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January 16 - January 22, 2023 / Tevet 5783

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Our office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The phone and email will be monitored for emergencies.




Friday, January 20, 2023

1:00 p.m.

Private home; location provided with your RSVP

We'll be discussing "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb. 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. To get on the Book Group email list or to RSVP, please email Rick.


Friday, January 20

6:30 p.m.

Please join us for in-person and multi-access Kabbalat Shabbat.

High Holy Days choir member and soloist, Eric Goldman, will be joining Rabbi and Scott Leader on the Bimah.

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

Masks are no longer required. The first few rows of the sanctuary will be reserved for mask wearers. The reserved rows are for those who feel safer sitting next to other mask wearers. Otherwise, mask wearers may sit anywhere in the sanctuary.

We look forward to welcoming Shabbat with you!


Saturday, January 21

10:30 a.m.

Va’era (“I Appeared”) opens as God promises to redeem the enslaved Israelites and bring them to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh repeatedly refuses to let the Israelites go, God sends a series of plagues: water turning to blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, death of livestock, boils, and hail.

Come join our discussion on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out later this week. Please RSVP to Renee.



Welcome to Judaism

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

5:00-6:15 p.m.

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,

January 23

January 30

February 6

February 13

February 27


Our 2nd Annual Purim Carnival is being planned for Sunday, March 5. Mark your calendars now and tell your family and friends! Watch this space for further information. Interested in volunteering? Please let us know,


We are excited to kick off our TOK! College Prep Fellowship, on Sunday, February 5th. The teens who were accepted into the program will create their college dream list, explore majors, meet professionals in their career field of choice, experience Jewish life on a college campus, learn tips to ace the application, + get matched with their own personal mentor. 



·  4 Classroom Sessions meet on Sundays 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at Congregation Kehillah

o February 5

o March 5

o April 2

o May 7

·  2 Field trips to Hillel and career panel event- Dates TBD based on teens' schedules

·  2 Mentor Meetings- Based on the mentor/teens schedules once assigned 

Questions? Email Madeline and Mat at or text at 602-686-3010. 


CKYA is an effort to give "post college pre family" young adults a synagogue to belong to and a community to join of like-minded peers. To visit their website, please click here, For more information regarding CKYA, email Madeline Dolgin,

To view all upcoming events, please click here,

Upcoming events:

CKYA - Jewish Young Adults....
Hello 2023
The 2023 calendar of events is here!
Can you feel it? That blank slate, new year feeling? We hope everyone had an exciting new years eve celebration! We enjoyed seeing much of you for Mazelpalooza and New Year's Eve Shabbat. Our community members celebrated a milestone in 2022 - new jobs, new friends, engagements, weddings, new homes, and so much more! We are just in awe of all that you do and accomplish. We can't wait to see what's in store for everyone this next year!!
​Speaking of which, we have a new totally TOP SECRET Shabbat series. We're doing something fun and quirky to start the new year off! Each month we will join together for a Shabbat service or meal and then head to check out a local **hidden** speakeasy. The locations will only be disclosed to those who RSVP by the deadline set before the event.

 Upcoming Events

​Sun Jan 29th- Hike to Hackleberry Springs Loop
​Sat Feb 18- Shhhbat Speakeasy Series #2
​Mon March 7th- That's so 70s Purim Spiel
​..... and more to come, so keep checking the website and Instagram page.
​Before we go, please enjoy some fun pictures from our end-of-year events! We're a pretty good-looking tribe 💁‍♀️
​Madeline and Mat


Mazel Tov to....

Bob and Amy Bessen on the birth of their granddaughter, Sophie Rose, daughter of Erica and Nate Policar.

Glenn Feldman, who earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Bar Association of Arizona. We are so proud of our dear member and grateful for his work! Read the article here:

Refaeinu . . .

Karen Thursby

Craig Golub

Carol Elliott

Debbie Koren,

niece of Marsha Joffe

Rick & Sharon Cohen

Dvora Krischer

Ellen Lerman

Reisa Miller

Eydee Schultz

Zackary Dawson

Jon Berlin

Shari Marcus,

niece of Reisa Miller

Ethan Miller,

son of Reisa Miller

Yaffa Pollack,

cousin of Marsha Joffe

Chana bas Rasche

Marsha Joffe

Judith Clancy

Stanley Rosen,

father of Robin Rudin

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser

Give yourself the gift of travel this yearl! Travel to Israel with Rabbi the latter part of May. She is putting together a custom made itinerary for a smaller, intimate group. If you are interested, please let Renee know ASAP.


