September 23-29, 2019 / Elul 5779
The Kehillah office will close on Sunday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday morning.
There will be no Kehillah Connections for September 30-October 6. The next issue will cover October 7-13.  
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THIS WEEK______________________________________
Sunday, September 29 and Monday, September 30
  Sunday, October 6
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Join us for Café Kehillah beginning at 9:30 a.m. and meet and greet our Online Education Director, Dr. Stephanie Kirklin. 
The next session of YEP! after this one will be October 27.  
Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9   
 Tuesday, October 15
 1:00 p.m. 
 Please note - this is a changed date.    
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 October meeting, we'll discuss Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Click to RSVP and for location information. To get on the Book Group mailing list, please email Rick .
  Sunday, October 20
  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.  
October 26 Torah Talk
Parashat Bereshit  
Genesis 1:1-6:8 
In this Torah  portion, God creates the world. After
Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they are banished from the Garden of Eden. Later Cain kills Abel. God then considers destroying all of Creation.
Saturday, October 26   
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 led by Rabbi Sharfman.

Please RSVP   by Thursday, October 24, 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, October 27
  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The next session of YEP! after this one will be November 10.  
The only thing better than visiting Israel is visiting Israel with Rabbi Sharfman and your Kehillah friends! 
Kehillah members receive $200 off by using memberk200 when registering and paying!
If you're interested -- from "just curious" to "ready to pack RIGHT NOW!" -- email us so we can keep you updated.  
Our Memorial Board honors your loved ones who have passed away. As you spend time in reflection during Elul and prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days, we invite you to send in your order for engraved plaques. 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. Orders sent in now will be published in next year's Yizkor Book, not the one that will be distributed this coming Yom Kippur.  
If you have any questions, please contact Renee.  
For complete information about High Holy Days 5780, please click here .
Shofar So Good

Our Ba'al Tekiah, Congregation Kehillah member Dan Sommer,  sounded the shofar for YEP! students this past Sunday.

If you missed Dan's spectacular tekiah at Selichot this past Saturday evening, we have good news for you: You can hear it at Rosh Hashanah (and fulfill a mitzvah) and at the spectacular end of Yom Kippur!

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 . . .
Masha bat Fanya
Stanley Rosen,  
   father of Robin Rudin
Bonnie Cikins
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
Trees for Israel  
George and Arlene Rosenberg, in memory of Musa Moalemzadeh
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund  
Feli Van Deman, for the honor during services 
General Fund 
Jennifer, Josh, and Avi Schaeffer, in memory of Marjory Bessen  
Feli Van Deman, in memory of Payton Boucher 
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.
For ages 8-13: Three hours of jump time at Altitude Trampoline Park plus pizza and more. $15 entrance fee. Click here for the flier and register by October 17 at 
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 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 
January 10  
January 24
February 14
February 28
March 13  
March 27
March 28 - Bar Mitzvah of Isaac Hemmert, 10:00 a.m.
April 17
May 1 - Bar Mitzvah of Noah Sunshine-Barinbaum, 6:30 p.m.
May 15
June 12
June 13 - Bar Mitzvah of Ryan Heller, 10:00 a.m. 
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.
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.  
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

Sunday, Sept. 29
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 30
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Oct. 6
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Kol Nidre
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Yom Kippur
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Book Group
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's Fabulous 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!

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. 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