Jewish Life

Our Brand of Judaism

There is something distinct and special about being Jewish Kehila-style. As a community seeking inclusion to the extreme, we often carry on Jewish traditions in the most nontraditional ways, achieving a variety that invites almost anyone (save the strictest observers) to celebrate our culture and religion with us.

As a community we gather to share our joys and comfort each other in our sorrows, celebrate holidays and special occasions, teach and learn together, and reach out to help those in need, not only within our family but also in the community at large.

Rabbi David Shneyer

Shabbat

Shabbat observances run the gamut among Kehila families. Some attend services regularly and enjoy a break from daily life from sundown Friday to havdalah on Saturday. Others gather in small groups for Friday dinner.

As a community we have monthly onegs or havdalahs during the school year, generally with a short service and planned program, sometimes catered and sometimes pot-luck. Adults gather after Friday dinner five or six times a year for a short service, program, and dessert.

Many members of our community enjoy davenin' with Reb David on Shabbat. For more information, please visit www.am-kolel.org.

Holiday Celebrations

We gather as a community to celebrate most Jewish holidays - and a few minor ones as well.

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Life-Cycle Events

Kehila members are encouraged to include as much of the community as possible in celebrating their life-cycle events. Thus, our children – and, indeed, adults – can observe and participate in many rituals through the years.