August 29 - September 4, 2022 Elul 5782

The synagogue office will be closed on Monday, September 5th

in observance of Labor Day.

Phone and email will be monitored.

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Rosh Hashanah is less than a month away! For all returning members of the synagogue who have our Machzorim at home, we ask that you please locate them now, write your name on the covers and put them in your car. We will be asking you to please bring them with you for all services. We have a limited number of Machzorim at the synagogue and will be allowing new members to use these. Thank you in advance.


Welcome to Judaism

This introductory course provides a foundation in the basic tenants of Judaism. Among areas covered are: History, Holidays and Observances, Life Cycle, Theology, Prayer, Israel and Communal Life. Open to non-Jews alone, Non-Jews with their Jewish partners and Jewish adults interested in further exploring Judaism. Free of charge for members of CK. Please register directly through us. Non-members can register through BJE, https://www.bjephoenix.org/course-events/2022/08/29/welcome-to-judaism-virtual.


Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 

Class dates:

August 29th

September 12th

No October classes

November 14th & 21st

December 5th, 12th & 19th

Bonus class: Friday, September 9 – Geography of the synagogue, in-person before Shabbat services.


Rabbi is looking for two more people for the trip of a lifetime: how about you?

Join Rabbi Sharfman and others for a trip of a lifetime. Fabulous itinerary and small group!

Looking for two more people to travel with us. You don’t want to miss out an a trip of a lifetime!  If you’d Iike to learn more, Rabbi is happy to speak with you. The deadline is upon us.

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 



"The bus was our home away from home and friendships were formed and bonded. Arie was our guide who was a walking man of knowledge. My eyes saw new sights, my tongue tasted new foods, my nose smelled delicious bakery, my

ears heard the voices of hundreds of women singing together on Shabbat at

the Kotel, my feet stood on ancient ground and walked miles. The list could

go on and on. Rabbi Bonnie was and is an extraordinary leader, clergy and most of all friend...there is no other Rabbi I would have wanted to share this experience with. I met new friends and took my friendships with others to a new level. I left behind a piece of my heart, but that space is now filled in with sweet memories of Israel." 


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!


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!


Tuesday, August 30th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Restaurant near Biltmore

CK Young Adult Program

Make the most of your high holiday experience by setting intentions with a soulful Jewish learning class to kickoff the month of Elul! Elul is the 6th month of the Biblical calendar, the month set apart for repentance in spiritual preparation for the High Holidays. We will explore the meaning behind Elul and craft an individual 30-day plan for reflection. Led by Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman and CKYA board member Jacquelyn Johnson.

To find out the location, please RSVP to Madeline. This event will be FREE. Open to all young adults ages 20’s – 30’s.

Please RSVP here https://lu.ma/elul. Questions? Contact Madeline at madeline.dolgin@gmail.com

MOK (Men of Kehillah) DINNER


Tuesday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m.

        Where: Sante

Please RSVP directly to Rich Fox


Join us for dinner and conversation at Sante located at

15507 N Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 687-3189


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



Friday, September 9

6:30 p.m.

Please join us for in-person and multi-access Kabbalat Shabbat.

Tuesday, September 13

at 6:00 p.m.

Roll out party

On the enclosed patio at CK

Bunco anyone? Do we have any Bunco players? We are looking to start a WNO Bunco group on the second Tuesday of the month. Please email Renee, info@congregationkehillah.org  to sign up! We need at least 12 players each time. If more women register, we will routine players. Join in on the fun and a chance to get to know other Women of Kehillah better.

YIZKOR BOOK 2022/5783

Dear Friends,


It's already August and the High Holy Days will be here before you know it. One of the projects we are currently working on is the annual CK Yizkor Book. The Yizkor Book, published every Yom Kippur, is a means to remember departed loved ones. A donation of $18 per name is requested. Yizkor Book listings are open to non-members as well as members. We will be pleased to include the names of your loved ones. This book will be used for all Yizkor services throughout the year.

Please take a moment to fill out online, Yizkor Book Form  and submit back via the secure website. Or print out the attachment and mail it back to our address on Tatum Blvd. Payments can be made either through our secure website, Donation and under the “Fund” tab click on Yizkor Book (second from the bottom). You can also mail in a check and put Yizkor Book in the memo line.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Fall semester dates:
 September 11th
 October 2nd, 16th & 30th
                  November 6th & 20th
                  December 4th & 11th
Please take a moment to fill out this easy to use and secure form for each child you are enrolling, Online YEP! registration form. You can pay the $125 YEP! supply fee (per child), using this link, YEP! supply fee.


Happy Birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!

September   3    -    Naomi Fox

September   4    -    Sharon Cohen

September   6    -    Qipley Seeliger

September   6    -    Richard Weiland

September   7    -    Robin Rudin

September  14   -    Jacquelyn LeBlang

September  14   -    Reisa Miller

September  19   -    Jodi Sandler

September  21   -    Riley Scherer

September  22   -    Alex Kiselman

September  22   -    Margie Stein

September  22   -    Pamela Miller

September  22   -    Charlie Fabricant

September  23   -    Paul Stein

September  24   -    Emma Kelley

September  25   -    Scott Rudin

September  25   -    Rick Cohen

September  27   -    Marissa Hirshenson

Happy Anniversary!

