May 18 - May 24, 2020 /Iyar 5780  

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Our physical building may be closed but our Children's Garden is blooming with beautiful sunflowers which our YEP! students planted back in February.

Rabbi Sharfman's 'Welcome to Judaism' class       
Monday. May 18
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
via Zoom
Registration is through the Bureau of Jewish Education.  ElaineH@BJEPHOENIX.ORG   
Tuesday, May 19
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
via Zoom
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. 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...)

A fast moving and uplifting class, great for those who are 'newbies' to Jewish texts.  RSVP to Renee by 5:00 p.m. Monday. A Zoom link has been sent to all CK members. Non-members can request the link to be sent to them.
What's Nu? - Afternoon Schmoozing with Rabbi and friends
Wednesday, May 20
4:00 p.m.
via Zoom
Join Rabbi and other congregants for an informal "visit" with one another. Let's all catch up. How are you doing? Can we talk? RSVP to Renee by Wednesday, May 20th . A Zoom link will be sent to all members of the congregation. Non-members, please ask for the link.
Thursday, May 21
4:00 p.m.


Together we'll mark the 53rd Anniversary of Israel's historic victory in the 1967 Six-Day War and hear from veteran and active-duty soldiers from the illustrious Paratroopers Brigade that led the courageous battle that reunited Israel's holiest city, Jerusalem.

Click here for more information.
Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 27th
7:00 p.m.
via Zoom

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.
  Friday, June 12
 6:00 p.m.      
 via Zoom
This week we will be coming into your homes, once again, via Zoom ( beginning at 6:00 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.

YEP! student, Olivia Edelstein recently made a picture of a bonfire, using paper strips, while learning about Lag B'Omer.

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.

Refaeinu . . .
Ilene Laufman, mother of Kimberly Abrams
Landon Borenstein, cousin of Renee Joffe & 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
Education Fund
Jennifer, Josh and Avi Schaeffer - in honor of all the amazing YEP! staff and teachers for their help this year, especially when class became virtual. 

Steve, Bari and Eva Kanefsky - Thank you to all of our wonderful YEP! teachers and educators

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 

A picture is worth a 1000 words (or trees)
Pictured is Karen Freiman-Fishman (a friend of Renee's since Nursery School) who recently lost her beloved grandmother at the age of 100! Renee & Tom and Marsha planted a tree in memory of Karen's grandmother and Karen was very appreciation and surprised by the gesture.
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.

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")

ONLINE Book Discussion Group
THE ENGLISH TEACHER - by Yiftach Reicher Atir 
Thursday, June 11th at 2 p.m.

FREE. Please RSVP to to receive your online information.
Click here for more information about our book discussion group.

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.        
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 

During the school year, YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings. Currently we are working on Camp Kehillah via Zoom. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  


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 18
Rabbi's class

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.