December 1-8, 2019 / Kislev 5780 
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE__________________________
This message was originally sent by email on November 25, 2019.
Dear Friends, 

Gil Blumenthal
Thanks, Thanksgiving and Family - I've heard members mention that Kehillah is more than a community, it's a family. Each and every one of us has a unique concept of family, but that some describe our community as family is the ultimate compliment. I like to think of Kehillah as family too. 
I'm doing fine, except Rabbi sort of stole my theme in her amazing D'var Torah last Friday night. I wish you all could have been there. Rabbi didn't just recycle the usual Thanksgiving spiel I've heard from other Rabbis in the past. Instead she taught, made us all think and brought it home with the revelation of sorts that Thanksgiving is a Jewish holiday too. If you've had any formal Jewish education, you know that Jews give thanks all the time in their prayers and liturgy. We at Kehillah are fortunate. We give to charities, support the needy in many ways and are a generous community. Ever stop to think what it must be like on the other end of a charitable gift? I hope with all my heart you never have to be in that position.
In December Rabbi and I are going to make an appeal to our community for financial support. We won't be telling you what to give, but there is something wrong if we can't get almost 100% participation. Unless you literally zero out your checking account every month, you can be part of the 100%. I'd love to see those who can afford it, contribute a four or five figure amount. If you want to make it over time, no problem. For folks like me who have been scaling back, we still can do our part. FYI, in the last month, two families have made, or pledged to make significant donations. To be frank, we need more!
Let me clarify why I'm making this push. We are a small congregation and must expand our donor base. Kehillah isn't a charity - it's our community and we enjoy all of its programs and we must support it with that thought in mind. Here are a few areas you will be supporting:
  - Additional staff salaries
  - Building improvements to lobby, patio, bistro & exterior
  - The building is beginning to age. We expect repairs and maintenance to increase.
  - As we have more events, we will incur additional costs for cleaning , security, etc.
  - Outdoor lighting upgrades
  - Upgrades to the bimah
Let's strive for 100%.
This brings me to my final thought. Last Sunday afternoon Kehillah had an interesting exercise in community building. I know I use the word community a lot, but that day I saw it in action. The Speed Schmoozing event suggested by Leslie Goldman seemed like a nice idea to me, but it turned out to be a great idea. It was so nice to spend time, face to face, with members both old and new. The questions posed by Rabbi were terrific and we really did learn a lot about each other in a brief period of time. We will definitely do it next year! 
Enjoy our holiday!


Gil Blumenthal
THIS WEEK_____________________________________
KABBALAT SHABBAT   Shabbat candles
Friday, December 6
7:30 p.m.

Join us to welcome Shabbat.         
Please remember to bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and womenforwomen Tempe. Your donations are always appreciated.  
 Monday, December 2 & 9 
 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Fee: $20
 Bureau of Jewish Education
 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 206
 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Come join Congregation Kehillah congregant Feli Van Deman as she leads an instructional class on making Jewish hand-crafted cards for Jewish holidays/life cycle events for loved ones and friends. Learn assorted paper crafting techniques, using an embossing machine; applying rubber and acrylic stamping techniques; and creating dimension with dye cut art. Teacher will bring items to make cards. Leave with a homemade incredible card.
A fun event-no artistic ability required!

Sign up to join Feli for this creative and fun class! Register through the Bureau of Jewish Education, 480-634-8050 or, and say you are from Congregation Kehillah.

  Sunday, December 8
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  Food will be provided by the Kirschenbaum family. 

The next session of YEP! after this one will be December 15.
Erica Erman will be representing Kehillah at a Chanukah Sing-a-Long and Menorah Lighting. 
The event will take place at Congregation Beth Israel (10460 N. 56th Street, Paradise Valley) on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. After the concert there will be a Sufganiyot Buffet.

Chanukah sing-along
  Wednesday, December 11
  7:00 p.m.  
  Talking Stick Resort Arena
  201 E. Jefferson St.
  Phoenix, AZ 85004 

It's  Jewish Heritage Night -- join MOK to celebrate Jewish culture and heritage as the Suns take on the Memphis Grizzlies. 
This event is open to everyone so feel free to invite family and friends. Rich will also share the section and row number when you contact  him. Rich's email is
movie-tickets3.jpg MOVIE TIME
Sunday, December 15
Late morning/early afternoon
Movie Time meets on the third Sunday of most months, and is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  
Click here for updated information and to get on the Movie Time email reminder/update list, which lets you help decide what movie to see; or send your name and email address to  Leona.   
Torah Talk
Saturday, December 14
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. This session will be led by Rabbi Sharfman.
Monday, December 16
1:00 p.m. 
You don't have to be a "regular" to enjoy Book Group; you can come to any meeting for any book you like, any time.Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. At our December meeting, we'll discuss The Extra, by A.B. Yehoshua.. Click to RSVP and for location information. 

