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January 15 - January 21, 2024 / Shevat 5784

The office will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Email and voicemail will be monitored in case of emergency.

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Dear Kehillah members and friends,

Today marks two anniversaries - 100 days since Hamas invaded Israel/100 days that Israelis, Americans and others are still being held in horrific Hamas captivity; and the annual honoring of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

We’ve included below a statement from President Biden via Israel’s Foreign Ministry, as well as a link to an article by Clarence Jones, MLK’s speechwriter, which I thought you would find both interesting and useful in conversation.

Let me know what you think.

Blessings for all good,



Please look for future Israel action updates in this space as we become aware of them.


During Kabbalat Shabbat, Rabbi includes this reading for the soldiers of the IDF. By request, here it is.


We ache and our hearts are broken over the horrific attack on October 7th and for those still being held hostage in Gaza. Many have asked what they can do. Here is something potentially impactful that will take only a moment or two of your time.



Welcome to Judaism

Winter trimester

Monday, January 15

5:00-6:15 p.m.

via Zoom

This introductory course, taught by Rabbi Sharfman, provides a foundation in the basic tenets 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,

Winter semester dates:

January 15, 22 & 29

February 5, 12 & 26


Torah Talk

Saturday, January 20

10:30 a.m.

via Zoom

Exodus 10:1 - 13:16

In this Torah portion, God sends the eighth and ninth plagues, locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh still refuses to free the Israelite slaves. God tells Moses that the 10th plague will be killing all the firstborn Egyptians. God commands each Israelite home to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their doorposts, in order to protect their firstborns. After the death of the firstborns, Pharaoh demands that the Israelites leave.

RSVP directly to TT chair, Ellen Lerman, by Thursday,

January 18 in order to receive the Zoom link.


Shabbat Morning Service/Shabbat Shira

The Sabbath of Song

Saturday, January 27

10:00 a.m.

Kiddush Luncheon after

Please join us for in-person and multi-access

Shabbat morning.

Please join Rabbi Sharfman and our Cantorial Soloists for in-person and multi-access Shabbat Morning service.

Reservations are required for the Kiddush luncheon. Kindly respond to Renee by Tuesday, January 23.

If you wish to be a sponsor of the Kiddush Luncheon please contact Renee,

We encourage youand welcome you – to attend services in person. We are happy to send you a Zoom link if you would like to participate but cannot attend in person – just let us know.


Friday, February 2

6:00 p.m. Pre-Oneg

6:30 p.m.

It is important to be together in community-we strengthen one another. Please bring friends!

Please join Rabbi Sharfman and our Cantorial Soloists for in-person and multi-access

Kabbalat Shabbat. 

February birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated.

We encourage you – and welcome you – to attend services in person. We are happy to send you a Zoom link if you would like to participate but cannot attend in person – just let us know.


CK Boomers Plus/Golden Friends

Hi CK friends, 

Driving at night is getting harder for some of us, which makes attending Congregation Kehillah nighttime activities difficult. We would like to propose a new Chavurah group: CK Boomers Plus/Golden Friends. This group is designed for members of CK to get together during the daytime and is open to both men and women.

Activities can include attending Shabbat morning services, lunch dates, matinee events, volunteer mitzvah activities, etc. Our overall goal is to provide more opportunities for friendship connections and mitzvot

January event:


Shabbat Morning Service/Shabbat Shira

The Sabbath of Song

Saturday, January 27 

10:00 a.m.

Kiddush Luncheon after

Please join us for the service and luncheon. A table will be reserved for us to sit together. RSVP, and mention CK Boomer’s Plus😊


February events for the CK Chavurah group! 


Lunch at NY Bagels and Bialys

Date: Friday, February 9

Time: 12:00 p.m.


NY Bagels and Bialys

4722 E Cactus Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85032


We invite all of those who are interested to meet with us for lunch and to brainstorm ideas for the Chavurah group.


Then join us for:


Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, February 18

3:00 p.m. 

Way to Happiness

(click on the link above to order your tickets)

Scottsdale Harkins Shea


Shabbat Morning Service

February 24

10:00 a.m.




Please fill out this form below to RSVP for the Boomers Plus/Golden Friends events this February. We look forward to seeing you there. 


