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 ... email@example.com
Shabbat Services: Friday evenings - 7:30 pm Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. Everyone is welcome!
Torah Study: Saturday mornings - 11 am
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
Updates from Rabbi Alicia Magal
July 20-26, 2018
Chanting of Lamentations - both mourning and hope
Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Erev Shabbat services begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, July 20, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, with candle lighting, uplifting songs, inspiring readings, a Torah service, a blessing for healing, and the Kaddish, Mourner's prayer. This is also Simcha Shabbat when all those who have a birthday, anniversary or other simcha (happy occasion) receive a special blessing. Oneg refreshments and flowers are sponsored by Eilene Pace. Visitors are always welcome.
There will be no morning Torah study this week on Saturday morning, but if you wish to follow the weekly reading, it is Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22, beginning the fifth book of the Torah, in which Moses recalls the long route of wandering, and reviews the lessons the Children of Israel learned and would need to remember when they would soon enter the Promised Land.
On Saturday evening, July 21, at 7:30 p.m., congregants and visitors are encouraged to attend Erev Tisha B'av services, including the chanting of Eicha - Lamentations - commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in ancient Jerusalem but ending with the hopeful phrase: Renew our days as of old. While many Jews have not experienced the depth and moving emotions expressed in the readings, psalms such By the Waters of Babylon We Lay Down and Wept for Thee Zion, and chanted Book of Lamentations, but who of us has not been touched by loss? This holiday of Tisha B'Av speaks to our hearts, opening us up to the healing that can follow loss. I invite you to come and experience this important opportunity to review both our Jewish history and our own personal history of resilience and transformation after sorrow and hard challenges.
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.
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. The community has many volunteer opportunities. Rabbi Magal is available to speak with anyone on spiritual matters.
Please mark your calendars: High Holy Days services for the Jewish New Year will begin on Sunday evening, September 9, this year. For information about the synagogue or calendar call 928 204-1286 or check online at www.jcsvv.org.
Rabbi Alicia Magal