Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley Synagogue

Classes & Upcoming Programs


The Mystical Tradition of “Receiving”
Led by: Rabbi Alicia Magal

4 Sessions: Tuesday May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2022
3:00 – 4:30 PM (MST)

Kabbalah, a Hebrew word, literally meaning “receiving,” contains many mystical elements hinted at in the Bible and developed through meditation and one-on-one oral transmission for many hundreds of years.  Rabbi Alicia Magal is offering a four-session course exploring some of the aspects of the study and practice of Kabbalah.

This is an overview of different aspects of Kabbalistic teachings, including the breaking of the vessels from the original light; the Tree of Life model of the universe; the Four Worlds template of Action, Emotion, Thought, and Spirit; the fascinating connections of different words through gematria (numerology) and permutation of letters to find hidden meanings; and meditations and other avenues of mystical journeying intended to transform our awareness of the constant flow of divinity in the world and help us attain harmony and balance in our lives.

You’re warmly invited to participate in a new JCSVV Summer Conversation Experience:

Connections: Getting to Know Each Other Better

Sunday, May 29th
10:00 – noon (MST) 

“Connections” is an opportunity for us to get together in person, socialize informally, and learn more about each other’s viewpoints and life experiences.  We’ll meet in small, at-home gatherings, for a warm, haimish, relaxed experience.    

What will happen? We’ll have coffee, tea, and a nosh, then as a small group we will participate in a simple conversational activity that involves taking turns answering thought-provoking, fun questions (half about Jewish matters, half about secular issues).   

Why participate? We’ll share thoughts and memories, have a great time, and leave with the warm feeling of being better connected to our fellow JCSVV members.

Location: In the home of a JCSVV member near you:

  • In the Village, hosts: Jaine & Andrew Merliss 
  • In West Sedona, host: Jenny Hirst
  • In Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, hosts: Henry & Sybil Melody
  • On  Zoom for those unable to attend in person, host: Paul Friedman

To sign-up, CLICK HERE to request location preference


The Amen Institute

Monday June 13, 2022
4:00 pm (Arizona – MST)

This unique program is part of a yearlong partnership between artists and rabbis coordinated by the Amen Institute. This particular discussion of the Behaalotecha Parshat Be’Halotcha is led jointly by artist Siona Benjamin and JCSVV Rabbi Alicia Magal.

Zoom Link: 8047949175