May 11 - May 17, 2020 /Iyar 5780  

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Rabbi Sharfman's 'Welcome to Judaism' class       
Monday. May 11
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
via Zoom
Registration is through the Bureau of Jewish Education.  ElaineH@BJEPHOENIX.ORG   
  Friday, May 15
 5:30 p.m.      
 via Zoom
This week we will be coming into your homes, once again, via Zoom ( 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,  for this link. We are limited on the number of participants. Thank you for your understanding.

Sunday, May 17 at your assigned times
via Zoom
Join us for the last session of the "school" year! It is a fun way to spend some time on a Sunday morning. Watch this space for special summer programming for our students!
YEP!  students, Ike and Luke Fox learned about Shavuot and made some dairy foods at home in anticipation of the holiday that starts Thursday night, May 28th.


For three weeks in a row, High School student and YEP! Madricha,  Naomi Fox, made sandwiches for people in her  community. Then during a weekend, through the help of donations from her neighbors,  she made over 80 sandwiches that were added to meal bags and distributed in  a nearby park.


Monday, May 18
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 May Zoom meeting, we'll discuss any book by or about Madeleine Albright - your choice! 
To get on the Book Group mailing list or to RSVP and receive your Zoom meeting information, please  email Rick .

Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 27th
7:00 p.m.
via Zoom

And not to be outdone by the rest of his family (featured throughout this issue of Connections)  Rich Fox invites the Men of Kehillah to another virtual Happy Hour. The last one was a success!    There will be a trivia contest with adult beverages (if you so choose.)   RSVP  to Renee by Tuesday, May 26th. A Zoom link will be sent out to all male members of Kehillah.          

Congregation Kehillah will hold a Shavuot Yizkor Service on
Friday morning May 29
10:00 a.m.
Via Zoom
Please RSVP to Renee to receive your Zoom  information.

Congregant and photographer Howard Schatzberg is bringing this fabulous project to Arizona. Book your Front Porch photo session and mention Congregation Kehillah and 30% of the fee will be donated to our synagogue. 

The Jewish News is also doing what they can to be of service to our community. They took down their website paywall back in March to better keep the community informed and connected. As a public service during this pandemic, the Jewish News is providing  free, unlimited access  to all articles. If you'd like to support our independent Jewish journalism  click here.  

Attention: High School Seniors...

For high school seniors who are interested in Arizona State University ...  
Rabbi Suzy Stone,, will coordinate visiting the campus.

Acts of kindness seem to be multiplying during this very difficult time.  The  acts are a blessing to those who receive them and to those who act to help. Have you shopped for someone who can't get to the grocery store? Or has someone done that for you?

Tell us the ways you have helped others and what ways you have been helped. Share ideas so we can spread kindness.

Thank you to:
Those who have been shopping for congregants who wish to remain anonymous;
Several congregants who have been sewing masks;
Congregants who have helped other congregants learn Zoom
Rabbi continues to call every congregant.  Not instead of, but in addition to, please let us know if you would like to receive a check-in call from other congregants. We will not give out your contact information without your permission.

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:

Shogun  is available for take-out and delivery. Their entire lunch and dinner menus are currently available to us. They also are offering curbside pickup during this time. Here is a link to their menu:
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.
American Jewish Literature Class
A congregant (who has taken classes herself through ASU Jewish Studies and has a passion for it) has offered to teach 3 sessions on American Jewish Literature. Please let Renee
 know if you are interested and we can get a class scheduled via Zoom. Class will run with a minimum of five participants.

Mazal Tov to. . .
Dani Fox who will be joining the Women's Leadership Institute for a year-long program during 2020-2021 to  collaborate with other East Valley women on a project to help the community.  