If you are unable to attend but have an interest in the group, please let us know and send us any ideas you might have or ideas for upcoming events



Marilyn Morris

Paulette Fraenkel

Lin Katzenstein

Colleen Espinoza


YEP! dates

Invite your friends to check out why YEP! was voted the BEST OF HebrewSchools in the Jewish News 2023 Readers'Choice Awards!

Second semester dates:

January 28

February 11 & 25

March 10 & 24-YEP! & Purim Carnival

April 7 & 14

May 5-final YEP! session


CKYA - Jewish Young Adults

Winner of the “BEST“ Young Adult Programing: Congregation Kehillah Young Adults (CYKA) – Jewish News, 2023



Congregation Kehillah Young Adults (CKYA) invites young adults to our Tu B'Shevat Seder on Saturday, January 27th. 

Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Earth Day, is a beautiful holiday filled with planting new trees, enjoying fresh fruits, and connecting with nature. 

​Please join us at 10 a.m. for “Sabbath of Song” Shabbat Morning Services and stay for the Tu B'Shevat Seder at 11a.m., led by Rabbi Bonnie where we will share traditional fruits, wine, and a light Israeli themed lunch!


RSVP here:

CKYA New Years Shabbat Hike & Lunch was a great success.


CK Social Action Volunteer Update,

Monday, January 15, 2024

Shalom Friends,

I am pleased to announce that we have received another date for volunteers to work at Mom’s Pantry.

Sunday, March 10 from 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. is set aside specifically for members of our congregation to come and participate in the work of assembling food boxes which are then distributed to clients of the food bank. This is an opportunity to see first hand how the food we donate gets to those who need it.

As you may know, providing relief from hunger is one of Rabbi Sharfman’s strong messages to us as congregants. The numbers of food insecure people in our community are shockingly high and they continue to grow at an alarming rate. This is an opportunity that we have to relieve suffering in our community.

Congregation Kehillah has been a supporter of the work of Mom’s Pantry for many years. This relationship was introduced to CK by Paulette Fraenkel, who many of us know, has been devoted to social action work as our congregation’s Social Action chair. Paulette has been an amazing mentor and a passionate advocate for helping in countless ways in the Phoenix community.

Speaking personally, we are taught that it is a mitzvah to provide food in support of those who are hungry. That act goes to an entirely new and more impactful level when I had the experience of seeing the process and operation of the food bank up close as a volunteer.

Seeing the faces of the many people who depend on this food source was deeply moving for me. The range of people experiencing this serious challenge of hunger covers young, old, families with children, those who are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, those who are disabled and unable to work, those who are homeless, and pretty much anyone in any circumstance you can think of. It is a humbling reminder of the fragility of our lives. Illness, misfortune or tragedy can come to any of us at any time. On behalf of Rabbi Sharfman, I urge you to keep this thought in mind and please join us as a social action volunteer to do the holy work of healing the world.

If you are unable to make this particular date, please know that volunteers from CK go on Sunday mornings to help serve lunch at the Phoenix Dining Room of St. Vincent dePaul. This is an ongoing weekly activity which you are welcome to join in and does not require any pre-scheduling.

If you would like information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Rich Goldman


Are you looking to give back to your Kehillah (community) in 2024? We are seeking volunteers to help our Co-Chairs meet the needs of our congregants. Volunteers are needed to make phone calls, cook/provide meals, offer rides to services or doctor appointments, etc. If you are interested in joining in this important endeavor please email either Margie Tabaknek, or Beth Hirshenson, Thank you in advance.


Our thoughts continue to be with Paulette Fraenkel whose beloved husband Rudy passed away on December 24.

Paulette is in Sheloshim: This refers to the first 30 days of mourning, starting with the funeral and including the shiva period. Sheloshim is the Hebrew word for “thirty.” Sheloshim is a period of transition between being in deep and complete mourning and, while still mourning, beginning to emerge back into the world.

Refaeinu . . .

