Aug. 6-12, 2018 / Av 5778  
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wine and cheese  WELCOME BACK WINE & CHEESE OPEN HOUSE Shabbat candles
  Friday, August 17
  6:15 p.m. - Wine & Cheese Open House with activities for YEP! aged children,  
  led by YEP! staff 
  7:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat followed by an Oneg featuring an Ice Cream social
  Our first service back after summer break! Please put it on your calendar now, and invite your friends!   
  Please RSVP to Renee by August 10.  
  Sunday, August 19
  Late morning/early afternoon
  Movie Time meets on the third Sunday of most months; click here for updated information and to get  
  on the Movie Time email reminder/update list. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.
  Sunday, August 19
  9:45 a.m. 
  Join us for our first meeting of the season, on the synagogue patio. Please RSVP to Renee  
  by Thursday, August 17.  
   Thursday, August 23
   6:00 p.m.
   Watch this space for restaurant information!

   Thank you to all the women who contributed women's hygiene products at our last WNO get-together!
   Items were donated to Women4Women. This will be an ongoing effort, along with our bra collection. 
Saturday, September 1
Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
Havdalah at 7:00 p.m., followed by program
Selichot is a spiritual practice (not a holiday) that helps us prepare intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually for the High Holy Days. It is when we first hear phrases from our most moving and powerful High Holy Days prayers; when we first hear parts of some beloved High Holy Days melodies; when we "dress up" our Torah, changing the cover from its everyday garb to holiday white. Join us for this beautiful and inspiring evening; please RSVP by August 24.
  Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  Sunday, September 2
  10:00 a.m.
  At the home of Ilene Riffle click to RSVP .
  Book Group meets on the first Sunday of most months; dates and locations may
  change, so please click here for updated information (including our complete fall reading list!)
  and to get on the Book Group email list. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.
  WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT - Antique Tea
   Sunday, October 21

   2:00 p.m.

   Please save the date and watch this space for more informaton 
10th Anniversary & Building Dedication
Friday, December 7
Sunday, December 9 
Keep your calendars open for this not-to-be-missed weekend celebration!
Friday, December 7
Shabbat - a very special, festive musical service along with a Chanukat Ha-bayit (the dedication of our new home) and a celebratory Oneg.

Sunday, December 9
9:30-11:00 a.m.
YEP! KEHILLAHversary Chanukah Celebration!
YEP! families will learn about Congregation Kehillah and Chanukah while competing for a special grand prize!
"Adults only" evening party, featuring a lively trivia challenge (fun to play or just cheer from the sidelines) and refreshments.
Please help us welcome

Jean Greenberg

We look forward to getting to know you!
A note from Renee:

Wow! It's almost August and hard to believe that we are asking you to start thinking about the High Holy Days!
Rosh Hashanah  begins Sunday evening, September 9th. Once again, we have been busy working with Rabbi Sharfman, the choir and wonderful, devoted, hard-working volunteers under the direction of Jane Neely to make these High Holy Days awe inspiring. We will be holding two services once again this year for Rosh Hashanah  morning and Yom Kippur morning. As our synagogue continues to grow, we are striving to provide a comfortable and meaningful experience for all our congregants.
Saturday, September 1, 6:30 p.m.
Our Selichot program helps prepare us intellectually, emotionally and spiritually for the High Holy Days. Please see the Selichot section above and RSVP by August 24.

Sunday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.  
One service for the entire congregation 
Monday, September 10, 8:45 a.m.
Early service for our families with YEP! students in grades 2-8.
This is not a children's service, but a service for families. 
Monday, September 10, 10:45 a.m.
Main service                                                        
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. - Kol Nidre
One service for the entire congregation
Wednesday, September 19, 8:45 a.m.
Early service for our families with YEP! students in grades 2-8.
This is not a children's service, but a service for families.
Wednesday, September 19, 10:45 a.m.
Main service
Wednesday, September 19, 3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Service/Yizkor/Neilah/Havdalah  
One service for the entire congregation
Break the Fast follows at the conclusion of Havdalah  
(Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Renee.)
Reservations are required for Break the Fast; please RSVP by September 5.

