December 3-9, 2018 / Kislev-Tevet 5779
Happy Chanukah!  
For candle lighting details, recipes, music, and other fun Chanukah information,  
see the special Chanukah Connections
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This Friday and Sunday!  

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10th Anniversary & Building Dedication   
Shuttles will be provided Friday night for
The synagogue parking lot will be for handicap parking  
and drop-off only.
For Sunday, we encourage you to carpool!  
RSVPs are required for both evenings. If you have not already RSVP'd, please do so by emailing Renee.  
Friday, December 7
 Festive Kabbalat Shabbat  
for the entire Kehillah community, all ages!  
7:00 p.m.
Chanukah celebration 
Building dedication 
Musical guests & YEP!  
Catered celebratory oneg
Sunday, December 9
Evening Party  
for adults only! 
5:00 p.m. 
  Schmooze and hang out with your Kehillah friends while enjoying 
a delicious catered   
hors d'oeuvres buffet 
Chanukiah lighting
Who Nu? Trivia Challenge  
(play, cheer & kibbitz from the sidelines 
... or just keep schmoozing with your friends!)

ALSO THIS WEEK_________________________________
  Sunday, December 9
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon  
The next YEP! session after this one is December 16. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.
  Join us for our 2nd ANNUAL FUN TILE FUNDRAISER
  on Sunday, January 13, 2:00 p.m.
  at As You Wish Pottery.
  It's your chance to create fantastic artwork that
  will be displayed at Kehillah! This is a fun project
  for all ages. See this flier for all the information,
  and join us! 
  Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
  Sunday, December 9 (NOTE: This is a changed date.)
  10:00 a.m.; RSVP for location information 
  Please click to RSVP and for location information.
  Book Group meets on the first Sunday of most months; dates and locations may change.  
  Click here for our complete fall reading list. Send your name and email address to Sherry to get on  
  the Book Group email list. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.
  Sunday, December 16
  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, or send your name and email address to Leona.
  Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.
Shabbat candles
  Friday, December 21
  7:30 p.m. 
  Services will include blessings for December birthdays and anniversaries.
  Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.  
See the complete service schedule here.
Shabbat candles
  Friday, January 11
  7:30 p.m. 
  Services will include blessings for January birthdays and anniversaries.
  Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.  
See the complete service schedule here.
Saturday, January 12
10:00 a.m.  
Please join us as Alexandra Abrams is called to the Torah. Parents are Andrew and Kimberly Abrams.
While Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are not private affairs -- as services they are open to all -- we do request that you RSVP so the kiddush can be planned for the appropriate number of attendees.   
 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual March & Festival
 Monday, January 21, 2019
 8:00 a.m. meeting time

 Walk with Rabbi Sharfman! We will walk as a congregation together with other Jewish groups under the aegis of the Jewish Community Relations Council. This walk is a very easy pace, suitable for all ages and for baby strollers, too. Our meeting location is the First Institutional Baptist Church, downtown. We'll share more information soon, but for now, put this on your calendar! And please let us know you'll be walking with us.
Outdoor Chanukiah lighting
A 6-ft. Chanukah menorah will be lit each night of Chanukah at the
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion (101 Easy St., Carefree) at 5:30 p.m. by representatives of local community groups.   
Kehillah member Annette Sarrazine will lead the lighting on Wednesday, December 5. Please stop by, enjoy the festivities, and say hello to Annette!
 Families and children welcome, of course! Chanukah gift bags will be given to the first children to arrive each evening.   
Thank you to all who participated in our holiday social action

As we have in past years, Kehillah sponsored two families through Jewish Family & Children's Service Holiday Program. Through this important and rewarding project, Kehillah members provided clothes, gifts, and necessities chosen specifically for family members for Chanukah.
Below, left: Renee and Konnor (Tom Hrlevich's grandson) deliver gifts to JFCS.  
Below, right: Konnor and Kathy Rood, Jewish Social Services Manager for JFCS
How Wisely Are You Aging?
Wise Aging Workshop Series begins in January

Have you ever wondered how ready you are to face the challenges and opportunities of the aging process? And whether you have the resources to improve the journey along the way? We have the answer for you in a new workshop series, Wise Aging.

