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Miguel Á. Padriñán

Mission Statement

The mission of Committee Connection is

*See Wikipedia’s definition of affinity group


Editor-in-Chief Hillary Brooks
Managing Editor Abby Farrell

Committee Advisors Jeanne Finberg, Jane Hoberman, Julie Litwin, Karen Rachels, Richard Speiglman
Staff Liaison Elle Aviv Newton

Origin Story

In the beginning, there was a synagogue newsletter called Kol Kehilla, in print, then digital. Much later, Kehilla’s Rabbi David Cooper (now Rabbi Emeritus) curated an e-newsletter, Tikkun Olam Opportunities, to let our radical congregation know about social action events throughout the Bay Area. And both efforts were very useful. 

The idea for this new publication arose during the COVID pandemic when the group that ultimately became the Committee Advisors, longtime member-leaders within Kehilla, bemoaned the lack of Kehilla in-person events and news outlets, which made it difficult to spontaneously share information about our committees with other members. These leaders desperately wanted to improve communication at Kehilla, so they formed a subgroup to take on various communication issues, including jumpstarting a new Kehilla news publication. 

Former Kehilla board co-chair Karen Cohn stepped up to edit the first edition in Fall 2022, a PDF edition entitled An Invitation to Engage: Kehilla Committee News, which featured the Belonging and Allyship Initiative, the Economic Justice Committee, and the Immigration Committee. The Committee Advisors then worked with Kehilla’s Director of Communications & Membership Engagement, Elle Aviv Newton, to enlist a new volunteer committee to run the newspaper. Hillary Brooks stepped up to be Editor-in-Chief, bringing years of experience, steadfast commitment to Kehilla, and clear vision to every aspect of getting the publication up and running. Abby Farrell dove in as Managing Editor with a keen eye for design, thoughtful communication, and incisiveness. Of the copy editors who answered the call, Anna Iglitzin emerged as an energetic, empathic, and skilled Copy Chief (though sadly, Anna had to bow out after one issue).

The new team of editors worked out how to operate this new online iteration of the newspaper, clarifying the mission, implementing news values, moving it onto the web, making design and style guide decisions, and renaming it Committee Connection. Everyone involved hopes this will be welcome news to Kehilla and that Committee Connection will continue to evolve to best serve our beloved community.