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December 27 - January 2, 2022 Tevet 5782

Our office will be closed on Friday, December 31st.

Email and phone will be monitored for emergencies.

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CHAT WITH THE RABBI - TOMORROW

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KEHILLAH CHAT WITH THE RABBI AND OTHER CONGREGANTS


Tuesday, December 28th

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

via ZOOM

This will be an informal chat to catch up with one another and say hello.


LOOKING AHEAD

RABBI SHARFMAN'S "WELCOME TO JUDAISM" CLASS

Winter Semester: Mondays, 5:00-6:15 p.m.

via Zoom




Dates are subject to change.

January 3, 10, 24 and 31

February 7, 14


This course is presented through the Bureau of Jewish Education. For information please visit the BJE or call them at 480-634-8050. CK members may take this course at no charge by contacting the Kehillah office.

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, January 7th

5:30 p.m.

via Zoom




We continue to come into your homes for Shabbat via Zoom, with Rabbi Sharfman and cantorial soloists Scott Leader and Erica Erman. PowerPoint slides will be viewable to you to follow along if you don't have your own copy of Gates of Prayer for Shabbat and Weekdays.


A Zoom link with be sent to all congregants during the week. For our non-members who would like to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, please email Renee.


January birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated during 
Kabbalat Shabbat.

SIPPY CUP SHABBAT

for newborns- 2 year olds

ANNUAL MLK WALK

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Arizona MLK Celebration March

Starts at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (downtown)

Monday, January 17th

9:00 a.m.



Join Rabbi for the annual City of Phoenix MLK Walk on Monday, January 17th at 9:00 a.m. Takes about an hour. Please RSVP to info@congregationkehillah.org so we can coordinate where to meet and walk together.

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BOOK GROUP

Friday, January 21

1:00 p.m.

location to be determined


Start reading now and join us in January! We'll discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. You don't have to be a regular to enjoy Book Group; you can join in for any book you like, any time. Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. To get on the Book Group email list or to RSVP and receive location information, please email Rick . 

ISRAEL 2022 - TRIP UPDATE

We are going in October right after Sukkot/Simchat Torah! Rabbi is excited to share that we’ve moved the dates for the small group, custom trip as they are expecting a new baby – and a bris, Gd willing, in the family at the time we had scheduled in May. Same itinerary!


Dates: October 23rd - November 7th!


Please let us know that you are interested and we are happy to share more information. Email us at info@congregationkehillah.org 

SOCIAL ACTION

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Now that we are holding YEP! and some services at the synagogue once again, please remember to bring your non-perishable, non-expired food and toiletries donations. There is a Mom’s Pantry bin as you enter the building.


If you would like, you can also donate to Congregation Kehillah Social Action and one of our committee members would be happy to do the shopping. And remember, if you order through Amazon Smile, Congregation Kehillah will receive a percentage of your purchase allowing you a double mitzvah!
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to make arrangements for pickup or dropping off your donations. I can be reached at 602-363-3009 or paulettefraenkel@gmail.com.
Thank you,
Paulette Fraenkel - and your Congregation Kehillah Social Action Committee
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A THANK YOU FROM JF&CS


We received a lovely thank you letter from JFCS. Read it here and use it for your taxes.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

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Happy Birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!


January 1 - Norman Resnick

January 6 - Capitola (Cappy) Seeliger

January 7 - Rebecca Allison

January 8 - Gil Blumenthal

January 9 - Ruthie Asher

January 12 - Nava Abeyta Ubillos

January 12 - Riley Zimmerman

January 13 - Rudy Fraenkel

January 14 - Dan Simon

January 14 - Carol Elliott

January 15 - Lauren Merritt

January 17 - Isaac Hemmert

January 17 - Allison Zimmerman

January 19 - Lauren Laufman

January 21 - Lynne Blumenthal

January 23 - Brock Merritt

January 23 - Jane Neely

January 24 - Scarlett Allison

January 25 - Beth Hirshenson

January 26 - Barry Bernell

January 31 - Amy Bessen

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Happy Anniversary!

Mazel Tov!


