Our History

Kehila was formed in 1978 when six families split off from another Jewish congregation. Today the community includes about 100 "dues paying units" - including many of the original families, some new families with young children, singles and couples of all ages in between.

Past Presidents

Honoring those who gave time and leadership to bring Kehila to the present.

2019-2020           George Strumpf
2017-2019           Laureen Kapin
2016-2017           Cindy Frank
2014-2016           George Strumpf
2012-2014           Sarah Morse
2010-2012           Larry Frank
2008-2010           Russ Canan
2006-2008           Judy Marx
2004-2006           Marcia Wagner
2002-2004           Mark Posner
2000-2002          Pauline Rabin
1998-2000           Henry Jasny
1996-1998           Bert Zbar
1994-1996           Bob Schwartz (d)
1992-1994           Robert November
1990-1992           Judy Grimley
1988-1990           Libby Oppenheim (d)
1986-1988           Jerry Nachison
1984-1986           M. Schwartz
1982-1984           Hugh Alpert (d)
1980-1982           Phyllis Diness (d)
1978-1980           Lew Franke

Great Moments in Kehila History

May 1978            Six families (Franke, Oppenheim, Goldstein, Alpert, Fields, Schwartz) meet with Rabbi Harold White and Folk-Cantor Educator David Shneyer to explore forming a new Jewish community as an alternative to existing congregations.

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.