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April 25 - May 1, 2022 Nisan, 5782



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THIS WEEK

RABBI SHARFMAN'S "WELCOME TO JUDAISM" CLASS

Spring Semester: Mondays, 5:00-6:15 p.m.

via Zoom


The class is tonight, April 25th



May 2nd and 16th


This course is presented through the Bureau of Jewish Education. For information please visit the BJE or call them at 480-634-8050. CK members may take this course at no charge by contacting the Kehillah office.


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https://www.bjephoenix.org/course-events/2022/03/21/welcome-to-judaism-virtual

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MOK (Men of Kehillah) DINNER


Monday, April 25 7:00 p.m.

Where: Sol Mexican Cocina located in the Scottsdale Quarter

Please RSVP directly to Rich Fox


Join us for dinner and conversation at Sol located at

15323 N Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85254 

(480) 245-6708 


If you have questions about MOK or this dinner, please email Rich Fox, phoks1@hotmail.com

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HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATIONS

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To Register: https://www.evjcc.org/yomhashoah/

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

April 28, 2022


Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, April 27, communities around the world observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and remember the victims of the Holocaust. The observance ends the evening of Thursday, April 28. 

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LOOKING AHEAD

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KABBALAT SHABBAT

Friday, May 6th

6:30 p.m.






We encourage those who are heathy and able, to please join us for in person services. Rabbinical student, Erica Erman, will be on the Bimah along with Cantorial Soloist, Scott Leader. May birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated. If health reasons prevent you from being in person, please email Renee and request a Zoom link.


Reserve your spot today!


If you are interesting in joining Congregation Kehillah, we welcome you!


To attend a service, we ask that you:


  • Email, info@congregationkehillah.org to let us know you will be attending
  • Fully vaccinated, including a booster if eligible (those 12 and older)
  • Wear masks while indoors at all times


PHOENIX THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.


A Beautiful Place is a new musical inspired by the true story of artist and educator Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.
A reading of the new musical celebrating the life of artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, who was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942. There, Friedl secretly taught classes to hundreds of children, giving them the ability to escape the world around them using their imaginations and the remarkable power of art. Their legacy continues to inspire, reminding us how beauty and hope can exist within the darkness of despair.
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To purchase tickets: https://phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/beautiful-place

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BOOK GROUP




Book Group will be taking a break in April. Watch this space (or contact Rick) to find out what we'll be discussing in May.

ISRAEL 2022 - TRIP UPDATE

We are going in October right after Sukkot/Simchat Torah! Fabulous itinerary and small group!


THERE ARE ONLY 8 SPOTS LEFT!


Dates: October 23rd - November 7th!


For more information and to register, please visit https://congregationkehillah.org/watch-this-space-for-future-trips-to-israel/. If you have any questions, please email us at info@congregationkehillah.org 

FROM BOB BESSEN


I was wisely advised, “If you’re thinking of visiting Israel – whether you’ve been there before or not – you must go on a Rabbi Bonnie trip! You will NOT be disappointed!” How true! A fabulous itinerary…a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide…amazing history…breathtaking sights…and Rabbi Bonnie’s lovingkindness. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!


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FROM LISA AND DAVID BESSEN



We recently returned from a trip to Israel with Rabbi Bonnie and friends have been asking, “So, how was your trip?” It is hard to give a succinct response, as every aspect of our two weeks was incredible. Our experiences ranged from visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem to jostling in the Carmel market in Tel Aviv to exploring synagogues in Zefat to climbing Masada and visiting the blue grottos of Rosh HaNikra. The context and history that Rabbi Bonnie and our Israeli guide, Arie, provided were invaluable to gaining an understanding of Jewish history and thought and the Jewish, Hellenistic, Roman and Turkish archaeology of the country. Walking through water tunnels dug in the City of David or sifting sands from the Temple Mount in search of ancient artifacts (we found shards!), Rabbi Bonnie’s passion for the country and for helping us to gain an understanding of the deep history, spirituality, politics, and modern challenges of Israel was irreplaceable; no guidebook or pamphlet could come close to providing the depth of information that the Rabbi offered.


Not to mention the food. Rabbi Bonnie led us through the Jerusalem Market (Mahane Yehuda) on a tasting tour on which we had traditional Israeli cooking, tasted Kurdish kubbeh hamusta, and, of course, forced ourselves to taste the many varieties of halva. The spices, fresh dates, and pastries were awesome, as were our many dinners of Israeli, Yemeni, and Kurdish food.


For us, this was a trip of a lifetime in all aspects: learning the history, imbibing the culture, and deepening our understanding of Judaism. If you have an opportunity to join Rabbi Bonnie on such an adventure, don’t pass it up!


MAY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

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Happy Birthday!

Yom Huedet Sameach!


May 2 - David Mawyer

May 4 - Cliff Wechsler

May 11 - Rob Sandler

May 12 - Barbara Sharfman

May 13 - Waverly Seeliger

May 13 - Isabel Catalano

May 14 - Kai Abeyta Ubillos

May 17 - Stephanie Kirklin

May 19 - Marsha Joffe

May 21 - Elliott Lerman

May 22 - Luke Fox

May 24 - Beth Dubin

May 26 - Elaine Schiff

May 29 - Jeffrey Hirshenson

Happy Anniversary!

