December 18-25, 2017 / Kislev-Tevet 5778

Happy seventh night of Chanukah!
The Kehillah office will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1.

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THIS WEEK____________________________________
  Monday, December 18
  6:00 p.m.
                                   Isabella's Kitchen, 8623 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
                                   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS and to RSVP
   Sunday, January 7
   9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
   Saturday, January 20
   10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
    at the home of Gil and Lynne Blumenthal
Sunday, January 21
late morning/early afternoon
Sunday, January 28
10:00 a.m.
at the home of Ellen Lerman
Sunday, February 12
2:00 p.m.
Please help us welcome our newest members

Mark and Barbara Solow

We look forward to getting to know you!
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A note from Lesli Friedman

On behalf of the Arizona Chapter of the Pajama Program,
I would like to thank everyone who took part in our Holiday
Pajama/Book Drive. We collected 71 pairs of pajamas
and 20 books! 

Your generous donations of new pajamas and books will help provide many children-in-need with a more nurturing, comfortable bedtime environment and brighter days to follow. 

Your support of the Pajama Program is appreciated!
Lesli Friedman

Lesli, thank YOU for enabling us to participate in this activity of tikkun olam.
There is still time if you would like to be part of our Holiday Social Action Pajama/Book Drive: Please make your check
payable to Pajama Program, AZ Chapter and mail it to Congregation Kehillah, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050. Your donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about the Pajama Program, visit or contact Kehillah member Lesli Friedman at 602-577-8355.
What did Kehillah accomplish this year, and what will next year bring? Click here to read Kehillah President Rich Goldman's year-end letter.

Kehillah's "Helping Hearts and Hands" (HHH) are ready to assist you with life's complexities. Click to find out how HHH can help you -- and how you can volunteer to become part of Kehillah's caring brigade.  

We send prayers of healing to . . .
Dan Lipski
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah 
Ethan Miller
Joe Ettinger
Gail Harkavy (Tova bat Shoshana)
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll
Gary MacMilla
Marsha Joffe
Shmuel Ben Chaim
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva)
Mark Engelsman
HaRav Shlomo ben Rut   
Kitty Nagy  
Bonnie Karfeld
David Stern
Howard Glick
Gittel bat Deborah

Tom Bartkus   
Sandy Myslis
Colleen Carney
Shoshanna bat Phyllis
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka
Olivia Adair Steele
Stisha Steigmann
Rose Sobel,
    mother of Bruce Sobel
Judy Sahid, 
    sister of Cathy Michel
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I am available to all Kehillah members in times of joy and sadness. Please let me know when I can extend support and comfort to you and your family.

                                                                                                          ~ Rabbi Sharfman
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Your donations in any amount are genuinely appreciated. 
You can help support Congregation Kehillah and express your core values by making donations to Kehillah's various Funds - to celebrate, honor, remember, give thanks, to assist . . . or simply to do tzedakah.
General Fund 
Caring Fund 
Torah Fund 
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund 
Education Fund 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Adopt a Prayer Book  
Memorial Plaques 
You can also plant trees in Israel directly through Kehillah, and Jewish National shiny-tree-button.jpg Fund will send a certificate out on your behalf. Each tree is $18 and a portion of your donation stays with Kehillah. Contact Renee for more information or to place your tree order.

Supporting Kehillah and expressing your Core Values is easy! You can donate on our website in any amount or send a check. Congregation Kehlllah is a 501(c)(3) organization; your donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. Please consult with your tax adviser.
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We Remember: A Home For The Holocaust Art of Robert Sutz
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has launched a capital campaign to establish a permanent gallery for the artwork of Robert Sutz, whose award-winning work includes life masks, portraits, and recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles. (A portrait of Kehillah founding member Irma Gottlieb is among Sutz's work.) For information about the project or to make a donation or pledge, click here or contact AJHS at 602-241-7870.

Kabbalat Shabbat   ~   Torah Talk   ~  CompleteYEPScheduleYEP!
Shabbat candles

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
January 12 - Pre-Oneg  
(5:30 p.m.) followed by Kabbalat Shabbat (including aufruf)  
at 6:00 p.m.  
January 26
February 9 & 23
March 9 & 23
April 13 & 27
May 18  
June 8

Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at congregants' homes. Please RSVP to Ellen Lerman at by the Thursday before each Torah Talk so hosts can prepare. 

January 20
February 17
March 17
April 17
May 20 (Sunday) -
Congregational Shavuot 
  Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted. Schedule listed below is subject to change. 
January 7 & 21
February 11 & 25
February 28 (Wednesday) - Picnic and Purim, 6:00 p.m.
March 4 & 25
April 8 & 22
May 6
May 20 - Shavuot for YEP! and Congregation 

For details, please see the corresponding items on the left.        

Monday, Dec. 18
Girls' Night Out

Tuesday, Dec. 19
Last night of Chanukah

Sunday, Jan. 7

Friday, Jan. 12
Kabbalat Shabbat with pre-Oneg/Aufruf

Saturday, Jan. 20
Torah Talk

Sunday, Jan. 21
Movie Time

Friday, Jan. 26
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Jan. 28
Book Group

Friday, Feb. 9
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Feb. 11
Kitchen/Building Shower

Saturday, Feb. 17
Torah Talk

Friday, Feb. 23
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Feb. 25

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Picnic and Purim

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Please send your news or photos to Renee in the Kehillah office before
Shabbat for the following Monday's issue. 

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Need a hand?
The Kehillah Brotherhood
is here to help you. 

Need a ride to services or to an event? Have an odd job that might need an extra hand or two? Give the Brotherhood a shout! Email Rich Fox at 

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Information for Seniors

The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Childrens Service) can provide information and help with socialization, education, transportation, home care, living facilities, legal assistance and more for those over age 60. Contact Janet Arnold, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or

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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Renee Joffe, Administrator

Board of Directors:
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  New Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair and
  Girls' Night Out Co-Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Paul Lavin,
  Finance Manager
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Judith Clancy, Davie Glaser,
Ilene Riffle,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chairs
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Marilyn Morris,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book

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We love hearing from you!

If we don't respond to your email within 24 hours, it means we did not receive your message.
Please call us at 602-369-7667.
We take a technology break for Shabbat and Yom T ov. In cases of  emergencies. please call the office and leave a message. O therwise, we ask that you please call or message us after the Sabbath or holiday ends.

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Congregation Kehillah   
602-369-7667    |
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Mailing Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050