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The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley

100 Meadowlark Drive
Sedona AZ 86336

(928) 204-1286

100 Meadowlark Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336

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Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley

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Mail to:  PO Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339-0013

Location:  100 Meadow Lark Drive, Sedona AZ   86336

 

928-204-1286 ... office@jcsvv.org

 

            Shabbat Services:  Friday evenings - 7:30 pm                         Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal.  Everyone is welcome! 

                 Torah Study:  Saturday mornings - 11 am

                     Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School:                                                   Sunday mornings - 10 am

 

            Rabbi Alicia Magal and Hubbetzin Itzhak Magal

            Rabbi Alicia Magal and Hubbetzin Itzhak Magal

                             Click on the link below to read Rabbi Alicia Magal's Drashot.   

 

 

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

Updates from Rabbi Alicia Magal

                                    January 12-18, 2018       /      January 19-25, 2018                                                                                                                                                  

 

                      Moses pleads with Pharoah to set the Israelites free

Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Erev Shabbat services will begin on Friday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, who will offer a drash (commentary) on the portion of the week, as well as Shabbat prayers, blessings for those who are ill, and Kaddish, the Mourner's prayer. The Oneg flowers and refreshments are sponsored by Linda Weisberg in honor of her birthday.

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Shabbat morning Torah study begins on Saturday, January 12, at 11 a.m., with discussion of Vaera, Exodus 6:2 - 9:35, telling of the encounters between Moses and Pharaoh.  Moses and his brother Aaron come before Pharaoh to request that the Children of Israel could go out from Egypt but Pharaoh rejects the request and makes the slaves work even harder. A series of plagues will come upon Egypt, but Pharaoh remains stubborn and will not release the Israelite slaves. The first seven plagues are 1. Turning water into blood, 2. Frogs, 3. Lice, 4. Insects, 5. Cattle disease, 6. Boils, and 7. Hail. 

The remaining three of the Ten Plagues will follow in next week's portion.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at the pot luck luncheon following the study session.

Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School of the JCSVV will meet on Sunday, January 14 from 10 to noon.

Women's Havurah will meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. for an informative program led by Meri Thomason.  A business meeting requiring a vote will preceded the program.

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 minyan 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 for mourners to say Kaddish.

The JCSVV is offering a bi-weekly JCSVV class on Jewish Influences on Jesus' Teachings, on Thursday afternoons 2:00- 4:00 pm from January 11 to June 28, 2018.  Jesus, his family, and his disciples were Jewish. His actions and teachings were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. By understanding Judaism before and during Jesus' life, Jews and Christians will appreciate each other more.  The springboard for class discussions, facilitated by Paul Friedman, will be videotaped lectures by Jodi Magness, Ph.D., award-winning Professor of Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina. The subjects of Judaism and Jesus will be approached from a historical, rather than scriptural, perspective—one rooted in the study of ancient texts and archaeological discoveries.  Attendance at every class session is open to everyone, just come when you can. No fee for members of the JCSVV; $5 donation requested from non-members for each session. The topics for the second class on Jan. 25 will be  a) The united and divided Israelite kingdoms b) Destruction of Solomon's Temple. Please contact the JCSVV office at 928 204-1286 to sign up for the class.

 

January 19-25, 2018

                       The Ancient Exodus has relevance today

Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Erev Shabbat services will begin on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, who will offer a drash (commentary) on the portion of the week, as well as Shabbat prayers, blessings for those who are ill, and Kaddish, the Mourner's prayer. The Oneg flowers and refreshments are sponsored by Scott Ross.

Shabbat morning Torah study begins on Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m., with discussion of Bo, Exodus 10:1 - 13:16.  The opening verse relates God saying to Moses, "Come to Pharaoh" although it is often translated as "Go!"  Why "Come"? Because God will be with Moses when he approaches Pharaoh and demands that the Israelites be freed from slavery.  Continuing the story of the Plagues from last week comes  the conclusion of the remaining three of the Ten Plagues:  Locusts, Darkness, and the Slaying of the First born males of the Egyptians. After the final plague comes the deliverance from captivity for the children of Israel. This Torah reading contains some very important mitzvot (instructions or commandments) given to the children concerning the Passover, New Moon, and redeeming of the first born. This "Exodus" forms the basis of the Passover festival in which modern day families retell the story of coming out from slavery to freedom, tasting symbolic foods that represent parts of the story, and asking questions and singing songs that involve all the generations from the elders to the youngest children.  We are commanded to celebrate the Passover "as if we ourselves came out of Egypt to freedom." Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at the pot luck luncheon following the study session.

Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School of the JCSVV will meet on Sunday, January 21 from 10 to noon.

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 minyan 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 for mourners to say Kaddish.

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. For information about the synagogue or calendar call 928 204-1286 or check online at www.jcsvv.org.

 

Rabbi Alicia Magal

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