October 3 - October 9, 2022 Tishri 5782

The office will be closed from 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4 - sundown to Wednesday,

October 5th in observance of Yom Kippur.

The office will be closed from sundown, Sunday, October 9th through

sundown, Monday, October 10th in observance of Sukkot

Phone and email will be monitored for emergencies.

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Dear Friends,

Gemar chatimah tovah! It was wonderful to see so many of you all of you at Rosh Hashanah services whether in person or via Zoom. Rabbi and our choir did a fabulous job and we are looking forward to sharing Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur with you.

****It is important to us that you please confirm your reserved seat with us by Monday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. We had many no shows on Rosh Hashanah and those were seats that we could have been filled with individuals we may have had to turn away. I appreciate those of you who did let me know ahead of time that you weren’t able to attend. 

Please don’t shy away from in person services if you are concerned about parking. We had plenty of spaces for everyone. Thank you to everyone who carpooled or met family and friends at Coolwater Church and brought one car to our parking lot. We encourage you to please do the same for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning services. Afternoon should not be a problem.

Machzorim: Returning members should have a Machzor at home (white is Yom Kippur), from past two year's online services. We encourage you to write your name on the cover, and put it in your car so you will have it for all services. We have a limited number of Machzorim at the synagogue, which will be provided to new members. Family service will be on a Power Point, and you will not need a Machzor. Thank you in advance.
Here is the schedule for services:
Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 4th at 6:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 5th
Family service at 8:45 a.m.
Main service at 10:45 a.m.
Please remember to bring your donations for Mom’s Pantry and put them directly into their vehicle

Break at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Yoga - Need a little R&R during this spiritual time? Join Madeline Sherman, a certified 200-hour yoga instructor for a beginner yoga practice with a concluding meditation. We will relax and unwind with a gentle yoga flow class (movement) and then reflect on our past year from this place of calm. Bring your own mat or blanket.

Torah Study on Forgiveness - Guided discussion with Madeline Sherman on these essential questions: 
  • Is forgiveness important? 
  • What is our current relationship to forgiveness and how does it play out in our relationships? 
  • How can engaging more fully in the practice of forgiveness help to create more vibrant relationships with ourselves and with others?  

Afternoon service, YizkorNeilahHavdalah and final Shofar blast begins at 3:00 p.m.
All are encouraged to attend and we are excited, Gd willing, to resume the experience of giving private time before the open Ark during Neilah. It is a wonderful and meaningful tradition at Congregation Kehillah.
We will have Yizkor Books available for members attending in person. For those of you who joining us via Zoom for Yizkor, here is the Yizkor Book for you to download and use either on your computer or print it out, 

Click this PDF link to download and print out the Yizkor Book:




LAST CALL! The trip you've always wanted!

Join Rabbi Sharfman and others for a trip of a lifetime. Fabulous itinerary and small group!

Looking for two more people to travel with us. You don’t want to miss out an a trip of a lifetime!  If you’d Iike to learn more, Rabbi is happy to speak with you. The deadline is upon us.

Dates: October 23rd - November 7th!

For more information and to register, please visit https://congregationkehillah.org/watch-this-space-for-future-trips-to-israel/. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] 



October 9th to October 16th.

Sukkot starts Sunday night, October 9th and ends at sundown on Sunday, October 16th. Have some fun and connect with others safely in our Sukkah. Invite your family and/or friends to join you in fulfilling the Mitzvah of eating in a Sukkah. We invite you to add a decoration or two and please take a picture to share with us.

Please do not bring any pork, shellfish or mixing of milk and meat into the Sukkah. To reserve your spot, email [email protected].  Both Sundays are already reserved as is Tuesday, October 11th.



NEW DATE: Tuesday, October 11

6:00 p.m.

Roll-out party on enclosed CK patio

Bunco anyone? Do we have any Bunco players? We are looking to start a WNO Bunco group on the second Tuesday of the month. Please email Renee, [email protected], to sign up! We need at least 12 players each time. If more women register, we will rotate players. Join in on the fun and a chance to get to know other Women of Kehillah better.


Friday,October 14

6:30 p.m.

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

Rabbi Sharfman and Cantorial soloists Scott Leader and Erica Erman will be together on the bimaand October birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated.

  • You are welcome to join us for in person services. We appreciate your RSVP ahead of time. A Zoom link will be sent to members who cannot attend in person but wish to participate via Zoom. Non-members who would like to join us for services (either in-person or through Zoom), please email Renee.
  • We encourage all those attending in person to wear a mask.
  • During services, several rows in the front of the sanctuary will be reserved for congregants and potential new members who wish to wear masks. 
  • The reserved rows are for those who feel safer sitting next to other mask wearers. Otherwise, mask wearers may sit anywhere in the sanctuary.

October birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated.

We look forward to seeing you!



October 16th & 30th

November 6th & 20th

December 4th & 11th

Please remember to fill out this brief secure form for each child you are enrolling: Online YEP! registration form. You can pay the $125/per child YEP! supply fee here: YEP! supply fee


Welcome to Judaism

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, https://www.bjephoenix.org/course-events/2022/08/29/welcome-to-judaism-virtual.

Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 

Class dates:

No October classes

November 14th & 21st

December 5th, 12th & 19th


Happy Birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!

October  3  - Ian Shore

October  4  - Noah Zemel

October  4  - Paulette Morganstern

October  5  - Jonathan Seeliger

October  9  - Mat Sherman

October 10 - Richard Goldman

October 10 - Olivia Edelstein

October 11 - Penny Wolkis

October 12 - Rebecca Shore

October 12 - Andrew Abrams

October 20 - Jill Higgins

October 23 - Madeline Dolgin

October 25 - Debbie Sobel

October 27 - Belle Merwitzer

October 31 - Lindsay Fleet

October 31 - Eva Kanefsky


Happy Anniversary!

Mazel Tov!

October  6  - Scott & Nadine Leader

October 18 - Andrew & Eryn Cohen

October 19 - David & Daisy Goldfarb

October 26 - Alan & Karen Thursby



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

Joe Ettinger

Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin

Cathy Michels

Davie Glaser


Memorial Plaques

Thank you to the family and friends of the following for purchasing memorial plaques:

Barbara Sharfman

Captain Shawn Braaten

Janet Malka

John Woods

Lillian Stitzer

Mitchell Schwam 

There is still time to purchase a memorial plaque in memory of your loved ones. Please fill out this form and return it to Renee.

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

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.


Will receive gifts of stock on behalf of Congregation 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.

Congregation Kehillah has been issued a $69.47 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between January 1 and March 31, 2022. 


Happy end of summer! We got some rest, went to the beach, and thought about new topics for lectures and CLE's. Upcoming this year, we will also have social events, continue with our mentoring program, and support the Collaborative Bar events. Additional events will be announced as soon as they are finalized. 

Save the Dates:

November 8 - join us from 11:30am-1:00pm for a CLE with Paul Eckstein who will discuss the filibuster. Lunch will be provided. (flyer below)

December- join us for a Meet the Bench co-hosted with SABA - date forthcoming

January 19 - join us from 4:00-5:30pm for a presentation from Sheila Polk who will speak about the Holocaust program for prosecutors via Zoom.

Todah Rabah (thank you!) for your continued support! If you are interested in becoming more involved with AJLA and helping us put together these great programs, please email us at [email protected].

B'Shalom and wishing everyone an early Shana Tova!

The AJLA Board 

Attention 9th-12th Graders! There's still time 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.

Come Tuesday nights from 7-9pm to the JCC in Scottsdale. Scholarships available. Click here:  www.hhphx.org ) 

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The Phoenix Holocaust Association  The October newsletter is out. Click here for news of upcoming programs and lots more.


October at the JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment


With temperatures rising outside, it is the perfect time to stay cool inside and take advantage of the Center for Senior Enrichment spring and summer virtual offerings FREE on ZOOM! 

Click here to find the October calendar of events.

The Center for Senior Enrichment calendar has been enhanced to help participants find and register for classes. Please see the below instructions for guidance on how to navigate the updated calendar. 


Look for upcoming dates for our programs below

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat morning

B'nai Mitzvah

Friday, October 14 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 15 - 10:00 a.m.

   Sippy Cup Shabbat

Friday, October 28 - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18 - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 2 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 16 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17 - 10:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Jacqueline Schatzberg

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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.


October - none

November 19

December 10

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.

 Fall Semester dates:

October 16 & 30

November 6 & 20

December 4 & 11



Tuesday, October 4

Erev Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 5

Yom Kippur

Sundays, October 16 & 30


Tuesday, October 11

Ladies Bunco Night

Saturday, October 15

Sippy Cup Shabbat

Saturday, November 19

Torah Talk

Friday, December 2

Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, December 3

Shabbat morning service

Saturday, December 10

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. Email Rich Fox at [email protected].  


Don't miss any of our emails...

Please make sure that periodically you check your Spam and Junk folders for emails from [email protected]. 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.


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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

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


Congregation Kehillah

602-369 7667

[email protected] - congregationkehillah.org

5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Mailing Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050

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