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September 18 - September 25, 2023 / Tishrei 5783

Our office will be closed Friday, September 22nd at sundown through Monday, September 25th in observance of Shabbat and Yom Kippur. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 26th. The office phone and email will be monitored for emergencies.

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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

Donna Mills

Robin & Roger Radol

Judy & Marvin Rotenberg

Dawn & Kelly Weiss and their sons, Jaeden and Ethan


 KOL NIDRE - Sunday, September 24: 6:45 p.m.

YOM KIPPUR - Monday, September 25 Family service 8:45 a.m.; Main service 10:45 a.m.


This will include Yizkor, Neilah, the final Shofar blast and Havdalah.

Break the Fast will begin after Havdalah. Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, September 19th to Renee,

When is it appropriate to wear a Tallit during the High Holy Days?

Sunday night Kol Nidre

Monday morning and afternoon Yom Kippur

Please wear a kippah for all High Holy Day services



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Fall semester dates:

September 29 - Friday - Sukkot Pizza in the Hut followed by

Kabbalat Shabbat

October 15

October 21 - Saturday - Shabbat at the Zoo

October 22

November 5 & 19

December 3 & 10



We postponed our start date to after the High Holy Days. Our first session will begin on Sunday, October 15th and registration is still open.



Welcome to Judaism

Monday, October 2, 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,

October 9

November 20 & 27

December 4 & 11


CKYA - Jewish Young Adults

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

CKYA - Jewish Young Adults 

Upcoming Events:

CKYA High Holy Days Pass - High Holy Days are right around the corner! Purchase a pass which gets you entrance to ALL festive events this season, or sign up for individual events. The full schedule can be found at To purchase a pass, go to

​Madeline and Mat




As Rosh Hashanah draws to a close, and Yom Kippur approaches, let's reflect on some of what Rabbi Sharfman said about the kinds of acts that create and strengthen community.

One of the most important things that builds bonds between human beings is the knowledge that they matter to someone else. An act of giving or caring is a powerful message that actively demonstrates this.

Congregation Kehillah is a group of people who have come together seeking a meaningful Jewish experience of learning, growing and seeking a deeper understanding of how to connect with their best selves.

One of the ways we do this is finding ways to be of service to those who need caring for.

The purpose of my message here is to find ways to build on that impulse to care for others. We are a resource and a force for good in this world. What can we do to multiply that and create additional resources and provide more benefits?

Over this past summer, a group of congregants stepped forward and responded to an opportunity to serve food at a dining room for homeless people in Phoenix. It's no secret that this summer has been extraordinarily difficult and harsh on those who have no place to live. I am sure our CK group was deeply moved by what they saw when they worked in the dining room at SVDP to feed that day's homeless and hungry population. I say “that day’s” as a reminder that every day, people need help. It's not just the days when we make ourselves available to help. It's every single day.

As it happens, the opportunity for our group to continue to serve at SVDP is limited, because fortunately, other groups of caring people from other places also want to help. What that means is that we need to find additional places and additional opportunities to be of service. CK also has a relationship with Mom’s Pantry in Cave Creek. This offers some additional opportunities for us to volunteer, but like SVDP, it requires that we fit ourselves into the schedule of the organization we want to help. Given that many of us still work Monday-Friday, and we are not able to volunteer on Shabbat, this leaves Sundays as the only day when CK can do group volunteer work.

So, here is a question for all of us to think about.

Is there another meaningful service project that we can embrace, either as a group or as individuals, that allows us to give of our time and resources in pursuit of helping people who need it? To further clarify, this question is designed to solicit suggestions which are not constrained by scheduling conflicts. Wouldn't it be great if we could come up with an activity or project that allows us to work on it whenever we are available? Please help here by brainstorming about something we can do that takes advantage of the powerful and precious resource which is all of you who want to help heal the world.

I hope I have made clear what I see as a challenge we want to meet, and that by presenting our congregation with this challenge, we will use our collective gifts to find a way forward in the new year 5784 to fulfill our Jewish destiny to be a light among the nations.

Shana Tovah and may you be inscribed in the book of life.

Rich Goldman


Mazel Tov to Stephanie & Brian Kirklin on the birth of Ari Benjamin, on Wednesday, September 13th. Ari Benjamin is the little brother of Alana Claire and Zoey Lee; grandson of Roger & Rabbi; great grandson of Marilyn Morris; nephew of Erica & Jared Erman and Rebecca & Ian Shore. He is also the cousin of Deborah Lily, Shaina Rose and Elliott Aron.

Refaeinu . . .

Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller

Jaime Goldman

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


General Fund

Margie & Howard Tabaknek - thanking us for the opportunity to attend Golda with their Kehillah

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Anat & Russ Erman – in honor of Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman and Roger Morris and wishing them, their beautiful family, and our congregation, health, happiness, and fulfillment in the coming year. Shana Tova U'Metukah!

Debi Neufeld - Thank you for providing beautiful High Holy Services via Zoom

Richard Gerry

Oneg/Hospitality Fund

Margie & Howard Tabaknek - Break the Fast

Education Fund

Jaime & Rich Goldman - in honor of Dr. Bruce Sobel


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.





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

High Holy Days

Sunday, September 24 - Kol Nidre 

 Monday, September 25 - Yom Kippur

Friday, September 29 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Friday, October 13 - 6:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 14, 3:00 p.m. Bar Mitzvah of Noah Zemel

Friday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. - KS

Friday, November 17, 6:00 p.m.

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

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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 21 (possibly lay led)

November 18

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

September 29 - Friday-Pizza in the Hut

October 15

October 21 - Saturday - Shabbat at the Zoo

October 22

November 5 & 19

December 3 & 10



(subject to change)


Sunday, September 24 - Kol Nidre 

Monday, September 25 - Yom Kippur

Friday, September 29

YEP! Pizza In The Hut

Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 13 - 6:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 14, 3:00 p.m.

Bar Mitzvah of Noah Zemel

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. (possibly lay led)

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

 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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