PLEASE NOTE! The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley (JCSVV) mailing address has changed! Note the following NEW Post Office Box number and zip code:
P.O. Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339-0013.
Please begin sending your mail to the new P.O. Box -- thank you!
We are located at 100 Meadow Lark Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336, at the corner of Highway 179.
Shabbat Services - Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study - Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
Religious School - Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
KEEP SEDONA BEAUTIFUL AWARD GOES TO JCSVV!
The Keep Sedona Beautiful Award of Excellence for the 2015 Beautiful Monument Sign was presented to the JCSVV on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Cy Elliott, Milt Small, and Harvey Bershader worked for years with the City of Sedona to get this sign approved. With the help of Mark Hartman, Contractor, and Joe Redondo, Landscape Designer, our dream came true in April of 2014!
Present for the ceremony (see photo below), from left to right, front row: Clare Small, Phyllis Elliott, JCSVV President Bonnie Golub, Sheldon Golub; back row: Milt Small, Joe Redondo, Mark Hartman, Cy Elliott, and Margie Gershtenson.
The award is displayed in the JCSVV lobby.
Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal
Oneg sponsored by the Shanahan family in honor of Danielle Shanahan becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend!
We hope you will join us!
YOU ARE INVITED TO A WESTERN PURIM SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 10:00 am
PURIM CELEBRATION at the JEWISH COMMUNITY OF SEDONA! Dress in your favorite western attire!
EVERYONE IS INVITED! YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS OUR JOYFUL, ENTERTAINING, 6TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO QUEEN ESTHER'S LOVE AND COURAGE! Written and directed by Paul Friedman, with musical director/piano player Eric Williams! Featuring popular folk, country, and western songs for all to enjoy and SING ALONG! You will be SO glad you came!
JOIN US ON SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. FOR A PURIM SPIEL AND DELICIOUS BRUNCH including: Lox & Bagels, Cream Cheese, Salads, Drinks, Hamentaschen - or order a vegetarian meal. Reservations for brunch required - $20 per person; children 12 & under FREE.
TO REGISTER FOR THE BRUNCH, call 928.204.1286
Tuesday, March 8 - 1:00 pm
Judaism's Great Debates - An adult enrichment class at JCSVV -- led by Paul Friedman, Ph.D. and Rabbi Alicia Magal -- This class explores the intellectual history of Judaism through its timeless disagreements, including issues such as: justice, authority, inclusion, spirituality, resistance, evolution, Zionism, and more!
Tuesday, March 8 - 5:30-7:00 pm
Fundraiser at Java Love Cafe in W. Sedona
$20 dinner donation for a "Backpack Wrap", drink, dessert
Help us raise money for the Yavapai Food Council for the 1 of 4 adults & 1 of 3 children in Yavapai County who are food insecure. Questions or tickets: contact Karen Schudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may buy tickets at the door.
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
February 26 - March 3, 2016
Lecture on Soul's Journey in the Afterlife
Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Welcome in the Sabbath at Erev Shabbat services on Friday, February 26, beginning at 7:30 pm, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. This joyous service includes traditional and contemporary prayers, songs, healing blessings, and the mourners' Kaddish prayer. Visitors are always welcome. The Oneg flowers and refreshments will be sponsored by Diane Schoen in memory of her husband Arnie Schoen, and by Clare and Milt Small in memory of Clare's daughter Rachel Feldman.
Shabbat morning Torah study will start at 11 a.m. onFebruary 27, on the Torah portion of the week, Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11 - 34:35, including the story of how the Israelites feared that Moses would not return from Mt. Sinai, and so forced Aaron to make them a Golden Calf to worship. Moses returns with the 10 Commandments, and when he sees the people dancing around the golden calf, he smashes the tablets. He then pleads with God to forgive the people. He climbs up Mt. Sinai again and receives a second set of tablets and renews the Covenant between God and the Israelites who are warned never again to turn to false gods. Study will be followed by a pot luck dairy/vegetarian luncheon.
Sunday, February 28, Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School of the JCSVV will meet from 10 a.m. to noon.
On Wednesday, March 2, 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 welcome.
At 3 pm there is a very special lecture by Simcha Raphael, Ph.D., author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife, on the journey of soul according to Jewish mystical tradition. Open to the public at no charge.
At 7 pm Rabbi Zalman Levertov of Chabad of Greater Phoenix teaches a class on Maimonides' Mishna Torah and a discussion of the Torah portion of the current week: Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1 - 38:20 describing the enthusiastic completion of building the Mishkan, the Tabernacle in the desert.
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.