Mazel Tov!

September 3  -  George & Arlene Rosenberg

September 3  -  Joshua & Monica Edelstein

September 4  -  Steve & Bari Kanefsky

September 10 -  Dan & Evelyn Simon

September 14 -  Paul & Margie Stein



Debra Todora-LeBlanc


Zackary Dawson

Jon Berlin

Shari Marcus, niece of Reisa Miller

Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller

Yaffa Pollack, cousin of Marsha Joffe

Chana bas Rasche

Marsha Joffe

Judith Clancy

Joe Ettinger

Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser


Morah Mara Gossack – K-3rd grade teacher

I am honored and thrilled to be taking over as the YEP! K-3rd teacher!

Our family joined Congregation Kehillah last year when it was time to enroll our son in Hebrew school, and we could not be happier with our choice.

 I am originally from New York City and I have a master’s degree from Boston University in theatrical lighting design. After working as an LD in NYC and the Boston area, I realized that neither the theatre nor the east coast was where I wanted to be. So, in 1999 I became a certified Montessori teacher and moved to Arizona. I then built and ran my own Montessori school until my focus once again changed: this time to motherhood, which has been my favorite thing to do by far. As well as being a stay-at-home mom, I am a stained glass artist, I practice yoga and I maintain the administrative side of my husband’s pedicab business.

I am so excited to bring my experience and creativity back into the classroom. I am looking forward to getting to know your kids and you and being more involved Kehillah (community)!


Condolences to...

Cantor Howard Tabaknek on the passing of his brother, David Warren Tabaknek

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Alan & Karen Thursby - in memory of Sarah Beth Thursby

Memorial Plaques

Thank you to the family and friends of the following names for purchasing memorial plaques in memory of:

Barbara Sharfman

Captain Shawn Braaten

Janet Malka

John Woods

Lillian Stitzer

There is still time to purchase a memorial plaque in memory of your loved ones. Please fill out the form (PDF) and return to Renee.

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


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.


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


Will receive gifts of stock on behalf of Congregation Kehillah




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 $69.47 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between January 1 and March 31, 2022. 


Happy end of summer! We got some rest, went to the beach, and thought about new topics for lectures and CLE's. Upcoming this year, we will also have social events, continue with our mentoring program, and support the Collaborative Bar events. Additional events will be announced as soon as they are finalized. 

Save the Dates:

September 15 - join us from 12-1:00pm for a Lecture/discussion with Danny Siegel (flyer below)

September 22 - join us for a presentation from Marion Weinzweig at 12:30pm who will speak about her experiences during the Holocaust. Kosher lunch provided. (more information below)

November 8 - join us from 11:30am-1:00pm for a CLE with Paul Eckstein who will discuss the filibuster. Lunch will be provided. (flyer below)

December- join us for a Meet the Bench co-hosted with SABA - date forthcoming

January 19 - join us from 4:00-5:30pm for a presentation from Sheila Polk who will speak about the Holocaust program for prosecutors via Zoom.

Todah Rabah (thank you!) for your continued support! If you are interested in becoming more involved with AJLA and helping us put together these great programs, please email us at azjewishlawyers@gmail.com.

B'Shalom and wishing everyone an early Shana Tova!

The AJLA Board 

Attention 9th-12th Graders! There's still time to register for Hebrew High! 

Hebrew High brings all Jewish teens together from across the valley for exciting programs, interesting classes, and special events. 

See your friends, make new ones, and have meaningful Jewish experiences! 

Electives range from arts and culture to modern issues and beyond.

Come Tuesday nights from 7-9pm to the JCC in Scottsdale. Scholarships available. Click here:  www.hhphx.org ) 

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


September 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! 

Click here to find the September calendar of events.

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. 


Look for upcoming dates for our programs below

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah

Friday, September 9 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 17 - 6:30 p.m. Selichot

Friday, October 14 - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 28 - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18 - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 2 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 16 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17 - 10:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Jacqueline Schatzberg

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Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings via Zoom. For more information, contact Ellen Lerman.


September - none

October 15 - will be lay led

November 19

December 10

January 21

February 11

March 11

April & May - tbd

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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.

 Fall Semester dates:

September 11

October 2, 16 & 30

November 6 & 20

December 4 & 11



Tuesday, August 30

CK Young Adult Program

Tuesday, August 30

MOK (Men of Kehillah) dinner

Sundays, September 11, October 2, 16 & 30


Tuesday, September 13

Ladies Bunco Night

Saturday, October 15

Torah Talk

Saturday, November 19

Torah Talk

Friday, December 2

Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, December 3

Shabbat morning service

Saturday, December 10

Torah Talk

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.  


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.


We love hearing from you!

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your email within 24 hours, it means we did

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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, 


Scott Leader, Erica Erman

 Cantorial Soloists

Renee Joffe,               


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


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,


Paulette Fraenkel, 

 Social Action

Leona Garza, 

  Movie Time

Dr. Stephanie Kirklin, 

 YEP! Director of

 Curriculum & Online 

 Learning Center

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   


Vicki Mardell, 


Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel


Scott Rudin


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Congregation Kehillah

602-369 7667

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5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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