April 29-May 5, 2019 / Nisan 5779
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Dear Congregants,  

On Shabbat morning, the last day of Passover, when the community was about to recite the Yizkor (memorial) prayers, there was an anti-Semitic hate attack with an assault weapon on the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California. To date, there has been one death and several injured. You have probably read statements from the major Jewish organizations condemning the attacks and expressing outrage and concern. It is certainly important to issue such statements and that they be widely disseminated. I would like to approach this differently. Prayers and statements are needed, but they are not enough.
 
While my heart, like yours, is breaking, how about if we do something? A very powerful response, in addition to political work to ban assault weapons, is for us to increase our own vigilance in our neighborhoods, our places of work, and our institutions. (Kehillah's board has undertaken a number of actions including hiring law enforcement to be present at each service, program, and school session for six months now.)  As a rabbinic hero of mine, the Rabbi of the Warsaw Ghetto, Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Schapira (also known as The Esh Kodesh/The Holy Fire from the title of one of his books) taught in the midst of the most horrible of conditions for our people, it is time to engage. He noted that the Red Sea did not split until the people jumped in, i.e., took action. Once they did, the miracle happened. 
 
Anti-Semitism is not going away any time soon. Let's bond together and recognize the strength we possess. Make it a point to be more active in and supportive of your synagogue, the focal point of our collective endeavor. Prioritize your Jewish learning and that of your children. Attend Kabbalat Shabbat and Torah Talk to support your community and for your personal growth. Our tradition has deep wisdom regarding life and love to share. And always remember to be proud of who we are and what we have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the world.
 
With love and blessing,
 
Rabbi
 
 

THIS WEEK______________________________________

WNO - Women's Night Out
Tuesday, April 30
6:00 p.m.

We'll meet at Ziggy's Il Posto (9832 N. 7th St., #4, Phoenix, AZ 85020 ), to enjoy some post-Passover pasta and pizza! See the flier for details. Psst! You can bring your costume jewelry donations for our social action partnership to this dinner!

MOK - Men of Kehillah 
Tuesday, April 30
7:00 p.m.

We'll meet at Maggiano's, 16405 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Please RSVP to Rich Fox, phoks1@hotmail.com.  
  TORAH TALK
May 4 Torah Talk
Parashat Acharei Mot  
Leviticus 16:1-18:30
  Saturday, May 4
  10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
 

Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk is led by Rabbi Sharfman and is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 2.
 
To receive email reminders about Torah Talk, send your emaill address to Ellen. This is our last Torah Talk before we break for the summer. Come join us for the last session of the year!  
  YEP!  
  Sunday, May 5
  9:30 a.m.-12 noon 
   
  The next YEP! session after this one, on May 19, is the final YEP! session of the year.

SUNDAY SCHMOOZE at CAFE KEHILLAH
Sunday, May 5 (also May 19)
9:30 a.m. on the patio 
 
 
All are invited to come on by for a cup of coffee, bite of food, and conversation with your fellow Kehillah members.
No need to RSVP -- just show up and schmooze!

(YEP! parents, drop your kids off, park your car, and stay to meet other YEP! parents and Kehillah members. )

Thank you to the Seeliger/McCarthy family for providing food and drinks for yesterday's Schmooze, and to the Schatzberg family for providing food and drinks for our May 5 Schmooze.
UPCOMING______________________________________
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KABBALAT SHABBAT
Friday, May 10
6:30 p.m. - special start time 
 
 
 
Services will include
  • a special year-end presentation by our YEP! students
  • recognition of May birthdays and anniversaries, and
  • special blessings for those traveling to Israel.  
Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and women4women tempe.    
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  Sunday, May 19
  Late morning/early afternoon
   
   
Movie Time meets on the third or fourth Sunday of most months; click here for updated information and
to get on the Movie Time email reminder/update list, or send your name and email address to Leona. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  
Monday, May 20
1:00 p.m.; RSVP for location information 
 
Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. We've revised our reading schedule; please click here for updated information. At our May meeting, we'll discuss The Healing of America, by T.R. Reid. Please click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Sherry.
SOCIAL ACTION
NCJWKehillah is partnering with National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to make Mother's Day special for kids and moms at Sojourner Center.

Donate your costume jewelry!
 
Remember how much fun it was to choose a gift for your mom on Mother's Day? And to see her face light up when she opened it? The kids at Sojourner Center can't buy gifts for their moms, so NCJW and Kehillah invite you to donate some of the pretty baubles you no longer wear -- earrings, necklaces, bracelets or pins. Then NCJW will help the children choose and wrap something special for their moms.

Please contact Paulette to arrange to give your donations, or bring your donations to Kabbalat Shabbat this week.

Sojourner Center provides support for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
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It's in the Ladies' Room, but all are welcome...

to donate!

