Congregation Kehillah got its start in January 2008, when seven people, all acquaintances to varying degrees, decided they wanted more from their Judaism: more understanding, more meaning, more relevance to their daily lives, and more joy. These seven individuals were hungry for new, different ways to explore Judaism.
These seven people also knew they wanted Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman to be their spiritual leader and teacher. They all had previous, long-standing relationships with Rabbi Sharfman and believed her experience, scholarly wisdom and warm heart would serve them well in their efforts to create a new Jewish home for themselves and eventually others.
After many meetings they came up with a name for themselves, Kehillah of Arizona (Kehillah means ‘community”) and developed 18 Core Values, which we use to guide our growth and our activities. Finally, on March 3, 2008, Congregation Kehillah incorporated as a non-profit organization. Twelve years later, Kehillah is still going strong and growing. We invite you to explore our website and then give us a call or send an email. We would love to talk to you about our congregation.
- In March of 2020 when COVID-19 started, CK quickly adapted and started using the Zoom platform for Kabbalat Shabbat services, YEP! (religious school), chats, programs and more. Rabbi even invited people into her home” for Passover Seder.
- High Holy Days 2020 were viewed by over 200 screens via YouTube. Rabbi was solo in the sanctuary and the choir was pre-recorded. The services were well received and enjoyed by all.
- In 2017 we purchased property at 5858 E Dynamite Rd to be our new home. Renovations took place and we now have a wonderful place to call home.
- Our YEP! religious school program has become a major attraction and driver of growth, under the guidance of synagogue Administrator Renee Joffe and her amazing team of teachers and volunteers.
- A vibrant and enthusiastic Women’s group (WNO) and Men’s group (MOK) continue to grow and develop new relationships for participants.
- A consistently strong and enriching musical presence continues to make itself felt at Kabbalat Shabbat and High Holy Day services.
- Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman regularly takes groups on a 14-day pilgrimage to our Jewish homeland. Highlights are so numerous that it’s difficult to isolate any one thing as THE highlight. From Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights, to Tzfat, to the Dead Sea, and finally to Jerusalem, it is magnificent from start to finish. Another trip is being planned for October 2021.
Please scroll through our website, attend one of our services or events, give us a call, or post a comment. We look forward to getting to know you!