May 6-12, 2019 / Iyar 5779
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
Shabbat candles
Friday, May 10
6:30 p.m. - special start time 
Services will include
  • a year-end presentation by our YEP! students
  • recognition of May birthdays and anniversaries, and
  • special blessings for those traveling to Israel.  
Our oneg is sponsored by Evelyn and Dan Simon in honor of Irma Gottlieb's 99th birthday.  
Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and women4women tempe.    
  Sunday, May 19
  9:30 a.m.-12 noon 
  This is our final YEP! session of the year.

Sunday, May 19
9:30 a.m. on the patio 
All are invited to come on by for a cup of coffee, bite of food, and conversation with your fellow Kehillah members.
No need to RSVP -- just show up and schmooze!

(YEP! parents, drop your kids off, park your car, and stay to meet other YEP! parents and Kehillah members. )

Thank you to the Kirschenbaum family for providing food and drinks.
  Sunday, May 19
  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.  
Monday, May 20
1:00 p.m.; RSVP for location information 
Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests. We've revised our reading schedule; please click here for updated information. At our May meeting, we'll discuss The Healing of America, by T.R. Reid. Please click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Sherry.

MOK - Men of Kehillah 
Monday, May 27
7:00 p.m.

  Men of Kehillah had such an excellent (and reasonably priced) experience at Maggiano's in April, they're going to do it again in May. Meet at Maggiano's, 16405 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Please RSVP to Rich Fox,  
Happy Birthday!  
Yom Huledet Sameach! 
May 2 - Sharyl Kuperman 
             David Mawyer
May 4 - Irma Gottlieb
May 6 - Sophia Kirchler
May 8 - Arthur Cikins
May 11 - Rob Sandler
May 12 - Barbara Sharfman
May 13 - Isabel Catalano
               Addie Budenbender
               Ashlyn Pohl
               Waverly Seeliger
May 17 - Stephanie Kirklin
May 19 - Marsha Joffe
May 21 - Elliott Lerman
               Max Palay
May 22 - Jason Ariemma
               Luke Fox
May 25 - Jennifer Schaeffer
May 26 - Elaine Schiff
               Scott LeBlang
May 27 - Justin Yaksin
               Jessica Goldman
May 30 - Andrew Schwartzstein
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May 1 - Russ and Karyn Hendricksen
May 5 - Jason and Alexandra Ariemma
May 6 - Kenneth and Judy Goldstein
May 14 - Andrew and Kimberly Abrams
If you have a May 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!

Thank you to all who donated to our Mothers Day jewelry drive, and to those who continue to donate to women4women tempe and Mom's Pantry.                                                                     ~ Paulette  
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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 all 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.

Please remember to bring donations to women4women tempe -- along with your donations to Mom's Pantry -- whenever you come to Kehillah!
Mazel tov to . . .
Kimberly and Andrew Abrams, whose daughter, Lauren Laufman, received the
Lowell Doherty Award for Excellence in Astronomy from the University of  Wisconsin-Madison's Astronomy Department. The award recognizes a  graduating senior's exceptional performance in astronomical research and in the classroom as an Astronomy-Physics major.
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Marion Krepcio 
Reva Bayla bat Masha
Miriam bat Yetta and Theodore 
Joanne Donnelly
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Mort Berkowitz
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah  
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
HaRav Shlomo ben Rut  
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. 
General Fund  
Stan and Cookie Morganstern, in honor of our first Sippy Cup Shabbat.
Oneg & Hospitality Fund
Evelyn and Dan Simon, in honor of Irma Gottlieb's 99th birthday 
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 
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.
Visit to find out about volunteer opportunities, or call 480-488-1105. The next two volunteer orientations are May 9 and June 13 , both at 9:00 a.m.
Exhibit at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through August 27, 2019: "Mid-Century Phoenix."
Through September 11: We Remember: The Liberators, an original exhibit featuring stories of 10 American, British, and Russian Liberators of Nazi concentration camps; featuring the artwork of Robert Sutz.  

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
and B'nai Mitzvah  

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
May 10  
(6:30 p.m.) - with YEP! presentation  
June 14 
Torah Talk is on a break for the summer. Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman and are held monthly on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 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 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.   
May 19


Tuesday, May 7
Yom Hazikaron begins at sundown
Wednesday, May 8
Yom Ha'atzmaut begins at sundown 
Friday, May 10
Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., with YEP! presentation  
Sunday, May 19
Sunday Schmooze
Movie Time
Sunday, May 20
Book Group
Monday, May 27
Trip to Israel begins
MOK dinner 
Friday, June 14
Kabbalat Shabbat

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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
Rich Goldman, President
Scott Leader,
  Cantorial Soloist
Renee Joffe,                

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
Dan Sommer,
   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  
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book

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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