On Saturday, June 5, 2010, Temple Sholom of Ontario celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a Reunion Shabbat, welcoming back former members and alumni of its Hebrew and Religious Schools. The event was planned and coordinated by longtime Temple member and current office manager Barbara Schwartz.

The preliminary service was led by Gerson Duarte, 18, of Fontana. Andrea McNellis of Ontario, who has just completed her freshman year at CSUN, led the morning service. Miguel Uriza, 18, of Hesperia led the Torah service, and Adam Brown, 17, of Chino davened Musaf.

The event also honored Sheldon and Charlotte Klein on their 55 wedding anniversary, and they received the first aliyah. The following alumni were called to the Torah in order of seniority: Judy Schwartz Shandling, Marty Schwartz, Dan Schwartz, Dan Silverstone, Richard Pumerantz, Doug Silverstone, Andrea McNellis, Gerson Duarte, Miguel Uriza, Aviva Hanna-Guzman, Alexander and Clarice Pumerantz, and Yonatan Uriza. Ethan Fingerote chanted the Haftorah. Richard Pumerantz displayed the Sefer Torah to the congregation, and Areli Uriza and Vania and Sofia Aguilar dressed the Torah scroll.

As part of his sermon, Rabbi Gil Alchadeff, who has now served the congregation for thirteen years, read a touching letter from Michael Kelber of Salem, Oregon, in which he shared many fond memories of growing up as part of the Temple Sholom family. Mr. Kelber recalled how when he was a child, his grandfather, J. M. Kelber, took him to see what was then the semi-rural site he had purchased for the Temple. The site was then occupied by a two-story farmhouse, where services and classes were held while funds were being raised for construction of the Temple, and a barn. The barn would turn out to be a favorite hideout for children seeking to escape the rigors of their Hebrew School classes. Mr. Kelber stated that his older brother was the first child to be Bar Mitzvah in the new Temple when it opened in 1960.

Saturday also marked Harry Schwartz’s last Shabbat as Temple President, an office he has held for the past four years. During that time, Mr. Schwartz has overseen an extensive renovation of the Temple. While the building was closed for renovation, the congregation held joint services with Temple Ami Shalom of West Covina. The two congregations continue to share services when holidays fall on weekdays. Temple Sholom’s new President, Dr. Herbert Friedman, as well as the other members of the Temple and Sisterhood Boards, will be installed at a special service on Friday night, June 11. The service will be preceded by a deli dinner.

The Temple Sholom Sisterhood, under the able leadership of joint Presidents Bonnie Brown and Zoe Siegel, served a lavish Kiddush luncheon following Saturday’s service.

Assisting in the preparation and serving of the meal were Charlotte Klein, Barbara Schwartz, Myra Bilgrei, Carolyn Fischer, Sharon Borenstein, Harriet Waldman, Donna Stewart, and Judy Taft.

Temple Sholom’s anniversary celebrations will culminate October 24 with a concert entitled “Voices for Peace” at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. The concert featured the Yuval Ron Ensemble, as well as several guest artists.




The year 2010 marked the celebration of Temple Sholom of Ontario’s 50th year in the community.

We were all treated to a delightful concert October 24, 2010 at the Lewis Family Playhouse. Rabbi Gil Alchadeff was an eloquent master of ceremonies, with his witty, charismatic charm. From his majestic reading of the Torah, to his insightful message of the meaning of the Jubilee (yovel) celebration. We thank you Rabbi Gil.

It was a very moving experience to hear Hazzan Moshe Friedler’s wonderful debut song, “Yerushalaym Hashlemah”, which the Hazzan wrote in honor of Temple Sholom of Ontario’s Jubilee Concert. We were also honored with Hazzan Paul Buch from Temple Beth Israel.  Hazzan Buch’s magical voice blended with Hazzan Frielder’s resonant voice to create a magnificent rendition of Birkat Shehecheyanu.

We are blessed to have the auspicious Pumerantz family to blow the Shofar, signaling the Yovel year for Temple Sholom. As the Rabbi exclaimed “Tekiah Gadol”, each family member from Richard (dad), Brigitta (mom), Alexander (son) and Clarice (daughter) drew in a breath to last a lifetime, it was son Alexander that outlasted them all with the Gadol Tekiah of all time.

If you have not heard the Yuval Ron Ensemble play, you are surely missing an exceptional encounter with one of today’s most inspirational artisans.  From Maya Karasso mesmerising dancing, to the wonderful story telling of Yuval Ron, from the chilling woodwind mastermind Norik Maounian, back to the exquisite soulful voice of Maya Haddi. It was exactly what they said it would be, “mystical, spiritual and an inspiring musical celebration”.

It was truly and evening worthy of a Jubilee celebration.

Congratulations Temple Sholom of Ontario, as we welcome the next 50 years.

Baruch HaShem!