Read ahead! At our January 13 meeting we'll discuss Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. At our February 10 meeting we'll discuss Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Rick.
Sippy Cup Sabbat

The only thing better than visiting Israel is visiting Israel with Rabbi Sharfman and your Kehillah friends! 
Kehillah members receive $200 off by using memberk200 when registering and paying!
If you're interested -- from "just curious" to "ready to pack RIGHT NOW!" -- email us so we can keep you updated.  
Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

December 1   -  Russ Hendricksen        
December 2   -  Dory Mawyer
December 2   -  Francine Ebersman
December 3   -  Ella Fleet
December 8   -  Ilene Malka
December 12 -  Leona Garza
December 13 -  George Rosenberg
December 14 -  Mort Berkowitz
    Sandra Krisch
December 16 -  Sheryl Kirshenbaum
                          Ryder Toppel
December 19 -  Rachel Scheinerman
                          Jeannie Budenbender
December 20 -  Craig Scheinerman
December 21 -  Karen Thursby
December 22 -  Henry Fleet
                          David Fabricant
December 24 -  Joanna LeBlang
December 26 -  Ally Melhado
December 27 -  Emelia Merritt
December 28 -  Ally Isgar
                         Caroline  Isgar
December 29 - Dan Sommer
                         Payton Fleet

Happy Anniversary!                                                     

December 29 -  Jonathan Seeliger & Rebekah McCarthy    
December 30 -  Jared & Erica Erman


If you have a December birthday or anniversary and your name is missing, 
please  email us so we can update our records.
To make a donation in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, "Our Kehillah Family" mentions 
or any other reason, please  use this link or contact us directly. Thank you!

Jewish Children and Family Service Holiday Program

Congregation Kehillah will be supporting a family through Jewish Children and Family Services. This year the family consists of a mother and three children. 

Deborah, the mom, is 32, Carter is 7 years old, Sylvia is 4 years old and Lucy is 20 months old.

The family will benefit from Frys or Walmart gift cards, and Harkins Theatre gift cards.

Carter loves Pokemon, Chad and Vy games, Bendy games and loves to read age appropriate books.

Sylvia loves Disney Descendants and loves to color so coloring books and supplies would be most appreciated.

Lucy loves baby shark stuff, toddler coloring supplies, and balls.

Deborah would love anything she can do with her kids.

If you wish to wrap anything, Chanukah gift wrap would be appropriate.

Please drop off donations when attending Kehillah services, Torah Talk or YEP!. If you have any q uestions, please call Paulette Fraenkel at 602-363-3009 or Marjorie Tabaknek at 602-482-8223.



Congregation Kehillah will be supporting these two young boys from Whispering Wind School.

40A Jesus
9 yr old boy
Likes:  Skateboard or Headphone for the computer
Pants: 10-12, boys
Shirt: 10-12, boys
Underwear: 12 boys
Jacket/Sweatshirt:  12, boys
Socks/Shoes: 3, youth

40B Navin
13 yr old boy
Likes/Toy: Football / Football gloves
Pants: Large, adult
Shirt:  Large, adult
Underwear: Large / 34, adult
Jacket/Sweatshirt:  Large, adult
Socks/Shoes: 9.5, adult

All items are due by Thursday, December 12th. There is no need to wrap the gifts but it would be helpful to the family if gift wrap or gift bags were included. Please write the number/letter and name on each gift for that child. As always, your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.
We send deepest condolences to . . .

The Schatzberg family: Jacob 'Jack' Schatzberg, beloved father of Howard (Megan) Schatzberg and grandfather of Jacqueline, Hailey and Joseph, passed away in the early morning of November 26, 2019. The funeral will be on Tuesday at the National Military Cemetery with Rabbi Sharfman officiating. Please call Congregation Kehillah for details.

We send prayers of healing to . . .
Steve Kanefsky
Sharon Kelly
Jennifer Schaeffer  
Jim Hrlevich  
Fred Benoff 
Stanley Rosen,  
   father of Robin Rudin
Dan Simon
Denice Whiteside
Marion Krepcio 
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller

Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
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
General Fund
Friedel Family Foundation - to support the fine work that Rabbi Bonnie is doing with Congregation Kehillah

Arlene Maletta - in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Jacquelyn LeBlang

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.
A new way to support Kehillah:   
When shopping on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and chose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs nothing and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah. Click on the  link to get started!

Chanukah Celebration
Come and support Congregation member Scarlett Allison who will be representing Kehillah on Tuesday, December 24 at the Carefree Chanukah Celebration. Click here for details.
Documentary Film Series
Itzhak, A film by Alison Chernick being shown on December 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Contact them at 602-241-7870 or for more information.

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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Kabbalat Shabbat  
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
December 6
December 20 - Pre-Chanukah service with YEP! singing, 6:30 p.m.
December 21 - Special Shabbat service- Sippy Cup Shabbat- 10:00-10:45 a.m.
January 10  
January 24
February 14
February 28
March 13  
March 27
March 28 - Bar Mitzvah of Isaac Hemmert, 10:00 a.m.
April 17
May 1 - Bar Mitzvah of Noah Sunshine-Barinbaum, 6:30 p.m.
May 15
June 12
June 13 - Bar Mitzvah of Ryan Heller, 10:00 a.m. 
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.
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.  
December 8
December 15
January 12
January 26
February 9
February 23
March 15
March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17

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


Monday, Dec. 2
Cardmaking, Color & Conversation

Friday, Dec. 6 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Dec. 8
YEP! and Cafe Kehillah

Chanukah Sing-a-Long

Monday, Dec. 9
Cardmaking, Color & Conversation 

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Documentary Film Series

Wednesday, Dec. 11 
MOK-Jewish Heritage Night

Saturday, Dec. 14
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Dec. 15

Movie Time
Friday, Dec. 20 
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Dec. 21
Sippy Cup Shabbat

Sunday, Dec. 24
Carefree Chanukah Celebration
October 2020
Kehillah's Fabulous 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
  MOK President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Member at Large and
  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,
Rick Cohen,
  Book Group
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Dr. Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Sherry Siegel, Reisa Miller
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager

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We love hearing from you!

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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. O therwise, we ask that you please call or email us after the Sabbath or holiday ends.