August 5-11, 2019 / Av 5779
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
~ Watch your inbox this week for High Holy Days information. ~
  Friday, August 9
  6:15 p.m.  Open House; all are welcome 
                    Activities with YEP! staff for kids, wine & cheese for adults 
  7:00 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by oneg 
All are welcome, not just families or those with school age children. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we celebrate our first Shabbat after our summer break. Bring your friends and their families. We look forward to seeing you! 

Thursday, August 15-Sunday, August 19
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas 
Kehillah is a community sponsor of this weekend event in honor of Tu B'Av, the Jewish day of love.  
Explore the social events and learning sessions planned for this celebration of love, connection,  
and discovery: see the flier here or visit
  Sunday, August 18
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
YEP! returns for a new year of fun, friendship, learning, and love of Judaism! YEP! parents, watch for more information in a separate email. We can't wait to see you all! 
  Sunday, August 18
  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, August 19
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 August meeting, we'll discuss American Pastoral, by Philip Roth. Please click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Sherry.
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  Friday, August 23
  6:45 p.m. Wine & Cheese
  7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by oneg 
  Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat as we hold our second open house of the season.  
  Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you.  
August 24 Torah Talk 
Parashat Eikev
Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Saturday, August 24 
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This Torah Talk will be lay-led 
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, August 22.
Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know ! See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule.  
Sunday, September 8
1:00-3:00 p.m.  
Location to be announced
Congregation Kehillah is a co-sponsor.
Did you know Arizona has the fifth highest incarceration rate in the country? Join community members and people of faith to learn about the criminal justice system and efforts for reform throughout Arizona. Watch this space for more information. Please save the date and watch this space for more information.  
Our May-June trip to Israel was so much fun, we've already scheduled the next one!  
If you're interested -- from "just curious" to "ready to pack RIGHT NOW!" -- email us so we can keep you updated on the itinerary and pricing. The only thing better than visiting Israel is visiting Israel with Rabbi Sharfman and your Kehillah friends!  

Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships!
Our fiscal year began July 1. If you have not renewed your membership yet, please do so today. Thank you!

Please contact Renee if you have any questions. We are grateful for your participation in Kehillah and look forward to sharing a new year of learning, growth, social justice, and life cycle events with you.

Door Match
Thank you to those who are participating in our Door Match opportunity! To read Gil's letter and to contribute, please click here .


Our Memorial Board honors your loved ones who have passed away. To make sure your engraved plaques arrive in time for the High Holy Days, now is the time to arrange your order. 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 festivals.
If you have any questions, please contact Renee.  
In Jewish life, one of our most meaningful roles is fulfilling  
mitzvot by helping each other when we are in need.  
The Caring Committee of Congregation Kehillah works  
as an extended family, to organize and mobilize aid  
and   assistance for our community. 
Our Caring Committee
  • sends cards for simchas and milestones, including birthdays, anniversaries, and b'nai mitzvah
  • visits the ailing at home or in the hospital
  • shops for groceries or delivers meals
  • makes phone calls
  • participates in activities with the Social Action Committee.
Please email Scarlett Allison (or call her at 949-510-3379) if you are interested in volun teering , if you have ideas for how we can further assist each other, or if you would like any of the above.
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Dan Simon
Marc Melhado
Denice Whiteside
Karen Thursby
Marion Krepcio 
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Mort Berkowitz
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
David Stern
Howard Glick 
Gittel bat Deborah 
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
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 2019-2020, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
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.  

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat  
High Holy Days
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
August 9 - Open House
starts at 6:15 p.m.        
August 23- Open House starts at 6:45 p.m.  
September 13
September 21  
September 29  
Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 30  
Rosh Hashanah
October 8  
Kol Nidre
October 9  
Yom Kippur 
October 25
November 8
November 9 - Bat Mitzvah of Jacquelyn LeBlang, 10:00 a.m.  
November 22  
December 6
December 20 
Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 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.
August 24 (lay-led)  
September 7
October 26
November 16
December 14
January 18
February 8
March 21
April 25
May 2 ( depending on weather) 

  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. Please use this registration form. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
August 18  
August 25
September 8
September 22
October 6
October 27
November 10
November 24
December 8
December 15
January 12
January 26
February 9
February 23
March 15
March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17
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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.


Friday, Aug. 9
Open House & Kabbalat Shabbat
Thursday, Aug. 15
Tu B'Av Heart 2 Heart
Sunday, Aug. 18

Friday, Aug. 23
Wine & Cheese Open House & Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Aug. 24
Torah Talk
Sunday, Aug. 25
Saturday, Sept. 7
Torah Talk 
Sunday, Sept. 8
Smart Justice Café
Friday, Sept. 13
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Sept. 21  
Sunday, Sept. 22
Sunday, Sept. 29  
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 30  
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Oct. 6
Tuesday, Oct. 8  
Kol Nidre
Wednesday, Oct. 9  
Yom Kippur  
Friday, Oct. 25 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Oct. 26
Torah Talk 
Sunday, Oct. 27
Friday, Nov. 8 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Nov. 9
Bat Mitzvah of Jacqueline LeBlang   
Sunday, Nov. 10
Saturday, Nov. 16
Torah Talk 
Friday, Nov. 22 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Nov. 24
Friday, Dec. 6 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Dec. 8
Saturday, Dec. 14
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Dec. 15
Friday, Dec. 20 
Kabbalat Shabbat
October 2020
Kehillah Trip to Israel
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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 you come to Kehillah.    
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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Gil Blumenthal,  
Scott Leader,
  Cantorial Soloist
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Rich Goldman,
  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:  

Scarlett Allison,
  Caring Committee
Amy Bessen,
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager
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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