February 10 - February 16, 2020 / Shevat 5780  
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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.

   Friday, February 14       
  Kabbalat Services will begin at 7:30 p.m                     
  We will be recognizing February birthdays and anniversaries. The Oneg will be sponsored by Jordan Bock & Sharon Agopian in honor of Sharon's birthday.

 Join us to welcome Shabbat.

movie-tickets3.jpg MOVIE TIME 
Sunday, February 16, 2020
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.   

Sunday, February 23
9:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 29
6:15 p.m. 

Here are some of the donors who are providing fabulous prizes for our Game Night! Click the links for more information.

Hermosa Inn    
Situated on 6 acres of lush desert landscaping, this Paradise Valley luxury hotel boasts an outdoor pool and 2 hot tubs, an on-site restaurant and stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is 20 minutes' drive away. All of the Southwestern-style guest rooms at The Hermosa Inn are individually decorated. Rooms offer vaulted ceilings and fireplaces and select rooms include walk-in showers and private patios. All rooms feature a cable TV and tea and coffee-making facilities.  
Lowell Observatory      
Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States.Lowell Observatory was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

 Ice Den    
 Ice Skating Rink    

Rubio's Restaurants proudly serve delicious, coastal inspired fish tacos, seafood, & other dishes. Visit one near you to experience fresh coastal Mexican food.      

Spinato's Pizzeria
Family owned operated in Phoenix for over 40 years. Stop by one five valley locations today for dine in, carry out, and pizza delivery!   

The Capital Grille
Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:00 pm
RSVP to Rich Fox

Join us for dinner and conversation at The Capital Grille, 16489 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. If you have questions about MOK or this dinner, please email Rich Fox.


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 . . .
Frances Schneeweis LeRoy, mother of Scott LeBlang
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
Da vie Glaser
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
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 smile.amazon.com and select Congregation Kehillah. That's it! After you're signed up, shop on Amazon by visiting smile.amazon.com (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 smile.amazon.com  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.   
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Professor Stan Mirvis of Arizona State University will lead a critical discussion of the book, highlighting the history of Jewish life in the Caribbean through a tale of swashbuckling  Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition.

FREE. Please RSVP to lbell@azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870.
Current Exhibit
Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean
January 12, 2020 - March 26, 2020 at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 10-4 p.m.
1st & 3rd Fridays 6-9 p.m. and by appointment.

A stunning photographic tour of Jewish historical sites in Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname. Presentation by photographer Wyatt Gallery. Free. 

For more information or to sign up to attend the exhibit, please contact Jeffrey Schesnol: jschesnol@azjhs.org. 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE _______________________

The message below was originally emailed to our congregants on February 6, 2020.
Dear Friends, 

State of the Union - Now that I have your attention.... fear not, politics is strictly off limits. What I would like to discuss is deeply personal and I believe important to our community. It seems like ages ago, but it was less than a year when Rabbi Sharfman asked me to step in as President. My first reaction was "Oy," but our wise Rabbi knew my affection for Kehillah would prevail and I would agree.
When you are a "regular" at services, you think you have a pretty good idea as to the pulse of the community. As such, I was mostly pleasantly surprised when I was able to dig a bit deeper into our culture and the mechanics of running Kehillah. As a congregation, I believe we're in a pretty good place. We got a nice "push" when we moved into our building and everyone has seemed to get over the distance issue. 
Membership - To be more efficient, have more frequent programs and build a fund for that proverbial rainy day, Kehillah needs to grow. Not a lot, but an additional 20-30 members (families would be ideal) would put us in a more comfortable position. The question is how do we reach these people? Yes, our members are indeed our best salespeople, but our collective outreach simply isn't enough. So, if you have experience in the area and want to help, please reach out to Rabbi or myself. Marketing plans for next year should be made asap.
Administrative - Synagogue administration can be a bit of a mystery. We see Renee at work all the time, receive Connections weekly (thank you Sherry and now Reisa) and our website is functional and attractive. One of the areas of administration you won't see, unless you are directly involved, is the accounting and membership management. I was a bit surprised that some of our systems hadn't evolved as we grew. This can happen in any organization and to solve the "problem" myself and others have taken the initiative to upgrade the accounting, create a functional budget and prepare us for a strong future ahead. After several meetings and many hours, we've taken the first steps. My expectation is that by spring we will have a strong Finance Committee in place with solid, up-to-date information to take to the Board along with their recommendations.
Speaking of the  Board, the one area where Rabbi and I want to engage more closely is with our Board. Thankfully, we have a wonderful Board comprised of people who truly care and get things done. Looking ahead, I am planning for the Board to engage in both forward-looking, strategic discussions as well as promoting more collaboration within Kehillah. None of this can be done overnight, but at Kehillah it can and will because of the strong culture of our Board members. 
The future -  With the blessing of my wonderful wife and eye-rolls from my children, I've volunteered to continue as President for another year. Rabbi and I have set a lot of initiatives in motion, but there is much yet to do. The selection of an Executive Vice President, ready to assume the Presidency at the end of my second term is essential for Kehillah's future. My promise to that person is that I will do my best to make the transition as smooth as possible. Continuity is wonderful, but it's equally important that we get new faces involved. Much more on this later.

Gil Blumenthal

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.  
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.
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.
March 21
April 4
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.  
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March 15
March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17
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


Friday, Feb.14  
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Feb. 16
Movie Time 
Sunday, Feb. 23

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Rosh Chodesh
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 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 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
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager

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