Oct. 8-14, 2018 / Tishrei-Cheshvan 5779    
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10th Anniversary & Building Dedication   
Friday, December 7
  Special, festive Shabbat service, including  Chanukat Ha-bayit  (the dedication of our new home) celebration of the sixth night of Chanukah,  with candle lighting and Chanukah songs led by YEP! students; and  a celebratory Oneg
Sunday, December 9
9:30 a.m. ~ YEP! KEHILLAHversary Chanukah Celebration 
Evening ~ "Adults only" party, featuring the Who Nu? Trivia Challenge, cocktails,  
and hors d'oeuvres
Watch for event updates!
THIS WEEK______________________________________
Shabbat candles
Friday, October 12
 7:30 p.m.    
 Saturday, October 13
 10:00 a.m. 
Services will include the Bar Mitzvah of Carter Toppel, son of Jeff and Amy Toppel.  
Carter's mitzvah project was collecting baseball gear for Israeli children in need  
of baseball and softball equipment through the nonprofit Pitch In For Baseball  
The oneg will be sponsored by Carter's aunts and uncles: Jana and Mark Zinman,  
and Michelle Deutsch and John Doran. 
Please bring your food donations for Mom's Pantry.
See the complete service schedule here
  Sunday, October 14
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon  
  Find out what's up with YEP! by reading Menschenings.
The next YEP! session after this one is October 28. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.   
  Sunday, October 14 - THIS IS A CHANGED DATE
  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.
Saturday, October 20
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Please note: Torah Talk will meet at Kehillah (not at congregants' homes) --  a new tradition 
for a new year! This month's talk will be hosted at Kehillah by Ellen and Elliott Lerman.    
Were you surprised and intrigued when Rabbi Sharfman began afternoon Yom Kippur services by inviting congregants to "Ask the Rabbi" anything (about Judaism, that is)? 
What followed were questions about Tashlich, how "sin" is not a Jewish concept, and whether atonement can take place every day, not just on Yom Kippur. (The answer to that last question is "Yes!")
If you enjoyed that opportunity to ask the Rabbi anything, you'll love Torah Talk and Rabbi's other Adult Ed opportunities!  
Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today
October 20 Torah Talk  
Parashat hashavuah:  
Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1- 17:27  
Genesis is so full of stories we hardly know where to start. In Lech Lecha ("Go forth") we have God's covenant with Abraham, Sarah being taken into Pharaoh's harem, the birth of Ishmael and Sarah's treatment of Hagar, and God's promise to Sarah that she will have a child (a bit late in life). Also in these pages: the story of Sodom and Gomorra, the ritual of circumcision, and the warning about 400 years of slavery.  

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 by Thursday, October 18.
See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule. If you would like to host
a session (hosts provide challah, wine, and a light snack),
please let Ellen know.

  MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY - Sip, Shop, Schmooze
   Sunday, October 21

   2:00 p.m.

   Don't be late for this very important date! See full-size flier here.
   Live entertainment, fun for all! 
   $36/adult, $18/child. Proceeds to benefit YEP! and other synagogue programming.

   Check out our sponsors, who have donated items and services to add to the fun!
   Wednesday, October 24

   1:00-2:30 p.m.

   See information about this new Kehillah program here.
Shabbat candles
Friday, October 26
 7:30 p.m.    
 Saturday, October 27
 10:00 a.m. 
Services will include the Bat Mitzvah of Carly Resnick, daughter of Lindsay and Mitch Resnick.    
Please bring your food donations for Mom's Pantry.
See the complete service schedule here
  Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
  Sunday, November 4
  10:00 a.m.
  At the home of Jane Neely; click to RSVP .
  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.
Shabbat candles
  Friday, November 9
 7:30 p.m.
 Services will include the aufruf of Erica Morris and Jared Erman. 

Rabbi and Roger joyfully invite Congregation Kehillah members of all ages to celebrate the  aufruf of our daughter, Erica, and soon-to-be son-in-law, Jared Erman, during   Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night, November 9th,  7:30 p.m., with a festive oneg following. We appreciate your  RSVP to Renee to help us plan. 
Looking forward to welcoming Shabbat with you!  
Please bring your food donations for Mom's Pantry.
See the complete service schedule here
  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.  
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." 
Introducing our new workshop series this fall
Wise Aging , developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, is a dynamic program   for those of us facing the challenges and opportunities of this later   stage of our lives.  This interactive course will explore tools and resources to age wisely through the lens of Jewish wisdom.
Based on the book Wise Aging: Living With Joy, Resilience  
and Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, the  
course centers on a series of discussions and opportunities for meaningful conversations. Kehillah congregant Ellin Chariton has been trained by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality as a Wise Aging program facilitator, and will conduct the course.
Topics will include 
  • becoming one's authentic self;
  • conducting a life review;
  • revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships;
  • cultivating qualities of soul;
  • practicing forgiveness;
  • learning to live with loss, change, and death; and
  • creating relevant rituals, cultivating wisdom, leaving a legacy. 
This interactive course will enable each of us to  explore positive ways to navigate this chapter of our life's journey and find meaning and joy in the   process.
Wise Aging will span six  sessions,   starting Wednesday, October 24, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., and is  limited to nine participants. The fee is $36/person. Each participant  will need to purchase a copy of Wise Aging, available at Amazon and elsewhere.  

