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Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley: July 22-28, 2022

Shalom and greetings from the Rabbi, Board of Directors, and congregation of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

All the services, classes, and programs are listed on the synagogue website.

Come join us either in person or online. See for instructions to register for in-person services or online links. Visitors are welcome to attend services.

On Friday, July 22, a Friday evening Erev Shabbat service, led by Joe Berger, VP of the Religious Affairs Committee, begins at 5:30 pm both in person and on Zoom, and livestreamed for members and their invitees. Congregants participate by lighting candles, doing a reading, or having an Aliyah for the Torah service. Verses from the Torah portion will be chanted: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 20:1) Moses goes up to Mt. Abarim to get a good view of the Promised Land although he will not be permitted to cross over into it. He appoints Joshua as his successor to the leadership of Israel. Blessings for those who are ill and a Mazal Tov for those celebrating a birthday or anniversary will be offered. Kaddish, the Mourner’s prayer, will be recited in memory of those who passed away either recently or at this time in past years. Shabbat offers a time out from work and worry, an opportunity to be grateful for our lives and the bounty with which we are blessed.

Wednesday morning minyan begins at 8:30 a.m. on July 27 on zoom. Join the group to offer healing prayers, and to support those saying the mourner’s prayer, Kaddish, for a loved one who has passed away. Every person counts and is needed!

On Wednesday at 4:00 pm Rosalie Malter will lead a class on Jewish meditation on Zoom. Each session focuses on a different tool or aspect of Jewish meditation practices.

On Thursday, July 28, at 4:00 pm, Torah study, led by Anita Rosenfield, will be held on Zoom. The Torah reading for that week is a double portion: Mattot (Numbers 30:2 – 32:42), describing how the tribes would be settled once they entered the Promised Land, and Masei (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13), reviewing all the encampments of the Israelites from the time of the Exodus until this moment when they are about to enter the Land. At each stopping place they encountered challenges and learned some lesson. This is akin to the major turning points in our own lives.

The Social Action Committee is continuing to collect food for the local Sedona food pantry. Please drop of cans or boxes of non-perishable foods in the bin outside the lower level parking lot entrance to the synagogue.

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. Messages to the office telephone at 928 204-1286 will be answered during the week. Updated information is available on the synagogue website –

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