MAILING ADDRESS for The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley (JCSVV):
P.O. Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339-0013.
EREV shabbat services Friday, may 6, 2016 at 7:30pm.
Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal
A special Holocaust Remembrance ceremony will include the lighting of six candles in memory of the Six Million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. After the memorial in prayer and song, words of hope and renewal will be offered. Any congregants who are children of survivors, who were Liberators of the Camps, or who have another kind of connection to the Holocaust, please contact Rabbi Magal to be part of the commemoration. The precious Holocaust Torah, a 'survivor' from a prewar village in Czechoslovakia, will be dedicated, as the JCSVV becomes the legal guardian of this Torah scroll, granted by the Memorial Scroll Trust in England. For more information on Our Torah Scrolls, please see the "Our Torah Scrolls" page on this website.
With candle lighting of Shabbat candles, the congregation will usher in Shabbat. The Shalom Singers, under the direction of Katherine LaTorraca, will enhance the service with their music.
The Shabbat service will conclude on a positive, hopeful note with HaTikvah, the Israeli National Anthem. Please make an effort to attend this important and moving service.
The flowers and oneg following the service are sponsored by Sybil Malinowski Melody and Henry Melody.
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
April 29 - May 5, 2016
Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Erev Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The flowers and Kosher for Passover Oneg refreshments are sponsored by Gail Pivnick and Roz and Al Pivnick in honor of the 60th anniversary of Roz and Al.
Torah study at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 30, will focus on the special readings for the Festival of Passover, reminders of the Exodus from Egypt and the goal of entering the Promised Land. Please bring a dish that is Kosher for Passover, dairy or vegetarian, to share for a pot luck lunch that follows the study session.
Sunday, May 1, Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School will meet for the final class session of the year, and will honor Diane Schoen, Director of the School, for her leadership.
On Wednesday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. the Morning Minyan meets for an intimate service during which there is room for commentary and questions. The red rock views of the mountains add to the sense of beauty and holiness. Guests are very welcome.
Advance notice: Plan to come to the next Erev Shabbat service on May 6 to dedicate the Holocaust Torah scroll and to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day (which falls on Thursday, May 5, but will be observed at he synagogue on Friday evening at the very beginning of Shabbat services). If you have a connection to a Holocaust survivor or if you were a Liberator of the camps at the end of World War II, please contact Rabbi Magal, so that you can participate in the ceremony of lighting the six candles in memory of the Six Million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Our Shalom Singers choir will sing uplifting music to enhance the service.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley is currently conducting a survey of the wider local community to discover what the interests of local residents are. To share your views, you can obtain a copy of the questionnaire from the office (204-1286) or Devorah Nye (639-2933 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Instructions for returning the questionnaire accompany the form.
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.