January 13 - January 19, 2020 / Tevet 5780  
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Please click on underlined items throughout this newsletter for more information and to RSVP. 
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.

for book club
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
Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
We begin the Book of Exodus( Shemot ) with the story of Moses, the burning bush and G-d's demand that Moses and Aaron are to tell Pharaoh to free the Hebrew slaves.  

Come join us as we begin our extraordinary path through Exodus.

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 .   
   Friday, January 24        
  Kabbalat Services will begin at 7:30 p.m                     
   Join us to welcome Shabbat.

  Sunday, January 26
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   
  The next session of YEP! after this one will be February 9 and will include Cafe Kehillah!

Saturday, February 29
6:15 p.m. 
Leap on over to CK for a Fun-raiser Game Night on Saturday, February 29, 2020 beginning at 6:15  p.m. with Havdalah and then let the games begin! 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.
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 . . .
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
General Fund
Jane Neely - in honor of the birth of Zoey Lee Kirklin
Anonymous - in support of Leap Day Game Night
Marilyn Morris and Barbara Sharfman - in honor of Seneca Erman's 91st birthday and
7th Bar Mitzvah

Social Action
Robin Koehler - in honor of Barbara & Marilyn's great granddaughter's birth

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.   
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE _______________________

The message below was originally emailed to our congregants on January 7, 2020.
Dear Friends, 

Busy time, happy time, troubling times - First, Mazel Tov to Rabbi and family, especially to the parents Stephanie and Brian on the birth of Zoey Lee Kirklin on Friday, January 3rd.
Would some please tell me if the new decade has started or not? I'm confused, but at least I'm writing 2020 on my checks. Speaking of checks, we have been getting a steady stream of contributions in response to my request for 100% participation. As I've mentioned, making contributions by December 31st is now irrelevant for many members due to the change in the tax laws. I'll be making my contribution this month instead of December as part of our tax planning, so if you haven't yet contributed there's no time like the present.
On a much more sobering note, there have been a disturbing number of attacks against Jews and Jewish property. Anti-Semitism is up around the world and it is indeed alarming. We should all be proud to be Jews, but also be prudent about our personal safety. To that end, the safety modifications to our building recommended by the Department of Homeland Security will be installed over the next several months. Most of the costs will be reimbursed as part of our successful grant application. Many thanks to Dan Sommer for his tireless work on both the grant application and follow up details with the contractor. We will keep you informed as to the construction schedule, but it should not interfere with either services or YEP!.
Looking at the balance of Kehillah's fiscal year (FYI, our year runs from July 1 through June 30th, hence the renewal notices going out in June) I ask myself several questions. To me, the most important questions relate to activities, membership and facilities. All of these will be discussed at the Board meeting on Sunday as plans are in the works for each of these important areas. I'd like to focus on membership, because to remain healthy, Kehillah must grow its membership. This is where all of you come in. When you invite a friend or neighbor to services, that personal invitation means much, much more than advertising or a marketing campaign. Experience has shown that Kehillah literally sells itself. Also, our dues are considerably lower than other synagogues, which to many is an important consideration. Let's use the balance of the year to increase our membership and keep Kehillah vital and strong.
A few words about our upcoming Israel trip. Most congregants are aware that Rabbi has been organizing and leading amazing trips to Israel for many years. We're at a point now where just about everyone who wants to or is able to go has made the trip. It's a good dilemma, but it makes it difficult to fill those last remaining spots. We need four more people to sign up asap, or we lose some of the benefits Rabbi has negotiated with the travel agency. Here's the point worth considering. There is no other trip planned for the foreseeable future. This is basically the last of the Israel trips. I hate to be blunt, but if you've considered going, it's time to make that commitment. We will be looking outside of the Kehillah community to fill the seats unless congregants step forward. 
Lynne and I will be sponsoring the Oneg this Shabbat in honor of our birthdays . If you are interested in sponsoring an Oneg, please contact Renee. It's a great way to celebrate a milestone event! 
Hope to see everyone this Friday - and bring a friend!!


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.  
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.
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.
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 26
February 9
February 23
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

Monday, Jan. 13 
Book Group
Saturday, Jan.18 
Torah Talk
Sunday, Jan.19 
Movie Time
Friday, Jan. 24 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Jan. 26
Cafe Kehillah
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 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
Sherry Siegel, Reisa Miller
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager

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We love hearing from you!

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