 I invite you to share this High Holy Days season of teshuva (return) with Congregation Kehillah - returning to community, hope, possibility, G-d, prayer, love, and the best that is in each of us. Your presence and participation will enhance our Holy Days, and we, in turn, hope to provide you with a truly meaningful, uplifting, inspirational and transformative High Holy Days experience.
~ Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

All Kehillah members in good standing or who have made arrangements for dues payments receive tickets for the High Holy Days as part of their membership. Still need to make your dues payment arrangements? No one is turned away due to financial constraints! Adjustments can be arranged through a confidential call to our office phone, 602-369-7667. You will be treated with absolute respect and discretion.

Yizkor Book

Payment must be received at least 10 days prior to the holidays.

Holiday email

Tickets will be mailed through USPS a few weeks before  
Rosh Hashanah. When you receive your tickets, please
examine them carefully; they will indicate which
services to attend, based on what we believe to be
the best fit for you and your family.
If you have any questions, please call Renee, 602-369-7667. 
Please note that mail should be sent to our post office box address:
Congregation Kehillah
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439
Phoenix, AZ 85050

You may also use our secure website link  to pay by credit card.

We look forward to sharing the High Holy Days  
with you and your family.

and make a difference in students' lives!

We hope to send children back to school with brand-new backpacks filled with   schoolbus-rear-sm.jpgschool supplies. We are partnering once again with   Arrowhead Elementary School  and   Grandparents Raising Grandchildren   (a program of Duet ). To do this, we need your help!  

How to get involved 
Buy and donate items from the list below or send a donation!  (Your donations are tax-deductible!)  

You can...  
    >  Bring your donations to our Kabbalat Shabbat Welcome Back Wine & Cheese Open House on August 17. 
    >  Bring your donations to a summer meeting of Women's Night Out, Book Group, or Movie Time and leave them with the volunteer leader.

    >  Make checks payable to Congregation Kehillah, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050. Please reference "Supplies for Success" on your check. 
    >  Donate online.   For "Fund," select "Social Action." In "Message" box, type "Supplies for Success."
Thank you!  

Welcome to Judaism:  
A Course for Beginners 
& Those Who Love Them

Rabbi Sharfman will be teaching this introductory course through the BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education).  

The course will provide a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism: History, holidays and observances, life observances, life cycle events, theology, prayer, and communal life will be explored through Jewish texts, beliefs, and customs.   T his course is open to non-Jews, non-Jews with their Jewish partners, and Jewish adults interested in further exploring Judaism.

Classes will be held on Mondays, October 22 through December 17*, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Cost: $36.

*Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 17  

Register here or contact the BJE 
at 480-634-8050 or

We can't wait to start a new year of YEP!  

Parent orientation and the first session of our Youth Education
Program for grades K-8 is Sunday, August 19 - but we're looking forward to seeing our students sooner, at special staff-led YEP! activities during our  Aug. 17 Welcome Back Open House Kabbalat Shabbat.

If you have children or grandchildren who are too old for YEP!,
we encourage you to follow up with Hebrew High, for students
in grades 9-12. Hebrew High is the only program in the Valley
for Jewish teens of all different affiliations to meet and interact
regularly with their peers. It is an academic as well as a social
experience designed specifically to meet the developmental
needs of adolescents.
Introducing TEEN CONNECT, our new section focusing on the
teenagers in your life! If you know youngsters who have aged out of YEP! (see the section directly above), you can keep them on the path of lifelong Jewish learning and community with the activities and events we'll post in TEEN CONNECT.
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Come to Israel with us in 2019!  
May 27-June 10, 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  Imagine early summer in Israel -- and you can do Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Jerusalem while we are there!   
*Non-stops to and from LAX on El Al: Leave from LAX mid-day May 27 (Memorial Day) and return to LAX June 10 (morning).

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.  
Congregation Kehillah's Fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.  
Have you sent in your renewal yet?
A note from Renee Joffe, Kehillah Administrator:

Many thanks to all our congregants for another wonderful year at Congregation Kehillah. We hope you had a great experience and we look forward to spending another year with you. During the summer our team has been meeting and planning for the year.

You should have received Kehillah membership renewal email, which included a letter from Kehillah President Rich Goldman. You can also read Rich's letter here.

