July 19 - July 25, 2021/AV 5781

Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships!

Our new fiscal year began on July 1, 2021. Dues renewal emails have already been sent out.
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!

An easy way to support Kehillah


Do you see this message every time you make a purchase on Amazon? If you do, thank you! If you don't, please sign up for AmazonSmile. It is an easy way to support the synagogue.

You made a difference.

Because you placed this order at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile will make a donation to Congregation Kehillah.
Your AmazonSmile purchases have supported charity 96 times.

Make all your Amazon purchases through 
AmazonSmile 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.

We've raised $70.63 in donations through the AmazonSmile program between January 1 and March 31, 2021. Let's all work together and see this number increase.

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 owners can use the Amazon App to setup AmazonSmile.    

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. 

How it works
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features 
3. Select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity 
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app 

Always login to Amazon via "Smile.Amazon.com" for the donation process to work.

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.

Women's Night Out (WNO)
Wednesday, July 21st
5:30 p.m.

Due to the number of attendees, we had to change our location!  Please confirm your RSVP.

                                             7325 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
                                        SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Currently, it is synagogue policy that participants be fully vaccinated to attend in-person CK activities.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
We encourage you to bring a friend or two who would like to meet some lovely Kehillah women!

RSVP to Renee by Tuesday, July 20th at info@congregationkehillah.org.

Please bring school supplies to help support Pioneer School.

MOK (Men of Kehillah) Dinner
Monday, July 26th
7:00 p.m.


The event is open to fully vaccinated individuals only.
The event is open to CK members only.
Attendees may make their own decision on masks, subject to local ordinances and the restaurant's posted policies.

Information & RSVP: Rich Fox (phoks1@hotmail.com)

Friday, August 13
5:00 p.m. prior to Kabbalat Shabbat
via Zoom
                                                  Friday, August 27
                                               6:30 p.m. following Kabbalat Shabbat
                                               via Zoom

Speed Schmoozing is coming back to CK! You can attend one or both sessions!
You've heard of speed dating and speed networking...Now we're bringing you Speed Schmoozing via Zoom!

We will be using Zoom breakout rooms and providing suggested questions to get the ball rolling. You'll provide the conversation.
The entire congregation is invited to our Speed Schmoozing Social.

Interested in a fun, small group trip to Israel AFTER school ends next May? Rabbi is already busy making plans for a May 30th departure. 

Please email info@congregationkehillah.org ASAP to let us know you are interested. 

YEP! (Youth Education Program) REGISTRATION
We'll be back in person in September!!!

Exciting new curriculum with self-paced Hebrew!

In August we will be offering two optional Zoom sessions featuring "get ahead with Hebrew" and  preparing for HHDs. Registration is now open...tell your friends about us!!

Here is the link to the YEP registration form.

Are You Connected With a Local Non-Profit?
Congregation Kehillah Tzedek Teen Initiative

CK's newest program is a philanthropic leadership program for 8th-12th graders to learn about how to be better leaders and activists in the Jewish and Greater Phoenix communities. We are looking for local non-profit organizations to partner with so we can offer teens hands-on learning opportunities with the local organizations working to make Phoenix a better, healthier community. If there is an organization that you work for, volunteer with, or are just passionate about, please reach out to Rabbi or Renee, info@congregationkehillah.org  with a contact who we can speak with there!

At Whispering Wind Academy
the following fun art supplies are greatly needed.
colored pencils, crayons and markers.
Whispering Wind Academy  
15844 N. 43rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032

Did you know that the average family spends around $670 a year on school supplies and clothing alone? For low-income families, this is nearly an impossible task without the support of organizations like ours. We are collecting items for Pioneer Elementary School where our member, Jodi Sandler is a School Psychologist.

Here is what's needed for the next school year:

folders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and notebook paper

Please contact Jodi Sandler, jodaleh218@gmail.com
to make arrangements for pick up or delivery of school supplies.

Our Rabbi is in the news!
The Arizona Diamondbacks draft the first Orthodox Jewish player!
Read the article in the Jewish News here:

Judith Clancy
Gil Blumenthal
Beth Hirshenson
Reisa Miller
Brad Osterweil
Merle Miller, sister-in-law of Reisa Miller
Howard Shore
Jessica Gio, niece of Scarlett Allison
Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona Goldfarb

Rachel Segal
Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Judith Clancy - In honor of Gil Blumenthal's tenure as Board President of
Congregation Kehillah and for "saving my sanity while sick

Education Fund
Erica and Jared Erman - In honor of Jews across history who have cared enough to make Jewish education and values a priority for their children.

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 Kehillah is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. (Please consult with your tax adviser.) 
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.   
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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Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

August 13
via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.
August 27
via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 28th
at 7:30 p.m.
Selichot (in-person and Zoom)

Enjoy our brief summer break! Please watch this space for information about upcoming services, dates, times and location.
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.
August 21 - Lay lead
No TT in Sept.
October 17 

YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  

 Here is the link to the YEP registration form.


Wednesday, July 21
WNO Dinner

Monday, July 26
MOK Dinner

Friday, August 13
Speed Schmoozing
Kabbalat Shabbat 

Saturday, August 21
Torah Talk

Friday, August 27
Kabbalat Shabbat 
Speed Schmoozing

Saturday, October 17
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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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
Jane Neely,  
Scott Leader, Erica Erman
  Cantorial Soloists
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
Rick Cohen,
  Member at Large
Rich Fox,
  Vice President for Program and                 Communications   
  MOK President
Dave Goldfarb,
  Vice President for Building & Facility
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Steve Kanefsky,
   Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Paul Stein, 
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  

Scarlett Allison, Beth Hirshenson,
Margi Tabaknek,
  Caring Committee
Amy Bessen,
Paulette Fraenkel, 
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Dr. Stephanie Kirklin,
  YEP! Director of Curriculum and
   Online Learning Center
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Vicki Mardell,
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
Scott Rudin
   Finance Committee Chair
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 info@congregationkehillah.org. 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.