February 4-10, 2019 / Shevat-Adar 5779
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
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KABBALAT SHABBAT
Friday, February 8
7:30 p.m. 
 
We will give recognition to those born or wed in the month of February and
celebrate the baby namingof Sebastian Luchini Morganstern, son of Jay and Pia Morganstern and grandson of Stan and Cookie Morganstern. The oneg is sponsored by Stan and Cookie, in honor of grandson Sebastian.  
 
Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.  
See the complete service schedule here.
UPCOMING______________________________________
TORAH TALK
Saturday, February 16
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   
    
 
  
Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk is led by Rabbi Sharfman and is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 14.
 
Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know
See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule. 
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  Sunday, February 17 
  Late morning/early afternoon
   
  Movie Time meets on the third or fourth 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.
BOOK GROUP
Monday, February 18
1:00 p.m.; RSVP for location information 
 
Book Group is changing its meeting day and time to the third or fourth Monday of the month, at 1:00   p.m. If you have been unable to come on Sundays, we hope you will be able to join us on a Monday!

At our February meeting, we'll discuss Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. Please click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Sherry. Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  
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 KABBALAT SHABBAT
  Friday, February 22
  7:30 p.m. 
   
  Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.  
  See the complete service schedule here.
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BAT MITZVAH of NAOMI JANE SHRADER FOX 
Saturday, February 23 
10:00 a.m.  
 
Please join us as Naomi is called to the Torah. Parents are Dani and Rich Fox.
 
While Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are not private affairs -- as services they are open to all -- we do request that you RSVP to help us plan for attendance.  
 
 YEP! 
  Sunday, February 24    
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
 
        What's up with YEP!? Find out in the latest issue of Menschenings.
 
        The next YEP! session after this one is March 10. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.   
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Sunday, February 24  
6:30 p.m.  
 
Our 10th anniversary celebration continues with Sababa in Concert, featuring our own Cantorial Soloist, Scott Leader.
 
$18 for Kehillah members
Visit Sababa's website
$20 for non-members
No charge for YEP! students
 
Purchase seating through our secure website. Choose "General Fund" from the drop-down menu. Include "Sababa" in the memo and number of people attending.
   
Underwriting & reserved seating available; contact Renee for details.  
 
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 KABBALAT SHABBAT
  Friday, March 8
  7:30 p.m. 
   
Please join us as we welcome guest speaker Aaron Pratt, Director of the Arizona office of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  
Aaron Pratt

In this role, Aaron is responsible for building the pro-Israel community in Phoenix, Tucson, and northern Arizona, and ensuring that the community has strong relationships with Arizona's congressional delegation. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College. 
 
The topic of Aaron's presentation will be "Advancing the U.S.-Israel Relationship in Challenging Times."  

Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.  
See the complete service schedule here.

  Friday, March 22
  7:30-9:00 a.m.
  
  Join Renee at her 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
Jewish National Fund's Breakfast for Israel in Arizona 
Jewish National Fund's Breakfast for Israel in Arizona
or on the video at right for information about the event and
  guest speaker, Member of  Knesset Sharren Haskel.   
 
   
Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel is one of the youngest members of the 20th Knesset.  Described as a "firebrand," MK Haskel is a strong, passionate, and accomplished leader. Born in Canada to an Israeli father and Moroccan mother, she moved to Israel as a young child. She is a humanitarian and a veterinary nurse by trade. MK Haskel served as a First Sergeant class commander in the Border Guard during the second intifada. In her current capacity, she serves on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She also chairs the Lobby for Medical Cannabis. 
 
Please let Renee know you'd like to join her at the JNF Breakfast! 
FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES
Additions and Corrections
Happy birthday to Cathy Michels! (February 8)
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS
Please help us welcome
 
Marc and Allie Zimmerman and their children, Riley and Jacob
 
We look forward to getting to know you! 
VISIT ISRAEL THIS SPRING
We are looking for two more travelers  
for our trip leaving on May 27.  
like to learn more. 
 
 
FOR PARENTS OF TEENS
Connect, learn, and have fun!  
 
The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) offers multiple opportunities  
for your teens.  
 
The annual Finding your Voice for Israel evening takes place on Tuesday, February 12 .
 
The 8th Grade Desert Escape Retreat is scheduled for March 1-2, 2019.  

Click on the underlined links to find out more about these fun opportunities!
OUR KEHILLAH FAMILY
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Joanne Donnelly
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba 
Marsha Joffe  
Rivka bat Sarah 
Marilyn Morris
Mort Berkowitz
Lynne Blumenthal
Pamela Miller   
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 Michels
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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. 
  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
Please note: 2018 Tax Statements have been emailed. If you do not see yours, please check your spam/junk folders. If you haven't received one, please email Renee so she can generate one to you.
Oneg & Hospitality Fund   
Stan and Cookie Morganstern, in honor of the baby naming of their grandson, Sebastian
Maxine and Steve Sukenik, in honor of the birth of their granddaughter
Francine Ebersman, in honor of Lin Katzenstein's upcoming birthday
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund   
Richard and Sharon Cohen, in honor of Erica and Jared's wedding
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 
Bookplates  
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.
OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE
The box office for the 2019 GPJFF is now open, and information and film schedules are available. For more information, visit gpjff.org.  
Exhibits at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through 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"
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CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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KABBALAT SHABBAT
and B'nai Mitzvah  

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.      
 
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 TALK
   
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. 
 
Feb. 16
Mar. 16
Apr. 13
   
YEP!  
  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.   

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


IN EVERY ISSUE

QUICK-LOOK CALENDAR      
 
 

Friday, Feb. 8
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Feb. 16
Torah Talk

Sunday, Feb. 17
Movie Time

Monday, Feb. 18
Book Group

Friday, Feb. 22
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Feb. 23
Bat Mitzvah of Naomi Jane Shrader Fox

Sunday, Feb. 24
Sababa in Concert

Friday, Mar. 8
Kabbalat Shabbat with guest speaker Aaron Pratt

Saturday, Mar. 16
Torah Talk

Friday, Mar. 22
JNF Breakfast for Israel

Friday, April 13
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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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 
phoks1@hotmail.com.   
 
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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
Henry Fleet,
  Member at Large
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  
  Projects
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
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