Please watch this space for upcoming opportunities. Contact Paulette if you would like to get more involved in Social Action.

Please call 602-363-3009 or email 


Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Rick & Sharon Cohen - in honor of Rabbi Sharfman's invocation at Governor Hobbs' inauguration, which demonstrated her heart and courage

Colleen Espinoza - in appreciation for Rabbi Sharfman's wonderful Welcome to Judaism class

Colleen Espinoza - in honor of the wedding of Renee Joffe & Tom Hrlevich

Colleen Espinoza - Mazel Tov to Jared & Erica Erman on the birth of Shaina Rose

General Fund

Rick & Sharon Cohen - in honor of Jared and Erica and Mazel Tov on the birth of their beautiful baby, Shaina Rose

Leona Garza - in honor of Renee Joffe & Tom Hrlevich's marriage.

Cantor Howard & Margie Tabaknek - in honor of Tom & Renee's marriage

Sherry Siegel - in honor of Renee & Tom's wedding

Lynne & Gil Blumenthal - in memory of Larry Wechsler, Bob Wechsler's brother

Education Fund

Rick & Sharon Cohen - Thank you to our YEP! students for the wonderful Chanukah cards they made.

Janet & Barry Bernell - in honor of Erica, Jared & Deborah Erman, "Congratulations on the new addition to the Erman family"

Sherry Siegel - in honor of Shaina Rose

Erica & Jared Erman - with great love and gratitude for the birth of their daughter, Shaina Rose, and for her big sister, Deborah Lily

Caring Fund

Cantor Howard & Margie Tabaknek - in honor of Shaina Rose Erman

Margie Tabaknek - letting Ruthie Asher know she was thinking about her

JNF Trees In Israel

Anonymous - an orchard of 10 trees has been planted in memory of Sandy Fine

Anonymous - a circle of 5 trees has been planted in honor of Lyndsi Rae Sherman and Nathan Okh's upcoming wedding

Tzedakah: We all have choices as to who or what we wish to support; why choose your synagogue? Because we are YOUR synagogue. You chose to be a part of this inspirational community that offers a wonderful teacher and spiritual leader in Rabbi Sharfman; superb opportunities for young families to educate their children; programming for all ages; and much, much more,  offering impact and value, depth and meaning to your life.

Unlike most synagogues, Congregation Kehillah does not do a High Holy Days Appeal. Dues alone do not cover a synagogue’s operational expenses; we rely on donations of all sizes throughout the year. Did you know . . . that it is customary to donate at the time of Yizkor or when Kaddish is recited in memory of a loved one? It is also customary to make a donation when given an Aliyah (honor) during a service. Jewish Philanthropy: The Concept of Tzedakah is a much-admired practice throughout the world. "In Jewish tradition, tzedakah requires the donor share his or her compassion and empathy along with the money. Judaism teaches the belief that donors benefit from tzedakah as much [as] or more than the recipients." You can find out more about the roots and practices of Jewish philanthropy at Learning to Give. We hope you choose to continue to support your Kehillah by making donations to our various funds, which are listed below and on our website.


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.




If you make purchases through Amazon, please use, 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 $107.92 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2022.


If you are interested in becoming more involved with AJLA and helping to put together great programs, please email

 January 19, 4:00-5:30pm: Sheila Polk will discuss the Holocaust program for prosecutors via Zoom.

MusicaNova Orchestra

Winter Journey and
The Inextinguishable
January 22 at 6 p.m
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Concert carries on the memory 
and music of the Jewish orchestra 
that persevered during 1930s Germany

