Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley
Mail to: PO Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339-0013
Location: 100 Meadow Lark Drive, Sedona AZ 86336
928-204-1286 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shabbat Services: Friday evenings - 7:30 pm Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. Everyone is welcome!
Torah Study: Saturday mornings - 11 am Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, my "hubbetzin" Itzhak, and New Year 5780, with enthusiasm for new projects, and a sense of hope and joy even in the midst of difficult and challenging news or personal issues…
Let us each do our part to reach out in our immediate circle and do good deeds, and help repair and heal whatever hurts and wrongs we find in our immediate world…
May those mitzvot reverberate outward and touch other souls.
May we all be written and sealed in the Book of Living Fully, counting each day as a precious gift and miracle.
With gratitude and blessings,
Rabbi Alicia Magal
join us for supper in the sukkah - wednesday, october 16 at 4:30 pm!
Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal
will include enjoying a full kosher dinner, making blessings over the lulav and etrog, singing songs of the holiday, and the symbolic burning of the mortgage of the synagogue building, with gratitude to the generous donations which enabled the congregation to pay off the mortgage this year. Note the earlier hour, since it gets dark earlier. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater, too! Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.
We invite you to join us as we ...
Celebrate Shabbat, holidays, and life cycle milestones.
Explore the teachings and relevance of the Torah.
Embrace Jewish culture and the arts.
Offer assistance in time of need.
Create social gatherings for members.
Interact with the wider local community.
Provide continuity for future generations of the Jewish people.
Meet Rabbi Alicia Magal ...
Rabbi Alicia Magal has served as the spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley since 2006. Rabbi Magal brings a depth of experience in Judaic studies, the arts, and education to her position. (See complete Curriculum Vitae.) Rabbi Magal received rabbinical ordination in 2003 from the Aleph Jewish Renewal Rabbinical Program, as well as from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles, CA.
RABBI MAGAL’S DRASHOT - HIGH HOLY DAYS 5780 - 2019
With Continued Blessings for a Sweet New Year of positive adventures, good health, and a sense of fulfillment.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
OCTOBER 11-17, 2019
rejoice at sukkot - the harvest festival of tabernacles
Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Erev Shabbat services begin on Friday evening, October 11, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, with candle lighting, songs, blessings, Torah reading, a healing blessing, and Mourner's Kaddish.
Torah study begins at 11 a.m.on Saturday, October 12 with discussion of the last portions of the Torah in Deuteronomy, Haazinu - Deuteronomy 32: 1-52, the farewell song of Moses before he dies, and Vezot Ha-Bracha - Deuteronomy 33:1 - 34:12, the conclusion of the Five Books of the Torah, containing a final blessing poem of Moses to each of the tribes, and the report of Moses' death on Mt. Nebo. Participants will also read the Haftarah selection of the Book of Joshua, relating the crossing of the Jordan by the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at the luncheon following the study session.
The Festival of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, begins on Sunday evening, October 13. A Sukkah, or booth with branches partially covering the roof, decorated with fruits, vegetables, and many symbols of the harvest in Israel, will be erected behind the synagogue. During the weekdays when the rabbi is present, people can come to sit in the sukkah and bring a snack to eat, fulfilling the biblical commandment to "...dwell in a Sukkah for 7 days"( Leviticus 23:42). A lulav and etrog ( a palm frond, myrtle, willow branches, and a citron) will be available for anyone who wishes to make the traditional blessings over this ceremonial and symbolic gathering of plants.
Supper in the Sukkah, on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m. will include enjoying a full kosher dinner, making blessings over the lulav and etrog, singing songs of the holiday, and the symbolic burning of the mortgage of the synagogue building, with gratitude to the generous donations which enabled the congregation to pay off the mortgage this year. Note the earlier hour, since it gets dark earlier. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater, too! Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. all are invited to the egalitarian morning minyan with a beautiful view of the red rocks from the sanctuary. This interactive morning service includes time for questions and comments on the prayers and on the Torah portion of the current week. Visitors are most welcome, and actually needed to enable us to have a full minyan (prayer quorum of 10) for mourners to say Kaddish. This is an opportunity to begin the day with prayer in a supportive community. Hear the blasts of the shofar - ram's horn - as a wake up call to each of us during this Hebrew month of Elul before the High Holy Days.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, located at 100 Meadow Lark Drive off Route 179 in Sedona, is a welcoming, egalitarian, inclusive congregation dedicated to building a link from the past to the future by providing religious, educational, social and cultural experiences. The congregation is unaffiliated with any particular stream of Judaism in order to respect and serve the wide diversity of its members and visitors. Rabbi Magal is available to speak with anyone on spiritual matters. For more information call the office at 928 204-1286 or check the website: www.jcsvv.org.
Rabbi Alicia Magal
Just a glimpse of the numerous celebrations and activities at the JCSVV ...