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Week of October 9, 2017 / Tishrei 5778
The Kehillah office will be closed on Thursday, October 12 for Shemini Atzeret.

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____________________________________
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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 50th wedding anniversary.
Sunday, October 15
9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

The next YEP! session after this one is Sunday, October 29. 
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
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
Thursday, November 9, 6:00 p.m.
Watch for details! 
Thank you! Thank you to all the Kehillah members who brought bra donations to the last Girls' Night Out! Paulette Fraenkel (Social Action Chair) has delivered them and will continue collecting and delivering them monthly. "The need for gently used or new bras doesn't end for homeless, foster teens and abused women," said Paulette. "Your generosity and kindness is greatly appreciated."


Over 70 people attended, from "old" families (the Kirshenbaums) to "new" families (the Yaskins)

The Kirshenbaum family

The Yaskin family (not shown - Mom Loren)

YEP! Staff and Madrichim (not shown - Vicki Bates)

Thank you to Lorenzo's for catering our delicious food and thank you to Joe Vanderberg and The Palm Tree Trimming Company for the donated palm fronds!

Kehillah and YEP! are in the news! Click here or on the image below to read the complete article in Jewish News .

Thank you to all who participated and to YEP! parents Sara Fabricant and Cari Hemmert for creating this incredible fundraiser. Not only did this fundraiser bring in nearly $4,000, it also created artwork for our beautiful new building.

The Kehillah High Holy Days Food Drive collected
over 500 lbs. of food and over $200 for Mom's Pantry!

Thank you to Paulette Fraenkel and her Social Action
team for leading the Drive, and thank you to all who donated!
Hunger and food insecurity are ongoing concerns.
Learn more about hunger in the United States at

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 offer condolences to . . .   
the family of Kenneth Allen Schatzberg, brother of Howard (Megan) Schatzberg
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    
Marilyn Moran and Addie Budenbender, in memory of Herb Tobman and Jean Tobman (parents and grandparents)
General Fund
Ellin Chariton, in honor and memory of beloved husband, Allen  
Mort Berkowitz and Vicki Mardell, "in celebration of our daughter, Sheri, joining us from California for Rosh Hashanah" (to be used to beautify the new synagogue) 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Bruce and Sheryl Kirshenbaum, for the honor of opening the Ark during High Holy Days services*  
Education Fund
Renee Joffe, for the honor of opening the Ark and carrying the Torah on Yom Kippur afternoon*   
*It is a custom in many synagogues around the world to associate a donation/pledge with the privilege of being honored in front of the Torah on the High Holy Days. It is very worthy to connect these honors with an act of Tzedakah.  
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
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
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
BJE Annual Women's Symposium
The Bureau of Jewish Education presents its annual Women's Symposium, a day of education opportunities ranging from entrepreneurship to communication to healthy eating habits. Any woman is invited to attend. Sunday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost: $48. Find more information here.
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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Torah Talk

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
October 13 - THIS WEEK. Oneg sponsored by Arlene and George Rosenberg in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary  
  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 15 - THIS WEEK
October 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.        

Thursday, Oct. 12
Shemini Atzeret

Friday, Oct. 13
Kabbalat Shabbat
Simchat Torah

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

Thursday, Nov. 9
Girls' Night Out
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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