Sept. 12-16, 2018 / Tishrei 5779    
G'mar chatimah tovah!
The Kehillah office will close early on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (erev Yom Kippur)  
and reopen on Thursday, Sept. 20. 
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
Lost and Found - a pair of reading glasses was found after Rosh Hashanah services. Please contact Renee to claim .
  Sunday, September 16
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon  
Find out what's up with YEP! by reading our Menschenings newsletter! We're proud of our students and our curriculum, and we'll be sharing updates with you regularly. 
The next YEP! session after this one is September 30. After the session, we invite parents and congregants to join us at 12:00 noon on the patio for a BBQ and lunch in the Sukkah. More details will be available soon. See below for the complete YEP! schedule.  
  Sunday, September 16
  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.
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. - Kol Nidre
One service for the entire congregation
Wednesday, September 19, 8:45 a.m.
Early service for our families with YEP! students in grades 2-8.
This is not a children's service, but a service for families.
Wednesday, September 19, 10:45 a.m.
Main service
Wednesday, September 19, 3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Service/Yizkor/Neilah/Havdalah  
One service for the entire congregation
Break the Fast follows at the conclusion of Havdalah for those who have RSVP'd. 
(Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Renee.)

Reservations are required for Break the Fast; please RSVP now.

Please participate in the Kehillah  

annual High Holy Days Food Drive
We typically collect over 650 pounds of food!

This year we are again partnering with Mom's Pantry, a Phoenix community food bank. Please bring your donations to Kol Nidre on Tuesday evening, September 18, or Wednesday morning, September 19. A Mom's Pantry truck and representatives will be in the parking lot of Coolwater Christian Church to accept your donations.     

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Learn more about Hunger in America at ,   or  

Please park at Coolwater Christian Church, 28181 N. 56th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266. We will have shuttles to bring you and your family to and from services. The spaces in the synagogue parking lot will be for those who are elderly, mobility challenged, or arriving early to volunteer at services.

If you have a have a loved one who needs to be dropped off,  please do so and then park across the street at Coolwater Christian Church. Thank you for your cooperation.

All Kehillah members in good standing or who have made arrangements for dues payments receive tickets for the High Holy Days as part of their membership. Still need to make your dues payment arrangements? No one is turned away due to financial constraints! Adjustments can be arranged through a confidential call to our office phone, 602-369-7667. You will be treated with absolute respect and discretion.

Tickets have been mailed. Please bring your ticket with you to all Yom Kippur services.
Please examine them carefully; they will indicate which services to attend, based on what we believe to be
the best fit for you and your family. If you have any questions, please call Renee, 602-369-7667.

Please note that mail should be sent to our post office box address:
Congregation Kehillah
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439
Phoenix, AZ 85050

You may also use our secure website link  to pay by credit card.

 I invite you to share this High Holy Days season of teshuva (return) with Congregation Kehillah - returning to community, hope, possibility, G-d, prayer, love, and the best that is in each of us. Your presence and participation will enhance our Holy Days, and we, in turn, hope to provide you with a truly meaningful, uplifting, inspirational and transformative High Holy Days experience.
~ Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Sukkah builders needed!
Join Sukkah Master Scott Rudin on Sunday, September 23, 
from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  

  Sunday, September 30
  12:00 noon  
Join the entire Kehillah community for a BBQ lunch in the Sukkah and our Landscape Launch! More details will be available soon.
  Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  Sunday, October 7
  10:00 a.m.
  At the home of Ilene Riffle; 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.
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!      
Be part of an amazing 4,000-year-old conversation, as relevant today 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 by Thursday, October 18 to Ellen. See below for the complete Torah Talk schedule.
   Wednesday, October 24

   1:00-2:30 p.m.

   See information about this new Kehillah program here.
Photo: Tom Hrlevich
10th Anniversary & Building Dedication  
Friday, December 7 
Sunday, December 9 
Friday, December 7
Shabbat - a very special, festive musical service along with a Chanukat Ha-bayit (the dedication of our new home) and a celebratory Oneg.

