July 1978 Kehila Chadasha (a New Jewish Community) was born. Jewish Week reported the formation of a new congregation that would be stressing a nondogmatic approach to Judaism.
Fall 1978 Kehila Sunday School was formed, with two teachers and Marilyn Weinstein as school administrator. Rabbi Harold White led adult education sessions – an integral part of Kehila from the beginning. First "sukkah raising" at the Alperts'. High Holiday services led by Rabbi White and David Shneyer at Georgetown University. First by-laws crafted for the community.
Fall 1980 David conducted High Holiday services at BCC High School. The service was open to the wider Jewish community.
1984 First teen group activities. Second annual performance of the Purim Play, that year with “an exciting new Esther.”
1983-1999 Kehila continued to rely on David Shneyer as a resource for “all things Judaic.” The congregation grew to 40, then 60, then close to 100 families – an intentionally small group that stressed an inclusive, non-dogmatic approach to Judaism and ethical teachings.
21st Century Following David’s ordination as a rabbi, Kehila celebrated 25, and then 36, years as a member-led congregation turning to Reb David for spiritual and educational guidance. Community artists and musicians enriched all Jewish celebrations with beautiful banners and melodies.