Mazel Tov!


May 14 - Andrew & Kimberly Abrams

May 25 - Adam & Kim Cohen


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OUR KEHILLAH FAMILY

Our Sippy Cup Shabbat this past Shabbat was so much fun.


Showing off her Future YEP! onesie is Qipley (and daddy, Jonathan Seeliger).




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CALLING ALL (CO-ED) ADULT SOFTBALL PLAYERS....


A Jewish league is starting to form (late summer) - Rabbi wants to field a Kehillah team (ok to include friends). Games will not be played on Shabbat. Let us know if you are interested (you know how much Rabbi loves baseball/softball). 

General Fund

Arlene Maletta - in honor of her good health


Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Jordan Bock & Sharon Agopian - in honor of their wedding



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Refaeinu...

Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller

Robert & Arona Landsman, grandparents

of Stephanie Farber

Yaffa Pollack, cousin of Marsha Joffe

Chana bas Rasche

Marsha Joffe

Judith Clancy

Merle Miller,

sister-in-law of Reisa Miller

Rachel Segal

Joe Ettinger

Arlene Maletta

Stanley Rosen,

father of Robin Rudin

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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Celebrate the Important Women in Your Life this Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th. What better way to celebrate the women in your life than with a meaningful gift from Jewish National Fund-USA? We’re making it easier than ever to find the perfect gift while supporting your synagogue, the land and people of Israel. Planting trees in Israel is a beautiful way to show you care and lasts for generations. Each tree ($18) ordered comes with the certificate show above and will be mailed to the recipient with your personal message. Please fill out the form, JNF Trees in Israel.pdf and scan back to, info@congregationkehillah.org.


Caring Fund

Education Fund

General Fund

Gottlieb Music Fund

Oneg & Hospitality Fund

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Social Action Fund

Torah Fund

Teen Tzedek Fund

Also available:

Book Plates

Memorial Board

JNF TREES IN ISRAEL

Plant a tree in Israel for any occasion. Contact Renee to place your order. The cost is $18 per tree and a portion of all sales benefit Kehillah.


NETWORK FOR GOOD - FACEBOOK

You can set up a fundraiser through Facebook and the money will be donated to Kehillah.


THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER PHOENIX

Will receive gifts of stock on behalf of Congregation Kehillah


CONGREGATION KEHILLAH CAN ACCEPT A GIFT THROUGH YOUR IRA-QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTION


PURCHASING YOUR FINAL RESTING PLACE AT MT. SINAI CEMETERY BENEFITS CONGREGATION KEHILLAH.


AMAZON SMILE

If you make purchases through Amazon, please use smile.amazon.com, and select Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs you nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah.


Congregation Kehillah has been issued a $76.05 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between October 1 and December 31, 2021. 

THANK YOU TO CK TZEDEK TEEN FUND

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THANK YOU TO CONGREGATION KEHILLAH

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JFL STUDENT LOANS

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Jewish Free Loan offers interest-free loans to students entering into undergraduate and graduate college programs.

TEEN ISRAEL EXPERIENCE INCENTIVE GRANTS

The Grossman Teen Experience Incentive Grant Funds are for teens who:
*live in the area served by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix (Maricopa County)
*Are enrolled in the 10-12th Grade (including the summer following graduation)
*Are traveling on a program at least 16 days in Israel (up to a year), run by a non-profit organization
*Have not already received the Grossman Teen Israel Experience for a prior trip...
Program Content: In order to receive funding toward an Israel program, it must include all of the following:
Countrywide excursions led by trained madrichim/teachers/guides
Individual participation as part of a larger group
Lectures, discussions regarding the history of Israel and contemporary issues facing the country
 The application and grant criteria can be found at: 
https://jewishphoenix.regfox.com/harold-jean-grossman-teen-israel-experience-scholarship-fund
Applications are taken on a first come first served basis.
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ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL

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Introducing the Partnership Between

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

and RootOne


Summer 2022 just got a whole lot better. Teens can take $3,000 off an Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) summer program! AMHSI-JNF is a proud partner and grantee of RootOne, a new initiative that helps connect thousands of Jewish teens to Israel by lowering the financial barriers to participation in immersive summer trips to Israel.


QUALIFIED SUMMER PROGRAMS



Your Way: Teens can explore Israeli culture by focusing on a chug (elective) of their choosing on this six-week immersive experience. Interested in the arts? Learn how Israeli music, painting, sculpture, and more is shaped by Israeli politics and history on the Arts & Culture chug. Interested in the Start-up Nation? On the Entrepreneurship chug, focus on Israel’s role in geopolitics by looking at its innovation and big technology companies. 



Your Way: Teens can explore Israeli culture by focusing on a chug (elective) of their choosing on this six-week immersive experience. Interested in the arts? Learn how Israeli music, painting, sculpture, and more is shaped by Israeli politics and history on the Arts & Culture chug. Interested in the Start-up Nation? On the Entrepreneurship chug, focus on Israel’s role in geopolitics by looking at its innovation and big technology companies. 


