September 14 - September 20, 2020 /Elul 5780  
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Friday, September 18th
Rosh Hashanah, Saturday, September 19th
The office will be closed on Sunday, September 20th for the second day of Rosh Hashanah

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As we keep striving to find new ways to stay connected to one another, we have started a private Facebook Group. Only members can join this group and we will be able to chat with other congregants through this venue. If you have Facebook, please become friends with Renee, Questions? Email Renee,

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On behalf of Rabbi Sharfman, Gil Blumenthal, Renee Joffe and the Board of Directors, we wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year. We look forward to sharing High Holy Days with you via YouTube. Rabbi Sharfman will be coming to you live from our sanctuary. Services will include pre-recorded music from our choir. We will send you the link to YouTube soon. In the meantime please subscribe to our YouTube channel, Congregation Kehillah Cave Creek (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, ) and familiarize yourself on how to use and navigate YouTube. It is quite simple and no login or passwords are required.

September 18th, 7:30 p.m.
Services via Congregation Kehillah's YouTube channel

September 19th, 10:00 a.m.
Services via Congregation Kehillah's YouTube channel 

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. This year we're asking you to do something a bit different in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of buying food to bring to the synagogue, we're asking that you purchase grocery store gift cards from whatever store you normally shop at and mail them to the synagogue mailing address (Tatum Blvd.) In turn, Renee will send them all to Mom's Pantry at the same time so they can get them to those who need them so desperately.

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 mail your gift cards to the synagogue beginning September 1st through Yom Kippur, September 28th.



Kehillah needs to make 100 masks in one month for healthcare workers in local hospitals.  
In order to stay safe, healthcare workers need clinical masks. Recently, our local hospitals have expressed a need for additional masks in anticipation of the coming flu season and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  

AZ Masks For Medical Workers is a faith-based community effort that will provide kits to assemble clinical masks that will then be donated to local hospitals.  This project will take place for approximately 4 weeks throughout the valley and in Tucson beginning Friday, September 18th.  (Yes, we know that's Erev Rosh Hashanah.  We suspect someone forgot to consult a Jewish calendar.)

Ellen Lerman, Coordinator for Kehillah, will pick up our kit and distribute materials to our volunteers. All you need is a sewing machine, a pair of scissors and some pins.  It's an EASY pattern.  Even beginners can sew these masks.  

More information is to be found on the website:

Please contact Ellen to indicate your interest and for more information.
Thank you!!


The next session is scheduled for Sunday, October 4th at 10:00 am.

Condolences to...
Marsha Joffe and Renee (Tom Hrlevich) Joffe on the passing of their great niece and second cousin, Jamie Lee Boysen. Jamie was 26 years old and passed away on Wednesday, September 9th.

 Refaeinu . . .
Marilyn Morris
Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Yosef Dov ben Rachel Feyga, father of
Jackie Shore
Sandra Krisch
Frances Schneeweis LeRoy, mother of Scott LeBlang
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels

Ethan Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Abbott Miller, son of Reisa Miller
Hinda Sterling, sister-in-law of Reisa
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Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller    

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Ron & Amy Korn - in memory of Joanna Lee
Melvin & Jane Weinstein - Thanks to Rabbi Sharfman for all of her encouragement and support in assisting our granddaughter, Emelia Merritt, prepare for her Bat Mitzvah

Education Fund
Leon & Fay Siegel and Elisa & Dennis Paul - in memory of Rose Sobel

General Fund
Lory Lemon - Thank you for providing this opportunity for us to celebrate the New Year
Gil & Lynne Blumenthal - in memory of Rose Sobel
Gil & Lynne Blumenthal - in memory of Gil's cousin, Mary Balefsky

JNF Trees in Israel
Ann Baumrind - in memory of my parents - Leo and Rose Rokeach
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 
Please consider planting a tree in Israel for any occasion. Contact Renee and she will place the order on your behalf. Trees cost $18 per tree and a portion of all sales benefit Congregation Kehillah.

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Here are other great ways to support Kehillah 
Normally, we'd invite you to 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 2020, we are aiming to have every Oneg sponsored. To reserve your Oneg, please email Renee or call her at 602-369-7667.
But while we're currently not gathering, and you are (we hope!) spending most of your time at home, remember to use Amazon Smile when you buy on Amazon.

We've raised $45.81 in donations through the Amazon Smile program between April 1 and June 30, 2020. 

You can sign up for Amazon Smile and choose Congregation Kehillah as your charity. It's simple, costs nothing, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to Kehillah.

Here's how to sign up:  
Visit and select Congregation Kehillah
. That's it! After you're signed up, shop on Amazon by visiting (your Prime account goes with you) and continue as usual. The website will remember you selected Congregation Kehillah, and every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.


Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. 

AmazonSmile customers can now support Congregation Kehillah in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device 
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' 
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

The Center, which helps women escape abuse and domestic violence, is in desperate need of women's underwear, sizes 6, 7, and 8.  If you are able, you can order these online at Amazon, and Sojourner and Kehillah will benefit. They can be sent to Sojourner Resource Center, 2330 E. Filmore Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. 

Please add the following items that are desperately needed: bath and hand towels, either new or gently used. Sojourner thanks us for the masks Ellen Lerman has made and were donated.
  Hebrew High School of Greater Phoenix

Click here for more information.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is pleased to introduce the next online seminar in our
Holocaust Survivors Speakers Series:

Dear Mamy

Friday - September 25th, 10:00 a.m.
Holocaust Survivor, Andre Klein

RSVP Required to receive your
Online information


Dear Congregants,
I encourage you to hear my friend, Alan Jablin's, presentation. His is a compelling and meaningful story with many lessons for us today.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 10:00 a.m. o 12:00 p.m.
RSVP: Tomy Fusco

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Because nothing says "Living Well" better than engagement in the Arts!

Due to circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), participation for all Creative Aging classes will be online through the digital platform, ZOOM. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Rees at (480) 599-7198 or


CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |   Torah Talk   |   YEP!

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Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begins on Fridays at times listed below.     

Friday evening, September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah via YouTube
September 19
: Rosh Hashanah via YouTube
Sunday evening, 
September 27, Kol Nidre via YouTube
Monday, September 28Yom Kippur via YouTube
October 2: 5:30 p.m.   
October 3: Bat Mitzvah of Alexa Hendrickson, 10 a.m.
October 16: 5:30 p.m.

Torah Talks are led by Rabbi Sharfman (except where noted) and are held monthly on Saturday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (for the time being.)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.
October 31
November 14
December 12


 Youth Education Program 

During the school year, YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings. See body of Connections for summer programs via Zoom. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
October 4 & 18
November 8 & 22
December 6 & 13


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, September 18
Erev Rosh Hashanah via YouTube

Saturday, September 19
Rosh Hashanah via YouTube

Sunday, September 27
Kol Nidre via YouTube

Monday, September 28
Yom Kippur via YouTube

Saturday, October 3
Bat Mitzvah of Alexa Hendrickson

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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.  

None of that is possible at the moment, but Mom's Pantry 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
Gil Blumenthal,  
Scott Leader, Erica Erman
  Cantorial Soloists
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 
  MOK President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large 
  Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Member at Large
Arlene Maletta,
  Member at Large
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Member at Large 
  High Holy Days Chair  
  Hospitality Co-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
Reisa Miller, Sherry Siegel
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.