Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 3rd of Kislev | 5781 ג׳ בְּכִסְלֵו תשפ״א
NEW! Mazel Tov Section in the Weekly
Do you have something to celebrate? A newborn, great new housing situation, a graduation, bat/bar mitvah, new job, a puppy -- something that gives you joy? Share it in the Weekly! We're reviving our Mazel Tov section to give us all a place to celebrate and share in life's sweeter moments. Submit here by selecting the Mazel Tov section.

Newborns: If you have a newborn in your family you'd like to share the news about, please send a photograph to Dee so we can send a happy news announcement to the community. Write to us here with any questions!
Staying Safe from Covid-19 During the Holidays
During this holiday season, you may be wondering if it is safe to gather and celebrate with loved ones. Here are guidelines for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19, prepared by Alameda County's Public Health Department.
Closed Captioning at Kehilla Shabbat Services
Beginning November 21st, Kehilla will provide closed captioning for its Saturday morning Shabbat services. Services with this feature will include "CC" in the title on the Calendar and Weekly. Please share any questions or comments.
Kehilla Offices: Limited Availability During Thanksgiving Week
Our office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving from Wednesday, November 25 until we reopen for normal business hours on Monday, November 30. Our staff availability is limited next week on Monday and Tuesday, so if you need to reach us on Monday, November 23 please contact Natalie Boskin at Natalie@Kehillasynagogue.org and on Tuesday, November 24 contact Michael Saxe-Taller at michael@kehillasynagogue.org or ext. 106. For urgent pastoral needs, please call the main office at (510) 547-2424 for the rabbinical emergency number.
THIS WEEK AT KEHILLA
Friday Morning Meditation Sit
Friday, November 20, 7:50am-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Join us here! Passcode: ModehAni
Trans Day of Remembrance & Resistance Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, November 20, 5pm-6:30pm
With Rabbi Dev, Rabbi Gray, Rabbi SAM, Talya Husband-Hankin and Binya Koatz (pre-recorded) and Hazzan Shulamit. We’ll welcome Shabbat Toldot, and take time to honor Trans lives lost and celebrate Trans resilience and resistance. Join us here
Shabbat Morning Service - Toldot & Baby Naming - CC*
Saturday, November 21, 10:30am - 12:15pm
Join us for a Shabbat morning of musical prayer, torah, and community. We’ll share in the joy of welcoming and naming Rachel and Doron Segal’s new baby, the granddaughter of Amy and Steve Abern! Join us here
*Closed captioning will be available at this service.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, November 21, 10:30am - 11am
With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman and their Puppet Friends! Designed for babies, tots, and children up to 5 with their families! Join us for Shabbat songs and prayers, dancing and puppets and community. Cosponsored by the Jewish Baby Network.
NEW! Refuat HaNafesh Healing Circle
Sunday, November 22, 7pm-8:15pm
In this new drop-in healing circle, we’ll hold each other tenderly, pray for healing for those who need it, and make space for the feelings that arise as we face challenging moments in our lives and world. From the Bikkur Cholim Team. Join us here!
Beginning Hebrew: Decode the Alef-Bet, Part 2
Sunday, November 22, 7:20pm-8:45pm
Join Bracha Stone for the next part in a series designed for those who desire to get friendly and familiar with this precious language. If you have SOME knowledge of the alef-bet, this may be the right place for you. We have made a start, and are working through our book at a moderate pace. Register here!
Torah from the Beginning: The Book of Genesis
Monday, November 23, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Join Rebecca Kaplan and occasional guest speakers for an opportunity to study the Torah as it unfolds week by week for 12 weeks; each class covers the same parasha that will be read/discussed at that week’s Shabbat service.
TIME CHANGE - Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 6:45pm - 9pm
Please note that Board Meetings are now beginning at 6:45pm. All members are welcome! Kehilla is also looking for new board members - could that be you!? You can learn more here and find the application here.
Wednesday Morning Meditation Sit
Wednesday, November 25, 7:50am-8:45am
With Rabbi Dev. Short teaching at 7:55, silent sit from 8:00-8:30, mourner’s kaddish and announcements at 8:30.
Join us here! Passcode: ModehAni
UPCOMING EVENTS
Liturgically Traditional, Radically Inclusive Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, November 27, 5pm-6pm
A more traditional davenning style of Kabbalat Shabbat: songful and in Hebrew, following the full liturgy. Whether this type of prayer service is new for you, familiar, or intimately known, ALL are welcome! Co-sponsored by Kehilla and Glitter Kehilla. Join us here!
Shabbat Morning Service - CC*
Saturday, November 28, 10:30am - 12:15pm
A story-filled Torah parasha (Gen. 28:10-32:3 Va-Yeytzey) about Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Zilpa and Bilha, and the origin of the Israelite tribes, Jacob’s ladder… Hidden in the parasha is a message about places and as each location in the story is given a title (or two) they could be seen as stations on a spiritual journey. Sometimes a location is not a place in space, but a moment of eternity. Fasten your seatbelts and join us join us for a Shabbat morning of musical prayer, torah discussion, and community.
*Closed captioning will be available at this service.
Beginning Hebrew: Decode the Alef-Bet, Part 2
Sunday, November 29, 7:20pm-8:45pm
Join Bracha Stone for the next part in a series designed for those who desire to get friendly and familiar with this precious language. If you have SOME knowledge of the alef-bet, this may be the right place for you. We have made a start, and are working through our book at a moderate pace. Register here!
