September 13 - September 19, 2021/ Tishrei 5781

The office will be closed from 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 15th until sundown on Thursday in observance of Yom Kippur
Phone and email will be checked for emergencies.


Please check your spam and trash folders periodically as we're finding some of our messages are not reaching people.
We look forward to sharing Yom Kippur with you via YouTube.
This is our YouTube channel link:
Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre will go LIVE on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur morning will go LIVE on Thursday, September 16th at 9:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Yom Kippur afternoon will go LIVE on Thursday, September 16th at 3:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 4:00 pm. 
This service will include Yizkor, Neilah, Havdalah and the final Shofar blast.

Wednesday, September 16th
Join us at approximately 6:30 p.m. for a Zoom Break the Fast. This is your opportunity to chat and visit with other congregants.
Meeting ID: 827 2878 6862
Please watch for more will contain the Haftarah videos and the other will be a virtual Yizkor Book.
G'mar Chatimah Tovah, may the inscription in the Book of Life be a good one for you!

Rabbi Sharfman 
Jane Neely, President 
Renee Joffe, Administrator


Please watch for more will contain the Haftarah videos and the other will be a virtual Yizkor Book.
Change to Emails have been sent to all members of the congregation. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive them.


Even during stressful times like these, the basic needs of our community continue and it's become incredibly difficult for many to feed their families because of loss of jobs, sickness and a great amount of worry about whether or not they'll have a place to live.
Our Kehillah community has always been very generous when asked to donate food for our friends in need, especially during our Annual Yom Kippur Food Drive benefitting Mom's Pantry. Once again, this year we're asking you to do something a bit different in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of buying food to bring to the synagogue, we're asking that you to either mail checks directly to Mom's Pantry (in the memo line please put from Congregation Kehillah), or through their website, 
Your kindness and generosity have always been a hallmark of what Kehillah is all about. Let's begin our New Year by helping those in our Phoenix area community who are so in need. Please make your donation now through Yom Kippur, September 16th.

Mom's Pantry
13440 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022

Sunday, September 19th 

and next Sunday, September 26th

Sukkah Sign-up

Sukkot starts on Monday night, September 20 and ends Monday, September 27.  Have some fun/connect with others safely in our Sukkah. Invite your family and/or friends to join you in fulfilling the Mitzvah of eating in a Sukkah. We invite you to add a decoration or two and please take a picture to share with us.
Also, we ask that you do not bring any pork, shellfish or mixing of milk and meat into the Sukkah. All trash should go directly to the trash bins in the back parking lot. To reserve your spot, email,

Jewish Calendars for 5782 
We will have these available in our Sukkah during the week of September 20 - 27 for you to stop by and pick one up. Please contact Renee, to make other arrangements.

Tuesday, September 28
10:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Join us for Yizkor as we remember our loved ones and recite the Memorial Prayers together (virtually). Please RSVP to Renee at by 5:00 p.m. September 23rd. A Zoom link will be sent out on Friday, September 24th.

Rabbi Sharfman's 'Welcome to Judaism' class, Fall Semester
Monday evenings, 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. via Zoom

New students are always welcome to join.
New students welcome! Are you interested in learning about Judaism? Filling in the gaps in your knowledge? This is how to do it!  
"Welcome to Judaism" is an introductory course that provides a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism. Among the areas covered are History, Holidays and Observances, Lifecycle, Theology, Prayer, Israel, and Communal Life. Jews and non-Jews are welcome. 
October 18th and 25th
November 1st, 8th, 15th, and 25th
December 6th

This course is presented through the Bureau of Jewish Education. For information please  visit the BJE or call them at 480-634-8050. CK members may take this course at no charge by  contacting the Kehillah office.

Interested in a fun, small group trip to Israel AFTER school ends next May? Rabbi is already busy making plans for a May 30th departure. 

Please email ASAP to let us know you are interested. 

Are You Connected With a Local Non-Profit?
Congregation Kehillah Tzedek Teen Initiative

CK's newest program is a philanthropic leadership program for 8th-12th graders to learn about how to be better leaders and activists in the Jewish and Greater Phoenix communities. We are looking for local non-profit organizations to partner with so we can offer teens hands-on learning opportunities with the local organizations working to make Phoenix a better, healthier community. If there is an organization that you work for, volunteer with, or are just passionate about, please reach out to Rabbi or Renee,  with a contact who we can speak with there!