January 27 - Dan & Andrea Zemel



OUR KEHILLAH FAMILY

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In Memory of Captain Shawn Braaten


Thank you to those who have already donated in his memory:


Barry & Janet Bernell

Rick & Sharon Cohen

Carol Elliott

Jaren & Erica Erman

Glenn & Linda Feldman

Leona Garza

Dave & Daisy Goldfarb

Elliott & Ellen Lerman

Jane Neely

Norman & Lonnie Resnick


There is still time to donate in memory of Captain Braaten.

Those with willing hearts can donate in his memory to us via check or through our secure website, https://congregationkehillah.org/product/donation. Choose General Fund and put Shawn in the note section. All monies collected will be donated to his family. Please send in your donations by December 31st.

Refaeinu...

Yaffa Pollack, cousin of Marsha Joffe

Chana bas Rasche

Marsha Joffe

Judith Clancy

Beth Hirshenson

Merle Miller,

sister-in-law of Reisa Miller

Rachel Segal

Joe Ettinger

Arlene Maletta

Stanley Rosen,

father of Robin Rudin

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser

CK TEEN TZEDEK PROGRAM



You have an opportunity to support our CK Teen Tzedek Program, which is under the direction of Rabbi and Ian Shore and keep your funds within our synagogue family. Your monetary donations will be donated to an organization chosen by the Teen Foundation Board. Ian and Rebecca Shore have matched donations already received and donated $2000. Donations to the Teen Tzedek Program are always welcomed.
  • Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are learning about the mandate to do Tikkun Olam.
  • They are now serving as a Foundation Board seeking to address environmentalism.
  • They are putting out RFPs (requests for proposals) to organizations, soliciting applications for funding – in other words, that WE would be offering one or two significant grants, based on these same organizations applying to and interviewing with our teens to receive funding to further their mission. Interview dates have already been scheduled.
  • You can send a check to our mailing address on Tatum Blvd, or use this link, https://congregationkehillah.org/product/donation/ and choose “Teen Tzedek Fund” (last on the dropdown list)


THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Eryn & Andrew Cohen - in honor of Adira Ruth's baby naming



General Fund

Lin Katzenstein


Torah Fund

Eydee Schultz - in memory of her beloved John


Your donations in any amount are genuinely appreciated. 

There are many ways you can support Kehillah financially. When you are celebrating, honoring, remembering, giving thanks, or simply doing tzedakah, please consider these options:


OUR FUNDS

You can donate through our website in any amount or send a check. Congregation Kehillah is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. (Please consult with your tax adviser.) 

Our mailing address is: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050

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

JNF TREES IN ISRAEL

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.


NETWORK FOR GOOD 

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


AMAZON SMILE

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 $68.56 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2021. 


TEEN ISRAEL EXPERIENCE INCENTIVE GRANTS

The Grossman Teen Experience Incentive Grant Funds are for teens who:
*live in the area served by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix (Maricopa County)
*Are enrolled in the 10-12th Grade (including the summer following graduation)
*Are traveling on a program at least 16 days in Israel (up to a year), run by a non-profit organization
*Have not already received the Grossman Teen Israel Experience for a prior trip...
Program Content: In order to receive funding toward an Israel program, it must include all of the following:
Countrywide excursions led by trained madrichim/teachers/guides
Individual participation as part of a larger group
Lectures, discussions regarding the history of Israel and contemporary issues facing the country
 The application and grant criteria can be found at: 
https://jewishphoenix.regfox.com/harold-jean-grossman-teen-israel-experience-scholarship-fund
Applications are taken on a first come first served basis.
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ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL

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Introducing the Partnership Between

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

and RootOne


Summer 2022 just got a whole lot better. Teens can take $3,000 off an Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) summer program! AMHSI-JNF is a proud partner and grantee of RootOne, a new initiative that helps connect thousands of Jewish teens to Israel by lowering the financial barriers to participation in immersive summer trips to Israel.


QUALIFIED SUMMER PROGRAMS



Your Way: Teens can explore Israeli culture by focusing on a chug (elective) of their choosing on this six-week immersive experience. Interested in the arts? Learn how Israeli music, painting, sculpture, and more is shaped by Israeli politics and history on the Arts & Culture chug. Interested in the Start-up Nation? On the Entrepreneurship chug, focus on Israel’s role in geopolitics by looking at its innovation and big technology companies. 