Torah from the Beginning: The Book of Genesis
Monday, November 30, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Join Rebecca Kaplan and occasional guest speakers for an opportunity to study the Torah as it unfolds week by week for 12 weeks; each class covers the same parasha that will be read/discussed at that week’s Shabbat service.
Book Discussion Group
Monday, November 30, 7pm - 9pm
This meeting is the deadline for nominations for the books we’ll choose to read in 2021! Each person can nominate two books. Email the coordinator, Jamie McGrath for more details and to join!
Middle East Peace Committee
Tuesday, December 1, 7:30pm - 9pm
Educates and mobilizes for an end to the Occupation, advocating justice, freedom, compassion and equal rights for all the people in Israel/Palestine. Email the committee chair to join!
Kehilla's New Member Open House!
Thursday, December 3, 6:30pm-8pm
We are delighted that you became full-fledged members of the Kehilla community. Please join us for a gathering to meet other new members, as well as Kehilla clergy, staff and lay leaders. Learn more about the congregation and ask that burning question about Kehilla life. Bring along your favorite dessert – it breaks our hearts that we can’t feed you yet!! Whether this is your first open house or you made our last event, we'd love to see you there! RSVP and join us here
Save the Date! Public Health Update: An Evening with Kehilla Board Member Ori Tzvieli
Monday, December 7, 7pm - 8:30pm
Join Kehilla board member and public health officer Dr. Ori Tzvieli and get an update on the latest regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. Learn about vaccines, testing, treatments, county and state guidelines, and more. There will be an opportunity for Q & A. RSVP and join us here.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
A Chesed (Lovingkindess) Request
Judy Linsenberg, a Kehilla member, is recovering from major surgery. Judy lives alone, and can use help with meals and visits. To sign up and for more info, click here.
Immigration Committee Requests
Several of the immigrants who are part of the Kehilla accompaniment program are looking for work of different types. Please check this post to learn more.
Announcing Gluten-Free Challah Delivery
Friday mornings in Oakland and the East Bay
Inspired by so many Kehilla community members' requests, Lia Barrow has begun selling gluten-free challah for Shabbat. Order by email or leave a message at facebook.com/hamotzigf. Oat challah coming soon!
An Invitation to Leadership on the Kehilla Board!
This is an invitation to step up as a leader in your community. Kehilla is our home, our place of worship and learning, the place and the people we go to in times of hardship, an anchor for our social justice work. If you are interested in exploring participation on the Board of Trustees, you can learn more here and find the application here!
Avodah Opportunity - Garden at Kehilla!
Friday, November 27, meet at front entrance at 11:30am
Join Kehilla member Dvora Gordon to help maintain Kehilla's garden. Email Dvora with any questions.
Kehilla Holiday Dinner Drive with Alameda County Community Food Bank!
The Koret Foundation is matching the first $25,000 in donations - and every dollar buys seven dollars worth of food. Learn more including instructions for donating by mail here or donate online to the ACC Food Bank here!
Avodah Opportunity - Help Needed to Sort Donations and Deliver to Encampments!
Homeless Action now has a temporary storage room for donations of items needed by unhoused people at encampments. We need help sorting and delivering to sites. Please contact Dvora by email here to volunteer!
Hineinu Campaign
Like a Havdalah candle, we are braided together. Now more than ever, we need to build our resilience. Please consider joining our Hineinu Campaign with a sustaining gift to Kehilla by clicking here. Your contributions make it possible for us to house immigrants, support those who are struggling, care for our building, and sustain Kehilla’s people.
Recording: Preparing for an Attempted Coup, an Intergenerational Training
This Zoom training with with JYCA, 1000 Grandmothers and Greenfaith is now online - check out the video recording and the slide deck.
Election Resources Page
We've created a webpage to serve as a resource bank to connect members to existing organizing and networks - especially ones we have relationships with. It features trainings, actions, and movements. Visit the Election Resources page.
Make Clergy Appointments with Rabbi Dev!
Rabbi Dev welcomes one-on-one conversations with Kehilla members! Please contact Dee and she will help you schedule time with them.
Still have your machzor (prayerbook) from High Holy Days?
We are no longer collecting prayerbooks from High Holy Days - but we'd love you to have it for next year. Please make a contribution of $10-$20 to hold onto it for keeps!
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.
Automated Payment Notices!
This is a friendly reminder that we have launched a new system that automatically sends emails to folks when their monthly payments are overdue. If you see one but have already sent in a check or paid the balance, please disregard the email. If you have any questions or feedback please contact our bookkeeper Molly at molly@kehillasynagogue.org or call (510) 929-0602 (Tuesdays and Thursday, 2pm-7pm).
Phishing Scams Continue in Rabbi Dev's Name
Please be aware of phishing emails being sent under Rabbi Dev's name. If you get such an email, please report it to Google as a phishing email, and notify the Kehilla office. You can learn more here.
The Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund is Here for You
Through the generosity of many in our community, the Rabbis' Discretionary Fund (RDF) can help with modest financial challenges: Learn more here.
Bikkur Cholim: Pastoral / Spiritual Care
Rabbi Chaya Gusfield is coordinating a wonderful group of members who are rabbis and chaplains to offer support to our members who are ill or caring for loved ones who are sick. Learn more here!
IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
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.

Kehilla Community Synagogue | 1300 Grand Ave. | Piedmont, CA 94610
510-547-2424