Condolences to . . .
Amy (Bob) Bessen on the passing of her uncle, Henry Gerard

Refaeinu . . .
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
Mark Solow
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
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Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller      
Rose Sobel,  mother of Bruce Sobel

A happy, honking caravan of 30+ cars helped to celebrate the 100th birthday of our own dear Irma Gottlieb on Monday, May 4th. Irma also received so many cards that it filled a banker's box! Mazal Tov, Irma! 
Photos courtesy of Joel Zolondek. 



On behalf of our dear mom, Irma, we're writing to thank our Kehillah family for helping us  celebrate her 100th birthday.  She was delighted with the many cards she received and  surprised by the creative car parade in her honor. For Dan and me it was a tearful  joy to spend time with her, other than drive by waves, since the beginning of March. 

Heartfelt thanks from the 3 of us,
Irma, Dan and Evelyn

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Gil & Lynne Blumenthal - in honor of Irma Gottlieb's 100th birthday 
Hemmert Family - thanking Rabbi for Isaac's Zoom Bar Mitzvah
Ruthie & David Asher - with love and appreciation for their beloved Rabbi
Scott & Robin Rudin - in memory of Ilene Malka's brother
Scott & Robin Rudin - in memory of Gil Blumenthal's brother-in-law
Penny Celmins - in memory of Ilene Malka's brother, Howard Zamler
Penny Celmins - in memory of Gil Blumenthal's brother-in-law, Harold Finkel

General Fund
Bob & Amy Bessen
Elaine Schiff -  in memory of Ilene Malka's brother
Elaine Schiff -  in memory of Gil Blumenthal's brother-in-law, Harold Finkel

Education Fund
Linda LeBlang - in honor of Joanna LeBlang and Mother's Day

Gottlieb Music Fund
Penny Celmins - in honor of Irma Gottlieb's 100th birthday 

JNF Trees in Israel
A circle (5 trees) have been planted by Gary, Jason, Daniel, Ruthie & David Asher - in memory of Martin Brownstein's special soul.

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 
You can also  plant trees in Israel directly through Kehillah,
  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. 
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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.

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 and select Congregation Kehillah
. That's it! After you're signed up, shop on Amazon by visiting (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  will result in a donation.
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.   

For security reasons and the safety of all, please make sure you RSVP for any and all ZOOM sessions. Once you are on a Zoom session we ask that you please use your name. We need all participants to have a Zoom account set-up. This is free and can be done by clicking,

Please note that as an added security measure you will now be required to sign into Zoom. Make sure you are using your first and last name so we can admit you into the sessionThank you for your cooperation.

To change your name after entering a Zoom meeting, click on the "Participants" button at the top of the Zoom window.
  1. Next, hover your mouse over your name in the "Participants" list on the right side of the Zoom window. Click on "Rename".
  2. Enter the name you'd like to appear in the Zoom meeting and click on "OK".
  3. Please make sure this is the same name you RSVP'd to Renee with. (if you are a family, you can use "LAST NAME family")

Our Current Caribbean Treasures Exhibit - Temporarily Closed
Due to the rapid spread of the corona virus in our community, we have decided to temporarily close the Gallery; however we have extended this exhibit onsite through August 31, 2020.
A stunning photographic tour of Jewish historical sites in Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname.  Presentation by photographer Wyatt Gallery.  Free

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Jeffery Schesnol:


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.        
May 15 begins at 5:30
June 12: 6:00 p.m.
June 13 - Bar Mitzvah of Ryan Heller, 10:00 a.m.
June 26: 6:00 p.m.

We will be continuing services via Zoom during the summer. Dates and times will be posted soon.

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 

YEP! sessions are held on Sundays during the school year. Currently each class is assigned a different time to join us on Zoom. Read about YEP! here. Please use this registration form. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
May 17


Congregation Kehillah   
602-369-7667    |
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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

Monday, May 11
Rabbi's class

Sunday, May 17

Monday, May 18
Book Group

Wednesday, May 27

Friday, May 29
Shavuot Service
including Yizkor

Saturday, June 20
Torah Talk 
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
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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 you come to Kehillah.    
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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.