Wed, April 08

This week at JCSVV: Simchat Torah - Rejoicing with the Torah

Shalom from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Special earlier Friday evening Shabbat services begin with at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, to celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah, when we finish reading the last chapter of Deuteronomy and scroll back to the very beginning of Genesis and begin our reading of Torah all over again.

This is an especially joyous occasion when we bless all our children. The festive Oneg reception will be sponsored by Dr. Corey and Barbara Krueger.

Saturday morning Torah study begins at 11 a.m., Sept. 25, with a discussion about the special readings for the holiday of Sukkot, as well as a reading of the dramatic last portion of the Torah, Ve-Zot Ha-Bracha, Deuteronomy 33-34. Moses offers a visionary blessing for the tribes of the Children of Israel before his death.

Sunday, Sept, 26, is Religious School at 10-11:15 a.m. and field trip to the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Model with Rabbi Magal.

At 2:30 p.m., Dan Gordon gives a talk about “The Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead: A Personal Perspective abut Implications for Israel’s Future.” Lecture is open to the public at no charge. no charge.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, Sukkah celebration with Rabbi Levertov of Phoenix Chabad. 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 a.m., all are welcome to participate in the egalitarian morning minyan for a mid-week spiritual uplift amidst the gorgeous red-rock views from our sanctuary. At 10 a.m. Modern Jewish Ideas class with Dr. Paul Friedman and Rabbi Alicia Magal on the development of Zionism in the 19th century.

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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