May 7-13, 2018 / Iyar 5778
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Friday, May 18
7:30 p.m.
Note: This is now a regular service starting at 7:30 p.m., not an early service as previously announced.
Oneg sponsored by Renee Joffe and Tom Hrlevich, in honor of Marsha Joffe's 80th birthday; and by  
Richard and Sharon Cohen in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.  
Please bring your food donations for Mom's Pantry.
See the complete service schedule   here.
  Sunday, May 20
  The Feast of Weeks / Giving of the Torah    
  Yizkor - 9:30 a.m.
  Program - 10:00 a.m.

  The main program for all congregants, beginning at 10:00 a.m.,  
  will be an interactive learning program about Torah and the 10 Commandments 
  as we celebrate the festival of Shavuot, the 'reason' for Passover! Please RSVP.  
  Tuesday, May 22
  6:00 p.m.     
  At Soul, 7615 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255  
  Click for information about Soul and to RSVP.  
  Sunday, June 17 (no meeting in May)
  late morning/early afternoon    
  Click for information
  Sunday, June 24 (no meeting in May)
  10:00 a.m.
  At the home of Arlene Maletta; click to RSVP.
  Click here for updated information. 
Friday, December 7- Festive Kabbalat Shabbat for all ages
Sunday, December 9 - Program times to be determined
Please keep your calendars open for a not-to-be-missed event!
More details to come as they develop; watch this space! 
Yom Huledet Sameach!

May 2 - Sharyl Kuperman
May 4 - Irma Gottlieb
May 6 - Sophia Kirchler
May 8 - Arthur Cikins
May 12 - Barbara Sharfman
May 13 - Isabel Catalano
               Ashlyn Pohl
               Addie Budenbender
               Waverly Seeliger
May 17 - Stephanie Kirklin
May 19 - Marsha Joffe
May 21 - Elliott Lerman
May 22 - Jason Ariemma
               Luke Fox
May 25 - Jennifer Schaeffer
May 26 - Elaine Schiff
               Scott LeBlang
May 27 - Jessica Goldman
               Justin Yaksin
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!
Another great YEP! Year!

We are so proud of all our YEP! students as they continue to grow as caring, involved Jews. Our year wraps up with the congregation-wide Shavuot program on Sunday,
May 20.

Click on the YEP! Menschenings newsletter at right to read about our YEP! students and what they've learned this year.

YEP! boys bonding

Meet a Congregation Kehillah Member

This week, meet Alex Ariemma, Kehillah member, YEP! parent, and YEP! K-2 parent volunteer. The following tribute was sent by Sheryl Chariton-Kirshenbaum, another Kehillah member and YEP! parent.

"Alex Ariemma
is a change agent for her school community and our larger educational community. She was instrumental in organizing her school's #RedForEd movement. As a parent and teacher she spent six days at the [Arizona State] Capitol protesting for increased, sustainable funding for public education. She kept a watchful eye on our legislators into the wee hours of the morning as they debated the state budget. Through her actions, Alex demonstrated what it means to make our world a better place."

Both Alex and Sheryl are public school teachers, and both are working towards earning National Teacher Certification from NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards), which oversees the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education in the U.S.

Thank you, Alex and Sheryl!

Alex Ariella (L), with Sheryl Chariton-Kirshenbaum

Is there someone you'd like to see featured in Meet a Member? Let us know!     
Come to Israel with us in 2019!  
Is visiting Israel with your family on your wish list?  
Well, now is the time to make it happen!     
Rabbi Sharfman is busy planning a wonderful family trip to Israel right after school ends in 2019. The dates are  
May 29-June 11, 2019 (non-stops to and from LAX on El Al). Imagine 12 nights in Israel and you can do Bar/Bat Mitzvahs on Massada while we are there!  
Kids and adults will have a great time discovering the beauty, culture, history, and modernity that is unique to Israel. Fellow travelers of all ages find Rabbi Sharfman's joy delightfully contagious; and her ability to relate and share her knowledge is unmatched. Rabbi lived in Israel for many years and was a licensed tour guide there!     
We can't wait to share this experience with your family, so let us hear from you! Email Renee to let her know you'd like to receive Israel trip updates.  
Kehillah Care Kits
Kehillah Care Kits are now available and you can replenish your supply whenever you come to Kehillah. We encourage you to keep Kits in your car to hand out as you see fit to those in need. Each Kit contains a pair of socks (one of the most requested items), a mini-bottle of water, and a Nutri-Grain bar.

