Sat, Feb. 22

JCSVV celebrates Hanukkah, beginning at sundown tonight

The giant menorah from last years Camp Verde Parade of Lights.

The giant menorah from last years Camp Verde Parade of Lights.

Shalom and Happy Hanukkah from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. We will light the first candle of Hanukkah just before we usher in Shabbat with services on Friday, Dec. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Alicia Magal.

Torah study on Saturday begins at 11 a.m. focusing on the portion of the week, Vayeshev, Genesis 37-40. This portion tells of Jacob and his special love of one of his sons, Joseph. He gives him a prized gift, a coat of many colors, that adds to the jealousy of his brothers for him. A talented and gifted youth, he also is cocky and a bit arrogant, telling his brothers of his dreams in which they will bow down to him.

Joseph begins a series of descents - into a pit, then sold as a slave to traders who take him down to Egypt. Once there, he rises to a position of responsibility only to land in prison on unfair charges. One descent is followed by an ascent, and then down again, over and over in Joseph’s life, as he matures and learns how to use his talents for others.

The study session is followed by a potluck dairy/ vegetarian luncheon.

Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Magal will light the second candle of Hanukkah at the Goldenstein Gallery in Uptown Sedona. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. Religious School. At 1 p.m. is the annual Hanukkah Celebration. Members: $18 adult, $12 child; Non-member price: $22 adult, $12 child. (kids 3 and under $5). RSVP and payment must be made by Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. to the office, 204-1286. Credit cards are accepted.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. participate in the egalitarian morning minyan for a mid-week spiritual lift.

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 more information call (928) 204-1286 or visit

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