To participate, please contact Ellin at ellinchariton@gmail.com  or 714-504-0955 now. Remember, space is limited!  
Welcome to Judaism:  
A Course for Beginners 
& Those Who Love Them

Rabbi Sharfman will be teaching this introductory course through the BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education).  

The course will provide a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism: History, holidays and observances, life observances, life cycle events, theology, prayer, and communal life will be explored through Jewish texts, beliefs, and customs.   T his course is open to non-Jews, non-Jews with their Jewish partners, and Jewish adults interested in further exploring Judaism.

Classes will be held on Mondays, October 22 through December 17*, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Cost: $36.

*Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 17  

Register here or contact the BJE 
at 480-634-8050 or jewished@bjephoenix.org.
Our Landscape Project is in the works!  
Help us create a beautiful, low maintenance outdoor environment for our congregation and the animals that visit it!

With some financial support and a little muscle from our Kehillah family, we're confident we can get there. Contact Rich Fox to find out how you can help.
The irrigation system will be installed on the west side of the building, where we have water and electricity.
The property will be fully gravelled for a neat appearance and to
reduce weeds.
Hardy, low-maintenance plants will provide color and shade.
To facilitate outdoor education and create a stable foundation for years of sukkahs.
Storage Shed
A place for chairs, seasonal items and other hazarai that nobody needs cluttering up the main building.
We need your help!
Please support us via our "Donate" tab on our website.
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 . . .
Marilyn Morris
Marlene Pfeiffer 
Mort Berkowitz
Lynne Blumenthal
Yisrael Lev ben Ester 
Marcia Schneider
Pamela Miller
Barbara Berniker
Arlene Maletta
Irma Gottlieb
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. 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund  
Jana and Mark Zinman, in honor of their nephew, Carter Toppel  
Michelle Deutsch and John Doran, in honor of their nephew, Carter Toppel
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 2018-2019, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. 
To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee
or call her at 602-369-7667.
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.  
Oct. 12
Oct. 13 (Sat.)
  Carter Toppel Bar Mitzvah
Oct. 26
Oct. 27 (Sat.)
  Carly Resnick Bat Mitzvah
Nov. 9, 16
Dec. 7
  10th Anniv/Dedication weekend
Dec. 21

Jan. 11
Jan. 12 (Sat.) 
  Alex Abrams Bat Mitzvah, 10:00 a.m.  
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 on these Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Kehillah. If you would like to host, by providing challah, wine, and a light snack, please let Ellen Lerman know. 
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
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
Oct. 14, 28
Nov. 4, 18
Dec. 2
Dec. 9  

  KEHILLAHversary Chanukah Celebration (10th Anniv/Dedication
Dec. 16

Jan. 13, 27

Feb. 3, 24
Mar. 10, 24
Apr. 14, 28
May 5, 19


Friday, Oct. 12
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Oct. 13 
Carter Toppel Bar Mitzvah  
Sunday, Oct. 14
Movie Time
Saturday, Oct. 20
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Oct. 21
Mad Hatters Tea Party    
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Wise Aging 

Friday, Oct. 26
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Oct. 27
Carly Resnick Bat Mitzvah

Sunday, Oct. 28

Sunday, Nov. 4
Book Group

Friday, Nov. 9
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, Nov. 16
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, Nov. 17
Torah Talk

Sunday, Nov. 18
Movie Time

Sunday, Dec. 2
The Arab-Israeli Conflict (program at JCC)

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9
Celebrate Kehillah!
10th Anniversary & Building Dedication

Saturday, Dec. 15
Torah Talk

Sunday, Dec. 16
Book Group

Friday, Dec. 21
Kabbalat Shabbat
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Information for Seniors 
The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Childrens 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, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or janet.arnold@jfcsaz.org.
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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 phoks1@hotmail.com.   
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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 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
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   
info@congregationkehillah.org    |     congregationkehillah.org
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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