September 7 - September 13, 2020 /Elul 5780  

The 0ffice is closed on September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

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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,

Please click on underlined items throughout this newsletter for more information and live links. 
Thank you to everyone who has been joining us since March via Zoom. Kabbalat Shabbat will resume after the High Holy Days, Friday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm.

Saturday, September 12th
7:00 p.m., starting with Havdalah

Selichot helps us prepare intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually for the High Holy Days. We'll participate in a thought-provoking program followed by a brief Selichot service of High Holy Day music and themes. 
Please RSVP to Renee to receive your Zoom link.

Monday, September 14
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

The Sunflower focuses on the possibilities and limits of forgiveness, as the author, Simon Wiesenthal writes about an encounter he had with a mortally wounded Nazi during WWII.

You don't have to be a regular to enjoy Book Group; you can join in for any book you like, any time. Book Group is open to all Kehillah adults and their guests.  To get on the Book Group mailing list or to RSVP and receive your Zoom meeting information, please email Rick.


The next session is scheduled for Sunday, September 13th at 10:00 am.

Condolences to...
Our congregant and Board Member, Dr. Bruce (Debbie - YEP! teacher) Sobel on the passing of his mother, Rose Sobel on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Rose was also the grandmother of Whitney. 

Welcome back members...
Robert Wechsler & Barbara Kaufman
Sharon Wechsler

Refaeinu . . .
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
vie Glaser
Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller    

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Elisa, Brandon, Shayna, and Halley Itkowitz - in honor of Peyton Dagny Anderson's Baby Naming
Rich Goldman - in appreciation for shiva for his mother, Joanna Lee
Linda & Glenn Feldman - in memory of Rose Sobel 

General Fund
Ann Baumrind - in memory of Rose Rokeach Baumrind, her mother
Stan & Cookie Morganstern 
Jane Neely - in memory of Joanna Lee
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.


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.

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.


ONLINE Documentary Film Screening

The Mezuzah
Streaming, September 8th-10th, 2020

The mezuzah is one of the most visible symbols of Judaism. This documentary explores the religious, practical (writing and affixing), historical, legal and even hygienic aspects of the mezuzot. Featuring the Jewish-American astronaut who took a mezuzah with him to outer space and a Dutch lady who accidentally found a mezuzah hidden behind her door, which took her eventually to Israel.

Guests can watch the film any time between Sept. 8-10, 2020.
To RSVP: To attend "The Mezuzah" documentary film screening exclusively for the AZJHS audience and accessible by this invitation only, please log on to the below address to receive additional 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


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.     

Saturday evening, September 12: Selichot services 
Friday evening, September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 19
: Rosh Hashanah
Sunday evening, 
September 27, Kol Nidre
Monday, September 28Yom Kippur

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.  
September 13
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


Saturday, September 12

Sunday, September 13

Monday, September 14
Book Group

Friday, September 18
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, September 19
Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 27
Kol Nidre

Monday, September 28
Yom Kippur

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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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.