December 31, 2018-January 6, 2019 / Tevet 5779
The Kehillah office will be closed on January 1 
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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.   
  Sunday, January 13 
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
        The next YEP! session after this one is January 27. See below for the complete YEP! schedule. 
Join us after for our 2nd ANNUAL FUN TILE FUNDRAISER
at 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 information, and join us!
Saturday, January 19
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   
Location varies; please RSVP for information   
Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk, one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions, is a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, January 17.
Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know
See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule. 
  Sunday, January 20
  10:00 a.m.; RSVP for location information 
  Another special "free choice" meeting: For January, you're invited to read anything by or about
  Golda Meir. Please click to RSVP and for location information.  
  Book Group meets monthly; dates and locations vary. Send your name and email address to Sherry to get on the Book Group email list. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. 
  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual March & Festival
  Monday, January 21, 2019
  9:00 a.m. kick-off, 8:30 a.m. meeting time

  Walk with Rabbi Sharfman and your fellow congregants! See details, below.  
  Tuesday, January 22
  7:00 p.m.
  MOK is resuming its tradition of dinners for 2019. The first one of the year will be at Culinary Dropout,
  7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Scottsdale Waterfront location). Please RSVP.
  Wednesday, January 23
  1:00-2:30 p.m.
  Please register by Monday, January 14. See all the details here.  
  Sunday, January 27 (this is a changed date)
  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.

  Friday, March 22
  7:30-9:00 a.m.
  Renee is hosting a table at the JNF Breakfast for Israel, which will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale
  Princess (7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ). There is no cost to attend; donations will be solicited.  
  Click here for information about the event and guest speaker, Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel.  
If you would like to attend as Renee's guest, please let her know.  
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual March & Festival
 Monday, January 21, 2019
 9:00 a.m. kick-off, 8:30 a.m. meeting time
Walk with Rabbi Sharfman and your fellow congregants!  

Arizona citizens of all ages and nationalities, from a variety of Valley organizations, take part in this walk, which is symbolic of the 1968 March on Washington, at which Dr. King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.  
We will walk as a congregation together with other Jewish groups under the aegis of the Jewish Community Relations Council. This "march" is a comfortable two-mile walk at an easy pace, suitable for all ages and for baby strollers, too.
Our meeting location is Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, downtown (Jefferson and 14th St.), at 8:30 a.m. 
The walk ends at approximately 10:00 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, where the Festival runs until 4:00 p.m.  
Free shuttles at the park will take you back to the church parking lot.  
Families are especially encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to "pray with their feet."

(After marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, 
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel commented,
"I felt my feet were praying.")
Please let Renee know that you will join us.   
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!
Connect, learn, and have fun!  
The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) offers multiple opportunities  
for your teens.   
The Bronia and Sam Bronkesh Jewish Spirit Prize is an essay contest for high school teens, offering $500 for first prize. Essay deadline is January 31.
The annual Finding your Voice for Israel evening takes place this year on Tuesday, February 12 .
The 8th Grade Desert Escape Retreat is now scheduled for March 1-2, 2019.  

Click on the underlined links to find out more about these fun opportunities!
Restroom collection

Inside the Kehillah ladies' room is a bag created by a congregant, designed for collecting toiletries, feminine hygiene products, and bras. Collected items will be distributed by our Social Action team to the appropriate agencies. Please bring your items to be donated whenever you come to Kehillah. Thank you to all involved!   
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! 
Join us in Israel!  
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. This is a multi-generational trip, designed with plenty of sight-seeing, optional activities, and leisure time to please travelers of all ages.
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!     
Please email Renee to let her know you'd like to receive Israel trip updates.  
Mazel tov to . . .
Erica and Jared Erman on their wedding; and to Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman and Roger Morris (parents of the bride); Dr. Russ Erman and Anat Erman (parents of the groom); Marilyn Morris and Barbara Sharfman (grandparents of the bride); and Tammy Gill and Dr. Seneca Erman (grandparents of the groom).
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Marsha Joffe  
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. 
Trees planted in Israel   
Carol Eliott, for the birthdays of her grandchildren, Cheyenne and Mackenzie
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, 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        

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. 
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.   

Jan. 13, 27
Feb. 3, 24
Mar. 10, 24
Apr. 14, 28
May 5, 19



Friday, Jan. 11
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Jan. 12
Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Abrams

Sunday, Jan. 13
Fun Tile Fundraiser

Saturday, Jan. 19
Torah Talk

Sunday, Jan. 20
Book Group

Monday, Jan. 21
MLK Jr. March & Festival

Tuesday, Jan. 22
MOK dinner

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Wise Aging

Sunday, Jan. 27
Movie Time

Friday, Mar. 22
JNF Breakfast for 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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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