Our office will be closed on January 18th, in honor of Martin Luther King Day

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Instructor
Next trimester starts Monday, January 11- new students 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 tenants of Judaism. Among the areas covered are History, Holidays and Observances, Lifecycle, Theology, Prayer, Israel, and Communal Life. Jews and non-Jews are welcome.

Classes meet at 5:00 p.m.
Course dates for this trimester:
January 11th and 25th
February 1st, 8th, and 22nd
March 8th

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.
Friday, January 22
5:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Sunday, January 24
10:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Torah Talk
Saturday, January 30
10:30 a.m.
via Zoom

Thursday, February 25 (TBD)
Featuring a concert with Scott Leader and
Rabbi Sharfman retelling the story of Purim.
More information  will be forthcoming.

Looking for ways to support those in need? Please consider supporting Mom's Pantry or Just 3 Things which is a part of JFSC. Mom's Pantry is accepting food donations dropped off at their location, Mom's Pantry, 13440 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022 as well as monetary donations which can be mailed directly to them.
Click here for more information at Just 3 Things and how to donate to them.
Congregation Kehillah is featured in an Israeli museum exhibit.

Congregation Kehillah is now part of an online exhibit at Beit Hatfutzot / Diaspora Museum , in Tel Aviv, on Jewish communities around the world! We will also be part of this exhibit when the Museum re-opens, post-quarantine.  

Rabbi was invited to offer a submission in sharing our story and some images,
and it was accepted. (Thank you, Renee, for your help.) See our exhibit here.

And, you can read an article about it here in the Jewish News.


To our dear Kehillah family:

In these strange times, when we're all distanced, one from the other, we appreciate you reaching out to us with your calls, emails and cards remembering our dearest Mom with your kind words and thoughtful donations.

Your support is comforting us at this difficult time and a testament to how our dear Mom touched so many of you                               with her sweet smile and gentle kindness. 

                          Dan and Evelyn Simon and Bernice Kirchler
Mazal Tov...
to Rebecca Allison on the occasion of becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Rebecca is the daughter of Allen & Scarlett Allison and sister of Connor and AJ.

Baby Naming...

With great joy, parents Erica and Jared Erman, grandparents Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Roger Morris, and Anat and Russ Erman, and great grandparents Barbara Sharfman, Marilyn Morris, Seneca Erman, and Tammy Gill invite you to Deborah Lily Erman's virtual baby naming on Shabbat afternoon, January 23rd at 2 pm, Arizona time, where she will receive her Hebrew name. Kindly RSVP here to receive the Zoom link and additional information.

Maureen Dragula, sister-in-law of Leona Goldfarb
Jane Neely
Rachel Segal
Reisa Miller
Joel Bartak, brother of Bonnie Bartak
Marilyn Morris   

Joe Ettinger
Arlene Maletta
Sandra Krisch
Stanley Rosen, father of Robin Rudin
Cathy Michels
Davie Glaser
Kimberlie Rich, sister of Pamela Miller  

Gottlieb Music Fund
In loving memory of Irma Gottlieb
Reisa Miller
Barbara Sharfman
Ellen & Elliott Lerman
Elaine Schiff
Susan Guzman
Susan & Larry Plosker
Jean Schulman & Rabbi Maynard Bell

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Bonnie & Art Cikins - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman
Ellen & Elliott Lerman - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman
Richard Weiland & Bonnie Bartak - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman
Dan & Evelyn Simon - in honor of Rabbi Sharfman

General Fund
Paul & Margie Stein
Elaine Schiff - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman

Caring Fund
Ellen & Elliott Lerman - with thanks for the Shabbat candle lighting honor

JNF Trees in Israel
Renee, Tom & Marsha - in memory of Irma Gottlieb
Renee, Tom & Marsha - in memory of Suzanne Winderman
Rabbi Sharfman - in honor of Rebecca Allison becoming a Bat Mitzvah

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 
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More great ways to support Kehillah  
Sponsoring an Oneg is normally a great way to celebrate lifecycle events and other wonderful news with your Kehillah family. Until we can once again gather in person, please consider supporting Kehillah in other ways.  
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.
Make all your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile 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.
February 14 - March 3, 2021

WHAT:   The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
WHEN:  Sunday, February 14, 2021 -- Wednesday, March 3, 2021
WHERE:  for more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.gpjff.org

CompleteScheduleServices   |   Torah Talk   |   YEP!

Shabbat candles
Kabbalat Shabbat
B'nai Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat, via Zoom, begin on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent out in advance.   
January 22 
February 12 & 26
March 5 & 19
March 5 - Stone Abeyta baby naming
April 9 & 23
May 7
May 8 - Emelia Merritt Bat Mitzvah
May 21
May 22 - Avery & Ella
Fleet B'not Mitzvah
June 5 - Ally Melhado
Bat Mitzvah
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.
January 30
February 27
March 13
April 24
May 15
 Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Read about YEP! here. Questions? Please contact Renee.  
January 24
February 7 & 21 
March 7 & 21
April 11 & 25
May 2 & 16
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Congregation Kehillah  
info@congregationkehillah.org   |   congregationkehillah.org
Mailing Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste 1630, #439, Phoenix AZ 85050
Physical Address: 5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(Please note that no mail is received at this address.)

Monday, January 11
Welcome to Judaism starts 

Friday, January 22
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, January 23
Deborah Lily Erman baby naming

Sunday, January 24

Saturday, January 30
Torah Talk

Sunday, February 7

Sunday, February 21

Thursday, February 25
Purim Celebration

Saturday, February 27
Torah Talk

Friday, March 5
Stone Abeyta baby naming

Saturday, May 22
Avery and Ella Fleet  B'not Mitzvah

Saturday, June 5
Ally Melhado Bat Mitzvah
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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 janet.rees@jfcsaz.org.
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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
Gil Blumenthal,  
Scott Leader, Erica Erman
  Cantorial Soloists
Renee Joffe,                

Board of Directors:
Rich Goldman,
  Immediate Past President
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
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  

Scarlett Allison, Beth Hirshenson,
Margi Tabaknek,
  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 info@congregationkehillah.org. 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.