A Community of Joy

Kehillah La La, as a reflection of his mission: to create a community (in Hebrew, kehillah) with an emphasis on joy (“la la”).

Kehillah La La is a joyful, spiritual, engaging , inclusive Jewish experience lead by Rabbi Chuck Diamond. We are all about community, family, friends, learning, inclusion, simchas, and trying new things.
Read more: The Jewish Chronicle – Diamond’s Kehillah La La to be community of joy

“Rabbi Chuck’s warm and open manner is what really sets him apart. He brings joy to every occasion.”

–Marisa Boevers, member

“Man, I wish you were doing this in Toronto”.

–Jennifer Safarty, wishes she could be a member.

“Rabbi Chuck is one of the few Rabbi’s I have ever met that really embraces in an inclusive Jewish community. It did not matter if you were not a major donor, came every Shabbat or holiday, or had your own point of view on Jewish issues – he was always happy to see you and welcoming when you did come. That is what he is building with the Kehillah La La. An inclusive community where you can just be your own Jewish self.”

Bobbi Gerson- member

Become a part of our community today!

 

About Rabbi Chuck

Rabbi Charles Diamond was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1985. He has worked as a Rabbi at Temple Israel of Great Neck (1983-1989) as an assistant to Rabbi Mordecai Waxman and as Director of the Youth House. Under his direction and leadership the Youth House doubled in size and in participation.

In September of  1989 with his new bride Mickie Stern Diamond he moved to Southfield, Michigan to become the Rabbi of Education and Youth at Congregation Shaarey Tzedek. Rabbi Chuck injected his enthusiasm and vision and began the process of reinvigorating the Religious School and Youth programming.

In 1991 with their new addition, Avigayil, the Diamonds moved back to the Rabbis hometown of Pittsburgh to Congregation Beth Shalom as an Assistant Rabbi of Education and Youth. It was during his 14 years at Beth Shalom that he helped grow the synagogue into a fine pillar of the  Conservative Movement in Pittsburgh. The congregation prospered and was the home of innovative programming for all members of the synagogue community.

In 2005 Rabbi Chuck and a loyal group of followers founded Congregation Or L’Simcha. Or L’Simcha hit the ground running with a standing room crowd for its first High Holiday services. In 2008 with 200 families OLS moved into the Tree of Life building. After 2 years of sharing space Rabbi Chuck became the Senior Rabbi of a merged Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation.

in July of 2017 Rabbi Chuck began work on his new vision – Kehillah La La – an all inclusive community engaging people in the joys of Judaism.

The Rabbi has also spent parts of the past 45 summers at Camp Ramah in Canada. His passion and abilities at working with children has impacted generations of Ramah campers.

In addition to his ordination, Rabbi Chuck has earned a Masters of Public Management at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University as well as his BA in Social Relations. He is also trained in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

Rabbi Chuck has served on numerous committee and boards over the years and has been recognized for his achievements many times. He is most proud of his selection by the Agency for Jewish Learning for recognition of his career contributions to the Special Needs community of Pittsburgh.

Since the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue this past October 27th, Rabbi Chuck has become an unofficial spokesperson for his beloved community. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, NPR, BBC, CBC ,Al Jazeera as well other numerous stations around the world. He has been the subject of numerous documentaries and was interviewed by NBC Universal on their recent documentary on Domestic Terrorism, He has also appeared on many podcasts and has spoken at the New Synagogue in London, USF in Sarasota, Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland, Beth El in Smallwood NY.  Will be speaking at Beth Torah and Adath Israel in Toronto, Beth Jacob in Hamilton, Ontario and will be a guest scholar in Residence at St. Lukes in Manhattan in the coming weeks . Rabbi Chuck’s feature presentation is entitled ‘When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough’.

In addition to leading Kehillah La La, Rabbi Chuck officiates interfaith weddings, writes children’s books, and appeared in the movie, American Pastoral and TV show Downward Dog and was featured on an ESPN segment on Faith and Football.

Events and Experiences

THE TIME TO JOIN IS NOW!

High Holidays are approaching and Kehillah La La will be offering the following services:

Rosh Hashanah AM Day 1 from 10:00am – 1:00

Tashlich on Sunday at the George Westinghouse Pond in Schenley Park at 11am – 11:30

Kol Nidre Evening

Yom Kippur AM from 10:00am – 1:30

Membership in Kehillah La La is a suggested 3 or more HUGS at $180 a HUG ($540)

DONATIONS are appreciated. All donations go to Kehillah La La programming benefiting the Jewish community or to our Super Hero Fund spreading Acts of Loving Kindess to the world around us! ( those donations made on this site are non refundable).

Contact Rabbi Chuck at 412 335 0298 or at ravchuck@ yahoo.com for more info.

Study and tutoring opportunities are available!

Rabbi Chuck is currently studying ONE on ONE with 3 B’nai  Mitzvah Students, one Adult Hebrew Student, one teen Hebrew student and two Adult Conversion students.

Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

Learn more and get in touch

To get in touch with Rabbi Chuck, email him at ravchuck@yahoo.com or fill in the contact form below.