Our Spiritual Leader
Rabbi Stephen Epstein
A MODERN CONSERVATIVE RABBI
Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Ontario
Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, CA and all of Southern California
Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri. 9AM - 1 PM
Message from the Rabbi
I am honored and excited to now be officially part of Temple Sholom of Ontario. The board and I just concluded our contract, and I will be part of you for the next two years. However, I am looking forward to a long relationship with you all beyond that.
I am looking forward to helping us grow this synagogue. In addition to our Thursday evening adult education on a variety of interesting and stimulating topics, we have added other classes. We started getting together on Tuesday evenings for a Torah study to discuss that week’s portion/Parashat/sedrah.
We are offering he Miller Introduction to Judaism Course. This is an acceptable prerequisite for conversion before the Beit Din in LA, and also is a great all-around course for those wishing to expand their knowledge.
It is difficult running our synagogue programs in this pandemic in the virtual world. All of you have rose to the challenge and our weekly Shabbat services continue. It is tough not being able to be together personally, but as per Torah, our health is important. We all want to be around and healthy when the pandemic abates and we can finally open back up the synagogue, so in the meantime, we do the best we can.
As always, it’s a pleasure and honor ministering to you. Please feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions regarding services, prayers, programs, etc.
Our Synagogue President
From the Desk of Toby Bloom, President
As previously announced, Rabbi Stephen Epstein has accepted a contract with Temple Sholom of Ontario. I want to thank all the members who wrote in and/or called to voice their opinion of Rabbi Epstein. We all are looking forward to a long relationship between the Rabbi and Temple Sholom of Ontario.
WE HAVE A NEW FUND RAISER:
Because security is so important, especially in these times of a rise in Anti-Semitism, the Board has voted to install a wrought iron fence and gate in front of the entry to the Synagogue. The estimated cost is $10,000.
Anyone who donates towards the purchase of the enclosure will have their name on a plague dedicated to the security of the Temple. As an added incentive to donate we will have a drawing and one lucky person will win four, yes FOUR, tickets to a 2021 season Dodger game. Value of the tickets is approximately $500.00.
Our Sisterhood President
Purim is passed.Hopefully in the next few months we will be able to meet in person.
Unfortunately, we do not yet know what restrictions will be in place, including the serving food for our Onegs and Kiddushes.
This will be our second Passover being at home and having our Seder over Zoom. Looking thru my slips of paper of menus of Passovers past was very bittersweet. Usually, we’ll cook and bake several main courses and too many desserts to count. At our home, last year was, and this year will be, very small and without variety. Three of us cannot eat that much food in a few days.