July 29-August 4, 2019 / Tammuz-Av 5779
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
Nothing is scheduled -- though there's plenty going on behind the scenes to prepare for Open Houses, High Holy Days, and all our other upcoming services and events -- so it's a great time to take care of your membership renewal if you haven't already done so.

You can also put upcoming Kabbalat Shabbat dates into your calendar! 
  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.
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  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.  
Sunday, September 8
1:00-3:00 p.m.  
Location to be announced
Congregation Kehillah is a co-sponsor.
Did you know Arizona has the fifth highest incarceration rate in the country? Join community members and people of faith to learn about the criminal justice system and efforts for reform throughout Arizona. Watch this space for more information. Please save the date and watch this space for more information.  
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!  

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.

Door Match
Thank you to those who are participating in our Door Match opportunity! To read Gil's letter and to contribute, please click here .


Happy birthday!
Yom huledet sameach!
August 3 - Katie Fabricant
                 Samuel Fox
August 4 - Marjorie Tabaknek
August 5 - Sharon Wechsler
August 9 - Carter Toppel
August 10 - Glenn Feldman
August 16 - Michelle Deutsch
                   Tanner Toppel
August 27 - Stanley Morgenstern
August 29 - Jen Catalano
                   Alana Claire Kirklin
August 30 - Alan Thursby
August 31 - Eli Hemmert
                   Brian Hemmert

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August 15 - Robert and Amy Bessen
August 16 - Joshua and Jennifer Schaeffer
August 18 - Rudy and Paulette Fraenkel
August 19 - David and Sara Fabricant
August 20 - Arthur and Bonnie Cikins
August 26 - Glenn and Linda Feldman
If you have an August 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!
Our Memorial Board honors your loved ones who have passed away. To make sure your engraved plaques arrive in time for the High Holy Days, now is the time to arrange your order. For a donation of $360*, individual names, with dates of birth and death, will be engraved on a plaque and added to our board.  
*This fee includes a listing in our annually published   Yizkor  Book, distributed on Yom Kippur and at yizkor services on festivals.
If you have any questions, please contact Renee.  
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Marc Melhado
Denice Whiteside
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
Trees for Israel 
Honey Yellin, in memory of Batya, daughter of Sandor and Bunny Shuch
Renee Joffe and Tom Hrlevich, and Marsha Joffe, in memory of Melvin Berlin 
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.
Sunday, August 4: AZ Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals. Special offers include discounted ticket prices for youths, Hebrew baseball cap giveaway, and more. Jewish youths aged 9-17 are invited to sing the national anthem: click here for information.
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.  
August 9 - Open House
starts at 6:15 p.m.        
August 23   - Open House starts at 6:45 p.m.  
September 13  
October 25
November 8
November 9 - Bat Mitzvah of Jacquelyn LeBlang, 10:00 a.m.  
November 22  
December 6
December 20 
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.   


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
Sunday, Sept. 8
Smart Justice Café
Friday, Sept. 13
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, Oct. 25 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, Nov. 8 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Nov. 9
Bat Mitzvah of Jacqueline LeBlang 
Friday, Nov. 22 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, Dec. 6 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, Dec. 20 
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,
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
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!

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