August 30 - September  5, 2021/ELUL 5781

Please join us for High Holy Days services, which will be streamed live on YouTube ONLY (no in-person services)
Erev Rosh Hashanah 
Monday, September 6
7:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, September 7 
10:00 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
Wednesday, September 15
7:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur 
Thursday, September 16
10:00 a.m. (morning service)
4:00 p.m. (afternoon service/Yizkor/Neilah/Havdalah
Please join us AFTER Rosh Hashanah morning service via Zoom to greet one another. Also, we invite you to Break the Fast with us via Zoom AFTER the final Shofar blast ofYom Kippur. These Zoom links will be sent a few days prior to the service itself. Remember, all High Holy Days services will be on YouTube and not available via Zoom.

Kehillah's YouTube Channel
We will use YouTube to bring Rabbi Sharfman "live from the sanctuary" into your homes for the High Holy Days. If you haven't already subscribed to the Congregation Kehillah Cave Creek YouTube Channel, we encourage you to do so now: Click on this link to go directly to our channel. Then click on the red "Subscribe" button at the right. 
Once you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you can choose to be notified of High Holy Days Services. We will also send out the links to the live streams closer to the holidays.
(There is no charge to subscribe. Wondering why you should subscribe to our YouTube Channel? Watch this brief video to learn the benefits of subscribing.)
If you are comfortable welcoming family and friends to participate in services at your home, we suggest you watch on your television instead of your computer screen or mobile device. 
How Watch on a Smart TV 
Go to the YouTube app on your Smart TV. 
Search for Congregation Kehillah Cave Creek. 
Click on the HHD service for that evening or day. 
How to Watch on a Computer or Mobile Device 
Click on this link.
Then click on the HHD service for that evening or day.
Still have questions or concerns? Please don't hesitate to ask us!

For more High Holy Days information, click here:


Even during stressful times like these, the basic needs of our community continue and it's become incredibly difficult for many to feed their families because of loss of jobs, sickness and a great amount of worry about whether or not they'll have a place to live.
Our Kehillah community has always been very generous when asked to donate food for our friends in need, especially during our Annual Yom Kippur Food Drive benefitting Mom's Pantry. Once again, this year we're asking you to do something a bit different in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of buying food to bring to the synagogue, we're asking that you to either mail checks directly to Mom's Pantry (in the memo line please put from Congregation Kehillah), or through their website, 
Your kindness and generosity have always been a hallmark of what Kehillah is all about. Let's begin our New Year by helping those in our Phoenix area community who are so in need. Please make your donation now through Yom Kippur, September 16th.

Mom's Pantry
13440 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022

Looking for a one word response. Please send it to:

After our Yizkor Service last year, so many of you told us how meaningful it was to see pictures of your loved ones no longer with us. Once again this year we will be showing a digital remembrance slide show at the beginning of Yom Kippur Afternoon Yizkor service. If you missed out last year and wish to participate this year, email ( their picture(s) along with a brief (two-three sentence) statement about them, dates of birth and death, relationship to you and your name (s). If you can send them in the form of a jpg file, that will make it easier on us and provide the best quality. If you are not able to, scan or take a picture with your phone and email that to us with the rest of the information (please make sure that what you submit contains your name). If you participated last year, you do not need to resubmit your photos. Deadline to submit photos is Tuesday, August 31st.

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

Please email ASAP to let us know you are interested. 

Are You Connected With a Local Non-Profit?
Congregation Kehillah Tzedek Teen Initiative

CK's newest program is a philanthropic leadership program for 8th-12th graders to learn about how to be better leaders and activists in the Jewish and Greater Phoenix communities. We are looking for local non-profit organizations to partner with so we can offer teens hands-on learning opportunities with the local organizations working to make Phoenix a better, healthier community. If there is an organization that you work for, volunteer with, or are just passionate about, please reach out to Rabbi or Renee,  with a contact who we can speak with there!

