June 11-17, 2018 / Sivan-Tammuz 5778 
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NEW IN THIS ISSUE: 2018/2019 Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat and YEP! Click here to jump down.
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
  Sunday, June 17
  late morning/early afternoon    
  Click for information
  Sunday, June 24
  10:00 a.m.
  At the home of Arlene Maletta; click to RSVP.
  Click here for updated information. 
  Tuesday, June 26
  6:00 p.m.
  At Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028
 Click for information about Bootleggers and to RSVP.
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wine and cheese  WELCOME BACK WINE & CHEESE OPEN HOUSE Shabbat candles
  Friday, August 17
  More details to come  
  With a special YEP!-aged activity, led by staff.
  Our first service back after summer break! Please put it on your calendar now,
and invite your friends!
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if you have not yet done so. Thank you!

10th Anniversary & Building Dedication
Friday, December 7
Sunday, December 9 
Keep your calendars open for this not-to-be-missed weekend celebration!
Friday, December 7
Shabbat - a very special, festive musical service along with a Chanukah Ha-bayit (the dedication of our new home) and a celebratory Oneg.

Sunday, December 9
Morning program for YEP! students, families, and friends, featuring entertainment and noshes.
"Adults only" evening party, featuring a lively trivia challenge (fun to play or just cheer from the sidelines) and refreshments.
TishaBAvTisha B'Av: A question for you
Please click on a response if we haven't heard from you yet!
Tisha B'Av, the Fast of the Ninth of Av, is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish People -- most notably the destruction of the first and second Temples.

On Tisha B'Av, it is Jewish practice to fast and read the Book of Eicha/
Lamentations, found in the last part of the Tanakh.

Are you interested in meeting at Kehillah on Sunday morning, July 22, to learn about Tisha B'Av and the Book of Lamentations with Rabbi Sharfman? Please click on one of the choices below. Additional comments are welcome, but not necessary.
Thank you!

SelichotSelichot: A question for you 
Please click on a response if we haven't heard from you yet!
Will you be here over Labor Day weekend?  
Will you participate in Selichot?

Selichot is a spiritual practice (not a holiday) that helps us prepare intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually for the High Holy Days.

It is when we first hear phrases from our most moving and powerful High Holy Days prayers; when we first hear parts of some beloved High Holy Days melodies; when we "dress up" our Torah, changing the cover from its everyday garb to holiday white.

Selichot is, in short, a beautiful and inspiring evening for those who attend.

It is also typically held on the Saturday evening that is one full week prior to Rosh Hashanah. This year, Selichot falls in the middle of Labor Day weekend. This year's program would be: 

Saturday evening, September 1
Starting with Havdalah at 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments

Please let us know if you would attend, by clicking on one of the choices below. Additional comments are welcome, but not necessary. Thank you!

Come to Israel with us in 2019!    
Is visiting Israel with your family on your wish list?  
Well, now is the time to make it happen!     
Rabbi Sharfman is busy planning a wonderful family trip to Israel end of May/early June 2019 (with non-stops to and from LAX on El Al). Imagine early summer in Israel and you can do Bar/Bat Mitzvahs on Massada while we are there! 

Kids and adults will have a great time discovering the beauty, culture, history, and modernity that is unique to Israel. Fellow travelers of all ages find Rabbi Sharfman's joy delightfully contagious; and her ability to relate and share her knowledge is unmatched. Rabbi lived in Israel for many years and was a licensed tour guide there!     
We can't wait to share this experience with your family, so let us hear from you! Email Renee to let her know you'd like to receive Israel trip updates.  
A note from Renee Joffe, Kehillah Administrator:

Many thanks to all our congregants for another wonderful year at Congregation Kehillah. We hope you had a great experience and we look forward to spending another year with you. During the summer our team will be meeting and planning for the year.

You should have received Kehillah membership renewal email, which included a letter from Kehillah President Rich Goldman. You can also read Rich's letter here.

Please take a moment before you enjoy your summer break to take care of your membership renewal. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Visiting Washington, D.C. 

Here's our Administrator, Renee Joffe, visiting our nation's capital with Tom Hrlevich.

Clockwise, from left: At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Renee finds "Shedlitz" on the wall of communities destroyed and lost during the Shoah ( the Holocaust Torah scroll that has been entrusted to our care was originally from the decimated community of Shedlitz, Poland); with the White House in the background; visiting a Barry Goldwater statue.

While Kehillah takes a summer break from some activities, you can help make our summer Connections more lively by sharing what you're doing!

