February March 4-10, 2019 / Adar 1-Adar 2 5779
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AaronPrattAaron Pratt, AZ AIPAC director, to speak at Congregation Kehillah
 
 
Aaron Pratt, Director of the Arizona office of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), will speak at Congregation Kehillah's Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, March 8, 2019.  
  
The topic of Pratt's presentation will be "Advancing the U.S.-Israel Relationship in Challenging Times."
   
As Director of the Arizona office of AIPAC, Pratt is responsible for building the pro-Israel community in Phoenix, Tucson, and northern Arizona, and ensuring that the community has strong relationships with Arizona's congressional delegation. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College. 
 
Immediately before the Kabbalat Shabbat service, Kehillah Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman will present "Geography of the Synagogue,"
an exploration of what a synagogue is and what happens in a synagogue.  
 
"Geography of the Synagogue" begins at 6:30 p.m. Services begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by an Oneg sponsored by Francine Ebersman, in honor of Lin Katzenstein's 70th birthday.
 
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Purim at Kehillah to feature Ventriloquist Chuck Field
Chuck Field is no dummy, but his costars are

Comedy ventriloquist Chuck Field, rated five stars on Yelp,
Comedy Ventriloquist Chuck Field comes to Congregation Kehillah
Comedy Ventriloquist Chuck Field (above, right)

will be Congregation Kehillah's featured act for this year's
Purim celebration.

Scheduled for March 22, Kehillah's Purim celebration will  
kick off with a fun, finger-food dinner at 5:30 p.m.  
Field and his costars will take the stage at 6:00 p.m.,  
with Kabbalat Shabbat following at 7:00 p.m.  
An Oneg will follow services.  
 
Field's humor is suitable for all ages.
There is no charge to attend; donations gladly accepted.  
Please RSVP to Renee no later than March 21.
  
THIS WEEK______________________________________
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KABBALAT SHABBAT
Friday, March 8
6:30 p.m. - Geography of the Synagogue 
7:30 p.m. - Services, with guest speaker Aaron Pratt, Director of the Arizona office
      
The Oneg is sponsored by Francine Ebersman in honor of Lin Katzenstein's 70th birthday.  
 
Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and Women4Women Tempe. 
See the complete service schedule here.
 
 YEP! 
  Sunday, March 10     
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
 
The next YEP! session after this one is March 24. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.   
UPCOMING______________________________________
TORAH TALK
March 16 Torah Talk
Parashat Vayikra 
Leviticus 1:1-5:26
Saturday, March 16
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
    
 
Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk is led by Rabbi Sharfman and is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 14.
 
Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know! See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule. The next Torah Talk after this is April 6.  
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  Sunday, March 17 
  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. The next Movie Time after this is April 14. 
BOOK GROUP
Monday, March 18
1:00 p.m.; RSVP for location information 
 
Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. At our March meeting, we'll discuss My Ántonia, by Willa Cather. Please click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Sherry.

  Friday, March 22
  7:30-9:00 a.m.
  
  Join Renee at her table at the JNF Breakfast for Israel, which will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale
  Princess (7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ). There is no cost to attend; donations will be solicited.  
  Click here
Jewish National Fund's Breakfast for Israel in Arizona 
Jewish National Fund's Breakfast for Israel in Arizona
or on the video at right for information about the event and
  guest speaker, Member of  Knesset Sharren Haskel.   
 
   
Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel is one of the youngest members of the 20th Knesset.  Described as a "firebrand," MK Haskel is a strong, passionate, and accomplished leader. Born in Canada to an Israeli father and Moroccan mother, she moved to Israel as a young child. She is a humanitarian and a veterinary nurse by trade. MK Haskel served as a First Sergeant class commander in the Border Guard during the second intifada. In her current capacity, she serves on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She also chairs the Lobby for Medical Cannabis. 
 
Please let Renee know you'd like to join her at the JNF Breakfast! 
 SHUSHAN PURIM / KABBALAT SHABBAT
 Friday, March 22    
5:30 p.m. ~ dinner
6:00 p.m. ~ Purim program featuring comedy ventriloquist Chuck Field  
7:00 p.m. ~ Kabbalat Shabbat
 
Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and Women4Women Tempe.    
See the complete service schedule here.
 WOMEN OF KEHILLAH (WOK)
 Monday, March 25
  5:30 p.m. for happy hour; 6:00 p.m. for dinner
 
Dinner at Volanti, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Suite 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Happy hour pricing ends at 6:00 p.m. Come at 5:30 p.m. for specials, or feel free to come at 6:00 p.m. just for dinner! Please RSVP to Renee by Sunday, March 24.
 MEN OF KEHILLAH (MOK)
 Tuesday, March 26     
  7:00 p.m.
 
