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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10th Anniversary & Building Dedication   
Shuttles will be provided for both nights for
Friday, December 7
 Festive Kabbalat Shabbat  
for the entire Kehillah community, all ages!  
7:00 p.m.
Chanukah celebration 
Building dedication 
Musical guests & YEP!  
Catered celebratory oneg
Sunday, December 9
Evening Party  
for adults only! 
5:00 p.m. 
  Schmooze and hang out with your Kehillah friends while enjoying 
a delicious catered   
hors d'oeuvres buffet 
Chanukiah lighting
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!  
Donations welcome.  
If you do not have a reply card, please contact Renee.  
THIS WEEK______________________________________
  Sunday, December 2
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon  
  What's up with YEP!? Read the latest issue of Menschenings.  
The next YEP! session after this one is December 9. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.
  Join us for our 2nd ANNUAL FUN TILE FUNDRAISER
  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 this flier for all the information,
  and join us! 
  Sunday, December 2
  11:00 a.m.
  Dr. Karla Suomala will discuss The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Connecting Past with Present.  
  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.  
  Please see the On My Mind section, below, for complete information.  
7:00 p.m.

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 here.

Overflow parking and shuttles will be provided at Coolwater Christian Church.
  Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
  Sunday, December 9 (NOTE: This is a changed date.)
  10:00 a.m.; RSVP for location information 
  Please click to RSVP and 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.
Sunday, December 9
5:00 p.m.

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 here.

Overflow parking and shuttles will be provided at Coolwater Christian Church.
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.
Please RSVP to Ellen Lerman by Thursday, December 13.

See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule.
Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know!

  Sunday, December 16
  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.
Shabbat candles
  Friday, December 21
  7:30 p.m. 
  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 Ryan Scott

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!

Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!
December 1- Dory Mawyer
                      Russ Hendricksen
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
                         George Rosenberg
December 14 - Mort Berkowitz
                         Sandra Krisch
December 15 - Steve Palay
December 16 - Ryder Toppel
                         Sheryl Kirshenbaum
December 19 - Rachel Scheinerman
                         Jeannie Budenbender
December 20 - Craig Scheinerman
December 21 - Karen Thursby
December 22 - Henry Fleet
                         David Fabricant
December 24 - Joanna LeBlang
December 26 - Ally Melhado
December 27 - Emelia Merritt
December 28 - Ally Isgar
                         Caroline Isgar
December 29 - Alex Abrams
                         Dan  Sommer
                         Payton Fleet
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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, 
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!
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 Ora Kurland now. 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.
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All gifts and donations must be collected by the end of November.  
Please contact Renee to get your donations collected in time.  
Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the recipients' names.   
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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.    
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.

Topics include
  • 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 with questions and/or to register for the Wise Aging Workshop Series by Monday, January 14, 2019. Space is limited so don't delay!
We'll come to you!
This is not how Landscaping team members will remove your cactus

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 Rich or Renee, and we will coordinate the pick-up with you. Thank you! 
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."  
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!
Exciting news! 
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 . . .
Jim Hrlevich 
Rivka bat Sarah 
Marilyn Morris
Mort Berkowitz
Lynne Blumenthal
Yisrael Lev ben Ester 
Marcia Schneider
Pamela Miller
Barbara Berniker  
Bonnie Karfeld
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 
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
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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. 
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.   
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 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  
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"

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
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
Dec. 21

Jan. 11
Jan. 12 (Sat.) 
  Alex Abrams Bat Mitzvah 
Jan 25
Feb. 8, 22
Feb. 23 (Sat.)
  Naomi Fox Bat Mitzvah
Mar. 8, 22
Apr. 12, 26
May 10
  Honoring mothers
May 17
June 14
  Honoring fathers 
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. 
Dec. 15
Jan. 19
Feb. 16
Mar. 16
Apr. 13
  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
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Dec. 9
Book Group
KEHILLAHversary evening celebration for adults

Saturday, Dec. 15
Torah Talk

Sunday, Dec. 16
Movie Time

Friday, Dec. 21
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, Jan. 13
Fun Tile Fundraiser

Sunday, Jan. 21
MLK Jr. March & Festival

Tuesday, Jan. 23
Wise Aging
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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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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  
and toiletry 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:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
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
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-Chairs
Davie Glaser,
    Helping Hearts and
    Hands Co-Chairs
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Leona Garza,
   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