Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley
Mail to: PO Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339-0013
Located at: 100 Meadow Lark Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336
928-204-1286 ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for:
Shabbat Services: Fridays at 5:30pm for July - August
Saturday morning Torah Study will resume on September 10, 2016, 11:00 am
Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School will resume on Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 am -- Open House and first day of school.
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Service
Followed by a Kiddush of wine and challah.
We hope you will join us! Everyone is welcome.
Note: Shabbat Services will begin at 5:30 pm through September 2nd.
ADULT EDUCATION SURVEY
Challah making? Israeli folk dance? Talmud study? Jewish meditation? Current events in Israel and world Jewry? Ageing related issues? How to read Hebrew? As an adult Jew, what are you interested in learning about? How do you want to expand your Jewish identity?
Let us know through the Adult Jewish Education survey arriving in the mail. And if you're not near your mailbox, you can download a survey from the link below, or contact the office at 928.204.1286 to receive one by email. Just print, fill it out, and send to JCSVV before July 18th. Your vote counts!
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 22-28, 2016
Talking Donkey speaks truth! Curse turns to blessing.
Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Welcome in Shabbat with a lay-led service on Friday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m., the early start time which will continue through the summer.
Torah Study is suspended for the summer, but in this column there will appear a listing of the Torah readings for each week for personal study. Balak is the portion read on Shabbat from the Book of Numbers, chapter 22, verse 2, through chapter 25, verse 9. It tells of Israel's confrontation with Moab, a people through whose territory the Children of Israel wished to march peacefully on their way to Canaan. But Balak, King of Moab, was determined to fight. In preparation he sent for Balaam, a man of vision who, it was said, had the power to curse and bless. The king sought to perform psychological warfare, cursing his enemy. Balaam, riding on his donkey on the way to fulfill his mission to curse the Israelites, is suddenly stopped when his donkey turns off the road into a narrow passageway, crushing Balaam's leg against a wall. Balaam whips the animal, but the donkey speaks, and complains of being struck, and reminding Balaam how loyal she had always been. The donkey had seen an angel blocking the road, when this supposed man of vision had not noticed the angel at all! Wisdom from a talking donkey! The angelic message instructed Balaam that he must say only that which God commands. The donkey then rose and carried his master to the hilltop destination. Balaam, at each of three points to which King Balak brought him, could not curse the Israelites camped in the valley below in an orderly fashion surrounding the Tabernacle. He uttered the famous words, which have become a prayer recited upon entering a synagogue: "How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!" No curse, only blessing.
All are invited to participate in the Morning Minyan on Wednesday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m., an intimate service during which there is opportunity for commentary and questions regarding the liturgy and the Torah portion of the current week. The red rock views of the mountains add to the sense of beauty and holiness. Guests are very welcome.
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.