Send your news and photos (include names and pertinent details) to Renee. We'd love to hear from you!
Our new Memorial Board 
Thanks to a generous donation from Dan and Evelyn Simon, in honor of Evelyn's birthday, a second Memorial Board is now hanging in our sanctuary. Now is the perfect time to order your engraved plaques to honor your loved ones who have passed away. 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 our festivals. Click here for the Memorial Board form . If you have any questions, please   contact Renee .
We send prayers of healing to . . . 
Gloria Kasper
Masha bat Fanya
Pamela Miller
Barbara Berniker
Arlene Maletta
Irma Gottlieb
Bonnie Karfeld
Esti Simhi
Jennifer Schaeffer
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah 
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel Ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva)  
HaRav Shlomo ben Rut
Kitty Nagy  
David Stern
Howard Glick 
Gittel bat Deborah 
Tom Bartkus    
Colleen Carney 
Shoshanna bat Phyllis 
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka 
Rose Sobel,  
    mother of Bruce Sobel  
Judy Sahid, 
    sister of Cathy Michel
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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
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. 
Names are added to the top of the Mishebeirach list  
in the order they are received. 
Education Fund  
Eydee Schultz, in memory of Marilyn Morris's brother-in-law, Samuel Platt  
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 
Bookplates/Adopt a Prayer Book  
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 2018-2019, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel Photography by Joel Zolondek. On exhibit through the summer at Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

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

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
Aug. 17 
  Welcome Back
Wine & Cheese Open House, with a special activity for YEP!-aged children (led by staff) 
Sept. 9 (Sun.)   
  Erev Rosh Hashanah 
Sept. 10 (Mon.) 
  Rosh Hashanah 
Sept. 18 (Tues.)   
  Kol Nidre
Sept. 19
  Yom Kippur
Sept. 28
  With Oneg in the Sukkah
Oct. 12
Oct. 13 (Sat.)
  Carter Toppel Bar Mitzvah
Oct. 26
Oct. 27 (Sat.)
  Carly Resnick Bat Mitzvah
Nov. 9, 16
Dec. 7
  10th Anniv/Dedication weekend
Dec. 21

Jan 11
  Alex Abrams Bat Mitzvah
Jan 25
Feb. 8, 22
Feb. 23 (Sat.)
  Naomi Fox Bat Mitzvah
Mar. 8, 22
Apr. 12, 26
May 10
  Honoring mothers
May 17
June 14
  Honoring fathers 
Torah Talks are held most months on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Kehillah members' homes. We take a break for summer. 

Torah learning continues with Rabbi's weekly Shabbat message and candle lighting reminders.

Questions? Please direct them to Ellen Lerman. We'll post our schedule soon!   
  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. Questions? Please contact Renee

Aug. 17 (Fri.)
  Special staff-led YEP! activity at our Welcome Back Open House Kabbalat Shabbat
Aug. 19
  First session of the term, with parent orientation
Aug. 26
Sept. 16

Sept. 30
  In the Sukkah, with congregation
Oct. 14, 28
Nov. 4, 18
Dec. 2
Dec. 9  

  10th Anniv/Dedication
Dec. 16

Jan. 13, 27

Feb. 3, 24
Mar. 10, 24
Apr. 14, 28
May 5, 19



Sunday, June 17
Movie Time

Sunday, June 24
Book Group

Tuesday, June 26
Women's Night Out

Sunday, July 22
Tisha B'Av
(see main section )

Friday, Aug. 17
Kabbalat Shabbat/ Welcome back wine & cheese open house

Saturday, Sept. 1
(see main section)

Sunday, Sept. 9 
Erev Rosh Hashanah 

Monday, Sept. 10
Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Kol Nidre

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Yom Kippur

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9
Celebrate Kehillah!
10th Anniversary & Building Dedication
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Information for Seniors 
The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Childrens 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, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or janet.arnold@jfcsaz.org.
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Send your news to Connections

Please send your news or photos to Renee in the Kehillah office before Shabbat for the following Monday's issue.
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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"!  
Reminder: There are hungry neighbors and families experiencing food insecurity throughout the Valley, throughout the year -- even if we can't always see it. Our food collection bin for   Mom's Pantry is always in our lobby. 
Please bring food donations whenever you come to Kehillah.   
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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Renee Joffe, Administrator

Board of Directors:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  New Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair and
  Girls' Night Out Co-Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Paul Lavin,
  Finance Manager
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Judith Clancy, Davie Glaser,
Ilene Riffle,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chairs
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Marilyn Morris,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book

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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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5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Mailing Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050