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Kehilla Community Synagogue

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<p>Kehilla Community Synagogue is a Jewish renewal congregation, founded in 1984 as a place for politically progressive Jews who did not feel at home in more traditional synagogues. Services are transdenominational, catering to everyone from religious theists to humanists.</p>
<p>Kehilla's diverse membership includes many from multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and inter-faith households. The synagogue also embraces LGBTQ-identified members, having celebrated seven same-sex marriages in 2008 before the passage of Prop. 8, and recently designated an all-gendered bathroom.</p> <p>In addition to Saturday worship, the synagogue organizes a variety of Friday shabbat services that incorporate contemplative prayer for adults, vegetarian potlucks, tot-friendly music and puppetry, and a focus on 20- and 30-somethings on a rotating basis. On the third Friday of each month, the membership is encouraged to share shabbat at their homes.</p> <p>The Hebrew school too is geared toward fostering a sense of community and Jewish identity. Post-bar mitzvah teens are hired on as teaching assistants.</p> <p>Social and political action is in the forefront at Kehilla, which was one of the first congregations to call for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. Locally, as part of <a href="http://www.oaklandcommunity.org/">Oakland Community Organizations</a>, a coalition of 40 area congregations, the synagogue collaborates with churches in Oakland to advocate for affordable housing, improve education, and bring green jobs to the city. Every adult in the membership is asked to give 10 hours of service or $100 a year to the congregation; most give their time.</p>
1300 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA 94610
(510) 547-2424
  • Accessibility Details: Fairview Avenue entrance provides access to the sanctuary; Grand Avenue entrance provides access to the social hall and classrooms; the building is fragrance and toxics free.
  • Hours: Worship services are held Saturdays at 10am to 12:30pm. The office is open Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5pm.
  • Accessible: yes
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