The Sedona Synagogue, located at 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 near the Chapel roundabout, offers regular Shabbat services, Torah study and a weekday minyan each Wednesday. In addition, the Sedona temple features special events and classes listed below. Join us at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Shabbat Services - Fridays at 5:30 pm - see calendar
Minyan - Wednesdays at 8:30 am
Torah Study - Saturdays at 11 am
High Holy Days: (Call the office at 928.204.1286 for details & tickets)
Rosh Hashanah - Sun, Sept. 13, 7:30pm to Tues, Sept. 15, 4pm
Yom Kippur - Tues, Sept. 22, 7:30pm to Wed, Sept. 23, 6pm
Break-The-Fast - Wed, Sept. 23, 7pm - Call for Reservations
JCSVV MISSION STATEMENT
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley 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. We choose to remain unaffiliated in order to respect and serve the rich diversity of our members and visitors.
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.
COMING UP THIS Week
by Rabbi Alicia Magal
July 3-9, 2015
Shalom to all.
Note the 5:30 p.m. start time for Shabbat Services ...
Join the Jewish community on Friday evening, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. at an Erev Shabbat service led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. This earlier starting time will continue through the rest of July and August. Following the service at about 7 p.m. there will be a ritual kiddush and motzi -- blessings over wine/juice and challah bread.
Torah study begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 4 on the Torah portion of the week: Balak, Numbers 22:2 - 25:9, telling of Balak, king of Moab, who was determined to fight the Israelites. In preparation for the coming battle, Balak sent for Balaam, a wizard with the power to curse and bless, and directed him to curse the Israelites and thus weaken them psychologically. Balaam was on his way to carry out the assignment when his donkey balked, stopped, and refused to continue. His donkey saw an angel blocking their way; Balaam didn't see the angel and berated and beat the donkey for stopping. Finally Balaam beholds the divine messenger who instructs him to say only that which God commands him to say. At that, the donkey rises and carries Balaam to his destination. At the lookout points, Balaam attempts to curse, but, as he gazes on the orderly encampment of the Israelites centered around the Tabernacle, he is moved to proclaim a blessing, not a curse - not once, but three times: "How goodly are your tents O Jacob; your dwelling places, O Israel!" This phrase, intended as a curse, and transformed into a blessing, is now found in the Jewish morning liturgy, usually sung by the congregation, upon entering the sanctuary. Discussion will center around how we transform negative energy to positive, helpful solutions in our own lives. The study session is followed by a potluck dairy/vegetarian luncheon.
On Wednesday, July 8, at 8:30 a.m., visitors are welcome to participate in the Morning Minyan for a mid-week spiritual uplift, as we sing "I lift up my eyes to the mountains" (Psalm 121). Prayers for healing are offered, and Kaddish, the Mourner's Prayer, is said. There is a very special, intimate atmosphere at this service, with room for comments, questions, and personal prayer. Visitors are welcome to drop in.
New High Holy Day prayer books, "On Wings of Awe," are available for purchase with personalized dedication labels in honor and/or memory of loved ones. Call the office for details.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley 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. We choose to remain unaffiliated with any particular stream of Judaism in order to respect and serve the wide diversity of our members and visitors.
For further information, call the JCSVV office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday - Friday, at 928 204-1286.