Service Notes

This week at JCSVV

Shalom from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Shabbat evening services begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. This early service is a regular adult service but just at an earlier time to allow people to go out afterwards and celebrate the secular New Year.

Saturday morning, Jan. 1, Torah study begins at 11 a.m. with a discussion of Torah portion Vaeyra, Exodus 6:2-9:35, telling of the encounters between Moses and Pharaoh. At the end of 400 years of slavery, God instructs Moses to negotiate with Pharaoh for the freeing of the Israelites. After Pharaoh’s refusal, terrible plagues come upon Egypt.

No Religious School on Sunday, Jan. 2.

Tuesday, Jan. 4, Beginner’s Hebrew 12:30 p.m. At 2-4 p.m. Rabbi’s class on prayer.

Wednesday, Jan.5, at 8:30 am, egalitarian morning minyan. Truly, a mid-week spiritual uplift! At 7 p.m. visiting Rabbi Levertov leads discussion on Ethics of the Sages and the Torah portion of the week.

The JCSVV is a welcoming congregation, unaffiliated with a particular stream of Judaism. The synagogue is located off State Route 179 just south of the Chapel Road roundabout. For information call (928) 204-1286 or visit

‘Your Grand Plan’ at Unity

Unity of Sedona’s talk for Sunday, Jan. 2, is entitled “Your Grand Plan.”  The guest speaker, Unity member Liz Taylor, will be discussing the opportunity a new year presents for visioning the future while recognizing the plans we have laid for our life lessons thus far.

Liz Taylor is the founder of Hope of the New Age, an organization created to support spiritual seekers through group retreats featuring guidance given by the Source through her Spirit Guides.  She has shared these life-changing insights in her books Living in Two Worlds, Wisdom, and Lessons for Living.  Liz is also an active member of Unity of Sedona’s music ministry and Mystic Choir.

Worship services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Jan, 5, 12 and 19, at 6:30 p.m., Join Liz for a no-nonsense look at what it takes to let go of the past and awaken to a bright spiritual future.  Building on last year’s introduction to Adyahshanti’s book, The End of Your World, the 3-week class will dissect this extraordinary text chapter by chapter. Explore the finer points of awakening, outline common pitfalls and examine just what happens when we truly let go of all that holds us back…all in a field of humor and love.

Cost: love offering.  Class is open to all; textbook recommended but not required.

Call the church at (928) 282-7181


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