November 8 - November 14, 2021 Kislev 5782

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

via Zoom

Fourth class is tonight, November 8th!

On Rosh Hashanah morning, Rabbi spoke about remembering and exploring who we are as individuals and as Jews. This class will help!

New students are always welcome to join.


Are you interested in learning about Judaism? Filling in the gaps in your knowledge? This is how to do it!  


"Welcome to Judaism" is an introductory course that provides a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism. Among the areas covered are History, Holidays and Observances, Lifecycle, Theology, Prayer, Israel, and Communal Life. Jews and non-Jews are welcome. 



November 8th, 15th, and 22nd

December 6th

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.


We have listened to the various needs and concerns expressed by our diverse congregation. Over the next few weeks, we will be offering different formats, focusing on safety protocols and the overall experience.
We are excited about resuming in-person services starting on Shabbat morning, November 20th at 10:00 am. Masks and vaccinations will be required. For the safety of all, if you have travelled or been in a crowd recently, please join us via Zoom and we’ll look forward to welcoming you in person another time.
Please look for an email from us tomorrow with a brief questionnaire to help us with planning. Your responses will help us determine if this will be an indoor or an outdoor service.


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MOK (Men of Kehillah) DINNER

Monday, November 15th

7:00 p.m.

Cien Agaves Tacos @ Tequila - Old Town

7228 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Outdoor dining

(It may be cool out, so dress accordingly)

Join us for dinner and conversation at Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila in Old Town.

RSVP directly to Rich Fox at phoks1@hotmail.com



Friday, November 19

1:00 p.m.

in person outdoors, weather permitting

Join us for our next meeting! We'll be discussing Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  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 . 


Sunday, November 21

9:30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday,December 3rd

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.

December birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated during Kabbalat Shabbat.


for newborns- 2 year olds


Interested in a fun, small group trip to Israel AFTER school ends in May? Rabbi is already busy making plans for a May 30th departure. 

Please email info@congregationkehillah.org ASAP to let us know you are interested. 


Once again this year, Congregation Kehillah will be supporting a family through Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) for their annual Chanukah Drive along with two Title 1 schools, Pioneer, and Whispering Winds Academy, for their annual Holiday Drives.  
JFCS family 
  • The family consists of mother, father, 17 month old toddler boy and a grandmother.
  • Requested items
Toddler – size 24-month winter apparel, socks and pajamas; size 6 diapers and wipes; age-appropriate toys, books, bathtub toys and learning toys.
Mother – Needs a dress for services in a size 6 or 8, a gift card may be best. Shops Walmart or Target as well as Fry’s for groceries. Short & long sleeve casual shirts women’s medium. Slippers, and socks
 Father – Shirts in a small, 29 x 28 black jeans, size 8 black Nike tennis shoes for work. Sports toys that he can play with baby
Grandmother – queen size pocket sheets (blue, green, or grey); hand mixer and baking dishes (medium size).

2021 has been a very difficult time for many families and our help is needed even more. The following is a suggested list of items needed for the schools we support:
Grocery gift cards
Walmart, Target, Kohls, Old Navy or any other department gift cards
Art supplies 
School supplies
Warm clothing/coats/sweaters for school age children Kindergarten – 8th grade
Sports equipment
Tennis shoes/gym shoes
Gift cards for hair cuts
New, regifted items also welcome

Whichever option you choose, you can bring donated items or checks to WNO, MOK, YEP! or Shabbat in the Lot. Please clearly mark which organization your check or items are supposed to go to.
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


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 will be matching donations up to $2000.

  • 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)


Happy Birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!


November 12 - Jacqueline Schatzberg

November 13 - Scott Leader

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Welcome New Member....

Paula Weitzenberg

Condolences to...

Leona Goldfarb on the passing of her sister-in-law, Maureen Dragula


Marsha Joffe

Judith Clancy

Gil Blumenthal

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


General Fund

Jane Neely - in memory of John Woods

Paulette Fraenkel - in memory of John Woods

Lilyan Levant - in memory of John Woods

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund

Jane Neely - in memory of Rich Fox's aunt, Gloria Moskowitz


Teen Tzedek Fund

Jane Neely

Ilene Malka - Support our youth to be future Jewish leaders!


Social Action Fund

Paulette Fraenkel - in honor of Renee's 55th birthday

Trees in Israel

Marsha Joffe, Renee Joffe & Tom Hrlevich - 2 trees were planted in honor of Irv Koren's 90th birthday

Lynn Silber - a tree was planted in memory of 100 year old Holocaust survivor, Ella Lerner

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:


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


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. 


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.



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



The Center for Senior Enrichment has released its October 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.

Jewish Marriage University

This is a MUST DO for all serious and engaged and also

MARRIED COUPLES who want to strengthen their relationship.

Special session available for interfaith couples – 

Wednesday, November 17 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Register:  www.bjephoenix.org   (Click on Programs) 

480.634.8050 for more information.


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Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah

November 13th -B'nai Mitzvah of Brian and Eli Hemmert

November 20 - Shabbat morning service

December 3 & 17

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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.



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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.


November 21 

December 5 & 12 



January 9 & 23

February 13 & 27

March 13 & 27 

April 10 & 24

May 1 & 15



Mondays, November 8, 15, & 22

Rabbi's class

Saturday, November 13

B'nai Mitzvah

Friday, November 19

Book Group

Saturday, November 20

Shabbat in the Lot

Sunday, November 21


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 Janet Arnold Rees, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or janet.rees@jfcsaz.org.

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.  


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.


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 and we will get back to you. 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

Leona Garza, 

  Movie Time

Dr. Stephanie Kirklin, 

 YEP! Director of


  & Online Learning Center

Ellen Lerman, 

 Torah Talk and Special   


Vicki Mardell, 


Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel


Scott Rudin


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