 27, 12-5:45pm at Netivot Shalom in Berkeley
Jewish law teaches us 'Pikuach Nefesh Doche et Hakol - Saving a life is the most important thing.' Donating blood is an easy and meaningful way that you can contribute to help save a life. Let s demonstrate our community engagement in this mitzvah opportunity event! 
Scholarships for High School Jewish Student Athletes
The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California is accepting nominations of outstanding Jewish student-athletes for a small college scholarship (approx. $1,500) to be awarded at a gala dinner at the San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Learn more here.
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