H * A * P * P * Y    B * I * R * T * H * D * A * Y,   K * E * H * I * L * L * A * H !

Kehillah is three years old this month (official date: March 3rd), and since we are all Kehillah, happy birthday to us!

Like any 3-year-old, Kehillah would be delighted to see an outpouring of love, affection and, yes, gifts in honor of its special day. Some suggestions:

New clothes: “Dress up” our prayer books, which were donated by another temple and still “wear” an old bookplate. A birthday bookplate will name you as the gift giver for $36 and make the siddur truly ours.

Keep the party going: Sponsor an oneg for $180, or contribute any amount to the oneg fund. For a specific oneg date, contact Evelyn Simon (call 602-269-7667) – dates fill up quickly!

Secure Kehillah’s future: If you’ve been attending services but haven’t actually joined Kehillah, please do it now. Our official membership dues are lower than you might expect, and we cannot grow without your help.

And finally, show your love by showing up – because what 3-year-old doesn’t like to be the center of attention? Come “create Kehillah” at Friday services and Saturday Torah Talks; at Purim (“Open Minds, Open Hands”, March 20); and at the Interfaith Passover Seder (April 22).

See you at services this Friday!




March 20th Purim Celebration: 11:00 am at NVC

March 25th Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:30 pm

April 8th Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:30 pm

April 18th First Night Passover

April 22nd Kehillah ~ New Vision Center Interfaith Passover Seder: 6:00 pm

May 1st 1000 Points of Light  Holocaust Program 7:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.



“Open Mind, Open Hands: Fulfilling the Mitzvot of Purim”

Sunday March 20, 11:00 am at New Vision Center

Please join Kehillah for a unique and inspiring celebration of Purim. This year’s program will focus on the mitzvot of giving gifts and includes a learning lunch banquet and a mitzvah-based art project. Our celebration of the mitzvot will culminate as we share a special retelling of the Purim story with the residents of Pueblo Norte Senior Living Community.

$10 per person.  RSVP to Kehillah at 602-369-7667 by March 16th .



Friday, April 22, 2011, 6:00 pm at New Vision Center

$40 per adult, $18 per child under 12 years

Limited seating ~ Sign up today!


Kehillah of Arizona and New Vision Center are delighted to join together once again for our Interfaith Passover Seder. This highly participatory, interactive evening will be led by

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman of Kehillah and Reverend Dr. Michelle Medrano of New Vision Center.

The catered seder meal will be a delicious and traditional Passover dinner. Come join in this wonderful opportunity for learning, sharing, growth, fellowship and unity.

Underwriting Opportunities

Please help us keep the seder affordable for as many people as possible. Donations in any amount are welcome and are tax-deductible. Underwriters and donors

will be acknowledged at the seder.

Miriam’s Cup: $36      Freedom Circle: $108

Moses’ Staff: $72       Table Host: $360


Please return this information with your check by April 15, 2011 to Kehillah, 10810 N. Tatum, Ste. 102-308, Phoenix, AZ 85028.  We cannot accept payment on the evening of the seder.  Please call Kehillah at 602-369-7667 if you have questions.


Number attending: _______  Adults at $40.00/adult  _______  Children (under 12) at $18.00/child


If you would like a vegetarian meal(s), please indicate how many: __________


Names of Adults:


Names of Children:


In addition, please include me/us as an Underwriter or Donor:

____ Miriam’s Cup, $36     _____ Moses’ Staff, $72      _____ Freedom Circle, $108

____ Table Host: $360        _____ Other Amount (please fill in): $_______________

Your address:  Your phone and e-mail:




Sunday, May 1st is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Please join Kehillah for a very special program, “Six Million Points of Light.”  Rabbi Sharfman will lead this exploration of the Holocaust, developed with our education committee. Through the program we will explore some of the darkness that the Holocaust brought to the world, and some of the points of light that tried to fill the darkness. Because of the nature of this discussion, we suggest that families who wish to bring children who have not yet been b’nei mitzvah contact Kehillah for more information.

The community-wide Yom HaShoah Days of Remembrance observance will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7:00 am -7:00 pm at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. We are seeking volunteers to fill a 15-minute time slot to read names of those who have perished in the Shoah (Holocaust). Please contact Rabbi Sharfman if you would like to participate.



Dear Kehillah Family,

It’s always a joy to see you at services and to share Shabbat with you. Thank you to those folks who have offered to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat in honor of a special occasion or someone special. It’s a gift to us all. We are looking forward to honoring your dear ones and commemorating your important celebrations.

With pleasure,

Evelyn Simon, VP for Hospitality



Welcome to our new member, Jane Neely.

Thank you for your donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, Judith Clancy.



The Kehillah Memorial Board is available to you to honor loved ones who have passed away. Our beautiful, lasting remembrance is on display at every service, just inside the sanctuary doorway. Engraved brass plaques are $180 each. Please contact the office to discuss your needs.



I am available to you in times of joy and sadness. Please let me know when I can extend timely support and comfort to you and your family.

Rabbi Sharfman





Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Cantor Seth Ettinger



Sherry Siegel, President

Ceil Siegel, VP for Programming

Evelyn Simon, VP for Hospitality

Alan Hirsh, VP for Education

Lindsay Gilbert, Secretary

Dan Simon, Treasurer

Warren Miller

Jonathan Seeliger

Bob Liebman, Immediate Past President


ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Amina D’Ambrozio, Gil Blumenthal, Lynne Blumenthal, Linda Feldman, Lesley Hafalia, Ellen Lerman, Arlene Maletta, Rebekah McCarthy, Alan Michels, Cathy Michels, Reisa Miller, Joan Sirotkin, Debbie Sobel, Amy Wasserman


EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Vicki Bates, Lindsay Gilbert, Lesley Hafalia, Rebekah McCarthy, Debbie Sobel, Amy Wasserman


Sally Oscherwitz, Administrator



Please send notices, photos, event or calendar information, volunteer opportunities, etc. to Sally Oscherwitz at HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected] or mail them to the address below.


Kehillah of Arizona, Inc. is a duly incorporated 501(c)(3) under IRS law. Contributions are tax deductible. Please remember us for your charitable giving; every donation is greatly appreciated. To discuss major gifts, please contact the Kehillah office and ask for Sherry Siegel. Checks may be made out to Kehillah of Arizona and mailed to the address below.


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Mailing Address: 10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 102-308, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Meeting Address: 18010 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85032 (inside New Vision Center)


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