Your Way: Teens can explore Israeli culture by focusing on a chug (elective) of their choosing on this six-week immersive experience. Interested in the arts? Learn how Israeli music, painting, sculpture, and more is shaped by Israeli politics and history on the Arts & Culture chug. Interested in the Start-up Nation? On the Entrepreneurship chug, focus on Israel’s role in geopolitics by looking at its innovation and big technology companies. 


Learn More


Roots Israel: Spend four weeks traveling throughout Israel, volunteering with local Israelis, and making a difference in a fun and meaningful way. On this service-learning adventure, teens explore the Jewish value of tikkun olam, while working on projects like cleaning up beaches, planting gardens, working with refugees, all while exploring issues of environmentalism and social sustainability that are crucial to Israel’s way of life. 


Learn More



Ready to have the best summer of your life? Apply on AMHSI-JNF’s website, select a program from one of the two listed above for summer 2022, and someone will be reaching out to you soon on how to apply for a RootOne voucher. 

Questions? Contact Marni Heller at mheller@jnf.org 



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OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE

BUREAU OF JEWISH EDUCATION'S NEW FALL 2021 WISE AGING SPEAKERS SERIES

BJE will present a Wise Aging Speakers Series this fall. Click here for information and to register.




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JFCS CENTER FOR SENIOR ENRICHMENT'S DECEMBER PROGRAMS

The Center for Senior Enrichment has released its December schedule, which includes Zoom and in-person events. For information, contact Jennifer Brauner at seniorcenter@jfcsaz.org or 602-343-0192; or see all JFCS programs here.

ASU JEWISH STUDIES PUBLIC PROGRAMS: Thinking through literature after Auschwitz


They are all presented by ASU Jewish Studies and will take place in November and December. All programs are free and available via Zoom. Click here for complete information. These programs are offered by the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University.

PUT THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR

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SERVICES  

Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah


Below you will find what is currently scheduled for 2022 services. Please note that the calendar is subject to change.


Friday, January 7-5:30 p.m.

Zoom only

Friday, January 21 - 6:30 p.m. multi-access

Friday, February 4 - 6:30 p.m. multi-access

Saturday, February 26-10:00a.m. multi-access

Friday, March 11 - 5:30 p.m.

Zoom only

Friday, March 25 - 6:30 p.m.

multi-access

Saturday, March 26 - 10:00 a.m. multi-access - Olivia Edelstein Bat Mitzvah

Friday, April 8 - 6:30 p.m.

multi-access

Saturday, April 23 - 10:00 a.m. multi-access Shabbat morning service/Pesach/Yizkor

Friday, May 6 - 6:30 p.m.

multi-access

Friday, May 20 - 6:30 p.m.

multi-access


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TORAH TALK


Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings via Zoom. They are among Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- mornings filled with questions, conversation, and laughter as we explore that week's Torah portion. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Lerman.

    


The following dates are tentative:


January 15

February 19

March 19

April 2 or 30

May 14

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YEP!

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.

  

 

2022

January 9 & 23

February 13 & 27

March 13 & 27 

April 10 & 24

May 1 & 15

IN EVERY ISSUE

QUICK LOOK CALENDAR


Sundays, January 9 & 23

YEP!


Mondays, January 3, 10, 24, 31

Rabbi Sharfman's class


Fridays, January 7 & 21

Kabbalat Shabbat


Saturday, January 8

Sippy Cup Shabbat


Saturday , January 15

Torah Talk


Friday, January 21

Book Group

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.  



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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 we are able to come back to Kehillah. 

 

For now, please consider giving directly to Mom's Pantry, which accepts donations on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 13440 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Call 602-992-0083 for other times.


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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, 

 President

Scott Leader, Erica Erman

 Cantorial Soloists

Renee Joffe,               

 Administrator


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

Finances



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,

 Webmaster

Paulette Fraenkel, 

 Social Action

Leona Garza, 

  Movie Time

Dr. Stephanie Kirklin, 

 YEP! Director of

Curriculum

  & Online Learning Center

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   

 Projects

Vicki Mardell, 

  Membership 

Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel

  Newsletters 

Scott Rudin

  Finances



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