November 11-17, 2019 / Cheshvan 5780 
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE__________________________
This message was originally sent by email on November 5, 2019.
Dear Friends, 

Gil Blumenthal
Israel is on my mind - It looks like 2020 will be a big year for Kehillah members travelling to Israel. We have our group going in October (more later) plus at least two families that I know of have already made travel arrangements with Rabbi's assistance, and in one case, she is travelling with them to celebrate B'not Mitzvah in Israel. It would be fantastic if each and every member could experience at least one trip to Israel. That's impossible for obvious reasons, but the more our members experience Israel, the greater our bonds will be to both Israel and together in our Kehillah. I've often asked Israel travelers what they liked best about their visit. For some it was the history, for others it was the feeling that they were "home." I have to agree with both as Lynne and I felt strangely at home, and at ease, in a strange land. I had two additional favorites. One was incredible buffet breakfasts you simply have to see to believe, but what struck me the most were the young people of Israel. For the most part they were bright-eyed and full of purpose and joy.
One Friday evening we visited the Kotel (the Western Wall). The experience was surreal with the crush of the orthodox men dressed for Shabbat and the light rain and mist visible in the floodlights. It was a scene you could imagine in a Hollywood movie. It was our second visit to the Kotel, so I took a moment to take in the scene before offering my own prayers. You have to consciously insulate yourself from the commotion and noise of the prayers, some quite loud and in various languages. There were men of all ages including IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldiers praying. Some of the older men looked like they were out of central casting. All in all, it was quite a sight. As I was backing away from the Kotel, myself and two fellow travelers from Kehillah were pulled into a group of young men singing Lecha Dodi. Actually, they enveloped us and suddenly we were dancing and singing with them. It was, as they say, a moment to remember. From that moment on, I took notice of the young Israelis and found their spirit to be both remarkable and infectious.
Lynne and I are both looking forward to traveling to Israel with Rabbi next October. The itinerary is amazing, even if you've been to Israel before. We only have to fill six more spots, but it's important that we do so as early as possible. Some unique sites have limited capacity and must be reserved well in advance. You get the idea. If you have any interest or are unsure about the timing, cost, etc., let Rabbi know asap. The $250 deposit is refundable. Lynne and I held off travelling to Israel for years, primarily because of safety concerns. It sounds clichéd to say, but I felt safer in Israel than I do in most American cities.
One last thought - Rabbi and I had our first meeting with a congregant who took us up on our request to meet and discuss what they could do for and/or with Kehillah. It was an amazing meeting! We got to better know a congregant, their background and interests. The result was their offering to help in an area where we needed assistance and it fit perfectly with both their availability and expertise. It was a classic win-win. Please contact Rabbi or me. We're serious about these meetings and please note that these are not solicitation meetings. Yes, we're always interested in discussing financial contributions and our underwriting needs, both large and small, but we don't push it. If you are able to help us by underwriting a program in the $2,500 to $10,000 range, let us know. There are several possibilities.

Gil Blumenthal

THIS WEEK______________________________________
 Monday, November 11
 1:00 p.m. 
You don't have to be a "regular" to enjoy Book Group; you can come to any meeting for any book you like, any time. Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.
At our November meeting, the subject will be Thomas Jefferson --  you can read anything about him or written by him. (Rabbi Sharfman enthusiastically recommends Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade.)  
Click to RSVP and to receive location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Rick. 
 Tuesday, November 12
 7:00 p.m.
Join us for dinner and conversation at Preston's Steakhouse, 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 115, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. If you have questions about MOK or this dinner, please email Rich Fox.
Saturday, November 16   
We'll be studying  Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22.24. This week we read that Abraham and Sarah learn that they will have a child. Interspersed is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and then back to Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaacl Fascinating stuff. Come join us! 
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today as when it began. Torah Talk is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions -- a morning filled with questions, conversation, and laughter. This session will be led by Rabbi Sharfman.

Please RSVP   by Thursday, November 14, and please park in the back when you arrive on Saturday. Would you like email reminders about Torah Talk? Just let Ellen know! 
See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule.
  Sunday, November 17
  Late morning/early afternoon
Movie Time meets on the third Sunday of most months, and is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  
Click here for updated information and to get on the Movie Time email reminder/update list, which lets you help decide what movie to see; or send your name and email address to Leona.   
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  Friday, November 22
  Please join us at 6:45-7:15 p.m. for a mini-class on Geography of the Synagogue 
  and at 7:30 p.m. for our regular service.
 Join us to welcome Shabbat.  
The Oneg will be sponsored by Pamela Miller and Brad Osterweil in honor of their wedding anniversary.
Please remember to bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and womenforwomen Tempe. Your donations are always appreciated.  
  Sunday, November 24
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The next session of YEP! after this one and Cafe Kehillah will be December 8.  
  Sunday, November 24
  12:30 p.m.
You've heard of speed dating and speed networking... now we're bringing you Speed Schmoozing!  
How much can someone learn about you in a 3-minute conversation? We are about to find out.  
The entire congregation is invited to our Speed Schmoozing Social, where we will welcome our newest members to Kehillah. We'll provide suggested questions to get the ball rolling, you'll provide the answers -- and get to know our newest members. It's a chance to get to know our long-time members better, too!  
A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Renee by Thursday, November 21.  
This event is co-chaired by Leslie Goldman and Renee Joffe.  
  Wednesday, December 11
  7:00 p.m.  
  Talking Stick Resort Arena
  201 E. Jefferson St.
  Phoenix, AZ 85004 
It's Jewish Heritage Night -- join MOK to celebrate Jewish culture and heritage as the Suns take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
This event is open to everyone so feel free to invite family and friends.
MOK President Rich Fox will coordinate buying a block of seats so Kehillah members can sit together. Seats are $50.60 each (includes fees but not parking). To have Rich coordinate your tickets and get you seated with the rest of the group, please pick one of these options and pay before November 15:
Pay in person to Rich:
at YEP! and Cafe Kehillah on November 11.
at MOK dinner on November 12.
Pay by mail:  
Send a check made out to Richard Fox and mail it to him at 3802 E. Alfalfa Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85298.
Pay by Venmo:
Pay via Venmo to @danidelights
After Rich buys the seats he will send an email with details on meeting up and obtaining your tickets. He will also share the section and row number so you can buy tickets on your own if you decide after November 15 to attend.
Erica Erman will be representing Kehillah at a Chanukah Sing-a-Long and Menorah Lighting. The event will take place at Congregation Beth Israel (10460 N. 56th Street, Paradise Valley) on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. After the concert there will be a Sufganiyot Buffet.
The only thing better than visiting Israel is visiting Israel with Rabbi Sharfman and your Kehillah friends! 
Kehillah members receive $200 off by using memberk200 when registering and paying!
If you're interested -- from "just curious" to "ready to pack RIGHT NOW!" -- email us so we can keep you updated.  
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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.
Holiday Food and Clothing Drive

