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February 23, 2023 • 2 Adar 5783

As a kid, I watched the TV news with my mom nightly as she made dinner, and I remember seeing late 1970s network news coverage on Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization and hearing the word “terrorist” for the first time. 

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Rabbi Brant Rosen Zoom Talk: from Non- to Anti-Zionist

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“I would dare say that the creation of an ethnic Jewish majority state in historic Palestine has not made Jews any safer and it has also made things considerably less safe for Palestinians, to put it mildly… … and that is not to downplay the very real history and current reality of antisemitism throughout the world…

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Leadership Spotlight: Phil from Face-to-Face

I’m inspired by Palestinians who demonstrate *sumud* (steadfastness) every day as they resist Israeli oppression and dispossession. Rabbi Burt inspires me as he continues to suggest different ways for us to think about this difficult work and how we can best support our Palestinian brothers and sisters…

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December 15, 2022 • 21 Kislev 5783

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It is with great excitement that I welcome you to Committee Connection: a new format of the Kehilla committee newsletter now available on the web. Our incredible social justice, community care, and affinity groups are Kehilla’s special sauce…

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A Chaplain on Death and Chevra Kadisha Rituals

Being a part of the Chevra Kadisha, having clear practices and rituals, touching, cleaning, dressing and caring for one who has passed, in community… It has been one of the great honors of my life…

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Faith Trio Helps Give Out Food: A Photo Essay

Since May, volunteers from Kehilla Community Synagogue, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), and Montclair Presbyterian Church, three religious organizations who work together as the Faith Trio…

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Jews of Color History Kickoff Class

The idea for a series of classes about Jews of Color came about during meetings of the BIPOC* (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) Council, a subgroup of Kehilla’s Belonging and Allyship Initiative. The Jews of Color (JoC) participating realized they wanted to compare notes and learn more…

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Welcome to Ditty’s Closet

This gave Laurel the brilliant idea for Ditty’s virtual closet: to ask members to hold onto medical equipment they no longer were using so it could be loaned to other members when needed…