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Week of November 20, 2017 / Kislev 5778
The Kehillah office will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.
Watch for a special early Shabbat message from Rabbi Sharfman on Wednesday, filled with information
and ideas to make your Thanksgiving especially meaningful!

If you haven't already seen Kehillah's Facebook post about the November 14 press conference held by Rabbi Sharfman and other leaders of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, see the original Cronkite News article here.
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Friday, December 1
7:30 p.m.  
Welcome Shabbat with us! And join us for a special "pre-Kabbalat Shabbat mini-class," Geography of the Synagogue. It is the first in a series of occasional "mini-classes" Rabbi will be offering before Kabbalat Shabbat services to answer questions about synagogue life you may always have wanted to know! Let us know if you're coming to the class.
Sunday, December 3
9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
The next YEP! session after this one is Sunday, December 10. 
Sunday, December 10
10:00 a.m.
at the home of Ilene Riffle
Book Group will not meet in November. Read ahead, and join us for great conversation!

December 10: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
January 28: Another Country, by James Baldwin
February 25: the subject is Winston Churchill - read anything about him or written by him
March 25: The Garden of Evenings Mists, by Tan Twan Eng
For general questions about the Book Group and to RSVP for any meeting, please contact Sherry Siegel at
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Friday, December 15
5:30 p.m. Latke Nosh, followed by services at 6:00 p.m.

Join the entire congregation, including
YEP! families, to enjoy delicious potato latkes, Chanukah music with YEP! students, and to light candles for the 4th night of Chanukah. We look forward to seeing you at this special Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat!

Your RSVP for the latke nosh is a must so we can prepare without being wasteful. Please RSVP to Renee by December 8.
Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
at the home of Ilene Riffle

Relationships, leadership, a blueprint for life .... it's what Torah is all about. Become part of an ongoing 4,000-year-old conversation when you join us for Torah Talk, one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions. It's a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. Best of all, no prior knowledge is needed. All are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, December 14 to Ellen at 
Sunday, December 17
late morning/early afternoon
Save the date, and watch for details!

We get together to see a movie the third Sunday of most months, and we'd love you to join us!
The movie, time and location are chosen closer to each date. 

You are always welcome to come even without an RSVP, but if we expect you we can let you know if there are any changes and try to save seats. To receive final details for our movie plans, and to offer your suggestions, get on our Movie Time email list by sending your name and email to Marilyn Morris at; or call her at 602-494-2800.
We are excited to announce our Caring Committee's new name will be Helping Hearts and Hands. This committee is co-chaired by Judith Clancy, Ilene Riffle, and Davie Glaser, and is available to help with the needs within our community. Several people have already volunteered to help, and we welcome any additional volunteers. Initially, we will be addressing these needs:
o   Developing a Virtual Medical Equipment list  
     to be made available for loan
o   Visitations/Calls at home, hospital or rehab 
o   Providing meals 
If you have any durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches, etc.) at your home that is not being used and would let someone in need borrow them, please contact Ilene Riffle ( or 480-338-9790). We are compiling a list of equipment that members can borrow. The equipment will not be housed at the synagogue but rather stay in your home until a need arises. When a need arises, the person in need will be matched with a person who has the equipment to borrow. We can help facilitate the transfer of equipment as well.
If you wish to volunteer to be contacted to make a meal or to provide visits/calls to those in need, please contact either Ilene Riffle concerning meal preparation or Judith Clancy (602-524-2750) concerning visitations/calls.  
Thank you!
Ilene Riffle
Judith Clancy
Davie Glaser

Welcome back, Vicki! 
All of our YEP! students were excited to have their Hebrew teacher, Vicki Bates, back from medical leave.

Look what our Administrator, Renee, wore to YEP! this week!  
It's available at Old Navy, in the women's section.
Pajama/Book Drive!

This holiday season, Congregation Kehillah will be hosting another Pajama/Book Drive to benefit the children served by the Arizona Chapter of the Pajama Program.

We hope that you will join us in making a positive difference in the lives of our State's vulnerable youth. 

The Pajama Program is a national charity that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need (newborn to age 18), with the goal of providing them with a warm and nurturing bedtime environment.

For many of these kids, who are often in the foster care system or other transitional living environments, these items are sometimes the only new things that they receive, and represent care and comfort. 

Donations made to the Arizona Chapter are distributed to many different Receiving Organizations (group homes, shelters, etc.) throughout Arizona. Any donations of new fall/winter pajamas (size newborn through teen/young adult sizes) and/or new children's and teen books would be greatly appreciated! 

Bring your new, unwrapped pajama and book donations to YEP! sessions, GNO, Bros and Kabbalat Shabbat services throughout November and in December, through December 15, 2017. 

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Pajama Program, AZ Chapter and mail 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. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!


Kehillah's "Helping Hearts and Hands" volunteers are ready to assist you with life's complexities. Contact Renee at or 602-369-7667.  

HIPAA PRIVACY RULE: Hospitals won't notify us about your stay, nor will Jewish chaplains visit or share your information with us unless you specifically give permission and request that they do so. Rabbi Sharfman and Congregation Kehillah want to support Kehillah members - so many emotions and issues arise during illnesses requiring hospitalization. Please call the office and give us your name, hospital name/room number and any health details you can share to enable us to be responsive to you and your needs.

We offer condolences to . . .  
Reisa Miller, on the passing of her aunt, Ives Hendlin
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Meir ben Chanah 
Will Ebersman
Leona Garza
Ethan Miller
Abbott Miller  
Joe Ettinger
Gail Harkavy (Tova bat Shoshana)
Carol Newman
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
Education Fund  
General Fund
Anonymous, for our new building 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund  
Vicki Mardell & Dr. Mort Berkowitz
Marsha Joffe, Renee Joffe & Tom Hrlevich
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.
Oneg celebrations

Sponsoring an Oneg is a great way to celebrate your lifecycle events and other wonderful news. To reserve your oneg, please contact Renee at 602-369-7667 or
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   <>    YEP!

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Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
December 1
December 15 - Nosh (5:30 p.m.) followed by Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat
January 12- Nosh (5:30 p.m.) followed by Kabbalat Shabbat 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. 

December 16
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 at Kehillah unless otherwise noted. Schedule listed below is subject to change. 
December 3 & 10
December 15 (Friday)  - YEP! participates in Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat
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, Nov. 13

Friday, Nov. 17
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Nov. 19
Movie Time

Friday, Dec. 1
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Dec. 10
Book Group

Tuesday, Dec. 12
First night of Chanukah

Friday, Dec. 15
Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat - 4th night

Saturday, Dec. 16
Torah Talk

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Do you have information for Connections?

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,
   Caring Co-Chair
Davie Glaser,
   Caring Co-Chair
Ilene Riffle,
    Caring Co-Chair
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 that we did not receive your message.
Please call us at 602-369-7667.
Please note that our staff takes a technology break for Shabbat and Yom T ov...except for emergencies.If your email is of an urgent matter, please call the Congregation Kehillah phone. O therwise, we ask that you please call or message us after the Shabbath or holiday ends.

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