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November 13 - November 19, 2023 / Cheshvan - Kislev 5784

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



Chanukah Chappening planning meeting

Thursday, November 16th

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Attention ALL CK members…we invite you to join us for planning meeting for our upcoming YEP!/FYC! Chanukah Chappening (say it deep in your throat😊) which is being held on Sunday, December 10th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We are looking for volunteers to help run booths, supervise bouncy houses, etc. Please RSVP for this meeting directly to Chairperson, Rich Fox, Have some wonderful ideas to share with him before hand or if you can’t make the meeting? Please email him any time. Thank you in advance for sharing your light and showing up. A Zoom link for the meeting has been sent out to all who RSVP to Rich Fox. 


Friday, November 17th

Services at 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. 

We encourage you – and welcome you – to attend services in person. Zoom will be available to those out of town or who can’t attend in person.


YEP! & TOK! 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 still open.

Fall semester dates:

November 19

December 3 & 10

December 10 - CHANUKAH HAPPENING - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - More information coming soon!



Welcome to Judaism

Monday, November 20, 2023

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,

November 20 & 27

December 4, 11 & 18


CKYA - Jewish Young Adults

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

We invite our Young Adults to join Rabbi on Sunday, November 19th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, to discuss “what/how to respond to my friends who ask…?” Bring your questions for Rabbi. A Zoom link will be sent to only those CKYA members who register ahead of time.

Note: Many of you are getting questions from friends and others you don’t know how to answer. This session is for you to ask your questions (not a class).


Interfaith Young Couples are invited to a Shabbat event with Rabbi Sharfman on Friday, December 1st. Click link for the dinner, for more information and to register.


CK Social Action Update Sunday, November 12 Serving lunch at SVDP

Greetings and Shalom to fellow CK congregants and all readers of CK Connections:

Yesterday, a group of 9 volunteers met at the Phoenix Dining Room of SVDP to help serve lunch. It was extremely encouraging to have this many able and helping hands present to accomplish the various tasks that go into this activity. Thanks to all of you who showed up.

As is usually the case, the lunch that was served represented a hot and nutritious meal for the many guests who came to eat. What was noticeable was that the number of guests present was significantly lower than before the city of Phoenix cleared out “The Zone” which is the large homeless encampment located across the street from the Phoenix Dining Room and Human Services Campus.

The clearing of the Zone is the result of an enforcement action on the part of the city of Phoenix in response to a Maricopa County Superior Court order requiring the cleanup and removal of persons illegally living there. In complying with the Superior Court’s order, the city is required to provide relocation assistance and housing in shelters to persons who have been evicted.

The point being made here is that the reduction in the number of guests fed at the PDR is the result of physically relocating people, and not the result of successful efforts to reduce hunger or food insecurity. It is difficult to avoid the concern that compliance with the law and its enforcement will be temporary, and that the large number of homeless and hungry people will inevitably return, likely in greater numbers than before. Already, as of yesterday it was observable that people were slowly returning to the area, and that far from “solving the problem of the Zone” it is apparent that underlying conditions will persist and may indeed worsen.

Please reflect on this and consider joining in with members of the CK community to help the many members of our city and state who are living such fragile and precarious existences. We are all keenly aware in our CK community of the horrific and tragic conditions so many are struggling with in Israel at this time. There is no better way to cope with feelings of outrage and helplessness, than to take action anywhere and anytime to help our fellow human beings. Our Mishnah teaches us that whoever saves a life is as if he or she has saved the entire world. Let us be inspired by these words and let them guide our actions every day.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, December 17 when we will be volunteering as a group at Mom's Pantry. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about any of this.

Rich Goldman

Newsletter announcement for Lone Soldier Messages

The Lone Soldier Project

East Valley JCC supports Lone Soldiers on active duty in the IDF in partnership with three Lone Soldier Centers in Israel. We also educate the population of Arizona about the vital role these courageous young adults play in the defense of the Jewish Homeland. The needs of Lone Soldiers have dramatically escalated with the combat required for the war with Hamas. They are all in harms way!! At this time of the year, we conduct a Hanukkah Greeting Campaign at 40 sites around the state. This year, of course, this effort has been modified to include our prayers for their safety and welfare.

You are invited to send a message to a Lone Soldier by:

1.Sending it the EVJCC, 908 N Alma School Road, Chandler AZ, 85224 (label LSP)

2.Visit to upload your message by tapping “Write a Letter or Upload Artwork” Start your message with "Name"

3.Send your message in an email to

These messages will be bundled and sent to our 3 Lone Soldier Centers in Israel, to arrive by Hanukkah. We pray that the situation in Israel will stabilize by then to allow celebration of the holiday and to read our messages.


Refaeinu . . .

Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller

David Lerman

Stephanie Bates

Bernice Miller, mother of Pamela Miller

Miriam bat Miriam, mother of Karen Roth

Mort Berkowitz

Joyce Van Sciver

Vicki Mardell

Gil Blumenthal

Kathleen (Katie) Cullen-Todora

Karen Thursby

Debbie Koren

Ellen Lerman

Reisa Miller

Zackary Dawson

Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller

Chana bas Rasche

Judith Clancy

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser


Jamie Friedman

Dane Traines & Cathie Galle

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



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 is a proud sponsor of the photo booth at this year’s Jewish Community Night at Zoo Lights. This event is taking place on Saturday, December 16th.

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.

Calling all lovebirds in Phoenix! Looking for a Jewish community as unique as you? Honeymoon Israel could be the experience for you! Applications in your city are only open for a few more weeks. Don’t miss your chance for the experience of a lifetime. Visit for more info and to apply! Questions? Contact Honeymoon Israel at

Look for upcoming dates for our programs below

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah

Friday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. KS

Friday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.

Pre-Oneg; 6:30 p.m. KS

Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m.

Payton Fleet Bat Mitzvah

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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.


December 16

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

November 19

December 3 & 10

December 10-

Chanukah Happening

January 7 & 28

February 11 & 25

March 10 & 24-YEP! & Purim Carnival

April 7 & 14

May 5-final YEP! session



(subject to change)

Saturday, November 11

Sippy Cup Shabbat

Friday, November 17

Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, December 8

Pre-Oneg, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, December 9

Payton Fleet, Bat Mitzvah

Saturday, December 16

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. 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,


Paulette Fraenkel, 

 Social Action

Dr. Stephanie Kirklin, 

 YEP! Director of

 Curriculum & Online 

 Learning Center

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   


Vicki Mardell, 


Reisa Miller,


Scott Rudin,


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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