The Kehillah Cares bag is in our ladies' room, awaiting your donations of kinds of feminine products. (Men, please ask a woman to drop your donations off in the bag.) Many of these donations will go to women4women tempe, whose mission is to help homeless and low-income women in Tempe maintain their dignity and health by distributing feminine hygiene products to those in need.

Please remember to bring donations to women4women tempe -- along with your donations to Mom's Pantry -- whenever you come to Kehillah!
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Thank you to all who have donated so far to the jewelry drive and to the Passover food drive!                                                ~ Paulette  
OUR KEHILLAH FAMILY
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Marion Krepcio 
Reva Bayla bat Masha
Miriam bat Yetta and Theodore 
Joanne Donnelly
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Mort Berkowitz
Bonnie Karfeld
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah  
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
HaRav Shlomo ben Rut
Kitty Nagy  
David Stern
Howard Glick 
Gittel bat Deborah 
Colleen Carney 
Shoshanna bat Phyllis 
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka 
Rose Sobel,  
    mother of Bruce Sobel  
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I am available to all Kehillah members in times of joy and sadness. Please let me know when I can extend support and comfort to you and your family.
~ Rabbi Sharfman
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Kehillah's "Helping Hearts and Hands" (HHH) volunteers are  
ready to assist you with life's complexities. Click here to find
out how HHH can help you -- and how you can volunteer
to become part of Kehillah's caring brigade. 
  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
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.   
Your donations in any amount are genuinely appreciated. 
Please help support Congregation Kehillah by donating to Kehillah's various funds  
-- to celebrate, honor, remember, give thanks, to assist, or simply to do tzedakah.  
You can donate through our website in any amount or send a check. Congregation Kehlllah is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. (Please consult with your tax adviser.) 
General Fund 
Caring Fund 
Torah Fund 
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund 
Education Fund 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Bookplates  
Memorial Plaques 
You can also plant trees in Israel directly through Kehillah, shiny-tree-button.jpg  
and Jewish National Fund will send a certificate out on your behalf.  
Each tree is $18 and a portion of your donation stays with Kehillah.  
Contact Renee for more information or to place your tree order. 
Here's another great way to support Kehillah:   
celebrate with an Oneg!  
Sponsoring an Oneg is a great way to celebrate your lifecycle events
and other wonderful news with your Kehillah family.
For 2019, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE
Visit www.foothillscaringcorps.com to find out about volunteer opportunities, or call 480-488-1105. The next two volunteer orientations are May 9 and June 13 , both at 9:00 a.m.
Exhibit at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through August 27, 2019: "Mid-Century Phoenix."
Through September 11: We Remember: The Liberators, an original exhibit featuring stories of 10 American, British, and Russian Liberators of Nazi concentration camps; featuring the artwork of Robert Sutz.  
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CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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KABBALAT SHABBAT  
and B'nai Mitzvah  

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.      
   
 
May 10  
(6:30 p.m.) - with YEP! presentation  
 
June 14 
TORAH TALK
   
Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon; locations vary. If you would like to host, by providing a light snack, please let Ellen Lerman know. 
 
May 4  
 
 
   
YEP!  
  Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sundays during the school year from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.   
   
May 5
 
May 19

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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 T ov. If you have an emergency during these times, please leave a message on the Congregation Kehillah phone and we will get back to you. O therwise, we ask that you please call or email us after the Sabbath or holiday ends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IN EVERY ISSUE

QUICK-LOOK CALENDAR      
 
       
 
Tuesday, Apr. 30
Women's Night Out (WNO)  
Men of Kehillah (MOK) 
 
Tuesday, May 2
Yom Hashoah begins at sundown 
 
Saturday, May 4
Torah Talk
 
Sunday, May 5
Sunday Schmooze
YEP!  
 
Tuesday, May 7
Yom Hazikaron begins at sundown
 
Wednesday, May 8
Yom Ha'atzmaut begins at sundown 
 
Friday, May 10
Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., with YEP! presentation  
 
Sunday, May 19
Sunday Schmooze
YEP!  
Movie Time
 
Monday, May 27
Trip to Israel begins
 
Friday, June 14
Kabbalat Shabbat

  
    
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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.
 
 
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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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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 come to Kehillah.    
 
       
 
   
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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Scott Leader,
  Cantorial Soloist
Renee Joffe,                
  Administrator

Board of Directors:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
Joseph Ettinger,
  Member at Large
Henry Fleet,
  Member at Large
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
  High Holy Days Chair
Dr. Bruce Sobel,
   Member at Large
Dan Sommer,
   Member at Large
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Paul Lavin,
  Finance Manager
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Judith Clancy,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chair
Davie Glaser,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chair
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
  Projects
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book
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Congregation Kehillah   
602-369-7667
info@congregationkehillah.org    |     congregationkehillah.org
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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