"Purim is coming in 3 days! This is NOT a scene from our Purim spiel, but look who stopped by with a message for you. Please see below for more information about our Purim Celebration."

Click here to watch the video.

Purim is coming!
You know what that means...

Celebrate with us through Zoom!
(And please continue to wear a real 
mask when you're out in public!)

Purim Celebration 

featuring a concert with Scott Leader. 
Rabbi and other congregational thespians will creatively tell the story of Purim.

Thursday, February 25 
6:30 p.m. via Zoom

                                                                       Purim begins at sundown

For complete information,
click here

CLICK HERE TO RSVP and to receive the
Zoom link
Rabbi wanted to share this with you from The Nosher:

These 7 bakeries will ship hamantashen directly to you.

Click here for more information. 
YEP! Middle Schoolers, Eli and Brian Hemmert made yummy Hamantaschen using the recipe provided by Erica Erman.

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 sticks real butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Cream together the sugar & butter. Add eggs and orange juice. Slowly add flour and other dry ingredients. Mix well.  (can be done in food processor if you have one). 
Chill the dough 24 hours prior to rolling (works best if this is the case, but if you don't have this time, then put in freezer for an hour).
Roll out the dough and cut with wide-rimmed glasses. Form into triangles with 1 teaspoon of jam.   Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Kabbalat Shabbat 
Friday, February 26
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 if you don't have your own copy of Gates of Prayer for Shabbat and Weekdays. 

A Zoom link with be sent to all congregants during the week. For our non-members who would like to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, please email Renee.

Torah Talk
Saturday, February 27
10:30 a.m
via Zoom

Saturday is also 15 Adar, Shushan Purim, so we will have the opportunity to study Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther).  This can be found in the third section (Ketuvim, "Writings") of the Tanakh.

Don't own a Tanakh?  Not a problem!  It can be found online.  Here are 2 sites:
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.

If you would like email reminders about Torah Talk, just let Ellen know!

March 7th and March 21st.  Pre-K YEP! is on March 21st at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, March 22 - changed date!
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

We'll be reading and discussing Old School, by Tobias Wolff. 

You don't have to be a regular to enjoy Book Group; you can join in for any book you like, any time. Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  To get on the Book Group mailing list or to RSVP and receive your Zoom meeting information, please email Rick . 
Pesach begins at sundown on Saturday, March 27th.
Last week we sent out an important survey asking if you would be interested in an online second Seder on Sunday evening, March 28th and we also wanted to know if we can assist you with ordering a Kosher for Passover meal or two. Please take a moment to fill out the survey no later than this week by Thursday. Thank you in advance.

 Here is the link to the survey.

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Instructor
Mondays through March 8
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 tenets 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.
Remaining course dates for this trimester are:
February 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.
Looking for ways to support those in need? Please consider supporting Mom's Pantry or Just 3 Things which is a part of JFSC. Mom's Pantry is accepting food donations dropped off at their location, Mom's Pantry, 13440 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022 as well as monetary donations which can be mailed directly to them.
Click here for more information at Just 3 Things and how to donate to them.
Condolences to...
Davie Glaser, on the passing of her aunt, Diana Chapman

Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona Goldfarb
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

Gottlieb Music Fund
The Barzilai Family - in memory of Irma Gottlieb

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Ellin Chariton - thank you for the Shabbat honor
Myra Shindler/Bureau of Jewish Education - in honor of Rabbi Sharfman and thanking her for all that she does on behalf of BJE

Leket Israel - Purim
Janet & Barry Bernell
Ellin Chariton

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.

Scroll down to and click on "Get Started"
Login with your current Amazon or Amazon Prime Account
At "Select Charitable Organization" enter Congregation Kehillah
You can now start purchasing items you want and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to Kehillah.
Android and iPhone owners can use the Amazon App to setup Amazon Smile.
Always login to Amazon via "" for the donation process to work.

Jewish News

We're in the Jewish News again!

Click here to read the article about how schools and synagogues adapt Purim celebrations to Zoom.
AJLA - (Arizona Jewish Lawyers Association)
Lunchtime Zoom events (not law related and open to everyone.)


February 14 - March 3, 2021

WHAT:   The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
WHEN:  Sunday, February 14, 2021 -- Wednesday, March 3, 2021
WHERE:  for more information or to purchase tickets, go to

CompleteScheduleServices   |   Torah Talk   |   YEP!

Shabbat candles
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.   
February 26
March 5 & 19
March 19 - Stone Abeyta baby naming
April 9 & 23
May 7
May 8 - Emelia Merritt Bat Mitzvah
May 21
May 22 - Avery & Ella
Fleet B'not Mitzvah
June 5 - Ally Melhado
Bat Mitzvah
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.
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.  
March 7 & 21
April 11 & 25
May 2 & 16


Thursday, February 25
Purim Celebration

Friday, February 26
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, February 27
Torah Talk

Friday, March 5
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, March 19
Kabbalat Shabbat
Stone Abeyta baby naming

Monday, March 22-changed date
Book Group

Friday, April 9
Kabbalat Shabbat

Monday, April 19
Book Group

Friday, April 23
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, May 7
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 8
Bat Mitzvah of Emelia Merritt

Friday, May 21
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 22
Avery and Ella Fleet  B'not Mitzvah

Monday, May 24
Book Group

Saturday, June 5
Ally Melhado Bat Mitzvah
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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 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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Don't miss any of our emails...

Please make sure that periodically you check your Spam and Junk folders for emails from Some of the emails we send out have several links for you to click on for resources. Depending on your individual computer settings you may have not received these emails in your inbox.