July 20 - July 26, 2020 /Tammuz-Av 5780  

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Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships!
Our new fiscal year began on July 1, 2020. Dues renewal emails were sent a few weeks ago.

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!


Send us your smiling faces!!!
Rabbi is busy planning some wonderful things for our High Holy Days experience this year. As Gil mentioned in his message last week, we will be streaming services "live" with the choir professionally pre-recorded and we are working on some other ideas as well.
Right now we are looking for pictures of you and/or your family members lighting Shabbat/Yom Tov candles as well as photos of our beautiful, smiling congregants. We hope to incorporate these into our service.
Please email your JPGs to Renee by Wednesday, July 22nd...by doing so, you are also giving Congregation Kehillah permission to use your photos for our High Holy Day services.
We look forward to receiving many pictures as we miss seeing all of you!

TORAH TALK                                    
Saturday, July 25                                                                                                        
Parashat Hashavua Devarim, the first portion in Deuteronomy, 1:1-3:22.
Moses recounts the incidents the Israelites have encountered during their 40 years of wandering in the desert. Moses reminds the unruly group that G-d has been good to them in spite of their never ending complaining. 

10:30 a.m.
via Zoom


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 Ellen Lerman.

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

Wednesday, August 5
6:30 pm

Friday, August 14
5:30 p.m.
via Zoom
We continue to come into your homes via Zoom ( https://zoom.us/) beginning at 5:30 pm. These are shorter than usual services featuring Rabbi, with Scott Leader and Erica Erman as cantorial soloists. The Power Point 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 that week.  For our non-members who receive our Connections and wish to view our Kabbalat Shabbat, please message Renee, 

Helping to  understand what the HHDs are about and what to expect
via Zoom

We are offering a two-part class on Monday nights, August 17th and August 24th, from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP to Renee by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13th.

Monday, September 14
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

We're taking a break in  August and look forward to "seeing" you in September... happy reading!

The Sunflower focuses on the possibilities and limits of forgiveness, as the author, Simon Wiesenthal writes about an encounter he had with a mortally wounded Nazi during WW2.

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 .

Refaeinu . . .
Arlene Maletta
Jared Erman
Yonatan Ariel ben Chana, brother of 
Ellin Chariton
David Fetz
Yosef Dov ben Rachel Feyga, father of
Jackie Shore
Sandra Krisch
Rebekah Boucher, mother of
Feli Van Deman

Frances Schneeweis LeRoy, mother of Scott LeBlang
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Hinda  Sterling , sister-in-law of Reisa
vie Glaser
Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller      
Rose Sobel,  mother of Bruce Sobel

For the past few months we have all heard Rabbi say that she has 6.5 different scenarios in her head for how the High Holy Days will look this year. In an effort to stay ahead of ourselves, we are starting the Yizkor Book much earlier this year in hopes that we can get this into people's hands and homes (more on this later) prior to the High Holy Days beginning.
The Kehillah Yizkor Book, published every Yom Kippur, is a means to remember departed loved ones.  A donation of $18 per name is requested. Yizkor Book listings are open to non-members as well as members. We will be pleased to include the names of your loved ones. This book will be used for all Yizkor services throughout the year.

Please take a moment to fill out the form that was emailed to you, or access it here and either mail it back to us with your payment or scan and email the form to Ellen Lerman  and make your payment online,  here  . 

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Margie Tabaknek - in memory of Susan Kantrowitz

General Fund
Margie Tabaknek - in honor of Renee & Tom's engagement

Education Fund
Erica & Jared Erman - for YEP!

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 
Please consider planting a tree in Israel for any occasion. Contact Renee and she will place the order on your behalf. Trees cost $18 per tree and a portion of all sales benefit Congregation Kehillah.

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Here are other great ways to support Kehillah 
Normally, we'd invite you to 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.
But while we're currently not gathering, and you are (we hope!) spending most of your time at home during the next few weeks, remember to use Amazon Smile when you buy on Amazon.

We've raised $38.50 in donations through the Amazon Smile program between January 1 and March 31, 2020. 

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.


Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. 

AmazonSmile customers can now support Congregation Kehillah in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device 
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' 
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.


REFUGEE AID is a non-profit organization aiding people in our community during this crazy Covid-19 time and beyond!  Refugee Aid is a community based organization (they are a project of the 501C3  Southwest Heritage Foundation) that aids migrant communities and asylum seekers in the US and Mexico. For more information on this organization, please click here .  Refugee Aid is requesting donations (monetary & in-kind) as well as assistance with volunteering.   Some volunteer work does not include face to face contact. There  is something for everyone!!    Please click on this pdf to see what is needed.  Feel free to pass this information to friends and family.  Your networks are powerful!  It is also possible to sign up for weekly emails as some volunteering changes weekly.

The Center, which helps women escape abuse and domestic violence, is in desperate need of women's underwear, sizes 6, 7, and 8.  If you are able,  you can order these online at Amazon, and Sojourner and Kehillah will benefit. They can be sent to Sojourner Resource Center, 2330 E. Filmore Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. 

Please add the following items that are desperately needed: bath and hand towels, either new or gently used. Sojourner thanks us for the masks Ellen Lerman has made and were donated.
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.   
  Welcome to life through a Jewish lens

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We'll let you know about what's new to JFI ON Demand, what our renowned curators are reading, writing  and programming and much more. 

Here are some quick links to what's popular and welcome to our growing global community of Jewish film supporters.

Events and Screenings - Discover films year-round here .

Stream films with JFI On Demand - Explore over 300 titles here.


The Phoenix Holocaust Association  is sponsoring an initiative to provide meaningful gratitude to caregivers working in assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities. Because of early fundraising success, we have e xpanded the program to cover four Greater Phoenix area facilities: The Palazzo, Belmont Village, Kivel Campus of Care, and Friendship Village Tempe.

Professional caregivers, including Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's), Home Health Aides (HHA's), and Personal Care Aides (PCA's), assist our elderly loved ones with bathing and bathroom functions, grooming, dressing, eating, mobility, and taking medications.  Caregivers provide intimate help to the people at greatest risk for contracting and dying of COVID-19.

It's past time to thank the less celebrated workers on the frontlines who, at great personal risk, quietly and diligently care for those who are most vulnerable. These dedicated caregivers are nothing short of heroes.

Our goal is to provide a $50 or more gift card to Albertson's-Safeway for every caregiver working at the four senior residential facilities mentoned above.

Help give back to those who give their all for our loved ones! The Phoenix Holocaust Association has launched an initiative that seeks to give every caregiver at four senior care communities a grocery gift card. Click here to donate.


CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!

Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begins on Fridays at times listed below.        
August 14 : 5:30 p.m.
August 28: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday evening, September 12 : Selichot services (more details to come)
Friday evening, September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 19
: Rosh Hashanah
Sunday evening, 
September 27, Kol Nidre
Monday, September 28 Yom Kippur

October 2:   
October 16: Bat Mitzvah of Alexa Hendrickson

Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (for the time being.)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.
July 25
Lay lead

  Youth Education Program 

During the school year, YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings. See body of Connections for summer programs via Zoom. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
August 16-via Zoom
August 30-via Zoom


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


Saturday, July 25
Torah Talk

Sunday, August 16
First day of YEP!

Friday, August 14
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, August 28
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, September 18
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, September 19
Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 27
Kol Nidre

Monday, September 28
Yom Kippur

Saturday, October 3
Bat Mitzvah of Alexa Hendrickson

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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.  

None of that is possible at the moment, but Mom's Pantry 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
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
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. O therwise, 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.