June 22 - June 28, 2020 /Sivan-Tamuz 5780  

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Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships!
Our new fiscal year will begin on July 1, 2020. Dues renewal emails were sent last week.

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!

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.

Wednesday, July 1
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 be discussing chapters 1, 2 & 3.

A fast moving and uplifting class, great for those who are 'newbies' to Jewish texts.   RSVP  to Renee by 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 29th.  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. 

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.

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.
Condolences to...
Marilyn Morris on the passing of her younger sister, Susan Kantrowitz. Susan was the aunt of Roger (Rabbi Bonnie) Morris.

Refaeinu . . .
Jared Erman
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
Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Eydee Schultz - in memory of her dear life-long friend, Sheri Shirman

Social Action Fund
Eydee Schultz - in memory of her dear life-long friend, Sheri Shirman

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.

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.   


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.



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.


  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


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.

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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.