October 17, 2019 || 18th of Tishrei, 5780 || י״ח בְּתִשְׁרֵי תש״פ
Join us for Sukkot Celebrations!

Community Shabbat and Sukkot Potluck Dinner
Friday, October 18, 6:30 – 8:45pm

An evening with blessings and potluck dinner, conversation and celebration in Kehilla’s Sukkah. Join Rabbi David to do the special blessings for Sukkot and the shaking of the lulav to all directions and dimensions. Bring a vegetarian (fish okay) main, side, or dessert dish to share, and please label re: dairy and gluten– Thanks! (In the Sukkah)

Shabbat Morning of Sukkot +
Dedication of our new Sanctuary living space at the Kiddish
Saturday, October 19, 10:00am – 12:30pm

A special Shabbat service while our joy is amplified by the celebration of Sukkot. We’ll sing Hallel, extra songs of praise, and make hakafot, circular processions with lulavim– bring one along to shake! We will also celebrate and dedicate the completion of our Sanctuary living space with a ritual during the potluck kiddush luncheon after services. Please bring a veggie (fish okay) main, side, or dessert dish to share, and label re: dairy and gluten– Thanks! (In the Sanctuary)
Jewish Renewal Community Simchat Torah

& All Ages Dance Party

Monday, October 21,
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Come together at Kehilla to end and begin the Torah reading cycle and to dance, dance, dance with our community-enhanced Klezmer band led by  Mike Perlmutter !  

6:30pm Ma’ariv / Evening service in the Sanctuary
6:30pm Holiday Tot Service with Jen Miriam and Alon Altman in the Social Hall
7:00pm Special Torah Service
7:30pm Dancing with the Torah in the Sanctuary with amazing Live Music
Suggested donation at the door (ranges $10-$25)

Refreshments:  Snacks, water, and bar will be provided in the Main Floor Back Classroom. We would love for you to bring labeled baked goods.

We are expecting a large crowd, and we need your help! Every half hour or hour you can volunteer counts, email Maya to sign up . Learn more here.
Kehilla's Administrative Offices will be closed on Tuesday, October 21st for Simchat Torah.
Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, October 23, 7:50am
With Rabbi Dev every Wednesday morning! In the Fireside Room  (enter through the Patio entrance on Fairview).  Learn more here.
Kehilla Neighborhood Brunches
Sunday, October 20, 11am-1pm

Please RSVP if possible! Info below
Four hosts in four geographic areas of our congregation have offered to open their homes so that you can meet members who live in your area! Here are the locations:

East Oakland: Lynn Bravewomon & Annie Kennedy,
RSVP to  bravewomon@gmail.com  or 510-303-5052 (call or text)
North Oakland/Piedmont: Lisa Friedman,
RSVP to  Lisaf1950@gmail.com  (preferred communication) or 510-599-6311 (text)
Berkeley: Dolores Taller, RSVP to 510-665-5459 or  dtaller@lmi.net .
Richmond/El Cerrito: Esther Ehrlich & Neal Davis,

Upcoming Events
Family Shabbat
Saturday, October 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
With Rabbi Gray and Beth Dickinson. Celebrate Shabbat Breishit, as we start from the very beginning of the Torah! Join us for an engaging, musical service for people of all ages. Families especially encouraged to join in the fun! Please bring a veggie dish to share for kiddush lunch after services. 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 and get tickets 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  rabbishifrah@gmail.com  . Or call 510-915-1040.
Save the dates!
Craft Fair at Kehilla to Support Immigrants
Thursday December 19, 3-6 pm &
Monday December 23, 4-8 pm
To donate or volunteer contact:   kehillacraft@gmail.com
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!!
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 Request #1

A shy, kind Colombian immigrant is in urgent need of stable housing. She is 9 months pregnant and has just been evicted from her room in Oakland. She must move very soon. She can pay $700 per month, and is seeking a place where she can stay six months with a newborn child. She is also seeking baby gear, most urgently a stroller with a car seat for coming home from the hospital. She has been in the US for less than two years and has no family here. Please contact Yael with any leads at yael@mujeresunidas.net
Immigration Committee Request #2

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 < michaelbakal@gmail.com > 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, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com . Thank you!
Middle Eastern Rhythms Drum Class
Sunday afternoons, 4-5:15pm in Oakland (near Mills College)
Learn hand drum technique and play Middle Eastern Rhythms!
The dates are November 3, 10, 17, and 24. $100 for the 4-class series or $35/class fee for drop-in. Learn more here!
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.
Brand new CD - Waterways!
I am thrilled to tell you that I just released a CD of original compositions on handpan and cello! This is music for relaxation, meditation, movement and contemplation. Available in CD or download.
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