June 7 - June 13, 2021/Sivan 5781

Wednesdays through June 23rd
Next session - June 9th
2:00 p.m.
via Zoom
Back by popular demand...last summer we offered this topic and it was so well liked that we're offering it again!
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. 
A fast moving and uplifting class, great for those who are 'newbies' to Jewish texts. This 5 week course, which began on May 26th, is free to all CK members and Torah Talk participants. Please register at info@congregationkehillah.org. BJE will be accepting registration for all other non-members. Click here to register.

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

At this meeting, our last until the fall, we'll discuss Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson. All Kehillah members and their guests are welcome to attend. 

Book Group has now been meeting for seven years and has chosen dozens of books, fiction and nonfiction - take a look at our wide-ranging selection

If you have reading recommendations for the Group, we'd love to hear them. Email Rick with your ideas, your June meeting RSVP, or any other book matters on your mind. 

And please remember, if you're going to buy Red at the Bone (or anything else) through Amazon, use AmazonSmile so Kehillah receives a donation at no cost to you. (If you haven't signed up yet for AmazonSmile, you can do it here.)

Saturday, June 19
10:30 a.m.
via Zoom

We'll be studying Chukat.  Numbers 19:1 - 21:1

In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies.

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!

Monday, June 21
7:00 P.M.

Where:  Paul Martin's, 6186 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
  • The event is open to fully vaccinated individuals only
  • The event is open to CK members only
  • Attendees may make their own decision on masks, subject to local ordinances and the restaurant's posted policies
Info & RSVP:  Rich Fox (phoks1@hotmail.com)
Interested in a small, intimate group trip to Israel the 2nd half of October THIS year? Rabbi is looking into travel plans. 

Please email info@congregationkehillah.org ASAP to let us know you are interested. More details coming soon!


We look forward to seeing everyone in August! Registration is now open...tell your friends about us!!

Here is the link to the YEP registration form.

Are You Connected With a Local Non-Profit?
Congregation Kehillah Tzedek Teen Initiative

CK's newest program is a philanthropic leadership program for 8th-12th graders to learn about how to be better leaders and activists in the Jewish and Greater Phoenix communities. We are looking for local non-profit organizations to partner with so we can offer teens hands-on learning opportunities with the local organizations working to make Phoenix a better, healthier community. If there is an organization that you work for, volunteer with, or are just passionate about, please reach out to Rabbi or Renee, info@congregationkehillah.org  with a contact who we can speak with there!

Whispering Wind Academy has started a much-needed "shoe closet" for kids who don't have athletic shoes. If you would like to donate any new or gently used athletic shoes for kids, you can drop them off directly in the collection box at the school between now and May 20th. Sizes would range greatly, as they have kindergarten through 6th grade. 

In addition to shoes, the following fun art supplies are greatly needed.
colored pencils, crayons and markers.
Whispering Wind Academy  
15844 N. 43rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032

Did you know that the average family spends around $670 a year on school supplies and clothing alone? For low-income families, this is nearly an impossible task without the support of organizations like ours. We are collecting items for Pioneer Elementary School where our member, Jodi Sandler is a School Psychologist.

Here is what's needed for the next school year:

folders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and notebook paper

Please contact Jodi Sandler, jodaleh218@gmail.com
to make arrangements for pick up or delivery of school supplies.


YATOM is now opening invitations for a 6th Family Fellowship Cohort for Greater Phoenix couples/singles. Those interested can learn more here:  Family Fellowship - YATOM and apply here:  Become a Fellow -YATOM. Fellows will have the opportunity to receive: 1. a stipend 2. education on the process 3. a micro-community to journey with. If you have questions, feel free to email Caron at  yatom613@gmail.com.
Happy Anniversary!
Mazel Tov!

