January 28-February 3, 2019 / Shevat 5779
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
  Sunday, February 3   
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
        The next YEP! session after this one is February 24. See below for the complete YEP! schedule. 
Shabbat candles
  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 naming
  of 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.
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. 
  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.
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.  
Shabbat candles
  Friday, February 22
  7:30 p.m. 
  Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.  
  See the complete service schedule here.
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.  
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.  

  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 will be recognized at Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, February 8.  

Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

February 7 - Jacqueline Shore
                     Jared Erman
                     Arlene Rosenberg
February 9 - Tom Hrlevich
February 10 - Annie Lavin
                      Sherry Siegel
                      Blake Ruttenberg
February 13 - Sharon Agopian
February 14 - Lisa Schwartzstein
February 15 - Linda Feldman
                       Ellin Chariton
February 20 - Melissa Price
                       Mitch Resnick
February 21 - Karyn Hendricksen
February 22 - Elizabeth Goldfarb
February 23 - Ryan Heller
February 24 - Frank Kuperman
February 25 - Kimberly Abrams
February 26 - Ellen Lerman
                       Judith Clancy
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February 12 - Kurt and Addie Budenbender
February 20 - Bruce and Sheryl Kirshenbaum
February 28 - Allen and Scarlett Allison
If you have a February 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!
YEP! Gardeners
Beautifying Kehillah with their hands, smiles, and neshama.
We are looking for two more travelers  
for our trip leaving on May 27.  
like to learn more. 
Connect, learn, and have fun!  
The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) offers multiple opportunities  
for your teens.   
The Bronia and Sam Bronkesh Jewish Spirit Prize is an essay contest for high school teens, offering $500 for first prize. Essay deadline is January 31.
The annual Finding your Voice for Israel evening takes place this year on Tuesday, February 12 .
The 8th Grade Desert Escape Retreat is now scheduled for March 1-2, 2019.  

Click on the underlined links to find out more about these fun opportunities!
We send prayers of healing to . . .
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 Michel
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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. 
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.
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund   
Reverend Brian Kemp-Schlemmer, in honor of her speaking at City Square Church
General Fund  
Honey Yellin, in honor of Erica and Jared's wedding 
Penny Celmins , in honor of Erica and Jared's wedding
Renee Joffe
Back in November our Administrator, Renee Joffe, decided to try a fundraiser through Facebook for her birthday. Renee filled out all the necessary forms needed for Congregation Kehillah to be eligible to receive donations. The organization "Network For Good" does not take a percentage of donations. All donations made go directly to the synagogue. We just received a check for $373 (eight of Renee's friends donated various amounts), which will go into the General Fund and be put towards security. Thank you, Renee, for thinking of us!
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 
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.
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
February 3, 2019-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"

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
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 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
  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. 3, 24
Mar. 10, 24
Apr. 14, 28
May 5, 19



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

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 
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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
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  
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   
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