July 15-21, 2019 / Tammuz 5779
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This is Not a Fire Drill
Rich Goldman and I have often discussed how most fundraising efforts have an urgent tone to them. Kehillah certainly encourages congregants' support but we do try to keep the volume down. However... we have been given a challenge by a member that we simply can't let pass as it is somewhat time sensitive. It's quite simple. The goal is to raise $12,000 which will enable us to fully pay for our new front doors. The incentive is that the first $6,000 raised will be matched dollar for dollar. We've already raised $2,000 toward that goal and that was by word of mouth. 
Why now??
First of all, if you drive by our building you will see that the new doors have been installed. [See below for photos.] There is still work to be done to fix the stucco, paint, etc., but we wanted everything to be completed prior to our first Kabbalat Shabbat service on August 9th**. Second, if successful, this matching opportunity will allow us to make further security improvements.
All contributions should be designated "Door Match." No contribution is too small. You can pay online or by check. If you wish to pay in installments, that's fine, but you must let Renee know. We simply can't forego this opportunity!
Thank you all in advance.
B'Shalom ,
Gil Blumenthal
**On August 9th there will be a family open house starting at 6:15 p.m., with wine and cheese for adults and kids' activities with the YEP! staff. Kabbalat services begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by an Oneg. Please check Kehillah Connections for more details.

THIS WEEK______________________________________
  Sunday, July 21
  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, July 22
  7:00 p.m. 
  We'll meet for dinner and conversation at Sumo Maya, 6560 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253. All men of Kehillah are welcome. Please RSVP to Rich Fox by Sunday, July 21.  
  Wednesday, July 24
  5:30 p.m. 
Join us at PNPK, 23335 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. D-105, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 for good food, good friends, & good conversation! Happy Hour prices end at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Renee by Monday, July 22.   
  Friday, August 9
  6:15 p.m.  Open House; all are welcome 
                    Activities with YEP! staff for kids, wine & cheese for adults 
  7:00 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by oneg 
All are welcome, not just families or those with school age children. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we celebrate our first Shabbat after our summer break. Bring your friends and their families. We look forward to seeing you! 

Thursday, August 15-Sunday, August 19
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas 
Kehillah is a community sponsor of this weekend event in honor of Tu B'Av, the Jewish day of love.  
Explore the social events and learning sessions planned for this celebration of love, connection,  
and discovery: see the flier here or visit heart2heartaz.com
  Sunday, August 18
  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, August 19
1:00 p.m.; RSVP for location information 
Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. We've revised our reading schedule; please click here for updated information. At our August meeting, we'll discuss American Pastoral, by Philip Roth. Please click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Sherry.
wine and cheese
  Friday, August 23
  6:45 p.m. Wine & Cheese
  7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by oneg 
  Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat as we hold our second open house of the season.  
  Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you.  
Our May-June trip to Israel was so much fun, we've already scheduled the next one!  
If you're interested -- from "just curious" to "ready to pack RIGHT NOW!" -- email us so we can keep you updated on the itinerary and pricing. The only thing better than visiting Israel is visiting Israel with Rabbi Sharfman and your Kehillah friends!  
Please help us welcome

Carol Elliott

We look forward to getting to know you!

Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships!
Our fiscal year began July 1. If you have not renewed your membership yet, please do so today. Thank you!

Please contact Renee if you have any questions.
We are grateful for your participation in Kehillah
and look forward to sharing a new year of learning, growth,
social justice, and life cycle events with you.

Our new doors

Our new doors have arrived ...

... and they fit! 
Read more about our new doors  
and other improvements in the President's Letter,  
at the top of this newsletter. 
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Denice Whiteside
Ellen Lerman
Karen Thursby
Marion Krepcio 
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Mort Berkowitz
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
David Stern
Howard Glick 
Gittel bat Deborah 
Colleen Carney 
Shoshanna bat Phyllis 
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka 
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
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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. 
Trees in Israel 
Honey Yellin, in memory of Arthur Black and in memory of David Schartow
Renee Joffe and Tom Hrlevich and Marsha Joffe, in memory of Merry Atinsky
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 2019-2020, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
Annual Summer Ice Cream Social for Seniors (60+)  
This event, sponsored by Jewish Family and Children's Service, will be held on Sunday, August 4,
at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Chai. Everyone is welcome.  
Exhibit at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through August 27, 2019: "Mid-Century Phoenix."
Through September 11: We Remember: The Liberators, an original exhibit featuring stories of 10 American, British, and Russian Liberators of Nazi concentration camps; featuring the artwork of Robert Sutz.  

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
and B'nai Mitzvah  

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
Services will resume with Kabbalat Shabbat Open Houses on August 9 and August 23. See details above, in the UPCOMING section 
Torah Talk is on a break for the summer. Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman 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
  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. YEP! resumes on August 18.  
Please use this registration form. Questions? Please contact Renee.   


Sunday, July 21 
Movie Time
Monday, July 22
Men of Kehillah (MOK) 
Wednesday, July 24
Women's Night Out (WNO) 
Friday, Aug. 9
Open House & Kabbalat Shabbat
Thursday, Aug. 15
Tu B'Av Heart 2 Heart

Friday, Aug. 23
Wine & Cheese Open House & Kabbalat Shabbat
October 2020
Kehillah 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
Rich Goldman, President
Scott Leader,
  Cantorial Soloist
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
Joseph Ettinger,
  Member at Large
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
Dan Sommer,
   Member at Large
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  

Amy Bessen,
Bob Bessen,
  Finance Committee Chair Judith Clancy,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chair
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Davie Glaser,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chair
Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager

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We love hearing from you!

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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