November 1 - November 8, 2020/Cheshvan 5781 

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Almighty God, we pray today for peace.
Our world is often frightening and broken.
We see calamity, violence, and anger.
The rhetoric and divisiveness of people can lead us to despair.
And yet, Your people know well how You speak of peace.
You created us in your image, with a yearning for You, your peace.
You give peace in the form of human flourishing.
You give peace through reconciliation of former enemies.
You give peace through the words we speak in love.
You give peace to those in mourning and loss.
You are the giver of peace.
And so we pray,
God, give us a desire for peace greater than our desire for power.
God, help us to see the need of our neighbor as great as our own.
God, help us to speak and act from a posture of love instead of hate.
God, give us courage to step forward as peacemakers in the midst of strife.
God, grant us sensitive hearts to comfort those who are hurting.
And help us to do it all in Your Name.
Here is a message Rabbi prepared for the Jewish Community Relations Council that we share within Kehillah on this day before the elections, including excerpts from her Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon. 

A message Rabbi Sharfman prepared for the Jewish Community Relations Counci

Monday evenings 
This trimester's classes began on October 19 and run through November 16 
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $50 (no charge for CK 

Are you interested in learning about Judaism? This is the place to do it!  Jews and Non-Jews are all welcome to learn with Rabbi Bonnie.  

This introductory course provides a foundation in the basic tenants of Judaism. Among areas covered are: History, Holidays and Observances, Life Cycle, Theology, Prayer, Israel and Communal Life. 

This will be a virtual class through The Bureau of Jewish Education. There will be no charge when Congregation Kehillah members sign up by emailing to Renee here.

You can also sign up here:


Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 4th
7:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Rich Fox invites the Men of Kehillah to another virtual Happy Hour. The last few were a success! There will be a trivia contest with adult beverages (if you so choose.)  RSVP to Renee by Monday, November 2nd.

Friday, November 6
5:30 p.m.
via Zoom

We continue to come into your homes via Zoom beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Rabbi and cantorial soloists Scott Leader and Erica Erman. The Power Point slides will be viewable to you to follow along if you don't have your own copy of Gates of Prayer for Shabbat and Weekdays. 

A Zoom link with be sent to all congregants during the week. For our non-members who receive our Connections and wish to view our Kabbalat Shabbat, please message Renee, for this link. 

We will be celebrating those with November birthdays and anniversaries during services!
Monday, November 16
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

We'll be discussing Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. 

You don't have to be a regular to enjoy Book Group; you can join in for any book you like, any time. Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  To get on the Book Group mailing list or to RSVP and receive your Zoom meeting information, please email Rick . 

Tuesday, November 17
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
via Zoom

 Rosh Chodesh/WNO on Tuesday, November 17th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join Rabbi Sharfman for a brief Rosh Chodesh program followed by WNO. You'll have an opportunity to chat with friends and catch up! More details coming soon.

VOTE!                VOTE!            VOTE!

November 2nd and 3rd: The last two days to vote in this 2020 election.



An invitation for all who care about making the world a better place and improving lives....

We are a small congregation who do great things. Under the passionate leadership of Paulette Fraenkel, our social action work is a source of pride. We want to do more and are seeking members who want to work with us in doing good in our community. Please let us know of your interest to contribute ideas and roll up your sleeves (as you are able). We'll schedule a virtual organizational meeting soon.

All over Maricopa County, people wait in lines for hours at food banks to get food for their families. Those of us fortunate not to be in this situation need to step up and really help. This is a reminder that Mom's Pantry takes donations on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They're located at 13440 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. 

Monetary donations might be easier to manage during the current pandemic. You can send a check, written out to Mom's Pantry, to Renee and she will make sure it gets to Mom's Pantry. Food is so basic and children, especially, can't function in school on an empty stomach. Please be as generous as you can.

Thank you to those who already sent in gift cards and checks during the High Holy Days. As of October 8th, we have collected $391 which has been turned over to Mom's Pantry. Let's see if we can double our efforts during the month of October. Thank you in advance.

If you are able to drop off items, these are the products they currently need:

Boxed Mac and cheese       Cereal
Canned tuna                        Canned pasta sauce
Canned soup                       Toilet paper
toothpaste/toothbrush          Shampoo/conditioner
Peanut butter 
Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

November   3    -  Megan Schatzberg
November   3    -  Jacqueline Schatzberg
November 17    -  Howard  Schatzberg
November 20    -  David Asher
November 21    -  Renee Joffe
November 23    -  Rachel Segal
November 24    -  Vicki Mardell
November 27    -  Barbara Solow
November 28    -  Penny Celmins
November 30    -  Ethan Sandler
November 30    -  Mia Sandler

Happy Anniversary!
Mazal Tov!  

