September 2-8, 2019 / Elul 5779
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
September 7 Torah Talk 
Parashat Shoftim (Judges) 
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Saturday, September 7  
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 lay-led.   Please RSVP  by Thursday, September 5, 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, September 8
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The next session of YEP! after this one will be September 22.  
Sunday, September 8
1:00-3:00 p.m.  
Mountain View Community Center
8625 E. Mountain View Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 
Congregation Kehillah is a co-sponsor of this program from the Jewish Community Relations Council, ACLU of Arizona, and Arizona Faith Network. Rabbi Sharfman will be presenting a keynote.    
Did you know Arizona has the fifth highest incarceration rate in the country? Join community members and people of faith to learn about the criminal justice system and efforts for reform throughout Arizona. This is a free program but registration is required. Click here for the full-size flier and to register.
Monday, September 9  
7:00 p.m.
Cien Agaves Restaurant

All men of Kehillah are invited to join us for dinner at Cien Agaves, 7288 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 
Please RSVP to Rich Fox by Sunday, September 8. 
Shabbat candles KABBALAT SHABBAT 
Friday, September 13 
7:30 p.m.
Join us to welcome Shabbat.
During this Shabbat, we will also hold a Dedication Ceremony of the Goldfarb Family Bistro in memory of Bunny & Joe Goldfarb. Please RSVP to Renee by Wednesday, September 11.
  Sunday, September 15
  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, which lets you help decide what movie to see; or send your name and email address to Leona. Open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  
Monday, September 16
1:00 p.m.; RSVP for location information 
Book Group's new leader, Rick Cohen, is looking forward to welcoming you to any Book Group meeting or answering any of your questions about Book Group. 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 September meeting, we'll discuss The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.   Click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Rick .

Saturday, September 21
6:30 p.m. 

Our Selichot program helps prepare us intellectually,emotionally, and spiritually for the High Holy Days. We'll start the evening with refreshments and Havdalah. For our program, we'll be showing thought-provoking clips from a 1991 movie featuring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep.
Our May-June trip to Israel was so much fun, we've already scheduled the next one!  
If you're interested -- from "just curious" to "ready to pack RIGHT NOW!" -- email us so we can keep you updated on the itinerary and pricing. The only thing better than visiting Israel is visiting Israel with Rabbi Sharfman and your Kehillah friends!  
Happy Birthday!
Yom Huledet Sameach!

September 2 - Kasey Resnick
September 3 - Naomi Fox
September 4 - Sharon Cohen
September 5 - Morgan Barkley
September 7 - Robin Rudin
September 10 - Matthew Schwartzstein
September 11 - Mark Itkowitz
September 12 - Raleigh  Deutsch
September 14 - Jacquelyn LeBlang
September 19 - Jodi Sandler
September 22 - Margie Stein
                          Pamela Miller
                          Charlie Fabricant
September 23 - Paul Stein
September 25 - Scott Rudin
                          Rick Cohen

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September 3 - George and Arlene Rosenberg
Joshua and Monica Edelstein
September 4 - Steve and Bari Kanefsky
September 10 - Dan and Evelyn Simon
September 14 - Paul and Margie Stein
September 23 - Matthew and Lisa Schwartzstein
If you have a September birthday or anniversary and your name is missing,   
please   email us  so we can update our records. 
To make a donation in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, "Our Kehillah Family" mentions   
or any other reason, please   use this link  or contact us directly.  Thank you! 
Are you using an old email address (administrator at congregationkehillah dot org) to try to reach me? Please note that the correct address is . If you send me an email and I don't respond within 24 hours, please either resend the email or text me at 602-369-7667. Thank you!

Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships!
Our fiscal year began July 1. If you have not renewed your membership yet, please do so today. Thank you!

Please contact Renee if you have any questions. We are grateful for your participation in Kehillah and look forward to sharing a new year of learning, growth, social justice, and life cycle events with you.

Door Match
Thank you to those who are participating in our Door Match opportunity! To read Gil's letter and to contribute, please click here .


Our Memorial Board honors your loved ones who have passed away. To make sure your engraved plaques arrive in time for the High Holy Days, now is the time to arrange your order. 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 festivals.
If you have any questions, please contact Renee.  
For complete information about High Holy Days 5780, please click here .
In Jewish life, one of our most meaningful roles is fulfilling  
mitzvot by helping each other when we are in need.  
The Caring Committee of Congregation Kehillah works  
as an extended family, to organize and mobilize aid  
and   assistance for our community. 
Our Caring Committee
  • sends cards for simchas and milestones, including birthdays, anniversaries, and b'nai mitzvah
  • visits the ailing at home or in the hospital
  • shops for groceries or delivers meals
  • makes phone calls
  • participates in activities with the Social Action Committee.
Please email Scarlett Allison (or call her at 949-510-3379) if you are interested in volun teering , if you have ideas for how we can further assist each other, or if you would like any of the above.
We send prayers of healing to . . .
Bonnie Cikens
Dan Simon
Marc Melhado
Denice Whiteside
Karen Thursby
Marion Krepcio 
Cathy Michels
Ethan Miller
Ted Fink
Abbott Miller
Brian Skiba
Rivka bat Sarah 
Mort Berkowitz
Davie Glaser
Meir ben Chanah
Kimberlie Rich
Jeff and Denise Noll  
Shmuel ben Chaim  
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva) 
David Stern
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
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Vicki Mardell and Mort Berkowitz, in honor of Feli Van Deman, on her conversion to Judaism
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.
Through September 11: We Remember: The Liberators, an original exhibit featuring stories of 10 American, British, and Russian Liberators of Nazi concentration camps; featuring the artwork of Robert Sutz.  
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

CompleteScheduleKabbalat Shabbat   |    Torah Talk   |   YEP!
Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat  
High Holy Days
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  
September 13
September 21  
September 29  
Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 30  
Rosh Hashanah
October 8  
Kol Nidre
October 9  
Yom Kippur 
October 25
November 8
November 9 - Bat Mitzvah of Jacquelyn LeBlang, 10:00 a.m.  
November 22  
December 6
December 20 
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.
September 7
October 26
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.  
September 8
September 22
October 6
October 27
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


Saturday, Sept. 7
Torah Talk 
Sunday, Sept. 8
Smart Justice Café
Monday, Sept. 9
Men of Kehillah (MOK)
Friday, Sept. 13
Kabbalat Shabbat and Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, Sept 15
Movie Time
Monday, Sept. 16
Book Group 
Saturday, Sept. 21  
Sunday, Sept. 22
Sunday, Sept. 29  
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 30  
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Oct. 6
Tuesday, Oct. 8  
Kol Nidre
Wednesday, Oct. 9  
Yom Kippur  
Friday, Oct. 25 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Oct. 26
Torah Talk 
Sunday, Oct. 27
Friday, Nov. 8 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, Nov. 9
Bat Mitzvah of Jacqueline LeBlang   
Sunday, Nov. 10
Saturday, Nov. 16
Torah Talk 
Friday, Nov. 22 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Nov. 24
Friday, Dec. 6 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Dec. 8
Saturday, Dec. 14
Torah Talk  
Sunday, Dec. 15
Friday, Dec. 20 
Kabbalat Shabbat
October 2020
Kehillah 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
  Brotherhood 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
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Sherry Siegel,
Mark Solow,
  Finance Manager

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We love hearing from you!

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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