Lynn Blumenthal

Marvin Ruttenberg

Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller

David Lerman

Stephanie Michelle Bates

Mort Berkowitz

Joyce Van Sciver

Vicki Mardell

Kathleen (Katie) Cullen-Todora

Karen Thursby

Debbie Koren

Ellen Lerman

Reisa Miller

Zackary Dawson

Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller

Chana bas Rasche

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser


Jamie Friedman

Dane Traines & Cathie Galle

Richard Gerry

Liz & Stuart Goodman and their children, Elliot and Ashton Goodman

Donna Johnson and her daughter and granddaughter, Alexandra and Wakely


Stacy & Spencer Kirschner and their daughters, Adalise and Elleson 

Amber Mills & Seth Messer

Robin & Roger Radol

David & McKenna Romanelli and their children, Remo and Cooper

Judy & Marvin Rotenberg

Sarah Manos Sandlaufer & John Manos

Rick & Amy Smith and their children, Bryn, Brady and Morgan

Dawn & Kelly Weiss and their sons, Jaeden and Ethan


General Fund

Rose Hirsch – in memory of Elliott Lerman

Rochelle, Ryan, and Hudson Lewis – in honor of Rabbi and Erica & Jared Erman for Sippy Cup Shabbat

Ilene Malka – in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Ilene Malka – in memory of Elliott Lerman

Ilene Malka – Elad’s IDF Unit

Mark Solow

Lin Katzenstein

Penny Celmins – in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Penny Celmins – in memory of Elliott Lerman

Lynn Gitomer & Dan Weiner 

Barbara Knight – Elad’s IDF unit

Eduction Fund

Debbie Sobel – in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Debbie Sobel – in memory of Elliott Lerman

Social Action Fund

Francine Ebersman –in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Leona Garza – in memory of Rudy Fraenkel


Your donations are greatly appreciated. 

Caring Fund

Education Fund

General Fund

Gottlieb Music Fund

Oneg & Hospitality Fund

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Social Action Fund

Torah 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.





A good Jewish summer camp experience can lead to a lifetime of strong and healthy Jewish identity. Let me know if you have questions and see below for available scholarships. - Rabbi Sharfman

Apply HERE:


CK will be running a craft table at this FREE community wide event. Registration required,

Jewish Life Television, an English-language, Jewish-themed television network, is now available to Cox Communications subscribers on Cox Channel 184 in Greater Phoenix.

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The Phoenix Holocaust Association  

Click here for information about PHA and news of upcoming programs. For the latest newsletter, click here


JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment 

Click here to find the upcoming calendar of events.

Look for upcoming dates for our programs below

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah

Saturday, January 27, Shabbat morning service/

Shabbat Shira 10:00 a.m.

Kiddush after

Friday, February 2,

Pre-Oneg, 6:00 p.m., KS, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 24

Shabbat morning service, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, March 8

Pre-Oneg, 6:00 p.m., KS, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16

Shabbat morning service, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, March 29, KS, 6:30 p.m.

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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.


January 20, 2024

February 17

March 9

April 6

May 4 or 18 (possibly lay led)

June 22

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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

January 28

February 11 & 25

March 10 & 24-YEP! & Purim Carnival

April 7 & 14

May 5-final YEP! session



(subject to change)

Saturday, January 20

Torah Talk

Saturday, January 27

Shabbat morning service/Shabbat Shira

Kiddush after

Sunday, January 28


Friday, February 2

Pre-Oneg, Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, February 11


Saturday, February 17

Torah Talk

Saturday, February 24

Shabbat morning service

Sunday, February 25


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. This mitzvah is offered to all dues-paying members of Congregation Kehillah.

Email Rich Fox at  


Don't miss any of our emails...

Please make sure that periodically you check your spam and junk folders for emails from Some of the emails we send out have several links for you to click on for resources. Depending on your individual computer settings you might not receive 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!

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, 


Scott Leader, Erica Erman, Eric Goldman

 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,


Rich Goldman, 

 Social Action

Erica Erman,

YEP! Curriculum Coordinator & FYC Coordinator

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   


Rachel Segal, 


Reisa Miller,


Bob Bessen & Rich Goldman,

Legacy Chairs

Beth Hishenson & Barb Knight,

WNO Co-Chairs

Dear Friends,

It has come to our attention that once again scam emails are being sent out to various synagogues, from someone claiming to be a member of their board of directors, requesting gift cards.

Please know that Congregation Kehillah’s board members, staff, and committee members will not email any requests for gift card purchases or wiring money.

If you have a question as to the validity of an email, please forward it to us at so that we can confirm. 




Renee B Joffe

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

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