May 16 - May 23, 2021/Iyar-Sivan 5781

Sunday, May 16 - Erev Shavuot
Monday, May 17 - Shavuot

The office will be closed from sundown Sunday, May 16th through sundown Monday, May 17th for Shavuot. Our email and phone will be monitored for emergencies.


AIPAC needs our help. As Hamas rockets rain down and kill Israeli civilians-both Jews and Arabs-anti-Israel activists have mounted an effort to flood elected officials with false moral equivalence designed to undermine Israel's right to self-defense. 

In this environment, it's vital that our members of Congress hear from us. As a member of the Jewish community, we encourage you to send a message to your representatives in the House and Senate.

Here's what AIPAC is asking:

  • Text SAFE to 73075, or click the  action link below to send a note to your members of Congress.

Thank you for all you do to help keep Israel safe and secure. Your support is critical as lives, and our ally Israel's security, hang in the balance.


Join the Phoenix Board of Rabbis for a community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Torah Study and celebration on Zoom. Beginning with an opening ritual, there will be short classes and learning sessions until midnight, three choices in each time slot. Don't worry if you can't stay up late - you are welcome to stay on for as long or as little as you want (Rabbi is part of the opening ritual and teaches from 8:20-8:55 p.m.). The evening will conclude with reading the Ten Commandments at the stroke of midnight. (Like waiting for the ball to drop, but better!)  

Link to register:

Monday, May 17
10:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Congregation Kehillah will hold a Shavuot morning service with a reading of the Ten Commandments and Yizkor
A Zoom link has been sent to all congregants already.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, May 21
5:30 p.m.
via Zoom

We continue to come into your homes for Shabbat via Zoom, with Rabbi Sharfman and cantorial soloists Scott Leader and Erica Erman. PowerPoint 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 during the week. For our non-members who would like to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, please  email Renee.

Monday, May 24
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

We'll be discussing The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

If you're going to buy the book on Amazon, please remember to use Amazon Smile for Kehillah. Here is the link: 


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.  To get on the Book Group mailing list or to RSVP and receive your Zoom meeting information, please email Rick . 

Wednesdays, starting May 26 for 5 weeks
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? 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 is free to all CK members and Torah Talk participants. Please register at BJE will be accepting registration for all other non-members. Click here to register.

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,  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


The PE Shoe Store at Whispering Wind started as a vision I had one night. I often see students with shoes that are too small, too used, or not athletic and not decent for physical activity. In years past when a student is in need of shoes due to financial hardship, I will run to the store and buy them, but the need seems much greater this year. My vision was to ask friends, family, and co-workers to donate new or gently used shoes that I would place in my room for students to go shopping. Many of these children receive used items all the time and do not get to choose their shoes. My hope was that we would be able to provide them with nice athletic shoes that they could choose themselves, giving them a sense of pride. This is done in secret and in my classroom so others do not know. I have had a few students already utilize the store and were very excited to wear their new shoes. They even run up to me and say, "see look, I'm wearing my new shoes. Thank you." Knowing I am making a difference and hopefully helping to promote physical activity in our youth brings me great joy. I would like to thank all of those who have supported Whispering Wind and helped me make the PE Shoe Store a reality!
-Coach Brady Lucidi
 Physical Education 
 Whispering Wind Academy


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,
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
Team Israel prepares for Olympics with quick stop in Arizona.

Rabbi Sharfman, a Boston Red Sox fan, moderated a Zoom event to celebrate the team while it trains in Phoenix.

Here's the link to the story on Team Israel:
Mazel Tov to...
Sam Fabricant on his high school graduation. Sam is the son of David and Sara.

Howard Shore
Ethan & Abbott Miller, sons of Reisa Miller
Jessica Gio, niece of Scarlett Allison
Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona Goldfarb
Rachel Segal
Reisa Miller
Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser
Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller

Rabbi Sharfman Discretionary Fund
Brock & Lauren Merritt - thanking Rabbi for all that she did to guide and prepare Emelia for her Bat Mitzvah.
Melvin & Jane Weinstein - thanking Rabbi Sharfman for all her valuable help in preparing their granddaughter, Emelia Merritt, for her Bat Mitzvah!
Make all your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile 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 $73.45 in donations through the Amazon Smile program between October 1 and December 31, 2020. 

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 Amazon Smile.    

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 "" for the donation process to work.

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.   
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 
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More great ways to support Kehillah  
Sponsoring an Oneg is normally a great way to celebrate lifecycle events and other wonderful news with your Kehillah family. Until we can once again gather in person, please consider supporting Kehillah in other ways.  
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.

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Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begin on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent out in advance.   
May 21
May 22 - Avery & Ella
Fleet B'not Mitzvah
June 4
June 5 - Ally Melhado
Bat Mitzvah
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.
 Youth Education Program 

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



Sunday, May 16
Evening Shavuot Study and

Monday, May 17
Shavuot & Yizkor

Friday, May 21
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 22
B'not Mitzvah of Avery and Ella Fleet

Monday, May 24
Book Group
Rabbi's class 

Friday, June 4
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, June 5
Bat Mitzvah of Ally Melhado 
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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 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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