Our office will be closed on Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st, 2021

Kabbalat Shabbat 
Friday, January 8
5:30 p.m.
via Zoom

We continue to come into your homes for Shabbat via Zoom, with Rabbi Sharfman and cantorial soloists Scott Leader and Erica Erman. PowerPoint slides will be viewable to you to follow along. 

Sunday, January 10
10:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Instructor
Next trimester starts Monday, January 11- new students welcome to join
New students welcome! Are you interested in learning about Judaism? Filling in the gaps in your knowledge? This is how to do it! 

"Welcome to Judaism" is an introductory course that provides a foundation in the basic tenants of Judaism. Among the areas covered are History, Holidays and Observances, Lifecycle, Theology, Prayer, Israel, and Communal Life. Jews and non-Jews are welcome.

Classes meet at 5:00 p.m.
Course dates for this trimester:
January 11th and 25th
February 1st, 8th, and 22nd
March 8th

This course is presented through the Bureau of Jewish Education. For information please visit the BJE or call them at 480-634-8050. CK members may take this course at no charge by contacting the Kehillah office.

Rabbi participated in a Podcast with the Uncle of our congregant, Eryn Cohen. With Eryn's permission, here is part of the introduction she posted on Facebook:

For any of my friends who are interested in learning more about Hannukah,  you should give this a listen. My uncle David does a podcast around common assumptions about topics. This week he interviewed my Rabbi on the topic of Hannukah. She is so eloquent and thorough and they cover a lot of common questions that my non Jewish friends and family may have. It is funny and heartwarming and very educational. I'm very appreciative of the acceptance from my family on my conversion to Judaism. Take a listen and enjoy.

The Don't Assume Podcast
Episode 11 - Chanukah

Click here for the link
Congregation Kehillah is now part of an online exhibit at Beit Hatfutzot / Diaspora Museum, in Tel Aviv, on Jewish communities around the world! We will also be part of this exhibit when the Museum re-opens, post-quarantine.  
Rabbi was invited to offer a submission in sharing our story and some images, and it was accepted. (Thank you, Renee, for your help.) See our exhibit here.  
Condolences to...
Jen (Pete) Catalano on the passing of her father, Mitch Schwam, on Friday, December 18th. He was the grandfather of Emma and Isabel.

Jane Neely
Rachel Segal
Reisa Miller
Joel Bartak, brother of Bonnie Bartak
Marilyn Morris   
Joe Ettinger 
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser
Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller  

Pamela Miller and Bradley Osterweil shared with us their Chanukiah and the origami dreidel they created.

MIller-Osterweil chanukiah  

Penny Wolkis shared her attempt: "I got real close...not quite...but had lots of fun!"

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Vicki & Mort Berkowitz - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman

General Fund
Jen, Josh & Avi Schaeffer - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman
Rudy & Paulette Fraenkel - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman

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 
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More great ways to support Kehillah  
Sponsoring an Oneg is normally a great way to celebrate lifecycle events and other wonderful news with your Kehillah family. Until we can once again gather in person, please consider supporting Kehillah in other ways.  
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.
Make all your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile 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.
Arizona Jewish Historical Society - December events
AJH/Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center has announced its December calendar, featuring a variety of seminars, movies, book reviews, and more. For information, visit their website or call 602-241-7870.
JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment - December offerings
Jewish Family & Children's Service has expanded its Zoom offerings for seniors. Click here to see December's classes and events. To receive Zoom links, or to find out more information about their services and programs, visit their website or call JFCS at 602-279-7655. You can also follow the Center for Senior Enrichment on Facebook.

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |   Torah Talk   |   YEP!

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Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begin on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent out in advance.   
January 8 
January 9 - Rebecca Allison Bat Mitzvah
January 22 
February 12 & 26
March 5 & 19
April 9 & 23
May 7
May 8 - Emelia Merritt Bat Mitzvah
May 21 
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.
January 30
February 27
March 13
April 24
May 15
 Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
January 10 & 24
February 7 & 21 
March 7 & 21
April 11 & 25
May 2 & 16
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Congregation Kehillah  
info@congregationkehillah.org   |   congregationkehillah.org
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Mailing Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Monday, December 21
Book Group  
Friday, January 8
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, January 9
Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Allison

Sunday, January 10

Monday, January 11
Book Group
Welcome to Judaism starts 

Friday, January 22
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, January 24

Saturday, January 30
Torah Talk
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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 janet.rees@jfcsaz.org.
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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
Gil Blumenthal,  
Scott Leader, Erica Erman
  Cantorial Soloists
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Rich Goldman,
  Immediate Past President
Henry Fleet,
  Member at Large
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large 
  MOK President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large 
  Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Member at Large 
  High Holy Days Chair  
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Dr. Bruce Sobel,
   Member at Large
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  

Scarlett Allison, Beth Hirshenson,
Margi Tabaknek,
  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
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
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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