The Sedona Synagogue, located at 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 near the Chapel roundabout, offers regular Shabbat services, Torah study and minyan. 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 7:30 pm - see calendar
Minyan - Wednesdays at 8:30 am
Torah Study - Saturdays at 11 am
Yizkor Service - Saturday, April 11 at 12:15 p.m. at conclusion of Torah Study (see details in Rabbi's Commentary below)
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
Shalom to all.
Join the Jewish community in welcoming in Shabbat on Friday evening, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The service includes songs, blessings, prayer for healing, a Torah reading from the portion of the week, and Kaddish, the Mourner's prayer. The Oneg refreshments following the service will be sponsored by Nancy Owen; and by Suzanne and Omar Travino in honor of their 10th anniversary. This is also Simcha Shabbat, when all those celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other Simcha (happy occasion) receive a special blessing. Torah study begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 18 with discussion on the Torah reading of the week: Shemini, Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47, including details of the thanksgiving and peace offerings. Beyond the sacrifices which the people are to bring to the Sanctuary, they must also, as part of religious observance, act in every way with a sense of holiness. Eating, along with all of human activity, can be made holy, a reminder that throughout all of life and in all daily functions one should develop a relationship with God.
A vegetarian pot luck luncheon will follow the study session.
On Sunday, April 19, Men's Club meets at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and a speaker. Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School of the JCSVV will meet from 10 a.m. to noon.
Yom HaShoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day (which falls on April 16) will be observed on Sunday, April 19 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the JCSVV in coordination with Heichal Baoranim Flagstaff congregation, and the Martin-Springer Institute of NAU.
Six memorial candles will be lit by survivors and children of survivors, in memory of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Presentations will be made by students of Mingus High School and by students of NAU who researched the lives of Jews in the ghettos and camps. Music and prayers of memory and of hope will be included in the program. There will be an opportunity to meet with survivors at the reception following the program, which is open to the whole community.
The Social Action Team presents the second Hot Topics Program on Tuesday, April 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m: "Aging: Living & Dying on Your Own Terms." This discussion, about the challenges of caring for a senior loved one, will be led by Ron Goldman, a member of JCSVV, who is a Licensed Fiduciary, a Certified Manager of Geriatric Care, and a Licensed Master Social Worker. He has been working with the senior population for the past decade in Northern Arizona. Some questions he will address are, "What planning can you do ahead of time to make a crisis less likely?" "How can you take care of yourself when you are the main caregiver?" "What are the costs of aging at home vs. a facility?" "Where can you find the best care and whom can you trust?" "What do Medicare, Medicaid, and LTC actually pay for?"
Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and water supplied. Open to the Public.
On Wednesday, April 22 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.
Please contact the synagogue if you would like to attend the annual Holocaust Remembrance program on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
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 office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Friday, at 928 204-1286.