November 4-10, 2019 / Cheshvan 5780 
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE__________________________
This message was originally sent out on October 31, 2019.

Dear Friends,

Gil Blumenthal
So why is a nice Jewish boy like me writing an email to his congregation about, of all things, Halloween? Halloween certainly isn't Jewish. In fact, it's the antithesis of our beliefs and practices. To understand, you need a bit of background. Lynne loved to collect Halloween collectables, particularly the older ones. Since some of these items were costly and others reproductions, we purchased books to help us better understand the history and imagery of Halloween. That's when I learned about the pagan roots of the holiday and had to ask myself why in heaven's name do we Jews celebrate any aspect of this holiday? The reality is that we don't actually celebrate the holiday, we just enjoy its trappings in their 20th century (candy) wrapper.
Given that the roots of Halloween go back to a Celtic festival when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, today's Halloween is not exactly what Pope Gregory III had in mind in the eighth century when he designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into the commercial version we have today with costumes and the like. But Jews don't do stuff like that, right? Wrong. Remember Purim. For years my cousins were members of the Chabad of Poway (yes, where the shooting occurred) and it would be safe to say that they celebrated Purim rather vigorously when compared to our rather tame celebrations at Kehillah.
Ok, enough already! Where am I going with this? The answer is that most things evolve over time, and Judaism is no exception. Rabbi has often illustrated to us ways that our Jewish traditions, practices and even music have evolved over time. To thrive, any organism, or religion, has to adapt. A good example is Reform Judaism. With roots in Germany only 200 years ago, Reform Judaism allowed Jews to do away with certain laws and practices in order to fit in better with 19th century German society. Kehillah is a stellar example of modern Jewish evolution.
Whether your roots are in California or "back east," odds are that many of us grew up in what could be considered Jewish neighborhoods. Contrast that to Kehillah where, to my knowledge, not a single member lives within walking distance. Add to this modern construct, children who are busy with activities both after school and on weekends. Some say too busy. To provide a Jewish education to the children of our members, Kehillah had to adapt, and we have. In formulating our successful YEP! program, Kehillah has bridged the gap between traditional models of Jewish education while meeting the needs of modern suburban Jews. YEP! uses technology along with a biweekly schedule and the children love it. Stop in some Sunday and while it certainly will not look like your old Hebrew school, you will see Jewish learning in action.
I've previously written about our interest in providing more activities for members. Sometimes it's easier said than done. To get a representative sample of ideas, I even asked Board members to bring their suggestions to last Sunday's Board meeting - and bring they did! The result is that we now have plenty of ideas and new activities are now in the works. Stay tuned! Thank you all for your suggestions and thanks to those who are bringing your ideas to life.
Finally, Mazel Tov to Dave Goldfarb and Daisy Zhu on their recent wedding. We wish them all the best.

Gil Blumenthal

THIS WEEK______________________________________
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  Friday, November 8
  7:30 p.m.
Join us to welcome Shabbat.   The Oneg Shabbat will be sponsored by Joanna and Scott LeBlang in honor of their daughter Jacquelyn's Bat Mitzvah.
Please remember to bring your food and toiletry donations for Mom's Pantry and womenforwomen Tempe. Your donations are always appreciated.    
This Shabbat we will be celebrating October  and November birthdays and anniversaries!
  Saturday, November 9
  10:00 a.m.
 Please join us as Jacquelyn Ava LeBlang is called to the Torah  
 as a Bat Mitzvah.  
Jacquelyn, pictured at right, is the daughter of Joanna and Scott LeBlang.  
For Jacquelyn's Bat Mitzvah project, she is making friendship bracelets. All of the proceeds  
from the sale of these bracelets are going to a Phoenix-based organization called Childhelp,  
a non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children.  
Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's  
advocacy  centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes, and child abuse prevention,  
education, and training.  
  Sunday, November 10
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
While YEP! meets, all Kehillah members are invited to come on by for a cup of coffee, bite of food, and conversation with your fellow Kehillah members. No need to RSVP - just show up and schmooze!  
The next session of YEP! after this one will be November 24. The next Cafe Kehillah will be December 8.
 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. Please RSVP by Sunday, November 10. If you have questions about MOK or this dinner, please email Rich Fox.
Saturday, November 16   
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 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.
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.  You can bring items with you this Friday night or when you attend Cafe Kehillah or YEP! on November 10.
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."

Mazel tov to . . .
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman  for being the Shabbat storytime reader for the PJ Library of Phoenix, all the way from Madison, Wisconsin! Click on this link to watch.
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Jennifer Schaefer 
Jim Hrlevich  
Fred Benoff 
Stanley Rosen,  
   father of Robin Rudin
Bonnie Cikins
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 
Carol Elliott
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.
This program for engaged, serious, and recently-married couples will be held Sunday mornings, October 16 and November 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with an extra session for mixed-faith couples on Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn ways to enhance your relationship, including communication and conflict resolution skills; planning for your financial future; how Judaism can help build strong relationships and marriages; along with many other topics. $45.00 per couple. Register at or email
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 8
November 9 - Bat Mitzvah of Jacquelyn LeBlang, 10:00 a.m.  
November 22 - mini class on Geography of the Synagogue, 6:45-7:15 p.m.
December 6
December 20 
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.  
November 10
November 24
December 8
December 15
January 12
January 26
February 9
February 23
March 15
March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17


Friday, Nov. 8 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Nov. 9
Bat Mitzvah of Jacquelyn LeBlang   
Sunday, Nov. 10
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
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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602-369-7667    |
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Mailing Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050