Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2018 / Kislev 5779
Happy Chanukah! Light the first candle at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2 (25 Kislev).
Watch for a special Chanukah Connections this week!
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Please click on underlined items throughout this newsletter for more information and to RSVP.
for the entire Kehillah community, all ages!
Musical guests & YEP!
Sunday, December 9
for adults only!
Schmooze and hang out with your Kehillah friends while enjoying
a delicious catered
Who Nu? Trivia Challenge
(play, cheer & kibbitz from the sidelines
... or just keep schmoozing with your friends!)
Send in your double-sided reply card today!
9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
The next YEP! session after this one is December 9. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.
on Sunday, January 13, 2:00 p.m.
at As You Wish Pottery.
It's your chance to create fantastic artwork that
will be displayed at Kehillah! This is a fun project
for all ages. See
for all the information,
and join us!
Sunday, December 2
Dr. Suomala will be here at the invitation of the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Her presentation will take place at the Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale.
Festive Kabbalat Shabbat
, including Chanukah celebration, building dedication, musical guests & YEP! singers, catered celebratory oneg. (December birthdays and anniversaries will be recognized at Kabbalat Shabbat on December 21.) See RSVP info
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Sunday, December 9 (NOTE: This is a changed date.)
10:00 a.m.; RSVP for location information
Book Group meets on the first Sunday of most months; dates and locations may change.
Click here for our complete fall reading list. Send your name and email address to Sherry to get on
the Book Group email list. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.
Schmooze and hang out with your Kehillah friends while enjoying a delicious catered hors d'oeuvres buffet, chanukiah lighting, and the Who Nu? Trivia Challenge - play, cheer & kibbitz from the sidelines ... or just keep schmoozing with your friends! See RSVP info
Saturday, December 15
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location varies; please RSVP for information
Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk, one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions, is a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome.
See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule.
Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know!
Late morning/early afternoon
Movie Time meets on the third 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.
Friday, December 21
Services will include blessings for December birthdays and anniversaries.
Please bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry.
See the complete service schedule here.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual March & Festival
Monday, January 21, 2019
8:00 a.m. meeting time
Walk with Rabbi Sharfman!
We will walk as a congregation together with other Jewish groups under the aegis of the Jewish Community Relations Council.
This walk is a very easy pace, suitable for all ages and for baby strollers, too. Our meeting location is the First Institutional Baptist Church, downtown. We'll share more information soon, but for now, put this on your calendar! And
please let us know
you'll be walking with us.
Please help us welcome
Ellen Heller and her children,
Danielle Rae and
We look forward to getting to know you!
December birthdays and anniversaries will be recognized and blessed at Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, December 21.
Happy birthday to
Ethan Sandler and Mia Sandler, who will celebrate their birthdays on November 30!
Yom Huledet Sameach!
December 1- Dory Mawyer
December 2 - Francine Ebersman
December 3 - Ella Fleet
December 8 - Ilene Malka
December 9 - Deborah Lieberman
December 10 - Hailey Schatzberg
December 12 - Leona Garza
December 13 - Ellen Andes
December 14 - Mort Berkowitz
December 15 - Steve Palay
December 16 - Ryder Toppel
December 19 - Rachel Scheinerman
December 20 - Craig Scheinerman
December 21 - Karen Thursby
December 22 - Henry Fleet
December 24 - Joanna LeBlang
December 26 - Ally Melhado
December 27 - Emelia Merritt
December 28 - Ally Isgar
December 29 - Alex Abrams
December 18 - Keith and Loren Yaksin
December 29 - Jonathan and Rebekah Seeliger
If you have a December birthday or anniversary and your name is missing,
so we can update our records. To make a donation in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, "Our Kehillah Family" mentions or any other reason,
Outdoor Chanukiah lighting
A 6-ft. Chanukah menorah will be lit each night of Chanukah at the
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion (101 Easy St., Carefree) at 5:30 p.m. by representatives of local community groups.
If you would like to represent Kehillah
by lighting the candles and reciting the blessings, please contact
Lighting opportunities are available for Monday, December 3; Wednesday, December 5; and Thursday, December 6.
(After you've received your date, please
let Renee know
!) Families and children welcome, of course! Chanukah gift bags will be given to the first children to arrive each evening.
Thank you to all who participated in our holiday social action
As we have in past years, Kehillah is sponsoring two families through Jewish Family & Children's Service Holiday Program. Through this important and rewarding project, Kehillah members provide clothes, gifts, and necessities chosen specifically for family members for Chanukah.You can see their requests here.
There's still time to participate.
All gifts and donations must be collected by the end of November.
Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the recipients' names.
We received a lovely thank-you note and art from Arrowhead
Elementary School students for your donations of new school
supplies. Click on the photo montage, letter, and student
signatures to see larger versions.
|WISE AGING WORKSHOP SERIES
How Wisely Are You Aging?
Wise Aging Workshop Series begins in January
Have you ever wondered how ready you are to face the challenges and opportunities of the aging process? And whether you have the resources to improve the journey along the way? We have the answer for you in a new workshop series, Wise Aging.
Inspired by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and based on the book
Wise Aging, by Rabbi Rachel Cowen and Dr. Linda Thal, the course centers on a series of discussions and opportunities for meaningful conversations to help you explore how to age wisely through the lens of Jewish wisdom.
- becoming one's authentic self
- a life review
- revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
- cultivating qualities of soul
- practicing forgiveness
- learning to live with loss, change, and death
- creating relevant rituals
- cultivating wisdom
- leaving a legacy
Wise Aging will provide you with the tools and resources to explore positive ways to navigate this chapter of life and find meaning and joy in the process.