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
Please consider donating to support Afghan refugees via HIAS
If you would like to mail a check, please send to: 
PO Box 97077
Washington, DC 20090-7077

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) deepens and broadens the Jewish community's commitment to stewardship and protection of the Earth through outreach, activism, and Jewish learning. 
Through a network of Jewish leaders, institutions, and individuals, COEJL mobilizes the Jewish community to conserve resources, increase sustainability, and advocate for policies that support environmental protection

Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

September   3    -  Naomi Fox
September   4    -  Sharon Cohen
September   6    -  Richard Weiland
September   7    -  Robin Rudin
September   8    -  Adam Cohen
September  12   -  Raleigh Deutsch
September  14   -  Jacquelyn LeBlang
September  14   -  Reisa Miller
September  19   -  Jodi Sandler
September  22   -  Margie Stein
September  22   -  Pamela Miller
September  22   -  Charlie Fabricant
September  23   -  Paul Stein
September  25   -  Richard Cohen
September  25   -  Scott Rudin
September  27   -  Marissa Hirshenson

Happy Anniversary! 
Mazel Tov!

September   3    -  George & Arlene Rosenberg
September   3    -  Joshua & Monica Edelstein
September   4    -  Steve & Bari Kanefsky
September  10   -  Dan & Evelyn Simon
September  14   -  Paul & Margie Stein

Judith Clancy
Gil Blumenthal
Beth Hirshenson
Brad Osterweil
Merle Miller, sister-in-law of Reisa Miller
Howard Shore
Jessica Gio, niece of Scarlett Allison

Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona
Rachel Segal
Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser

Rabbi Sharfman Discretionary Fund
Debra Todora-LeBlanc - in gratitude

Network for Good -  a FaceBook Fundraiser
Dave Goldfarb - in honor of his birthday
Feli Van Deman - in honor of her birthday

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 Kehillah is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. (Please consult with your tax adviser.) 
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.   
General Fund 
Caring Fund 
Torah Fund 
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund 
Education Fund 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Memorial Plaques 
An easy way to support Kehillah


Do you see this message every time you make a purchase on Amazon? If you do, thank you! If you don't, please sign up for AmazonSmile. It is an easy way to support the synagogue.

You made a difference.

Because you placed this order at, AmazonSmile will make a donation to Congregation Kehillah.
Your AmazonSmile purchases have supported charity 96 times.

Make all your Amazon purchases through 
AmazonSmile and choose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs you nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah.

We've raised $70.63 in donations through the AmazonSmile program between January 1 and March 31, 2021. Let's all work together and see this number increase.

Scroll down to and click on "Get Started"
Login with your current Amazon or Amazon Prime Account
At "Select Charitable Organization" enter Congregation Kehillah
You can now start purchasing items you want and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to Kehillah.

Android owners can use the Amazon App to setup AmazonSmile.    

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. 

How it works
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features 
3. Select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity 
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app 

Always login to Amazon via "" for the donation process to work.

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. 

Participants will have the option of exploring a variety of meaningful topics together in a learning community at the Ina Levine JCCampus Auditorium, or from the comfort of your own home as the Speaker Series will be presented virtually via Zoom.

Visit our website to learn about 'series' discounts. Use the following link to register. 

Creating New Judaic Sacred Music
Symphony No. 1: JUDAICA (Days of Awe)
A newly commissioned Symphony based on the High Holidays
Click here for details.

Click here for our full calendar of events!


CompleteScheduleServices   |   Torah Talk   |   YEP!

Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

September 24
October 8
October 22

Please watch this space for information about upcoming services, dates, times and location.
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.
No TT in Sept.
October 17 

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.
September 19th & 26th 
October 3rd, 17th & 31st 
November 7th & 21st 
December 5th & 12th 
January 9th & 23rd
February 13th & 27th
March 13th & 27th 
April 10th & 24th 
May 1st & 15th


Monday, September 6
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 15
Erev Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16
Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 19

Sunday, September 26

Sunday, October 3

Saturday, October 17
Torah Talk

Sunday, October 17 

Sunday, October 31
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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
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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" 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.
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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
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:  

Scarlett Allison, Beth Hirshenson,
Margi Tabaknek,
  Caring Committee
Amy Bessen,
Paulette Fraenkel, 
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Dr. Stephanie Kirklin,
  YEP! Director of Curriculum and
   Online Learning Center
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Vicki Mardell,
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
Scott Rudin
   Finance Committee Chair
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager

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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 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.

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