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March 6 - March 12, 2023 / Adar 5783

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Tonight - one night only!

Please RSVP for the HAMANTASHAN HAPPY HOUR. The Shpiel will NOT be available via ZOOM.

One of the four Mitzvot of Purim is to help out those less fortunate. If you are attending our  Purim Shpiel please bring either canned goods or toiletries to be donated to Mom’s Pantry. Thank you in advance.


Donations can be made online here or via check made payable to “American Friends of Leket Israel” and sent to P.O. Box 2090, Teaneck, NJ 07666. You can also contact me with a Matanot L’evyonim pledge before, or on, Purim day.

Fall in love with Israel this Fall
(mid October - early November)

Have you wanted to visit Israel with Rabbi? Wanting a small, semi-private group trip with great experiences at a bit of a slower pace? Let us know ASAP. Rabbi is working on a fabulous itinerary to accommodate those who are interested. Email Renee: or Rabbi:



Welcome to Judaism

Monday, March 6

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,

Spring dates for Rabbi's class:

March 6 - Purim Shpiel at the synagogue

March 20, 27

April 3, 17, 24

May 1


Saturday, March 12

10:30 a.m.

Join us to explore the Torah portion Ki-Tisa.

Ki-Tisa (“When You Elevate”) opens as God tells Moses to collect a half-shekel donation from all Israelites and to anoint the Mishkan(Tabernacle), its vessels, and the priests. The Israelites worship the golden calf and Moses breaks the tablets. Moses beseeches God to forgive, and returns with a second set of tablets.

Come join our discussion on Zoom. RSVP to Renee:




Friday, March 17

1:00 p.m.

Private home; location provided with

your RSVP

We'll be discussing West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge. 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, March 17

6:30 p.m.

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

Join Rabbi Sharfman and Cantorial Soloists Scott Leader and Eric Goldman on the bimah. March birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated.

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.

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

We look forward to welcoming Shabbat with you!


Here are the dates for YEP! classes for the rest of the school year.

March 26

April 2, 16 & 30

May 7

Do you have a green thumb and a watering can? We are looking for a volunteer or two who would be willing to visit the synagogue once a week to water our newly planted garden. For Tu B’Shevat our YEP! students planted sunflower seeds and wildflowers on the exterior sides of the patio. The hose is in the back by the shed and ready for you to fill your watering can! Please let Renee know if you are interested in this mitzvah.


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 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.
CKYA - Jewish Young Adults
February/March Events for young(ish) Jews
​Hello everyone,
​It's been a minute but we hope that everyone is settling into a groove for 2023! We are continuing to meet new Jewish young adults everywhere we turn- it's madness. Who let out the secret of how cool Arizona is becoming?!?! Just kidding, we're excited to see that our community is growing 😎
​We have a few exciting events ahead of us that we hope you will enjoy!
​​⭐ Monday, March 6th- Watch your peers put on a hysterical Purim Spiel to the tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (a little "who loves you pretty baby" and "let's hang on to what we've got") and enjoy a Hamantaschen happy hour. 
​​⭐ Join us for St Patrick's Day for the third installment of our Shhhhbat Speakeasy Series.
​Lastly, I wanted to give a quick shoutout to one of our INCREDIBLE members, Aleeza Kaplan who is now the official 🤘 Phoenix Community Hub manager 🤘 for the organization OneTable. OneTable provides funding and empowers folks (21-39ish) to find, share, and enjoy Shabbat dinners, making the most of their Friday nights.
​If you have an interest in hosting a Shabbat dinner for your peers, please reach out to her at or sign up at More details to come on this opportunity!
As always, text/email us with any questions or great ideas for new events at 602-686-3010.
​Madeline and Mat


Happy Birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!