Facilitated by Ellin Chariton, Wise Aging will span six sessions beginning Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Sessions will be held from 1-2:00 p.m. at Congregation Kehillah. Participation fee is $36/person, and each participant will need to purchase a copy of
Wise Aging, available at Amazon and elsewhere.
Contact Ellin Chariton at email@example.com with questions and/or to register for the Wise Aging Workshop Series by Monday, January 14, 2019. Space is limited so don't delay!
Help us create a beautiful, low maintenance outdoor environment for our congregation and the animals that visit it by donating your cacti and other plants!
We will come to you to carefully and lovingly remove your plants. Just contact
, and we will coordinate the pick-up with you. Thank you!
|ON MY MIND
Resources, Reminders, and Reflections
An occasional section with timely ideas from Rabbi Sharfman and Kehillah leadership. The following is from Rabbi Sharfman.
"Here is an opportunity to learn about the Arab-Israeli conflict from a distinguished visiting scholar on December 2 - at no charge, but you must RSVP.
Information is on the flier
"Some of you may be aware that I am one of the founders of the local Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and active in many interfaith public policy matters, particularly in the educational world.
"The back story to the attached program was from un-vetted teacher continuing education being offered locally by the Qatar Foundation with a clearly biased view of the Middle East. The JCRC is bringing in an excellent, balanced program on the Arab-Israeli conflict led by a distinguished visiting scholar, Dr.
Karla Suomala. One session is
for teachers only for continuing education credits and this earlier session (with brunch) is for community members who wish to learn more. There is no charge, but RSVPs are a must. See flier for details."
|ALL ARE INVITED TO ISRAEL IN 2019!
Come to Israel with us in 2019!
May 27-June 10, 2019*
*Non-stops to and from LAX on El Al: Leave from LAX mid-day May 27 (Memorial Day) and return to LAX June 10 (morning).
Is visiting Israel on your wish list?
Now is the time to make it happen!
In response to your requests, our 2019 Israel trip is now
a Multi-Generational trip, and ALL are invited to join us!
If you wanted to participate in an archeological dig, visit an underground munition factory,
raft down the mighty Jordan River, eat wonderful food at top-notch restaurants, and much, much more, this is the trip for you!
And if some of these day trips don't float your boat (or raft - pun intended!), spend the day in luxurious relaxation at the hotel. This is YOUR trip, too!
You'll 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 you, so let us hear from you! Email Renee to let her know you'd like to receive Israel trip updates.
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Rivka bat Sarah
Yisrael Lev ben Ester
Meir ben Chanah
Jeff and Denise Noll
Shmuel ben Chaim
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva)
HaRav Shlomo ben Rut
Gittel bat Deborah
Shoshanna bat Phyllis
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka
mother of Bruce Sobel
sister of Cathy Michel
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.
Kehillah's "Helping Hearts and Hands" (HHH) volunteers are
ready to assist you with life's complexities.
out how HHH can help you -- and how you can volunteer
to become part of Kehillah's caring brigade.
|THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
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.)
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.
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund
Oneg & Hospitality Fund
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
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.
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 2018-2019, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored.
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
The Phoenix Suns play the Sacramento Kings on
December 4, 7:00 p.m. Includes area cantors and soloists performing, plus Rabbi basketball scrimmage at halftime. Order deadline is Friday, November 30; see flier to order.
The box office for the 2019 GPJFF opens December 1. Festival passes and donations are active now, and film schedules and information will be available starting December 1. For more information, visit gpjff.org.
Fall Exhibits at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Through January 23, 2019: "Sustainability - Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World": The Art of Seven Renowned Artists
February 3, 2019-March 22, 2019: "Violins of Hope: Amon Weinstein - The Man Behind the Music": A Photographic Exhibition by Daniel Levin
April 7, 2019-August 27, 2019: "Mid-Century Phoenix"
Kabbalat Shabbat |
Torah Talk |
and B'nai Mitzvah
Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Dec. 7 - 7:00 p.m.
10th Anniv/Dedication weekend
Jan. 12 (Sat.)
Alex Abrams Bat Mitzvah
Feb. 8, 22
Feb. 23 (Sat.)
Naomi Fox Bat Mitzvah
Mar. 8, 22
Apr. 12, 26
Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon; locations vary. If you would like to host, by providing challah and a light snack, please let Ellen Lerman know.
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.
Dec. 2, 9, 16
Jan. 13, 27
Feb. 3, 24
Mar. 10, 24
Apr. 14, 28
May 5, 19
Sunday, Dec. 2
The Arab-Israeli Conflict (program at JCC)
Friday, Dec. 7
KEHILLAHversary evening celebration for adults
Saturday, Dec. 15
Sunday, Dec. 16
Friday, Dec. 21
Sunday, Jan. 13
Fun Tile Fundraiser
Sunday, Jan. 21
MLK Jr. March & Festival
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Please send your news or photos to Renee in the Kehillah office before
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your news to Connections
Shabbat for the following Monday's issue.
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
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
is always in our lobby. Please bring food
and toiletry donations whenever you come to Kehillah.
Congregation Kehillah Leadership
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Renee Joffe, Administrator
Board of Directors:
Immediate Past President
Member at Large and
Member at Large and
High Holy Days Chair
Dr. Bruce Sobel,
Member at Large
Member at Large
Helping Hearts and
Helping Hearts and
Torah Talk and Special
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