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) MusicaNova Orchestra is teaming up with NPR’s Martin Goldsmith and Scottsdale Center for the Arts for a special concert, Winter Journey and The Inextinguishable Symphony on January 22 at 6 pm.
Tickets are $54, $36, $18 and are on sale at
The concert features a screening of the film, Winter Journey, that tells the story of NPR host Martin Goldsmith's parents, who emigrated to America in 1941 after playing in the Jüdische Kulturbund, (Jewish Cultural Association) in Germany. 
The Jüdische Kulturbund was a little-known aspect of Nazi Germany in which a remarkable ensemble of Jewish artists was maintained as an insidious Nazi propaganda tool. 
Following the film, MusicaNova Orchestra will perform Carl Nielsen's Inextinguishable Symphony, the last piece the Jewish orchestra rehearsed before it was shut down by the Gestapo in 1941. The orchestra will also be joined by local choirs for Jean Sibelius’ magnificent Finlandia and will include a Q & A with Mr. Goldsmith.
Known for performing lost or little known masterpieces of classical music, MusicaNova Orchestra is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this season. 
"In many ways Winter Journey and The Inextinguishable Symphony exemplifies what I dreamed the orchestra's purpose would be when we first started in 2002," says MusicaNova Orchestra Founder and Artistic Director Warren Cohen. "So many glorious pieces of music that need to be heard, so many pieces of important history that must be preserved. 
"We're thrilled to be able to perform The Inextinguishable Symphony to keep the memory and music of these brave artists alive. And to inspire us all by experiencing the beautiful music that persevered in the face of unspeakable darkness."
For more information on MusicaNova Orchestra, its concerts, and its work in the community, visit
About Martin Goldsmith
Martin Goldsmith is the author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany, which tells the riveting story of the Kulturbund, an all-Jewish performing arts ensemble maintained by the Nazis between 1933 and 1941, an ensemble that included Mr. Goldsmith’s parents. The Inextinguishable Symphony is the basis of the acclaimed 2019 film Winter Journey, co-written by Mr. Goldsmith, directed by Anders Ostergaard, and starring Bruno Ganz in his very last film. Mr. Goldsmith is also the author of Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance, the story of his grandfather and uncle, who were two of the more than 900 passengers on the ill-fated Jewish refugee ship St. Louis in 1939, and his own six-week journey in their footsteps in 2011. Mr. Goldsmith also wrote and performed six Composer Portraits (in-depth stories of the lives and music of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Copland) on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Martin Goldsmith has been a classical music radio programmer and presenter for more than fifty years. He semi-retired three years ago from Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington, DC, where he now hosts music programs on weekend afternoons. He was the company’s initial director of classical music programming, beginning in 2000. For ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he served as the host of “Performance Today,” National Public Radio’s daily classical music program. During Mr. Goldsmith’s tenure as host, PT won the coveted Peabody Award for broadcasting. 
Camp Scholarships
The Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix is pleased to announce limited, need-based camperships for Jewish children from Maricopa County to attend Jewish summer camp in North America. Please make note that funding priority is given to overnight, immersive experiences.
In order to be eligible for summer camp assistance, campers must:
* be entering grades K-12 in Fall 2023
*Be enrolled in a program hosted by a non-profit organization.
Programs in Israel, even those sponsored by camps, are not eligible for this funding. Israel funding can be accessed at:
Funding is made possible by generous grants from the Molly Blank Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, The Harold and Jean Grossman Camping Scholarship Endowment Fund, the Gloria and Sidney Kasper Endowment Fund, The Labe Eric Targovnik Endowment Fund, The Jack Bromfield Endowment Fund, The Kenneth Maltenfort Endowment Fund as well as very generous donors to the Center for Jewish Philanthropy.
Go to for more information and the campership application. Completed applications are due by noon on March 6,2023. All questions regarding camp scholarships should be directed to Andrea Cohen at 480-481-1784


There's still time for 9th- to 12th-graders to register for Hebrew High.

Hebrew High brings all Jewish teens together from across the valley for exciting programs, interesting classes, and special events. See your friends, make new ones, and have meaningful Jewish experiences. Electives range from arts and culture to modern issues and beyond. Tuesday nights, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the JCC in Scottsdale. Scholarships available. 

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The Phoenix Holocaust Association  

The January newsletter is out. Click here for news of upcoming programs and lots more.


JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment


Click here to find the January calendar of events.

Look for upcoming dates for our programs below

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah

Friday, January 20 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Friday, February 10 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Saturday, February 257 - 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning service

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

Saturday, March 18 - 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning service

Friday, March 31 - 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.


January 21

February 11

March 11

April & May - tbd

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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

Here is the link to the YEP! registration form.

Second Semester Dates:

January 22

February 5 & 26

March 5 & 19

April 2, 16 & 30

May 7



Friday, January 20, 2023

Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Torah Talk

Sunday, January 22, 2023


Monday, January 23, 2023

Rabbi's class

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 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 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, Belle Merwitzer

 Caring Committee

Amy Bessen,


Paulette Fraenkel, 

 Social Action

Leona Garza, 

  Movie Time

Dr. Stephanie Kirklin, 

 YEP! Director of

 Curriculum & Online 

 Learning Center

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   


Vicki Mardell, 


Reisa Miller,


Scott Rudin


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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