Sun, April 05

Hanukkah celebrations continue at JCSVV with special program

Shalom from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Shabbat evening services begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. Hanukkah candles will be lit at the beginning of the service for the third night of Hanukkah. The Oneg is sponsored by Harry and Marsha Bunn, and Richard and Celi Lippman.

On Saturday morning, Dec. 4, Torah study begins at 11 a.m. with a discussion of Torah portion Miketz, Genesis 41:1-44:17, in which Joseph interprets puzzling dream for Pharaoh, and earns a place of responsibility overseeing the stores of grain which will be built up during the seven years of plenty in preparation for the seven years of famine which will follow. After seven years, hunger affects all of the ancient Middle East, including Canaan where Joseph’s family still lives. Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt looking for food provisions, and Joseph must decide whether to make peace with his brothers or take vengeance for the past. A series of tests determines whether they have matured. Next week’s portion offers the dramatic conclusion to this emotional and suspenseful narrative.

The Hanukkah party celebrating light and freedom will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 pm with traditional food and music. Call office for details.

Tuesday, Dec.7, 12:30 p.m. beginning Hebrew class. At 2 p.m. Rabbi Magal’s Adult Learning Circle, studying prayers and blessings.

Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 8:30 am, egalitarian morning minyan.

The Women’s Havurah group of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley is hosting a Hanukkah celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 8, the last candle of Hanukkah, beginning at 7 p.m.  While the candles are burning, it is a beloved tradition to play games such as “dreidle,” a spinning top with the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimmel, Hay, and Shin, representing the phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” - “A Great Miracle Happened There,” referring to the miracles of Hanukkah:  the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrian-Greek army in 164 B.C.E. and the miracle of the small amount of purified oil lasting for eight days when the ancient Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated and the menorah relit.  In honor of this enjoyable holiday tradition, all are encouraged to bring an artistic or special dreidle from their collection if they have one to show, as well as their favorite games such as mahjong, cards, scrabble, or other board games.  Refreshments will be served.  There is no charge for this event. For more information contact Hershelle Kann at (928) 639-2736.

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

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