Sunday, December 9
9:30-11:00 a.m.
YEP! KEHILLAHversary Chanukah Celebration!
YEP! families will learn about Congregation Kehillah and Chanukah while competing for a special grand prize!
"Adults only" evening party, featuring the Who Nu? Trivia Challenge and refreshments.

Watch here for event updates!
Corrections and Additions
Happy Birthday! Yom huledet sameach!  

Sept. 22 - Jon Andes
Please help us welcome  

Rob and Jodi Sandler and their children, Ethan and Mia

We look forward to getting to know you!
Resources, Reminders, and Reflections Rabbi Sharfman
We're introducing a new section that will run occasionally,  
to share timely ideas from Rabbi Sharfman and Kehillah leadership.  
Rabbi Sharfman kicks it off!   
"Check out this page from AJC: Their Fight Is Our Fight, especially the section for college students, and share it with the college students you know!"
Miles of Tiles

Well, not quite a mile. But check out the side patio to see the tiles created by YEP! students last year at a YEP! fundraiser chaired by Cari Hemmert and Sara Fabricant. Thank you, Cari, Sara, and all our creative students!  

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  or 714-504-0955 now. Remember, space is limited!  
Coming Soon!  
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.
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.

to help!
Study with Rabbi Sharfman Torah Talk

A new adult study session will start after the High Holy Days at Kehillah, with the subjects determined by your questions and interests. Please email Renee with topics you'd like to explore and Rabbi will put together the curriculum and schedule.

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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
Come to Israel with us in 2019!  
May 27-June 10, 2019*    
Is visiting Israel with your family on your wish list?  
Well, now is the time to make it happen!     
Rabbi Sharfman is busy planning a wonderful family trip to Israel  Imagine early summer in Israel -- and you can do Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Jerusalem while we are there!   
*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).

Kids and adults will 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 your family, 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 . . .
Lynn 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. 
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Our new Memorial Board 
Thanks to a generous donation from Dan and Evelyn Simon, in honor of Evelyn's birthday, a second Memorial Board is now hanging in our sanctuary. Now is the time to order your engraved plaques to honor your loved ones who have passed away. For a donation of $360, individual names, with dates of birth and death, will be engraved on a plaque and added to our board. This fee includes a listing in our annually published   Yizkor  Book distributed on Yom Kippur and at yizkor services on our festivals. Click here for the Memorial Board form . If you have any questions, please   contact Renee .
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Felicia (Feli) Van Deman, in appreciation of her High Holy Days honor
Memorial Plaque 
Paulette & Rudy Fraenkel, in memory of Paulette's sister, Rosalie Pearl Gonshak 
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.
Annual community Kever Avot Memorial Service , to   remember and honor loved ones buried here or anywhere in the world, will be held Sunday, September 16, 2018 (7 Tishrei 5779), 10:00 a.m., at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. RSVP with the number attending or call 480-585-6060 with questions.
Jewish Baby University, for expectant Jewish and interfaith parents, begins September 9. Contact the Bureau of Jewish Education for more information.
Jewish Marriage University, for engaged, serious, and newlywed couples, begins September 30. Contact the Bureau of Jewish Education for more information.
Fall Exhibits at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
October 7, 2018 -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.  
Sept. 18 (Tues.)   
  Kol Nidre
Sept. 19
  Yom Kippur
Sept. 28
  With oneg in the Sukkah
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 most months on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  
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

Sept. 16

Sept. 30
  Followed by BBQ in the Sukkah, with congregation
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


Sunday, Sept. 16
Movie Time
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Kol Nidre

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Yom Kippur
Sunday, Sept. 23
Sukkah building  
Friday, Sept. 28
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Sept. 30
Sukkot BBQ & Landscape Launch 
Sunday, Oct. 7
Book Group  
Saturday, Oct. 20
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Oct. 21
Sip, Shop & Schmooze   
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Wise Aging 

Saturday, Nov. 17
Torah Talk

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9
Celebrate Kehillah!
10th Anniversary & Building Dedication
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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
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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
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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   
602-369-7667    |
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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