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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                           Led by Rabbi Alicia Magal.

 

 


    

   Rabbi Alicia Magal and Hubbetzin Itzhak Magal

Rabbi Alicia Magal and Hubbetzin Itzhak Magal

 

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. 

RABBI MAGAL’S DRASHOT - HIGH HOLY DAYS 5779 - 2018


JCSVV President bonnie l. gustav golub’s Speech, yom kippur 5779 - 2018

COMING UP THIS WEEK

Updates from Rabbi Alicia Magal

november 16-29, 2018                                                                                                                         

                          jacob dreams of angels on a ladder to heaven

Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.   

Erev Shabbat  services begin on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 pm,  led by Rabbi Alicia Magal and the four women who are celebrating becoming B'not Mitzvah (plural of Bat Mitzvah in Hebrew):  Shira Liore, Pam Miller, Addie Simpson, and Linda Weisberg. They will lead the parts of the service, including candle lighting, uplifting songs, inspiring readings, chanting from the Torah,  a blessing for healing, and Kaddish, the Mourner's prayer.    The Oneg refreshments and flowers are sponsored by the B'not Mitzvah group. Mazal Tov.  You see, it is never to late!              

  Please join us for Torah Study, Saturdays at 11:00 am

Please join us for Torah Study, Saturdays at 11:00 am

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Torah study on Saturday, November 17, will begin at 11 a.m. with the reading and discussion of Vayeitze (Genesis 28:10 - 32:3), continuing the tale of Jacob and Esau.  In this week's narrative, Jacob is fleeing his brother Esau's wrath. At the border, Jacob lies down and dreams of a ladder upon which angels were ascending and descending.  His faith in God is renewed and strengthened as he heads back to his parents' home town in Mesopotamia where he meets Rachel by the well, and falls in love with her.  Jacob is tricked on his wedding day when Rachel's sister Leah is substituted for the beloved younger sister.  Jacob has to work seven years to earn the right to marry each of the two sisters. At the end of the twentieth year, he, his wives, their family and  flocks are ready to leave.  The story of his reunion with his brother Esau will have to wait for next week's reading. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the Pot Luck luncheon following the study session.   

The Women's Havurah will meet on Sunday November 18, beginning at 3 p.m. for a short meeting, followed by a much-awaited presentation given by Larry Geller about Elvis Presley's Jewish roots! Larry was Elvis' hair stylist for years, and has interesting insights to share.  Jacob wrestles with an angel; blessed with new name: Israel

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 morning service 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 (prayer quorum of 10)  for mourners to say Kaddish. This is an opportunity to begin the day with prayer in a supportive community.

 November 23-29, 2018 Jacob wrestles with an angel; blessed with new name: Israel

Shalom to all from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.   

 Erev Shabbat  services begin on Friday, November 23, at 7:30 pm,  led by Rabbi Alicia Magal  including candle lighting, uplifting songs, inspiring readings, chanting from the Torah,  a blessing for healing, and Kaddish, the Mourner's prayer.    The Oneg refreshments and flowers are sponsored by Carolyn and Paul Dinno in honor of Carolyn's birthday. 

Torah study on Saturday, November 24, will begin at 11 a.m. with the reading and discussion of Vaishlach (Genesis 32:4 - 36:43), continuing the tale of Jacob and Esau.  In this week's narrative, Jacob with his family is returning after 20 years away back into Canaan and expect a confrontation with his brother Esau. Jacob sends his family across the river and waits alone. During the night Jacob must wrestle with a mysterious stranger. Somehow Jacob holds his own and beats his opponent at last. He receives a blessing from the "angel" who had been his wrestling partner, and acquires the new name Israel, which means "One who struggled with God."  In the morning the dreaded encounter with Esau ends in a brotherly embrace of forgiveness -- a happy reunion.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the Pot Luck luncheon following the study session.   

Be Your Best Self! On Tuesday, November 27, from 1 - 3 pm, Rabbi Magal is offering a new course of Mussar, called Season of Mussar II, a very personal and interactive course of study about our character and personality.  How do we react when forgiveness, patience, and other qualities are called for in  facing the challenges of our lives?  By reading traditional and contemporary texts, journaling, small group discussion, and finding ways to lift our "blinders" that prevent us from seeing our way of expressing ourselves honestly, the participants will gain tools and practices that elevate the way we act in our lives.  Materials fee of $18 for JCSVV members; $36 fee for synagogue class  and materials for non-members for the entire six-week course. 

Call the office at 928 204-1286 to sign up.

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 morning service 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 (prayer quorum of 10)  for mourners to say Kaddish. This is an opportunity to begin the day with prayer in a supportive community.

On Thursday, November 29, Paul Friedman is offering a class on Rabbi Rabbi Shapiro, author of "Holy Rascals" and other spiritual books. This class will focus on the wit and wisdom of Rabbi Rami in preparation for his visit to Sedona, where he will be a guest teacher at OLLI during the first week of December, and will lead a workshop at the synagogue on Saturday afternoon and evening on December 8, beginning at 4 p.m.  There is no charge for this class or the workshop at the JCSVV, and all are welcome. 

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.  Rabbi Magal is available to speak with anyone on spiritual matters.  For more information call the office at 928 204-1286 or check the website:  www.jcsvv.org. 

Rabbi Alicia Magal

 

                  Just a glimpse of the numerous celebrations and activities at the JCSVV ...

  Our Beautiful Shalom Singers

Our Beautiful Shalom Singers

  Receiving "Keep Sedona Beautiful" Award, 2016

Receiving "Keep Sedona Beautiful" Award, 2016

  Yom Hashoa Ceremony

Yom Hashoa Ceremony

  Women's Havurah Seder

Women's Havurah Seder

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