July 5th, 2018 || 15th of Tamuz, 5778 || כ״ב בְּתַמּוּז תשע״ח
Time for a New Kehilla Year!
Renew Your Membership Today
The primary contact for your household received an email with a link to your membership renewal form! This year some of your information will be pre-filled. Please look out for the email and complete your form at your earliest convenience! New members can join here . For help or info contact Maya at 510-547-2424 x 106 or maya@kehillasynagogue.org
Shabbat Service and Adil Zamora Kantor be coming Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, July 7, 10am-12:30 pm
With Rabbi David, Julie Nesnansky, and Rabbi Gray. Join us for a celebratory, musical Shabbat morning exploring Parashat Pinchas. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Adil’s parents, Miriam & Carlos Zamora Kantor. Learn more.
Working Class / Low Income Group Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 2-4pm
Join other Kehilla members for a class discussion for working class/low income people in our community. At this meeting, we will continue our discussion on changes we’d like to see at Kehilla, share some personal stories and work on planning the Oct. 7 community-wide workshop. For any questions or more information contact Debbie Fier:  debbie@debbiefier.com  or Dvora Gordon:  dvoragee@gmail.com
In the Back Classroom.
Let Our People Go! Protest at the Richmond Immigration Detention Center
Sunday, July 8, 11am-noon
Join Kehilla Immigration Committee and Our Family Coalition, FOR JUST ONE HOUR. This is a multi-faith, accessible-for-all-ages action to call for an end to the detention/deportation and mass incarceration of our communities and neighbors. Bring signs and noisemakers to let those being interned—and forced to work—know we have not forgotten them. Let’s show up now! If not now, when? Learn more.
Book Discussion Group
Monday, July 9, 7-9pm
All Kehilla members are welcome to join us for our customary meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm.
July’s selection: Judas by Amos Oz
Morning Meditation Sit
Weekly on Wednesdays, 7:50-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. In the Fireside Room (Enter through the patio entrance on Fairview Ave). Doors open at 7:50 a.m., short teaching at 7:55 a.m., silent sit from 8:00 - 8:30, mourner's kaddish and announcements at 8:30.  Learn more.
We're cleaning out the Kehilla Lost & Found Closet, so if you think you have items in there please come by before Friday, July 20, 2018. After that all leftover items will be donated to Goodwill.
Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, July 13, 7-8:30pm
Join us for a more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv, the Shabbat evening service, songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Co-led by SAM Luckey and Arielle Tonkin, with a dvar Torah from Binya Koatz. Kiddush and light oneg after the service. Sponsored by Kehilla. Learn more here .
Shabbat Service and Lily Brown becoming Bat Mitzvah
Saturday, July 14, 10am-12:30 pm
With Rabbi Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Rabbi Carol Caine, and Debbie Fier. Join us for a celebratory, musical Shabbat morning exploring Parashat Matot-Masei. Everyone is welcome! Kiddush provided by Lily’s parents, Rayna Caplan & Matt Brown. Learn more.
Kehilla Partnering with the SF Jewish Film Festival!
We are co-presenting the following films (click on them to read more)
Use the code KEHILLA38 for discounted tickets.
Red Cow: July 23, 24, 31, August 5
The Oslo Diaries: July 21, 25, 26
Murer: Anatomy of a Trial: July 23, 25, August 3
The Invisibles: July 22, 23, August 5
Community Gathering to Celebrate Sandra Razieli
Monday, July 23, 6:30-8:30pm
After 16 years, Sandra Razieli is stepping down as the Director of Kehilla’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program. Sandra has been a gift to Kehilla. She has deepened and expanded an extraordinary Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, one that has provided deep learning, meaning and Jewish connection to hundreds of teenagers and their families. Learn more here .
Oakland A's Jewish Heritage Night
Wednesday, August 8, 4:30pm
Join Kehilla for a special night of baseball at the Oakland A's 8th Annual Jewish Heritage Night! Tickets are $40/person (2 and under are free). Deadline to order tickets is July 20, 2018. Learn more here .