November  6    -  Bradley & Pamela Osterweil
November  7    -  Richard & Dani Fox
November 11   -  Marc & Debbie Melhado
November 20   -  Barry & Janet Bernell    

Welcome new members...
 Aaron & Christine Katz and their daughters, Anna and Ava 

Condolences to...
Feli Van Deman for the loss in her family

Ellen Lerman
Daniel Odgers grandson of Paulette and Rudy Fraenkel
Joel Bartak, brother of Bonnie Bartak
Bonnie Cikins
Sarah Bayla bar Miriam v' Yitzchak and Yosef Dov ben Rachel Feyga, mother and father of Jackie Shore
Marilyn Morris
Joe Ettinger

Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Hinda Sterling, sister-in-law of Reisa
Davie Glaser
Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller   

General Fund
Josie & Jeremy Feldman - High Holy Days
Scarlett Allison and family - In appreciation to our amazing Administrator, Renee, for enriching our community with her unlimited patience and discernment.

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 
Please consider planting a tree in Israel for any occasion. Contact Renee and she will place the order on your behalf. Trees cost $18 per tree and a portion of all sales benefit Congregation Kehillah.

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Here are other great ways to support Kehillah 
Normally, we'd invite you to 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 2020, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee or call her at 602-369-7667.
But while we're currently not gathering, and you are (we hope!) spending most of your time at home, remember to use Amazon Smile when you buy on Amazon.

We've raised $45.81 in donations through the Amazon Smile program between April 1 and June 30, 2020. 

You can sign up for Amazon Smile and choose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah.

Here's how to sign up:  
Visit and select Congregation Kehillah
. That's it! After you're signed up, shop on Amazon by visiting (your Prime account goes with you) and continue as usual. The website will remember you selected Congregation Kehillah, and every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.


Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. 

AmazonSmile customers can now support Congregation Kehillah in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device 
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' 
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.


Bureau of Jewish Education's
Jewish Marriage University
A Marriage Course for engaged, serious and already married couples

What does Judaism say about marriage?  How can couples learn to communicate with each other and resolve conflicts, plan for their financial future together and support each other?  What can be done to enhance one's relationship and how can Judaism help?
JEWISH MARRIAGE UNIVERSITY offers couples a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills together to secure their future. Experts in various fields present the couples with an enormous amount of practical, valuable information and guidance. 
 Extra class for interfaith couples - inquire for date  480-634-8050
Rabbi Sharfman will  be teaching one of the modules on November 8th.

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Register at


Because nothing says "Living Well" better than engagement in the Arts!

Due to circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), participation for all Creative Aging classes will be online through the digital platform, ZOOM. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Rees at (480) 599-7198 or


Introducing the new JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment

While we had to close the doors of our Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo during Covid-19, we've been able to open some windows to bring the CSE directly to you in the comfort and safety of your own home! All on Zoom - not familiar with Zoom?  We can help - just let us know!

Upcoming November 2020 Classes:

The Curriculum Theatre Company- 1st Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 11 am-noon. Shakespeare's 7 Stages of Man: Physiology and Performance
Registration link:

Chair Yoga with Zoe: Every Wednesday
Wednesday, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020 - 11-11:45 am.
Registration link:

Welcome Shabbat -every Friday
Friday, November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 - 11:00-11:45 am.
Registration link:

Marshall Shore, Hip Historian -2nd Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 11am-noon
Registration link:

Phoenix Art Museum - 2nd Thursday of each month
Thursday, November 12, 2020 -11 am-noon
Registration link:

Yiddish Club - 3rd Tuesday of each month
When a Kugel Lies oj Your Fat: The Irony and Wit of Yiddish Idioms
Tuesday, November 17 -11 am - noon
Registration link:

Phoenix Conservatory of Music - 3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday, November 19 - 11am-12:30pm
Registration link:

Book club - with Arizona Jewish Historical Society -3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday, November 19 -2-3:30 pm
Registration: email to register 

Jane Przelica Presentation Series - 4th Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, November 24 - 11am-noon
Registration link:


CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |   Torah Talk   |   YEP!

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Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begins on Fridays at times listed below.     

November 6: 5:30 p.m.
November 20: 530 p.m.
December 4: 5:30 p.m.
December 18: 5:30 p.m.

Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (for the time being.)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 14
December 12


 Youth Education Program 

During the school year, YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings. See body of Connections for summer programs via Zoom. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
November 8 & 22
December 6 & 13


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


Friday, November 6
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, November 8

Saturday, November 14
Torah Talk

Monday, November 16
Book Group

Friday, November 20
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, November 22

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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 we are able to come back to Kehillah.  

None of that is possible at the moment, but Mom's Pantry accepts donations on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 13440 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Call 602-992-0083 for other times.
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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Gil Blumenthal,  
Scott Leader, Erica Erman
  Cantorial Soloists
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Rich Goldman,
  Immediate Past President
Henry Fleet,
  Member at Large
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large 
  MOK President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large 
  Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Member at Large 
  High Holy Days Chair  
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Dr. Bruce Sobel,
   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
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
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. Otherwise, we ask that you please call or email us after the Sabbath or holiday ends.

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Don't miss any of our emails...

Please make sure that periodically you check your Spam and Junk folders for emails from Some of the emails we send out have several links for you to click on for resources. Depending on your individual computer settings you may have not received these emails in your inbox.