Learn More


Roots Israel: Spend four weeks traveling throughout Israel, volunteering with local Israelis, and making a difference in a fun and meaningful way. On this service-learning adventure, teens explore the Jewish value of tikkun olam, while working on projects like cleaning up beaches, planting gardens, working with refugees, all while exploring issues of environmentalism and social sustainability that are crucial to Israel’s way of life. 


Learn More



Ready to have the best summer of your life? Apply on AMHSI-JNF’s website, select a program from one of the two listed above for summer 2022, and someone will be reaching out to you soon on how to apply for a RootOne voucher. 

Questions? Contact Marni Heller at mheller@jnf.org 



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OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE

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The Phoenix Holocaust Association April newsletter is out. Click here here for news of upcoming programs and lots more.

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JFCS CENTER FOR SENIOR ENRICHMENT'S APRIL PROGRAMS

The Center for Senior Enrichment will be releasing its April schedule soon, which includes Zoom and in-person events. For information, contact Jennifer Brauner at seniorcenter@jfcsaz.org or 602-343-0192; or see all JFCS programs here.

May at the JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment

 

With temperatures rising outside, it is the perfect time to stay cool inside and take advantage of the Center for Senior Enrichment spring and summer virtual offerings FREE on ZOOM! 


The Center for Senior Enrichment calendar has been enhanced to help participants find and register for classes. Please see the below instructions for guidence on how to navigate the updated calendar. 


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PUT THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR

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SERVICES  

Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah


Below you will find what is currently scheduled for 2022 services. Please note that the calendar is subject to change.


Friday, May 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 21 - 10:00 a.m.

Sunday morning, June 5,

10:00 a.m. Yizkor

Friday, June 10 - 6:30 p.m.

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TORAH TALK


Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings via Zoom. They are among Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- mornings filled with questions, conversation, and laughter as we explore that week's Torah portion. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Lerman.

    

May 28


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YEP!

Youth Education Program 


YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee


 Here is the link to the YEP registration form.

  


May 1 & 15

IN EVERY ISSUE

QUICK LOOK CALENDAR



Mondays, April 25, May 2, 16

Rabbi Sharfman's class


Monday, April 25

MOK Dinner


Tuesday, April 26

WNO Dinner


Thursday, April 28

Holocaust Remembrance Day


Friday, May 6

Kabbalat Shabbat


Saturday, May 21

Shabbat morning services


Sunday, June 5

Yizkor, 10:00 a.m.


Friday, June 10

Kabbalat Shabbat


Information for Seniors


The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Children's Service) can provide information and help with socialization, education, transportation, home care, living facilities, legal assistance and more for those over age 60. Contact Kathy Rood at 602-762-7319.


Need a Hand?


Need a ride to services or to an event? Have an odd job that might need an extra hand or two? Give Men of Kehillah a shout! MOK members are ready to help out. Email Rich Fox at phoks1@hotmail.com.  



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Don't miss any of our emails...


Please make sure that periodically you check your Spam and Junk folders for emails from info@congregationkehillah.org. Some of the emails we send out have several links for you to click on for resources. Depending on your individual computer settings you may have not received these emails in your inbox.









Remember "Mom" and the other women!  

 

Reminder: There are hungry neighbors and families experiencing food insecurity throughout the Valley, throughout the year -- even if we can't always see it. And there are women who can't afford basic feminine products. Our food collection bin for Mom's Pantry is always in our lobby, and our Kehillah Cares bag for women4women tempe is in our ladies' room. 

 


Please bring food and toiletry donations whenever you attend an event or services.


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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 Tov. If you have an emergency during these times, please leave a message on the Congregation Kehillah phone, 602-369-7667 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Otherwise, we ask that you please call or email us after the Sabbath or holiday ends.

Congregation Kehillah Leadership 


Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Jane Neely, 

 President

Scott Leader, Erica Erman

 Cantorial Soloists

Renee Joffe,               

 Administrator


Board of Directors:

Gil Blumenthal, 

 Immediate Past President

Rick Cohen,

 Member at Large

Rich Fox, 

 Vice President for Program

and Communications

 MOK President

Dave Goldfarb, 

 Vice President for Building

& Facility

Mark Solow

Finances



Leslie Goldman, 

 Member at Large

Steve Kanefsky,

  Member at Large

Arlene Maletta, 

 Member at Large

Ilene Malka, 

 Education Chair

Paul Stein, 

  Member at Large


Additional Support:  


Beth Hirshenson, Margi Tabaknek,

 Caring Committee

Amy Bessen,

 Webmaster

Paulette Fraenkel, 

 Social Action

Leona Garza, 

  Movie Time

Dr. Stephanie Kirklin, 

 YEP! Director of

Curriculum

  & Online Learning Center

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   

 Projects

Vicki Mardell, 

  Membership 

Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel

  Newsletters 

Scott Rudin

  Finances



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