December 30, 2019-January 5, 2020 / Tevet 5780 
Our office will be closed on Wednesday, January 1
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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.

  Shabbat candles KABBALAT SHABBAT  
   Friday, January 10        
  Kabbalat Services will begin at 7:30 p.m                     
  Join us to welcome Shabbat.
  Sunday, January 12
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   
  The next session of YEP! after this one will be January 26.
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Monday, January 13
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 January meeting, we'll discuss Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. Click to RSVP and for location information. 
Read ahead! 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.
Torah Talk
Saturday, January 18
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.
Please RSVP by Thursday, January 16, and please park in the back when you arrive on Saturday. Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know
See below  for the complete Torah Talk schedule.
movie-tickets3.jpg MOVIE TIME
Sunday, January 19
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 .   

Saturday, February 29
6:30 p.m.
Leap on over to CK for a Fun-raiser Game Night on Saturday, February 29, 2020 beginning at 6:30 pm. This event is open to all Kehillah members and their friends. YEP! students will have their own game room separate from the adults. More details to follow soon.
Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

January 1   -  Norman Resnick
January 5   -  Joseph Schatzberg
January 6   -  Capitola (Capi) Seeliger
January 7   -  Rebecca Allison
January 8   -  Gil Blumenthal
January 8   -  Eric Goldman
January 9   -  Ruthie Asher
January 12 -  Nava Abeyta Ubillos   
January 13 -  Rudy Fraenkel
January 14 -  Carol Elliott
January 14 -  Dan Simon
January 15 -  Lauren Merritt
January 16 -  Joanne Donnelly
January 17 -  Isaac Hemmert
January 21 -  Lynne Blumenthal
January 23 -  Jane Neely
January 23 -  Brock Merritt
January 24 -  Scarlett Allison
January 25 -  Beth Hirshenson
January 26 -  Barry Bernell
January 31 -  Amy Bessen

If you have a January 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!
Third night of Chanukah

Congregant and YEP! teacher, Scarlett Allison, represented Kehillah  at the Carefree Chanukah Celebration  on December 24.
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. 
Refaeinu . . .
Jennifer Schaeffer  
Jim Hrlevich,  brother of Tom Hrlevich 
Stanley Rosen,  father of Robin Rudin
Dan Simon
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller,  son of Reisa Miller
Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Hinda Sterling,  sister-in-law of Reisa Miller
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Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller      
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
Education Fund
Shaina Rozen - in honor of Erica Erman helping celebrate Reece's birthday!

General Fund
David & Ruthie Asher - in response to Gil's request for 100% participation
Elliott & Ellen Lerman - in response to Gil's request for 100% participation
Social Action Fund
Eydee Schultz

JNF Trees for Israel
A tree has been planted in Israel by Rabbi Bonnie and Roger in honor of Jared Erman's grandfather, Dr. Seneca Erman's special birthday and Bar Mitzvah.
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. 
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Here are other great ways 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 2020, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee or call her at 602-369-7667.
Use Amazon Smile when you buy on Amazon
You can sign up for Amazon Smile and choose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah. Here's how to sign up:  
Visit and select Congregation Kehillah. That's it! After you're signed up, shop on Amazon by visiting (your Prime account goes with you) and continue as usual. The website will remember you selected Congregation Kehillah, and every eligible purchase you make at  will result in a donation.
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.   

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.  
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.
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.  
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



Friday, Jan.10 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Jan. 12 
Monday, Jan. 13 
Book Group
Saturday, Jan.18 
Torah Talk
Sunday, Jan.19 
Movie Time
Friday, Jan. 24 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Jan. 26
Saturday, Feb.8
Torah Talk
Sunday, Feb. 9
Monday, Feb. 10
Book Group

Friday, Feb.14  
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Feb. 23
Friday, Feb. 28
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Feb. 29
Game Night
October 19-Nov. 2
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 
  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
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!

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