April 9-15, 2018 / Nisan 5778
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
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Friday, April 13
7:30 p.m.
Services will include the presentation of the Dr. Earl Sharfman Congregational Service Award to Jane Neely. Our Oneg will be sponsored by Jen and Pete Catalano in honor of Isabel's Bat Mitzvah on May 5 .
Please bring your food donations for Mom's Pantry.    
   See the complete service schedule   here.
  Sunday, April 15
  late morning/early afternoon
  Wednesday, April 18
  6:00 p.m.
  Join us for Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israel Independence Day) at Zabari Mediterranean Grill  
  (Kosher restaurant), 3831 E. Thunderbird Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85032 
  Saturday, April 21
  10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
  At the home of Jane Neely; click here to RSVP.
  See the complete Torah Talk schedule here.
  Sunday, April 22
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon  
  See the complete YEP! schedule here
  Sunday, April 29
  10:00 a.m.
  At the home of Ellen Lerman; click to RSVP.
  Click here for updated information. 
Friday, December 7- Festive Kabbalat Shabbat for all ages
Sunday, December 9 -  YEP! morning program and adult afternoon program
More details to come as they develop; watch this space! 
Additions and Corrections
Yom Huledet Sameach!
April 14 - Arlene Maletta 
Come to Israel with us in 2019!  
Is visiting Israel with your family on your wish list?  
Well, now is the time to make it happen!     
Rabbi Sharfman is busy planning a wonderful family trip to Israel right after school ends in 2019. The dates are  
May 29-June 11, 2019 (non-stops to and from LAX on El Al). Imagine 12 nights in Israel and you can do Bar/Bat Mitzvahs on Massada while we are there!  
Kids and adults will have a great time discovering the beauty, culture, history, and modernity that is unique to Israel. Fellow travelers of all ages find Rabbi Sharfman's joy delightfully contagious; and her ability to relate and share her knowledge is unmatched. Rabbi lived in Israel for many years and was a licensed tour guide there!     
We can't wait to share this experience with your family, so let us hear from you! Email Renee to let her know you'd like to receive Israel trip updates.  

We are delighted to announce that Jane Neely
will be presented with the Dr. Earl Sharfman
Congregational Service Award for 2016
and 2017 during our April 13 Kabbalat Shabbat.  
Jane has donated many volunteer hours
to Congregation Kehillah and has supported
us in many ways behind the scenes.
In addition to serving on the Kehillah Board
of Directors, Jane has chaired the High Holy
Days Committee for the past two years and
is Co-Chair of our Hospitality Committee.

Please be sure to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat on April 13
as we honor Jane! Services will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Dr. Earl Sharfman Congregational Service Award, established in 2013 by Earl's wife, Barbara Sharfman, is given to a Kehillah member who best embodies the legacy of Dr. Earl Sharfman.  

In establishing this award, Barbara sought to celebrate and recognize those qualities in people who would continue the work, traditions, values, and lessons in which Earl believed so strongly.

Dr. Earl Sharfman, father of Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, lived by example, demonstrating that service to others was the highest calling. By his actions, he inspired and motivated all those around him to reach for the best within themselves.
The Congregation is invited to share in this simcha . . .  
Katherine Molly Fabricant will be called to the Torah
on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Parents are Sara and David Fabricant. 
For her mitzvah project, Katie is planning and  
funding an enrichment program for Arrowhead  
Elementary School, a Title 1 school located  
in Phoenix and part of Paradise Valley Unified  
School District.   

While Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are not private affairs - as services they are open to all - we do request that you RSVP so the Kiddush luncheon can be planned for the appropriate number of attendees. Thank you.
Women's Night Out  
A "Taste" of Passover: Women's Passover Seder  

Another Shabbat Box Visit 
With the help of YEP!'s Shabbat Box, writes Sheryl Chariton-Kirshenbaum, "We had a lovely Shabbat led by Mia."

Kehillah Care Kits
Kehillah Care Kits are now available and you can replenish your supply whenever you come to Kehillah. We encourage you to keep Kits in your car to hand out as you see fit to those in need. Each Kit contains a pair of socks (one of the most requested items), a mini-bottle of water, and a Nutri-Grain bar.