Inspired by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and based on the book Wise Aging, by Rabbi Rachel Cowen and Dr. Linda Thal, the course centers on a series of discussions and opportunities for meaningful conversations to help you explore how to age wisely through the lens of Jewish wisdom.

Topics include
  • becoming one's authentic self
  • a life review
  • revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
  • cultivating qualities of soul
  • practicing forgiveness
  • learning to live with loss, change, and death
  • creating relevant rituals
  • cultivating wisdom
  • leaving a legacy
Wise Aging will provide you with the tools and resources to explore positive ways to navigate this chapter of life and find meaning and joy in the process.

Facilitated by Ellin Chariton, Wise Aging will span six sessions beginning Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Sessions will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at Congregation Kehillah. Participation fee is $36/person, and each participant will need to purchase a copy of Wise Aging, available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Contact Ellin Chariton at with questions and/or to register for the Wise Aging Workshop Series by Monday, January 14, 2019. Space is limited so don't delay!
We'll come to you!
This is not how Landscaping team members will remove your cactus

Help us create a beautiful, low maintenance outdoor environment for our congregation and the animals that visit it by donating your cacti and other plants! 
We will come to you to carefully and lovingly remove your plants. Just contact Rich or Renee, and we will coordinate the pick-up with you. Thank you! 
Come to Israel with us in 2019!  
May 27-June 10, 2019*    
*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). 
Is visiting Israel on your wish list? Now is the time to make it happen!
Exciting news! 
In response to your requests, our 2019 Israel trip is now a Multi-Generational trip, and ALL are invited to join us!
If you wanted to participate in an archeological dig, visit an underground munition factory,
raft down the mighty Jordan River, eat wonderful food at top-notch restaurants, and much, much more, this is the trip for you! 
And if some of these day trips don't float your boat (or raft - pun intended!), spend the day in luxurious relaxation at the hotel. This is YOUR trip, too! 
You'll 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 you, so let us hear from you! Email Renee to let her know you'd like to receive Israel trip updates.  
Condolences to . . .
Elaine Schiff, on the passing of her sister-in-law, Adrian Barbara Selbst . The funeral was held Sunday, December 2.
Mazel tov to . . .
Sheryl Chariton Kirschenbaum, on achieving the prestigious designation of National Board Certified Teacher 
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Jim Hrlevich 
Rivka bat Sarah 
Marilyn Morris
Mort Berkowitz
Lynne Blumenthal
Yisrael Lev ben Ester 
Marcia Schneider
Pamela Miller
Barbara Berniker  
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  
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. 
Social Action Fund 
Paulette Fraenkel, in honor of Renee Joffe's birthday
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
The Resnick Family
Feli Van Deman, in honor of Mort Berkowitz's birthday 
General Fund
Pete and Jen Catalano, for the purchase and donation of kippot  
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.
The box office for the 2019 GPJFF is now open, and information and film schedules are available. For more information, visit  
Fall Exhibits at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through January 23, 2019: "Sustainability - Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World": The Art of Seven Renowned Artists
February 3, 2019-March 22, 2019: "Violins of Hope: Amon Weinstein - The Man Behind the Music": A Photographic Exhibition by Daniel Levin
April 7, 2019-August 27, 2019: "Mid-Century Phoenix"

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

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
Dec. 7 - 7:00 p.m.
  10th Anniv/Dedication weekend
Dec. 21

Jan. 11
Jan. 12 (Sat.) 
  Alex Abrams Bat Mitzvah 
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 Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon; locations vary. If you would like to host, by providing challah and a light snack, please let Ellen Lerman know. 
Dec. 15
Jan. 19
Feb. 16
Mar. 16
Apr. 13
  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
Dec. 9, 16  

Jan. 13, 27

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



Friday, Dec. 7
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Dec. 9
Book Group
KEHILLAHversary evening celebration for adults

Saturday, Dec. 15
Torah Talk

Sunday, Dec. 16
Movie Time

Friday, Dec. 21
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, Jan. 11
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Jan. 12
Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Abrams

Sunday, Jan. 13
Fun Tile Fundraiser

Sunday, Jan. 21
MLK Jr. March & Festival

Tuesday, Jan. 23
Wise Aging
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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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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  
and toiletry 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
  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
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-Chairs
Davie Glaser,
    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