March 1 - Lin Katzenstein

March 1 - Pete Catalano

March 4 - Alan Michels

March 4 - Andrea Zemel

March 4 - Erica Erman

March 8 - Susan Heigh

March 9 - Carter Fleet

March 11 - Mara Gossack

March 12 - Whitney Sobel

March 12 - Evelyn Simon

March 15 - Rebekah McCarthy

March 17 - Russell Heigh

March 19 - Ike Fox

March 19 - Paula Weitzenberg

March 20 - Emma Paige Catalano

March 24 - Bradley Osterweil

March 29 - Oren Cox

March 30 - Annette Sarrazine

March 31 - Emalyn Kiselman

March 31 - Jordan Bock

Happy Anniversary!

Mazel Tov!

March 11 - Michael & Pamela Shaffner

March 17 - Mark & Barbara Solow

March 18 - Henry & Lindsay Fleet

March 19 - Scott & Robin Rudin

March 20 - Jordan & Sharon Bock

March 22 - Cantor Howard & Marjorie Tabaknek

March 26 - Oren & Marci Cox


The Carnival was a huge success thanks to Rich Fox and his team of volunteers. Lots of new faces of all ages and current CK members. Thank you for being so welcoming!


Rich Fox

Rich Goldman

Jolene Searcy

Naomi Fox

Howie & Megan Schatzberg

Ilene Malka

Bob Bessen

Debbie Sobel

Whitney Sobel

Mara Gossack

Thank you to Leah of Ben Levi Catering for donating Hamentaschen for both of our Purim events. 

Here’s what you missed: 


Mazel Tov to Howie Schatzberg on receiving The People's Choice Award Photographer of the Year!

Pictured are Howie, Jacqueline and Megan Schatzberg.

We are looking for some people who are able to do cook meals for a congregant and their spouse at this time. There are several dietary restrictions and those will be provided to you once you respond that you are able to help out. Please email Renee, for more information. Thank you in advance.

Refaeinu . . .

Lisa Samuels

Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller

Kathleen (Katie) Cullen-Todora,

mother of Debra LeBlanc

Karen Thursby

Craig Golub

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


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 


Education Fund

Rachel Segal - in honor of the Erman Family and the birth of Shaina Rose

Congregation Kehillah has been issued a $124.99 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between October 1 and December 31, 2022.

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.




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. 


Jewish Life Television, the nation’s premier 24-7 English language, Jewish-themed television network, is now available to Cox Communications' subscribers on Cox Channel 184 in Greater Phoenix.

More cultural than religious, JLTV welcomes viewers of all faiths to enjoy its high quality programming, both original and acquired, including Fauda (ranked the 8th best international series of the 2010s by The New York Times), Prisoners of War (ranked the #1 best international series of the 2010s by The New York Times and the inspiration for Showtime’s Homeland) and Servant of the People (starring Ukrainian President and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Volodymyr Zelensky). 

At a time when we are seeing soaring antisemitism, JLTV entertains, educates, and informs its multi-faith audience about the Jewish cultural and religious experience in the United States, in Israel and around the World, through programming across multiple genres, including cooking, children’s, classics, comedy, drama, exercise, history, inspiration, lifestyle, news and talk, travel and so much more. 

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The Phoenix Holocaust Association  

Click here for news of upcoming programs and lots more.


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

Friday, March 17 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Friday, March 31 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Thursday, April 13 - Passover Yizkor

Friday, April 14 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Friday, April 28 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Saturday, April 29 - Bar Mitzvah of

Benjamin Scherer

Friday, May 12 - 6:30 p.m. KS

Saturday, May 27 - Shavuot/Yizkor

on Zoom only

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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.


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:

March 26

April 2, 16 & 30

May 7



(subject to change)

Monday, March 6

Purim Shpiel

Saturday, March 11

Torah Talk

Monday, March 13


Friday, March 17

Book Group

Friday, March 17

Kabbalat Shabbat

Monday, March 20

Rabbi's class

Sunday, March 26


Monday, March 27

Rabbi's class

Friday, March 31

Kabbalat Shabbat

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

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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