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
Please join us for Break-The-Fast - Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm. click on the link below, Fill out the break-the-fast Reservation form, and mail it to the jcsvv office.
As part of the observance of Yom Kippur, we will publish a YIZKOR BOOK. It is traditional at the Yizkor service to recall our dear ones whom we have inscribed in this Book of Remembrance. If you would like your loved one(s) to be included in the Yizkor book, please click on the link below, complete the form, and return it to the JCSVV Office BY SEPTEMBER 7, 2015. It is customary to make a donation in honor of those who have departed. The names shall be read aloud at the Yizkor Service.
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 31 - August 6, 2015
Shalom to all.
Shabbat of Comfort and Hope
Shalom to all.
Join the Jewish community on Friday evening, July 31 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. This is called "Shabbat Nachamu" - the Sabbath following the holiday of Tisha B'Av which is the commemoration of the destruction of the First and Second Temples, along with many other destructions and dispersions that took place around this date in Jewish history. But now, the sense is of turning a corner, rising up again, rebuilding, restoring hope. Nachamu comes from the first words of the Prophet Isaiah's words in chapter 40: "Be comforted, be comforted, O My People." 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, August 1 on the Torah portion of the week: Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11, a continuation of the first of Moses' three farewell talks to Israel before his death. This one is a review of all that happened to the Children of Israel in their years of wandering in the wilderness, especially the Torah teachings given to them at Mt. Sinai. Moses continues with his second farewell talk, reviewing the Ten Commandments, and the great Shema message "Hear O Israel, God is One." Israel must have a deep love for God, study God's teachings carefully, and live by them. When they enter the Land they must live their own sacred way of life. The study session is followed by a potluck dairy/vegetarian luncheon.
On Tuesday, there is something new in town: Rabbi Magal will be available each first Tuesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at Java Love Cafe located between the Harkins Cinema Plaza and the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot on 89a. Come meet and talk informally at this "Coffee Talk" program.
On Wednesday, August 5, 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. At 7 p.m. Rabbi Zalman Levertov of Phoenix Chabad teaches his ongoing class on Maimonides' Mishnah Torah about the 613 commandments and how to apply them to our lives. He then leads a discussion on the current Torah portion of the week.
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.