 Dinner at Tommy V's Urban Kitchen and Bar, 7303 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
 Please RSVP to Rich Fox by Monday, March 25. 
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Friday, April 12      
6:30 p.m. ~ Pre-Oneg 
7:30 p.m. ~ Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by Oneg


Please join us as David Goldfarb (right) is presented with the 2018 Dr. Earl Sharfman Congregational Service Award.

Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and Women4Women Tempe.  
See the complete service schedule here.
MARCH BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES
March birthdays and anniversaries will be recognized at Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, March 8.

Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

March 1 - Bruce Kirshenbaum
                Linda Katzenstein
                Pete Catalano
March 4 - Alan Michels
                Erica Morris Erman
March 9 - Carter Fleet
                Luann Lavin
March 12 - Evelyn Simon
                  Whitney Sobel
March 15 - Rebekah McCarthy
March 16 - Alfred Schrott
March 19 - Ike Fox
March 20 - Emma Catalano
March 24 - Bradley Osterweil
March 25 - Ray Hemmert
March 27 - Joshua Barkley
March 30 - Annette Sarrazine
 

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March 14 - Steve and Margie Palay
March 16 - Mitch and Lindsay Resnick
March 17 - Mark and Barbara Solow
March 18 - Henry and Lindsay Fleet
March 19 - Scott and Robin Rudin
March 22 - Cantor Howard and Marjorie Tabaknek
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If you have a March 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!
VISIT ISRAEL WITH KEHILLAH
 
 
 
 
 
Our May 27 trip to Israel is sold out  
and we can't wait to start our travels!  
 
Let Rabbi or Renee know if you'd like  
to hear about our next trip to Israel,  
in 2020 or 2021.
SOCIAL ACTION
It's in the Ladies' Room, but all are welcome...

to donate!

The Kehillah Cares bag is in our Ladies' Room, awaiting your donations of kinds of feminine products. (Men, please ask a woman to drop your donations off in the bag.) Many of these donations will go to Women4Women Tempe, whose mission is to help homeless and low-income women in Tempe maintain their dignity and health by distributing feminine hygiene products to those in need.

According to Women4Women Tempe:
"The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products each month, the cost of which is not covered by SNAP [food stamps] and which are too expensive for many women to afford. Women4Women Tempe believes these items should be available to those women who need them."

Please remember to bring donations to women4women tempe -- along with your donations to Mom's Pantry -- whenever you come to Kehillah!
OUR KEHILLAH FAMILY
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Joanne Donnelly
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba 
Marsha Joffe  
Rivka bat Sarah 
Mort Berkowitz
Bonnie Karfeld
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 
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
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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. 
  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
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.) 
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 
Bookplates  
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, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE
For the Foothills Caring Corps' 20th anniversary.  Wednesday, March 13, 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Be part of the Jewish presence in the 2019 Pride March. See the flier for details and registration. Sunday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. meetup, 10:00 parade.
Exhibits at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through March 22, 2019: "Violins of Hope: Amon Weinstein - The Man Behind the Music": A Photographic Exhibition by Daniel Levin
April 7, 2019-August 27, 2019: "Mid-Century Phoenix"
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CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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KABBALAT SHABBAT  
and B'nai Mitzvah  

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.      
   
Mar. 8, 22
Apr. 12, 26
May 10 (6:30 p.m.) - with YEP! presentation 
June 14

 
 
 
TORAH TALK
   
Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon; locations vary. If you would like to host, by providing a light snack, please let Ellen Lerman know. 
 
Mar. 16
Apr. 6
May 4 - depending on weather  
 
 
 
 
 
YEP!  
  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.   

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


IN EVERY ISSUE

QUICK-LOOK CALENDAR        

Friday, Feb. 22
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Feb. 23
Bat Mitzvah of Naomi Jane Shrader Fox

Sunday, Feb. 24
Sababa in Concert

Friday, Mar. 8
Kabbalat Shabbat with guest speaker Aaron Pratt

Saturday, Mar. 16
Torah Talk

Sunday, Mar. 17
Movie Time

Monday, Mar. 18
Book Group

Friday, Mar. 22
JNF Breakfast for Israel
Shushan Purim / Kabbalat Shabbat

Monday, Mar. 25
Men of Kehillah (MOK)

Tuesday, Mar. 26
Women of Kehillah (WOK)

Friday, Apr. 6
Torah Talk

Friday, Apr. 12
Kabbalat Shabbat with Dr. Earl Sharfman Congregational Service Award presentation
 
Sunday, Apr. 14
Movie Time

 
    
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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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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 
phoks1@hotmail.com.   
 
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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  
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,                
  Administrator

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
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,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chair
Davie Glaser,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chair
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
  Projects
Leona Garza,
   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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Congregation Kehillah   
602-369-7667
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