Tzedakah Committee Introductory Meeting
Thursday, January 7
6:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Announcing the Tzedakah Committee (in support of and to strengthen Congregation Kehillah)
Your Kehillah board recently authorized the creation of a new committee to manage fund raising strategy and program development.This committee is looking for a few founding members to help us strategize, develop and manage intelligent, targeted fund raising in a much more sophisticated way than we've ever tried before.
The Tzedakah Committee will span the continuum from broad-based digital awareness campaigns such as Amazon Smile, through need-based programs such as YEP! and include infrastructure enhancements such as naming spaces and programs and new classrooms. 
If you're interested in learning more about potentially becoming a founding member of the Tzedakah Committee, please join our introductory Zoom meeting on January 7th at 6:00 pm.  Please respond to to receive your invitation!
Kabbalat Shabbat 
Friday, January 8
5:30 p.m.
via Zoom

We continue to come into your homes for Shabbat via Zoom, with Rabbi Sharfman and cantorial soloists Scott Leader and Erica Erman. PowerPoint slides will be viewable to you to follow along. 

We will be doing blessings for January birthdays and anniversaries. 

Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Allison
Saturday January 9
10:00 a.m
via Zoom

Please join us on Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. as Rebecca Allison becomes a Bat Mitzvah. RSVP to Congregation Kehillah, click here by Thursday, January 7th to receive the Zoom link.

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

Monday, January 11
1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

We'll be discussing The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin. 

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 . 

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.
Dear Paulette and Congregation Kehillah,
On behalf of JFCS and the Jewish families we serve, please accept our thanks for your generous contribution to assist a family in need during Chanukah. JFCS Jewish Social Services offers support to families, the majority of whom are very low income, through holiday assistance, emergency financial assistance, career coaching, counseling, and information and referral services. Your gift goes to the heart of the JFCS vision; a community that cares for itself and each other. We at JFCS Jewish Social Services are very grateful for your generosity, compassion and continued support of our community.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe new year,
Kathy M. Rood, LAC
Programs Manager, JFCS

Our Social Action projects for January and February will be to continue to support Mom's Pantry as well as 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 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.  
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 Garza
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
Elaine & David Hirsch
Arlene Maletta
Amina Hochberg
Leona Goldfarb
Peggy, Neil & Trachtenberg family
Naomi Goodell
Mark Greenberg

Rabbi Sharfman's Discretionary Fund
Randi & Alan Jablin - in honor of the birth of Deborah Lily Erman
Dan & Evelyn Simon - in honor of Rabbi Sharfman

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

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 8 
January 9 - Rebecca Allison Bat Mitzvah
January 22 
February 12 & 26
March 5 & 19
April 9 & 23
May 7
May 8 - Emelia Merritt Bat Mitzvah
May 21 
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 10 & 24
February 7 & 21 
March 7 & 21
April 11 & 25
May 2 & 16
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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

Friday, January 8
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, January 9
Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Allison

Sunday, January 10

Monday, January 11
Book Group
Welcome to Judaism starts 

Friday, January 22
Kabbalat Shabbat
Stone Abeyta baby naming

Sunday, January 24

Saturday, January 30
Torah Talk
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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.  
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!

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