June  19   -   David & Dory Mawyer 

Mazel Tov to.............
Marc and Debbie Melhado on the occasion of Ally becoming a Bat Mitzvah this past Shabbat.
Reisa Miller
Brad Osterweil
Merle Miller, sister-in-law of Reisa Miller
Howard Shore
Jessica Gio, niece of Scarlett Allison
Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona Goldfarb

Rachel Segal
Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser

Rabbi Sharfman Discretionary Fund
Francine Ebersman - In honor of Erica Erman's completion of her first year of Rabbinical School. Mazel Tov!

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 Kehillah is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. (Please consult with your tax adviser.) 
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.   
General Fund 
Caring Fund 
Torah Fund 
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund 
Education Fund 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Memorial Plaques 
More great ways to support Kehillah

Make all your Amazon purchases through 
AmazonSmile and choose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs you nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah.

We've raised $70.63 in donations through the AmazonSmile program between January 1 and March 31, 2021. 

"Get ready for Prime Day! Sign up for AmazonSmile and select Congregation Kehillah as your preferred charity at smile.amazon.com/ch/26-2089075. Remember to shop for deals at smile.amazon.com, or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon app, and AmazonSmile will donate to us at no cost to you." 

Scroll down to and click on "Get Started"
Login with your current Amazon or Amazon Prime Account
At "Select Charitable Organization" enter Congregation Kehillah
You can now start purchasing items you want and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to Kehillah.

Android owners can use the Amazon App to setup AmazonSmile.    

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. 

How it works
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features 
3. Select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity 
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app 

Always login to Amazon via "Smile.Amazon.com" for the donation process to work.

Plant a tree in Israel for any occasion. Contact Renee to place your order. The cost is $18 per tree and a portion of all sales benefit Kehillah.

June at the Virtual JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment 

Something for everyone!  All CSE classes open to all older adults - free and easy!
All on ZOOM.

Questions? Contact: seniorcenter@jfcsaz.org or call Jennifer Brauner, Site Director at 602-343-0192

Not familiar with Zoom?  We can help - just let us know!

Upcoming June 2021 Classes
In addition to our wonderful continuing classes in dance, music, writing, theatre, and exercise, we have some NEW offerings for June.

Responding to your requests for Zumba Gold, we'll be offering a series on Tuesday mornings! Starting Tuesday June 1, from 9:30am-10:15 am, Adriana Padilla leads the class.  Zumba Gold focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.  Zumba Gold is a bit modified from the traditional Zumba class - lower intensity, but you'll still sweat!

You're in for a theatrical treat on Thursday, June 17, 11 am-noon, when Debra Rich Gettleman shares her angst, joy, humor and talents in her one-woman show "What I did on my COVID vacation," provided for us by the Herberger Theater Lunch Time Theater.

Later in the month, we're starting a new 4-part monthly series featuring Dr. Ettie Zilber, a Holocaust educator and speaker.  Dr. Zilber presents "As Mama Told Us," based on her book A Holocaust Memoir of Love & Resilience: Mam's Survival from Lithuania to USA.  The first presentation is Wednesday, June 23, 1-2 pm.

And we have a fascinating look at WWII Sweetheart Jewelry with Jan Krulick-Belin on Tuesday, June 29, 11 am-noon.  Jan will give background on these patriotic and sentimental gifts and share examples from her personal collection.

Hope to see you at one or more of our enriching classes.  All on ZOOM!


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Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah


Enjoy our brief summer break! Please watch this space for information about upcoming services, dates, times and location.
Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings via Zoom. 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 19
July 17 - Lay lead
August 21 - Lay lead
No TT in Sept.
October 17 
 Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  

 Here is the link to the YEP registration form.

Wednesday, June 9
Pirke Avot class

Book Group
Monday, June 14

Wednesday, June 16
Pirke Avot class

Saturday, June 19
Torah Talk

Monday, June 21
MOK Dinner

Wednesday, June 23
Pirke Avot class

Saturday, July 17
Torah Talk

Saturday, August 21
Torah Talk

Saturday, October 17
Torah Talk
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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.  
For now, please consider giving directly to Mom's Pantry, which  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
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
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  

Scarlett Allison, Beth Hirshenson,
Margi Tabaknek,
  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. Otherwise, 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.