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January 8 - January 14, 2024 / Tevet-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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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 begins TONIGHT

Monday, January 8

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 8, 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.

Kiddish Luncheon afterwards

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 Kiddish luncheon. Kindly respond to Renee by Tuesday, January 23.

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.


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.

YEP! dates

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

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

  • January 13, 2024 - Shabbat New Years Hike at 11 a.m. at the Barrier Free Nature Trail and then out to lunch afterwards. 

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New Years Shabbat Hike

Saturday, January 13

11:00 a.m.


​Come and join us for the first CKYA hiking of 2024, take some fresh air and connect with the community.

​Barrier Free Nature Trail - Parking Lot, Barrier Free Nature Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85050

​**Optional: Join us for lunch at Mellow Mushroom at High Street after the hike. 5350 E High St, Phoenix, AZ 85054

​RSVP here:

New Years Shabbat Hike

Sat, Jan 13, 2024, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM MST


Is your New Year's Resolution to give back to those in need? Ring in the new year by volunteering with SVdP.

Here is a message from SVdP re volunteering, as CK congregants have done over the past months:

We still need help filling our volunteer gaps for the following service areas from January 1st - January 19th


  • Kitchen Crew
  • Weekdays 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM 
  • Daily 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Sign Up for Phoenix Dining - below


Sign Up for Kitchen Crew - below 

Sign Up for Mesa Dining - below


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reply to this email or give us a call at 602-261-6886.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

With gratitude,

SVdP volunteer services team

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.


Happy Birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!

January 1 - Norman Resnick

January 3 - Shaina Rose Erman

January 3 - Zoey Lee Kirklin

January 6 - Capitola (Cappy) Seeliger

January 7 - Rebecca Allison

January 8 - Eric Andrew Goldman

January 8 - Gil Blumenthal

January 9 - Ruthie Asher

January 14 - Dan Simon

January 15 - Lauren Merritt

January 15 - Judith Rotenberg

January 21 - Lynn Blumenthal

January 23 - Adalise Kirschner

January 23 - Jane Neely

January 23 - Brock Merritt

January 24 - Scarlett Allison

January 25 - Beth Hirshenson

January 26 - Barry Bernell

January 31 - Amy Bessen

Happy Anniversary!

Mazel Tov!

January 14 - Ian & Rebecca Shore

January 27 - Dan & Andrea Zemel


Mazel tov to Amy and Bob Bessen on the birth of their granddaughter Drew Katherine Bessen born on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Drew’s parents are Jeff & Danielle Bessen. 


Our thoughts continue to be with Ellen Lerman whose beloved husband Elliott passed away on December 15.

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

Both Ellen and Paulette are 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

Karen Acker - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Karen Acker - Sippy Cup Shabbat

Scarlett Allison - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Anonymous - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Ann Baumrind - Elad's IDF unit

Jill & Joel Bootzin - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Sharon & Rick Cohen - in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Sharon & Rick Cohen - in memory of Elliott Lerman

Francine Ebersman - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Francine Ebersman - end of year contribution

Leona Garza - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Beth & Jeff Hirshenson - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Marsha Joffe - in honor of Renee & Tom's first wedding anniversary

Lin Katzenstein - in memory of Elliott Lerman

Lin Katzenstein - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Chloe Leibowitz - in memory of Elliott Lerman

Jane Neely - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Jane Neely - in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Jolene Searcy - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Myra Shindler - in honor of Rabbi and all she does

Jackie & Howard Shore - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Karen & Alan Thursby - in memory of Elliott Lerman

Karen & Allan Thursby - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Karen & Alan Thursby - in honor of all their Kehillah friends

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Randi & Alan Jablin - in support of Elad's IDF unit

Colleen Espinoza - in honor of Rabbi and Welcome to Judaism class

Caring Fund

Sharon Agopian & Jordy Bock - in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Social Action Fund

Lynn & Gil Blumenthal - in memory of Rudy Fraenkel

Lin Katzenstein - 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.





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.

Kiddish afterwards

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

Kiddish afterwards

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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