June 15 - June 21, 2020 /Sivan 5780  

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Wednesday, June 17
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
via Zoom
Where does great Jewish wisdom come from? Well...one of the sources is  Pirke Avot,
actually a section of Talmud (Mishna, technically).  Pirke Avot , usually translated as 'Ethics of the Fathers' is a collection of short teachings by some of the early Rabbinic sages with a lot of wisdom packed in. There is a tradition that between Passover and Shavuot, each week we study a new chapter (six weeks between the two holidays, six chapters).  During our last Torah Talk session, we looked at chapter 4...and hardly got past the first few lines it was so jam-packed ('Who is wise? The one who learns from everyone? Who is rich? The one who is happy with his/her lot...) Next class we will continue with chapter 6.

A fast moving and uplifting class, great for those who are 'newbies' to Jewish texts.   RSVP  to Renee by 5:00 p.m. Monday. A Zoom link will be sent only to those who have attended the classes in the past. If you wish to participate, please email Renee for the link. 

FOR THE LAWYERS IN CONGREGATION KEHILLAH - a terrific opportunity organized by Erica Erman, President,AZ Jewish Lawyers Association

TORAH TALK                                                                                                
This Shabbat we're reading Shelach Lech, Numbers 13:1-15:41which focuses on the mission to scout out the Land of Israel that the Israelites were preparing to return to at the end of their wandering in the desert.

Saturday, June 20
10:30 a.m.
via Zoom

This month we will be meeting via Zoom. Please  RSVP to Renee by Thursday, June 18
th   and then you will receive the Zoom link.

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 Rabbi Sharfman.

If you would like email reminders about Torah Talk, just  let Ellen know
Saturday, June 20
6:30 p.m.
via Zoom

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

There will be two sessions: 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, June 22
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

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. At our June Zoom meeting, we'll discuss Hannah Coulter , by Wendell Berry. To get on the Book Group mailing list or to RSVP and receive your Zoom meeting information, please  email Rick .

Read ahead! For our July meeting, we'll discuss Washington Black, by  Esi Edugyan.

Wednesday, June 24
7:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Rich Fox invites the Men of Kehillah to another virtual happy hour via Zoom.  It's a fun time to chat and catch up! RSVP to Renee at info@congregationkehillah.org  

  Friday, June 26
 5:30 p.m.      
 via Zoom
This week we will be coming into your homes, once again, via Zoom ( https://zoom.us/) beginning at 5:30 pm. These are shorter than usual services featuring Rabbi, Erica and Scott. 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 later this week and you will be asked to RSVP to Renee. For our non-members who receive our Connections and wish to view our Kabbalat Shabbat, please message Renee,  info@congregationkehillah.org  for this link. We are limited on the number of participants. Thank you for your understanding.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah 
via Zoom
Class day and time TBD
starting soon

Are you interested in taking the next step in your Jewish journey? 
Ready to add to your personal growth in your knowledge of Judaism? 
Eager to make your dream of having a Bar/Bat Mitzvah finally come true? 
Rabbi Sharfman is ready to guide you and your fellow classmates. Even if you became a Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a youth, you'll discover much more about Judaism (and about yourself!) when you study as an adult.  
Call us at 602-369-7667 or  email us to let us know you're ready to take that next step.
Congregation Kehillah joins the rest of the community in mourning the loss of Rabbi Micah Caplan who passed away suddenly on Sunday night. Rabbi Caplan was the Rabbi of Congregation Or Tzion.

Refaeinu . . .
Phyllis Friedman
Marsha Joffe
Landon Borenstein, cousin of Renee Joffe & great-great nephew of Marsha Joffe
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
General Fund
Reisa, Abbott & Ethan Miller - in loving memory of Warren Miller, our beloved husband and Dad.
Ellen & Elliott Lerman - Yizkor
Steven & Maxine Sukenik

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. 

Fathers' Day is coming up and the perfect time to sign up.

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.

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. 

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.   


Restaurants may be opening back up throughout AZ, but we know many of us are still staying in and either cooking, picking up food or having it delivered. We are thrilled to be partnering with these two local restaurants who have offered to donate back 10% of sales (or $5 per Pizza Kit ordered from Brad's Kitchen) to our members who mention Congregation Kehillah at the time of ordering. This is a great opportunity to support local restaurants and your synagogue. 

Brad's Kitchen  in  Scottsdale:  
Who doesn't love pizza?  Now you can make it at home while supporting this local restaurant and Congregation Kehillah. Brad's is now offering a $5 donation to Kehillah for every pizza kit purchased.

Here is a  link to their Pizza Kit. 
Here is a link to their Take Out menu:


It is important that everyone has updated their Zoom to Zoom 5.0. Scroll down to the  Update Now (or click on it here)  and you will then be redirected to  Zoom.us  and see the below message. This is the ONLY Download you need to click on.

Zoom Client for Meetings
The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download here.
Download (this is also a LIVE link if you wish to use it)

Version 5.0.2 (24046.0510)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Renee during regular business hours. Please note, that she is not available to help with Zoom questions 15 minutes before a scheduled Zoom session and once we are on a Zoom call. Thank you for your understanding.



ONLINE Holocaust Survivor Seminars


We are pleased to announce an online Holocaust Survivor Seminar during the Coronavirus crisis: Save from Certain Death, by a Coffee Spill: Making an Emotional Connection to the Holocaust.

Friday, June 19  10am - 12pm


We are pleased to announce an online Holocaust Survivor Seminar during the Coronavirus crisis: The Boy Who Refused to Die: Making an Emotional Connection to the Holocaust.
  Guest Speaker: Sidney Finkel

Friday, June 26th  10am - 12pm
RSVP: Tony Fusco at afusco@azjhs.org

For more information regarding  our seminar series:


CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!

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Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begins on Fridays at times listed below.        
June 26: 5:30 p.m.
July 17:   5:30 p.m.

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.
June 20

  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.  


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, June 20
Torah Talk 

Saturday, June 20
CampThemed Havdalah

Monday, June 22
Book Group

Wednesday, June 24

Friday, June 26
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, July 17
Kabbalat Shabbat
October 19-Nov. 2
Kehillah's Fabulous 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 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,
  Cantorial Soloist
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.