Please take a moment to take care of your membership renewal. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Mazel tov to . . . 
Dave and Leona Goldfarb on the birth of their grandson, Reid Douglas Palmer. Reid's parents are Chad and Liz Palmer
Michelle Deutsch on her engagement to John Doran 
Condolences to . . .  
Barbara Sharfman and Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman on the passing of Lois Parness 
We send prayers of healing to . . . 
Beracha bat Esther 
Marcia Schneider
Pamela Miller
Barbara Berniker
Arlene Maletta
Irma Gottlieb
Bonnie Karfeld
Jennifer Schaeffer
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  
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
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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. 
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Our new Memorial Board 
Thanks to a generous donation from Dan and Evelyn Simon, in honor of Evelyn's birthday, a second Memorial Board is now hanging in our sanctuary. 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 distributed on Yom Kippur and at yizkor services on our festivals. Click here for the Memorial Board form . If you have any questions, please   contact Renee .
Social Action Fund  
Barbara Sharfman (for Supplies for Success Drive)
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 
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 2018-2019, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
Fund. Meet residents of Gaza border communities and hear their stories. Monday, August 20 at Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Registration at 6:00 p.m.; program from 6:30-8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Ashley Iwahashi at or 480-447-8100, ext. 952. 
Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel Photography by Joel Zolondek. On exhibit through the summer at Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
and B'nai Mitzvot 

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
Aug. 17 
  Welcome Back
Wine & Cheese Open House, with a special activity for YEP!-aged children (led by staff) 
Sept. 9 (Sun.)   
  Erev Rosh Hashanah 
Sept. 10 (Mon.) 
  Rosh Hashanah 
Sept. 18 (Tues.)   
  Kol Nidre
Sept. 19
  Yom Kippur
Sept. 28
  With Oneg in the Sukkah
Oct. 12
Oct. 13 (Sat.)
  Carter Toppel Bar Mitzvah
Oct. 26
Oct. 27 (Sat.)
  Carly Resnick Bat Mitzvah
Nov. 9, 16
Dec. 7
  10th Anniv/Dedication weekend
Dec. 21

Jan 11
  Alex Abrams Bat Mitzvah: Pre-services oneg at 6:15, services at 7:00 p.m. followed by regular oneg
Jan 25
Feb. 8, 22
Feb. 23 (Sat.)
  Naomi Fox Bat Mitzvah
Mar. 8, 22
Apr. 12, 26
May 10
  Honoring mothers
May 17
June 14
  Honoring fathers 
Torah Talks are held most months on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Kehillah members' homes. We take a break for summer. 

Torah learning continues with Rabbi's weekly Shabbat message and candle lighting reminders.

Questions? Please direct them to Ellen Lerman. We'll post our schedule soon!   
  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

Aug. 17 (Fri.)
  Special staff-led YEP! activity at our Welcome Back Open House Kabbalat Shabbat
Aug. 19
  First session of the term, with parent orientation
Aug. 26
Sept. 16

Sept. 30
  In the Sukkah, with congregation
Oct. 14, 28
Nov. 4, 18
Dec. 2
Dec. 9  

  KEHILLAHversary Chanukah Celebration (10th Anniv/Dedication
Dec. 16

Jan. 13, 27

Feb. 3, 24
Mar. 10, 24
Apr. 14, 28
May 5, 19



Friday, Aug. 17
Kabbalat Shabbat/ Welcome back wine & cheese open house

Sunday, Aug. 19
Men of Kehillah
Movie Time

Thursday, Aug. 23
Women's Night Out

Sunday, Aug. 26

Saturday, Sept. 1

Sunday, Sept. 2
Book Group
Sunday, Sept. 9 
Erev Rosh Hashanah 

Monday, Sept. 10
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Sept. 16
Movie Time
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Kol Nidre

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Yom Kippur
Friday, Sept. 28
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Sept. 30
YEP! (in the Sukkah, with congregation)
Sunday, Oct. 7
Book Group  
Sunday, Oct. 21
Antique Tea 

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9
Celebrate Kehillah!
10th Anniversary & Building Dedication
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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
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Send your news to Connections

Please send your news or photos to Renee in the Kehillah office before Shabbat for the following Monday's issue.
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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:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  New Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
  High Holy Days 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  
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book

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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.



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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