Pioneer Elementary (pre-K through 8th grade), one of two schools Congregation Kehillah supports, is holding a Holiday Food and Clothing Drive through November 19.

Please participate by bringing non-perishable food items and clothing to Kehillah; our Social Action volunteers will bring your donations directly to the school.
Suggested donations include   
Canned items: soup, vegetables, fruit
Boxed items: cereal, rice mashed potatoes, soup, pasta,  mac and cheese, stuffing
Dried items: fruit, rice, beans, pasta
Other items: peanut butter, jelly, gravy, sauce for pasta, dessert items

This Drive is being run by Pioneer's 8th graders. Thank you for your generosity!

Our congregant, Jodi Peterman Sandler, School Psychologist at Pioneer, wrote this on her Facebook page: "Gratitude Day 3 - I am beyond grateful that my synagogue Congregation Kehillah has adopted my school this year. Wonderful Paulette and Jane have already donated so many items that are being used in our classrooms and in our Boys Town store. They have also committed to help with our holiday food boxes, turkey drive, improvement projects around campus and more. It's like winning the lottery."

Jewish Children and Family Service Holiday Program

Congregation Kehillah will be supporting a family through Jewish Children and Family Services. This year the family consists of a mother and three children. 

Deborah, the mom, is 32, Carter is 7 years old, Sylvia is 4 years old and Lucy is 20 months old.

The family will benefit from Frys or Walmart gift cards, and Harkins Theatre gift cards.

Carter loves Pokemon, Chad and Vy games, Bendy games and loves to read age appropriate books.

Sylvia loves Disney Descendants and loves to color so coloring books and supplies would be most appreciated.

Lucy loves baby shark stuff, toddler coloring supplies, and balls.

Deborah would love anything she can do with her kids.

If you wish to wrap anything, Chanukah gift wrap would be appropriate.

Please drop off donations when attending Kehillah services, Torah Talk or YEP!. If you have any q uestions, please call Paulette Fraenkel at 602-363-3009.

We send prayers of healing to . . .
Jennifer Schaeffer  
Jim Hrlevich  
Fred Benoff 
Stanley Rosen,  
   father of Robin Rudin
Dan Simon
Denice Whiteside
Marion Krepcio 
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
Howard Glick 
Gittel bat Deborah 
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
General Fund 
Kirshenbaum Family for Bimah honor

Oneg/Hospitality Fund
Pamela Miller & Bradley Osterweil, in honor of their 3rd wedding anniversary
Arlene & George Rosenberg, wishing Howard and Lorrie Cohen a Mazel Tov on the Jewish baby naming of their  twin granddaughters

Torah Fund
Debra Todora-LeBlanc, in memory of Rabbi Yosef Garcia

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 2019-2020, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
Keren Leibovitch, Israeli Paralympic Gold Medalist, will be the featured speaker at this luncheon on Thursday, November 14. Please click here for the flier.

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
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Kabbalat Shabbat  
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
November 22 - mini class on Geography of the Synagogue, 6:45-7:15 p.m.
December 6
December 20 - Pre-Chanukah service with YEP! singing, 6:30 p.m.
December 21 - Special Shabbat service- Sippy Cup Shabbat- 10:00-10:45 a.m.
January 10  
January 24
February 14
February 28
March 13  
March 27
March 28 - Bar Mitzvah of Isaac Hemmert, 10:00 a.m.
April 17
May 1 - Bar Mitzvah of Noah Sunshine-Barinbaum, 6:30 p.m.
May 15
June 12
June 13 - Bar Mitzvah of Ryan Heller, 10:00 a.m. 

Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) 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.
November 16
December 14
January 18
February 8
March 21
April 25
May 2 ( depending on weather) 

  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. Please use this registration form. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
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December 8
December 15
January 12
January 26
February 9
February 23
March 15
March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17
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, Nov. 11
Book Group 
Saturday, Nov. 16
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Nov. 17
Movie Time 
Friday, Nov. 22 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Nov. 24
Speed Schmoozing Social 
Friday, Dec. 6 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Dec. 8
Saturday, Dec. 14
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Dec. 15
Friday, Dec. 20 
Kabbalat Shabbat
October 2020
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 and
  MOK President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Member at Large and
  High Holy Days 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
Sherry Siegel, Reisa Miller
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.  

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