August 8, 2019 || 7th of Av, 5779 || ז׳ בְּאָב תשע״ט
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Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 9, 6-7:30pm
A more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv, the Shabbat evening service: songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Please bring veggie finger food to share. Cosponsored by Kehilla and Glitter Kehilla.  Learn more here.
Shabbat Morning Service & Retirement Celebrations
Saturday, August 10, 10:30am-12:15pm
With Howard Hamburger, Julie Nesnansky, and Hazzan Shulamit. Join us to daven, sing and share in an extended Torah study and discussion together on Parashat Devarim on Shabbat Chazon– the shabbat before Tisha B’av begins. After the service, please join us for a delicious kiddush lunch sponsored by 4 of Kehilla’s newest Retirees: Diana Fieger, Karen Cohn, Teri Gruenwald, and Julie Nesnansky. Come celebrate this milestone with us!
Fireside room. Learn more here.
Lamentations & Reparations: A Tisha B’Av Response to Ongoing Harms of Slavery and Its Legacy
Saturday, August 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Join our communities for a healing evening of prayers, conversation, and acts of Teshuvah/reparations in response to the darion call from descendants of the transatlantic slave trade for reparations. Location: Chochmat HaLev – 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA

May Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 12, 7-9pm
They May Not Mean to But They Do   by Cathleen Schine
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.
Kehilla Sings!

Upcoming dates: 
Tuesday, August 13 , 7:00-8:30 pm, Fireside Room
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!
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, August 7, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview). Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 16, 7:30-9:00 pm
Join is for Kabbalat Shabbat with Hazzan Shulamit, Julie Nesnansky and Jen Miriam Altman. Join us for a song-filled and soulful evening of both spirited and contemplative prayer. Kiddush follows the service. Please bring something veggie to share. In the Fireside Room (ONLY for this week of Aug. 16, 2019). Learn more here.
Shabbat Service & Adrian Alie becoming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, August 17, 10am-12:30pm
Join us for Shabbat Morning Service and Adrian Alie becoming Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Noa Grayevsky, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory and musical Shabbat morning service exploring Parashat Va’etchana. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Adrian’s parents, Mac and Laura Alie. In the Sanctuary. Learn more here.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, August 17, 10:30am-11:15 am
Join us for Tot Shabbat with Jen Miriam and Alon Altman with their Puppet Friends. Geared towards babies and children up to age 5 with their grownups! Join us for songs, prayers, friends, puppets, and stories and end with challah and grape juice. Bring a snack to share if you’d like. In the Back Classroom – Main Floor. Learn more here.
Tikkun Ha-Nefesh (Repair of the Soul) Healing Racism, Unpacking White Privilege – Affinity Group
Sunday, August 18, 10am-12pm
This group is part of the community’s larger project of addressing racism and de-centering whiteness within and beyond our congregation. It is an outgrowth of Kehilla’s affinity group for those who identify as white or as benefitting from white privilege. This will be a safe space in which to engage in the emotional and spiritual journey of healing and repairing the soul around these critical issues. You do not have to participate in the larger affinity group in order to attend these sessions, and you are welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as will facilitate your healing journey.  Learn more here.
“Kehilla Day” to CLOSE THE CAMPS
Monday, August 26, 12pm-1pm
Kehilla members! Please join us to CLOSE THE CAMPS – Kehilla is proud to be part of “Month of Momentum: 30 days of actions to Close the Camps” –
Immigrant children are dying in federal custody. Children in detention are being denied soap, showers, clean water, blankets, decent food, clean clothes. Our neighbors are afraid to take their kids to school, go shopping, attend church. 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
Correction for Greening Committee Meeting Time
The Greening Com. had to change its regular meeting time for the month of Aug. due to some conflicts. We’ll be meeting Aug. 22 instead of the 15 th  (as incorrectly listed in Kol Kehilla.) 

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. 
Join the Kehilla Team for the YSA Tiny House Project
Help create a dozen or more homes for youth in Oakland. You can join the Kehilla team on any of the build days: Aug 17, 18, 24, 25 or Sept 7 and 8. Learn more here and sign up 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!!
Immigration Committee Requests

An immigrant family that has received support and accompaniment from Kehilla is looking for a studio or in-law apartment with access to public transit. The family consists of a young Guatemalan couple and their adorable 8 month old baby. They can pay $800 - $1,000 monthly in rent and are open to work-trade (yard work, babysitting, etc). Please contact Yael with any leads --
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. 
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.
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.
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!
Swing Left 2020 letter party
Sunday, August 11th, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Help us register new voters in KEY states. RSVP at , bring 20 stamps if possible letters are mostly written, just add why YOU think voting is important! Kehilla, back classroom. Learn more here.
Hummers' Delight: A Look at the Lifestyle of the World's Smallest Birds
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7-8:30 pm
A presentation with photos on the fascinating lives of hummingbirds from size to geography and from mating to eating. They are aggressive, promiscuous, precious and strong. Come find out more! Learn more here . Cost: $12. Pay at the door or through Meet-up. No one turned away for lack of funds. RSVP
Nice 10 x 12 foot room for rent in 2-bedroom Victorian home
with big sunny backyard. Seeking a responsible, reliable, clean, quiet dog lover who doesn't smoke. $900 includes all utilities. I have a business caring for a few small dogs in my home. Occasional opportunity to earn some money caring for small dogs. Must value good communication and a healthy lifestyle. Contact
Typist sought
Wanted: Typist needed to enter typed poetry into Word in an allergy sensitive home in the Elmwood. $20 an hour.Please respond to . Please include available hours.
Film: Mixed Race Identities: Little White Lie
Sunday, August 18, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Documentary about a woman who grew up in a typical middle-class Jewish household with loving parents and a strong sense of her identity, until she discovered the truth about her biological father. East Bay Community Space – 507 55th Street, Oakland. 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.
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