Classes on the Horizon
Nourishing Ourselves Wisely with Qigong – An Introductory Series with Diana Lion
Four Consecutive Tuesdays, Aug 14 - Sept 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Come join us for a 4-week relaxing Qigong class series. Qigong is an embodied form of meditation, which acts on all aspects of the body, mind, spirit, and life force. This series is a wonderful way to nourish ourselves as we address what’s happening in the wider world, as well as help us prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days. Learn more here, and register here
Drumming As Prayer
Monday, August 13, 7-8:30pm &
Sunday, September 2, 4-5:30pm
At Kehilla, we are creating an intergenerational drum group, called Ketzev Kehilla, (the Beats of Kehilla), and we have been learning some of the rhythms for the Kehilla melodies and also drumming at our Chai Shabbat services. Those who wish to will have the opportunity to drum for our Rosh Hashonah morning service at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. Learn more here, and register here
Calling all artists! We are excited to be putting together this year’s High Holy Days art exhibit reflecting the New Year’s theme of TRUTH. As the spiritual leadership team explains: Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:8   Learn more.
An Important Invitation
We are forming affinity groups at Kehilla for people to think more about race and racism in our lives and community. The groups are: Jews of Color; white people; white parents of kids of Color, parents of Color and multiracial parents, and Jews of Sephardi and Mizrahi descent. Please follow the link on the homepage of the Kehilla website to sign up.
Here  is a link to the survey, or follow:  https://tinyurl.com/y8bsk8tb
Housing Needed As Soon as Possible
A beloved immigrant family that a Kehilla accompaniment team has been supporting for a year and a half needs a new place to live beginning in June. Please click here to learn more if you think you can help, or might know someone who can.
Donate Supplies to Help
People Experiencing Homelessness
Please help Tayla Husbands-Hankin support our homeless population by donating tents, blankets, tarps & socks! A large box is located by the sanctuary door at Kehilla. Please fill it with listed items only . Talya will pick up the items periodically and deliver them to people who need them. Pickup is on pause until Tuesday morning. Questions? Contact Jeanne Finberg, jeanne.finberg@gmail.com . Thank you!
Sue Goldberg needs to find a new place to live within the next month in N. Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito or Albany areas. Shared housing or a private apartment on the ground floor, or in a building with an elevator. Needs to have a fairly modern bathroom and a good heating system. Should only be a 2-3 steps to get to it, but preferably no steps or stairs. 
If you know of anything or have resources to help her find something, or know of a realtor who could, please contact Sue at  suegoldberg@sbcglobal.net . Cell phone: 510-965-5272. 
(please no texting).
Healing Arts Class
Beginning Wednesday, July 11th, 10am-12:30pm
We will use painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, journaling and movement to focus on health and healing.
July 11-August 15. To register call Hayward Area Rec District at 510-881-6700. Class #49519. Questions? Contact Barbara Petterson at 510-501-9192 or barbarapettersonmft@gmail.com . Learn more here , see flyer here.
Save a Life! 4th Annual Interfaith Blood Drive in Berkeley
Thursday, July 5th 12-6pm at Netivot Shalom
Restore critical blood stores during the summer months! Pre-register at www.redcrossblood.org ; enter sponsor code 'CNS' in "Find a Blood Drive" or call 1-800-733-2767 (walk-ins also welcome!) 
For questions and/or a complete list of co-sponsors, email socialaction@netivotshalom.org - thanks!
Honor the Memory of Rezan Al-Najjar, 21 Year Old Paramedic in Gaza
Saturday, July 7th, 6-9pm
A Fundraiser to support the volunteer medics working on the Gaza front lines.
Friends of United Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, Inc. Live music, poetry and dance, featuring – Duamuxa, Claude Palmer, Genny Lim, Mo Sati, & More. Learn more here.
Hear from our Community Leaders
Kehilla Community Synagogue is comprised of people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, including people with a wide range of religious and spiritual persuasions. We are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for everyone in our community.

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