This is an ongoing Social Action/Mitzvah project. We are requesting a donation of $18 for six bags (on the honor system). To make a donation and support this important project, please  visit our donation page . Then, under "FUND," choose "Social Action." In the message section, type in "Kehillah Care Kits." 

For questions or to help with this project in the future, please email Renee.
Our new Memorial Board 
Thanks to a generous donation from Dan and Evelyn Simon, in honor of Evelyn's birthday, a second Memorial Board for our Sanctuary has been ordered. Both Memorial Boards will be hung up in the Sanctuary in time for the High Holy Days 2018/5779. Now is the perfect time to order your engraved plaques to honor your loved ones who have passed away. For a donation of $360, individual names, with dates of birth and death, will be engraved on a plaque and added to our board. This fee includes a listing in our annually published Yizkor Book. Click here for the Memorial Board form. If you have any questions, please contact Renee.
Mazel Tov . . . 
To Erica Morris and Jared Erman on their
engagement (at Disneyland; see photo, right).
Parents are Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
and Roger Morris and Dr. Russell and Anat Erman.

We send prayers of healing to . . .
Ethan Miller
Irma Gottlieb
Bonnie Karfeld
Reva Bayla bat Masha 
Esti Simhi
Jennifer Schaeffer
Ellen Lerman
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

Tom Bartkus    
Colleen Carney
Shoshanna bat Phyllis
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka
Rose Sobel,
    mother of Bruce Sobel
Judy Sahid, 
    sister of Cathy Michel
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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
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. 
Names are added to the top of the Mishebeirach list  
in the order they are received. 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund  
Feli Van Deman, with thanks to and for everyone at Kehilllah
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 
Adopt a Prayer Book  
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. 
We Remember - Extraordinary Stories of Holocaust Survivors, on exhibit through May 1 Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
April 13:  
Oneg sponsored by Jen and Pete Catalano in honor of Isabel's Bat Mitzvah on May 5
April 27:  
Oneg sponsored by Sara and David Fabricant in honor of Katie's Bat Mitzvah on April 28
May 18:
Pre-service Oneg at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by Renee Joffe and Tom Hrlevich, in honor of Marsha Joffe; and by Richard and Sharon Cohen in honor of their 50th   wedding anniversary. Service begins at 6:00 p.m.  
June 1:   
Final Kabbalat Shabbat before we take a break for summer   
Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Kehillah members' homes. Please RSVP to Ellen Lerman by the Thursday before each Torah Talk. 

April 21
May 20 (Sunday):
Congregational Shavuot 
  Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted. Schedule listed below is subject to change.

April 22
May 6
May 20:
Shavuot for YEP! and Congregation   


Wednesday, April 11
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sundown

Friday, April 13
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, April 15
Movie Time

Tuesday, April 17
Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) begins at sundown

Wednesday, April 18
Women's Night Out
Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israel Independence Day) begins at sundown

Saturday, April 21
Torah Talk

Sunday, April 22

Saturday, April 28
Katie Fabricant Bat Mitzvah

Sunday, April 29
Book Group

Saturday, May 5
Isabel Catalano Bat Mitzvah

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9
10th Anniversary Celebration

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Sponsor an oneg  
Celebrate a lifecycle event or other wonderful news. To reserve your oneg date, please contact Renee at 602-369-7667 or
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Information for Seniors 
The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Childrens 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, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or janet.arnold@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
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Remember "Mom"!  
Reminder: There are hungry neighbors and families experiencing food insecurity throughout the Valley, throughout the year -- even if we can't always see it. Our food collection bin for   Mom's Pantry is always in our lobby. 
Please bring food donations whenever you come to Kehillah.   
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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Renee Joffe, Administrator

Board of Directors:
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  New Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair and
  Girls' Night Out Co-Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
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, Davie Glaser,
Ilene Riffle,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chairs
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Marilyn Morris,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book

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We love hearing from you!

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

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