Alex and Sirion Kiselman & their children, Aria, Emalyn & Asher

John Woods
Judith Clancy
Gil Blumenthal
Beth Hirshenson
Brad Osterweil
Merle Miller, sister-in-law of Reisa Miller

Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona
Rachel Segal
Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Bethany Clemins - in memory of Marni Kaner and in gratitude for having services on YouTube
Amina Hochberg - Beautiful Rosh Hashanah service. Thank you all!

General Fund
Irwin & Norma Malamud -  High Holy Days
Lory Lemon - High Holy Days
Joyce Sitz

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 Kehillah is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. (Please consult with your tax adviser.) 
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.   
General Fund 
Caring Fund 
Torah Fund 
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund 
Education Fund 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Memorial Plaques 
An easy way to support Kehillah


Do you see this message every time you make a purchase on Amazon? If you do, thank you! If you don't, please sign up for AmazonSmile. It is an easy way to support the synagogue.

You made a difference.

Because you placed this order at, AmazonSmile will make a donation to Congregation Kehillah.
Your AmazonSmile purchases have supported charity 96 times.

Make all your Amazon purchases through 
AmazonSmile and choose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs you nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah.

We've raised $77.65 in donations through the AmazonSmile program between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Let's all work together and see this number increase.

Scroll down to and click on "Get Started"
Login with your current Amazon or Amazon Prime Account
At "Select Charitable Organization" enter Congregation Kehillah
You can now start purchasing items you want and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to Kehillah.

Android owners can use the Amazon App to setup AmazonSmile.    

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. 

How it works
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features 
3. Select "Congregation Kehillah" as your charity 
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app 

Always login to Amazon via "" for the donation process to work.

Plant a tree in Israel for any occasion. Contact Renee to place your order. The cost is $18 per tree and a portion of all sales benefit Kehillah.

You can set up a fundraiser through Facebook and the money will be donated to Kehillah. 

Participants will have the option of exploring a variety of meaningful topics together in a learning community at the Ina Levine JCCampus Auditorium, or from the comfort of your own home as the Speaker Series will be presented virtually via Zoom.

Visit our website to learn about 'series' discounts. Use the following link to register. 

Creating New Judaic Sacred Music
Symphony No. 1: JUDAICA (Days of Awe)
A newly commissioned Symphony based on the High Holidays
Click here for details.

Click here for our full calendar of events!


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Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

September 24
October 8
October 22

Please watch this space for information about upcoming services, dates, times and location.
Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings via Zoom. 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.
No TT in Sept.
October 17 

YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  

 Here is the link to the YEP registration form.
September 19th & 26th 
October 3rd, 17th & 31st 
November 7th & 21st 
December 5th & 12th 
January 9th & 23rd
February 13th & 27th
March 13th & 27th 
April 10th & 24th 
May 1st & 15th


Wednesday, September 15
Erev Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16
Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 19

Monday, September 20

Friday, September 24
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, September 26

Tuesday, September 28

Sunday, October 3

Friday, October 8
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, October 17
Torah Talk

Sunday, October 17 

Friday, October 22
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, October 31
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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.  
For now, please consider giving directly to Mom's Pantry, which  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
Jane Neely,  
Scott Leader, Erica Erman
  Cantorial Soloists
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Gil Blumenthal,
  Immediate Past President
Rick Cohen,
  Member at Large
Rich Fox,
  Vice President for Program and                 Communications   
  MOK President
Dave Goldfarb,
  Vice President for Building & Facility
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Steve Kanefsky,
   Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Paul Stein, 
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  

Beth Hirshenson, Margi Tabaknek,
  Caring Committee
Amy Bessen,
Paulette Fraenkel, 
  Social Action
Leona Garza,
   Movie Time
Dr. Stephanie Kirklin,
  YEP! Director of Curriculum and
   Online Learning Center
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Vicki Mardell,
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
Scott Rudin
   Finance Committee Chair
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.