November 25 - December 1, 2019 / Cheshvan 5780 
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The Kehillah office will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, in observance of Thanksgiving and Friday, November 29th.

Dear Friends,

We are grateful for all of you who have joined us and enriched not only our congregational life but our personal lives as well.

Thank you, Kehillah family.

May you have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING (as Rabbi's a verb. When we are truly grateful, we engage in action that shows our gratitude by being a blessing to others.)

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This message was originally sent by email on November 18, 2019.
Dear Friends, 

Gil Blumenthal
Time for a time out - I often write portions of these letters when I have a few moments to spare. When you consider the alternatives such as TV watching, writing is clearly the better choice. What's happened to us, time wise, is that we are in a conundrum. Your favorite TV show is laden with time-wasting commercials, previews and such. I'm now a record-and-watch-later fan, which does help if you're adept with your DVR. Cable shows eliminate the commercial issues but for some people, once they are sufficiently addicted, their lives are not their own. Do we need warning labels on TV shows stating, "Binge watching can be hazardous to your lifestyle or marriage, etc.?" Men of course have their own binge watching. We call them sports.
Of course, I'm generalizing. We obviously don't spend ridiculous amounts of time (I hope) in front of the computer or TV. I do have a concern, however, that today's fast paced multi-tasking culture takes precious time away that could be more productively spent helping my favorite community, Congregation Kehillah. Kehillah takes such a tiny portion of our time that it could literally be lost among the many distractions and commitments screaming for our attention or support. Here's the good news, since we began actively asking for more community involvement, there has been a definite uptick in suggestions, enthusiasm and yes, involvement. Kudos to those who have stepped forward to help. 
Speaking of involvement, last Sunday Lynne and I stopped by Sunday to schmooze a bit while YEP! classes were in session. There were multiple good discussions on the patio, and it made me appreciate what nice, caring people we have in our congregation. And just a few hours before writing this I spoke with two congregants who want to provide the seed money for a totally new congregational-wide effort. It's something every congregant should, and can, get behind, but it's simply too early for me to say more. Expect that this project will be officially launched next year. A hint: somewhere around Tu B'Shevat.
Before we know it, we will have our first "suggestion" activity. Our first ever Speed Schmoozing Social is set for 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 24th. What is Speed Schmoozing??? It's an event where the entire congregation is invited to our schmooze and welcome Kehillah's newest members. So, what's the "speed" part. That's where it will be fun. Like speed dating, our "schmoozefest" will be timed - 3 minutes of speed learning. Don't know what to ask you say. Don't worry, questions will be supplied to keep the ball rolling. It's all in fun and as they used to say on an old TV show: "You asked for it!"
Finally, before I date myself yet again, another response to your requests. The December 20th Kabbalat Shabbat will be earlier - 6:30 pm - with light food items at 6:00 pm, per your requests! We are also planning for some family friendly Kabbalat Shabbat Fridays with activities starting at 5:00 pm. More to come. 
See you on the 24th!


Gil Blumenthal

Monday, December 2nd & 9th 
at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Fee: $20
Bureau of Jewish Education
12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 206
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Come join Congregation Kehillah congregant Feli VanDeman as she leads an instructional class on making Jewish hand-crafted cards for Jewish holidays/life cycle events for loved ones and friends. Learn assorted paper crafting techniques, using an embossing machine; applying rubber and acrylic stamping techniques; and creating dimension with dye cut art. Teacher will bring items to make cards. Leave with a homemade incredible card.
A fun event-no artistic ability required!

Sign up to join Feli for this creative and fun class! Register through the Bureau of Jewish Education, 480-634-8050 or, and say you are from Congregation Kehillah.

  Sunday, December 8
 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
 Food will be provided by the Kirschenbaum family. 

The next session of YEP! after this one will be December 15.
  Wednesday, December 11
  7:00 p.m.  
  Talking Stick Resort Arena
  201 E. Jefferson St.
  Phoenix, AZ 85004 
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.
Sippy Cup Sabbat

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.  
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 or Marjorie Tabaknek at 602-482-8223.



Congregation Kehillah will be supporting these two young boys from Whispering Wind School.

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9 yr old boy
Likes:  Skateboard or Headphone for the computer
Pants: 10-12, boys
Shirt: 10-12, boys
Underwear: 12 boys
Jacket/Sweatshirt:  12, boys
Socks/Shoes: 3, youth

40B Navin
13 yr old boy
Likes/Toy: Football / Football gloves
Pants: Large, adult
Shirt:  Large, adult
Underwear: Large / 34, adult
Jacket/Sweatshirt:  Large, adult
Socks/Shoes: 9.5, adult

All items are due by Thursday, December 12th. There is no need to wrap the gifts but it would be helpful to the family if gift wrap or gift bags were included. Please write the number/letter and name on each gift for that child.  As always, your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.


Come and support Congregation member, Scarlett Allison who will be representing Kehillah on December 24th.
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We send prayers of healing to . . .
Sharon Kelly
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
Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Joanna, Scott & Jacquelyn LeBlang - in honor of Rabbi Sharfman & Jacquelyn's Bat Mitzvah

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.

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

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
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.
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.  
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



  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.