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Week of October 2, 2017 / Tishrei 5778

Yom Tov dates: Thursday, October 5 - 1st day of Sukkot; Thursday, October 12 - Shemini Atzeret.
The Kehillah office will be closed on these dates.

Please note that the Congregation Kehillah staff takes a technology break for all major Jewish holidays as well as for Shabbat, except for emergencies. If your email or phone call is not of an urgent matter, please hold your calls and emails until after the holiday or Shabbat.

Special Adult Ed Opportunity, taught by Rabbi Sharfman
Welcome to Judaism:
A Course for Beginners
& Those Who Love Them
This class begins October 16

Rabbi Sharfman will be teaching this introductory course through the BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education).

The course will provide a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism: History, holidays and observances, life observances, life cycle events, theology, prayer, and communal life will be explored through Jewish texts, beliefs, and customs. T his course is open to non-Jews, non-Jews with their Jewish partners, and Jewish adults interested in further exploring Judaism.

Classes will be held on Mondays, October 16 through December 11, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Cost: $36

Register here or contact the BJE
at 480-634-8050 or

What a great way to start off the New Year!

THIS WEEK____________________________________
Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.
Shogun, 12615 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85032

We'll meet & eat on the patio and we'll make decorations for the sukkah. We also look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 7 at 6:15 p.m. at Kehillah for Pizza in OUR Hut!
Bonus mitzvah alert! At this meeting we will also collect gently used bras that will be donated to women at MOMA, a domestic violence shelter in Mesa. This project is being coordinated by Helen's Hope Chest, which helps children and teens in foster care. Helen's Hope Chest also employs people with epilepsy, who will sort and package the bras. Please be part of this triple mitzvah: recycling used bras, employing people with disabilities, and helping homeless and abused women.
Saturday, October 7
5:30 p.m. YEP! families
6:15 p.m. full congregation
see flier below for details

YEP! Sukkah
Saturday, October 7
See Congregational Sukkot information, above
The next YEP! session after this one is October 15   
Shabbat candles
Friday, October 13
7:30 p.m.   

Welcome Shabbat with us!  
This oneg will be sponsored by Arlene and George Rosenberg, in honor of their anniversary.
Sunday, October 15, 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.
Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
at the home of Ellen and Elliott Lerman

Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as it has always been. Torah Talk, one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions, is a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 19 to Ellen at 
Sunday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.
at the home of Davie Glaser
No meeting in September. In October, we'll discuss Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky.
For general question about the Book Group and to RSVP for the October meeting, please contact Sherry Siegel at

Please help us welcome our newest members:

Moshe and Merri Zohar and their children, Ben, Kate, and Gabe

We look forward to getting to know you!


10/2 Lindsay Resnick
10/2 Jason Schrott
10/4 Paulette Morgenstern
10/5 Jonathan Seeliger
10/6 Kenneth Goldstein
10/9 Howard Shore
10/9 Tatum Scheinerman
10/9 Ryan Scheinerman
10/10 Richard Goldman
10/10 Olivia Edelstein
10/11 Jake Stafford
10/12 Andrew Abrams
10/12 Rebecca (Becky) Morris
10/17 Loren Yaksin
10/17 Alexandra Ariemma
10/21 Marshall Price
10/25 Debbie Sobel
10/28 Holly Waxman
10/29 Elyse Katz
10/29 Howard Friedman
10/29 Kurt Budenbender
10/31 Lindsay Fleet


10/26 Alan and Karen Thursby
If you have an October birthday or anniversary and your name is missing, please email so we can update our records.
To make a donation in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, "Our Kehillah Family" mentions or any other reason, please use this link or contact us directly.
Thank you!

Kehillah's Caring Committee is ready to assist you with life's complexities.  
Contact Renee at or 602-369-7667 so the Caring Committee can respond.    

We send condolences to . . .  
Alan and Cathy Michels on the passing of Alan's brother-in-law, Marvin, in New Jersey. 
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Joe Ettinger
Vicki Bates
Marilyn Morris   
Gail Harkavy (Tova bat Shoshana)
Jennifer Schaefer
Reva Bayla bat Masha
Carol Newman
Lori Turner
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll
Gary MacMilla
Marsha Joffe
Shmuel Ben Chaim
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva)
Mark Engelsman
Leona Goldfarb
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
Arlene Rosenberg
Bess Taubman
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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HIPPA 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.
Memorial Plaques   
Addie Budenbender, in memory of her grandparents, Herb Tobman and Jean Tobman
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
Memory Cafe
Stimulating, interactive program geared to those who have memory loss and their care partners. Thursday, November 2, 10-11:30 a.m. at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. No charge. Open to the community. RSVP to Kathy Rood at 602-452-4627 or
Shabbos Shuk & Challah Bake
Thursday, October 26, from 6-8:00 p.m. at the VOSJCC. For ticket information and more details, call 602-433-0300, ext. 101, or visit
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!

Shabbat candles
Torah Talk

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
October 13 - Oneg sponsored by Arlene and George Rosenberg 
October 27
November 17
December 1
December 15 - Nosh (5:30 p.m.) followed by Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat (6:00 p.m.)

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

October 21 - at the home of Ellen & Elliot Lerman
November 4
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. 

October 7 (Saturday) - YEP! family and congregational Sukkot and Havdallah
October 15 & 29
November 5 & 19 
December 3
December 15 (Friday)  - YEP! participates in Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat
December 10
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.        

Tuesday, Oct. 3
Girls' Night Out

Saturday, Oct. 7
Congregational Sukkot

Friday, Oct. 13
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Oct. 15
Movie Time

Monday, Oct. 16
Welcome to Judaism class, taught by Rabbi Sharfman, begins

Saturday, Oct. 21
Torah Talk

Friday, Oct. 27
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Oct. 29
Book Group

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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
Susan Heigh,  
  Secretary 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.

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