This is an ongoing Social Action/Mitzvah project. We are requesting a donation of $18 for six bags (on the honor system). To make a donation and support this important project, please  visit our donation page . Then, under "FUND," choose "Social Action." In the message section, type in "Kehillah Care Kits." 

For questions or to help with this project in the future, please email Renee.
Our new Memorial Board 
Thanks to a generous donation from Dan and Evelyn Simon, in honor of Evelyn's birthday, a second Memorial Board is now hanging in our sanctuary. Now is the perfect time to order your engraved plaques to honor your loved ones who have passed away. For a donation of $360, individual names, with dates of birth and death, will be engraved on a plaque and added to our board. This fee includes a listing in our annually published   Yizkor  Book distributed on Yom Kippur and at yizkor services on our festivals. Click here for the Memorial Board form . If you have any questions, please   contact Renee .

We offer condolences to . . .
to Feli Van Deman on the passing of her cousin, Payton Boucher 

We send prayers of healing to . . .
Ethan Miller
Irma Gottlieb
Bonnie Karfeld
Reva Bayla bat Masha 
Esti Simhi
Jennifer Schaeffer
Ellen Lerman
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

Tom Bartkus    
Colleen Carney
Shoshanna bat Phyllis
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka
Rose Sobel,
    mother of Bruce Sobel
Judy Sahid, 
    sister of Cathy Michel
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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
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. 
Names are added to the top of the Mishebeirach list  
in the order they are received. 
General Fund
Francine Ebersman, in honor of Marsha Joffe's 80th birthday
Francine Ebersman, in honor of the engagement of Erica Morris and Jared Erman
Ilene Malka, in honor of the engagement of Erica Morris and Jared Erman
Ilene Malka, in honor of Jane Neely receiving the Dr. Earl Sharfman Congregational Service Award
Honey Yellin, in honor of the engagement of Erica Morris and Jared Erman
Honey Yellin, in honor of Israel's 70th birthday
George and Arlene Rosenberg, in honor of Max Jackson's arrival
Dan and Evelyn Simon, in honor of Evelyn's birthday (our new Memorial Board)
Jane Neely, in honor of Katie Fabricant's Bat Mitzvah
Vicki Mardell and Mort Berkowitz, in honor of Marsha Joffe's 80th birthday

Education Fund  
David and Sara Fabricant, in honor of Katie Fabricant

Social Action Fund 
Paulette Fraenkel, in honor of Katie Fabricant's Bat Mitzvah

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
David and Sara Fabricant, in honor of Katie Fabricant
Pete and Jen Catalano, in honor of Isabel's Bat Mitzvah and with thanks to Rabbi Sharfman

Trees Planted in Israel
Marsha Joffe and Renee Joffe, in memory of Betty Koren 
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 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 
Adopt a Prayer Book  
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. 

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
May 18:  
Oneg sponsored by Renee Joffe and Tom Hrlevich, in honor of Marsha Joffe's 80th birthday; and by
Richard and Sharon Cohen in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
June 1:
Final Kabbalat Shabbat before we take a break for summer  
Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Kehillah members' homes. Please RSVP to Ellen Lerman by the Thursday before each Torah Talk. 

May 20 (Sunday):
Congregational Shavuot (at Kehillah) -
9:30 a.m. Yizkor
10:00 a.m. Program 
  Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted. Schedule listed below is subject to change.

May 20:
Shavuot for YEP! and Congregation -
10:00 a.m.
Program following 9:30 a.m. Yizkor   


Friday, May 18
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, May 20

Tuesday, May 22
Women's Night Out

Friday, June 1
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, June 17
Movie Time

Sunday, June 24
Book Group

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9
10th Anniversary Celebration

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Sponsor an oneg  
Celebrate a lifecycle event or other wonderful news. To reserve your oneg date, please contact Renee at 602-369-7667 or
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Information for Seniors 
The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Childrens 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, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or
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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    
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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 donations whenever you come to Kehillah.   
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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Renee Joffe, Administrator

Board of Directors:
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  New Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair and
  Girls' Night Out Co-Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
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, Davie Glaser,
Ilene Riffle,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chairs
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Marilyn Morris,
   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    |
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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