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Rabbi Shmuel's newsletter for week of 11 February 2024


This is an overview of upcoming events. Details of each event are below

Monday, 12 February 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 15 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 16 & 17 February 2024-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 18 February 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Monday, 19 February 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 22 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 23 & 24 February 2024-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 25 February 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Thursday, 29 February 2024-Board Meeting

Friday & Saturday, 1 & 2 March 2024-Shabbat Services

Friday, 1 March 2024-Shabbat Across America

Sunday, 3 March 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Kabbalah Thought for this week:

"All of us are in bondage to our reactive whims and egocentric desires. We are also prisoners of other people's perceptions of us. Our ego is our taskmaster - and the ego is so good at its job, most of us don't even realize we are in bondage. Therefore, the Light of the Creator will send us chellenging opportunities to provoke our ego and highlight our self-centeredness."

Each day, Jews end their prayer service with Aleinu. There is an affirmation afterwards that is especially timely in addressing today's strife:

"Do not fear sudden terror, or the destruction of the wicked when it comes (1). Plan a conspiracy and it will ge annulled; speak your piece and it shall not stand, for God is with us (2). Even when you age, I remain unchanged; and even till your ripe old age, I shall endure. I created you and I shall bear you; I shall endure and rescue (3)."

These verses express confidence in God's protection and are regarded as auguries of redemption.

  1.  Proverbs 3:25 Do not fear an evildoer's intention, no matter how dangerous it seems.

  2. Isaiah 8:10 Let the enemies of Israel conspire and plan; they will not succeed

  3. Isaiah 46:4 God remains the eternal protector of Israel, even though we may have sinned.


-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute


-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Shabbat Services


*My schedule is below, including office hours for the next two or three weeks and specific classes in which I am involved.

**For your convenience and information, Zoom links will be provided in separate emails for security purposes.

***I continue to update our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.

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Rabbi's Office Hours for the next few weeks:

I am conducting Hebrew School from my office and making Sunday an office day to be more available.

Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (In-Person Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, February 12, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm (?)

Friday, February 16, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, February 18, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Tuesday, February 20, 2023 11:15am - 6:15pm (Invocation for Ontario City Council @ 6:30pm)

Sunday, February 25, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (In-Person Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, February 26, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm (?)

Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Shabbat Across America @ 7:30pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)

Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, February 12 at 7:30 pm PT

Zoom Links sent in separate email Monday morning. Please reply if you do not receive them.

Parashat Terumah 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת תְּרוּמָה

17 February 2024 / 8 Adar I 5784

Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1-27:19

Terumah (“Donation”) opens as God tells Moses to collect donated materials in order to build a dwelling place for God called the Mishkan (Tabernacle). God describes how to build the vessels that will fill the Mishkan - including the ark, table, menorah, and sacrificial altar - as well as the Mishkan’s walls and curtains. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah

Hertz Chumash: pp. 330 – 333 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 326 – 336)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 452 – 459 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 444 – 463)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 491 – 495 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 485 – 498)

Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 7:30pm

 We will be reading the Torah portion Kedoshim, Leviticus/VaYikra chapters 19-20, together with three commentaries: one is from an Orthodox source, one from a Conservative source, and one from a Reform source.  Read ahead if you like!  But it’s not required.

 Here is an internet link to the Biblical text of Kedoshim on Sefaria:

Also a PDF file of the text of Kedoshim in Hebrew and English is attached.  

 We will also be reading three commentaries, one from the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, one from the Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary, and one from the Reform movement.  (Note: Judy has changed which Conservative commentary we’re reading, because the most recent one was from a Shabbat that was Rosh Hodesh and the commentary was mostly about that; instead she went back a couple of years to one by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Nevins).  PDF files of all three of these commentaries are attached.

Please join us!  It should be interesting.

Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

🕯️ Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, February 165:17pm

✨ Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, February 176:14pm

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, February 16, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, February 17, 2024 @ 9:30 am 

Zoom Links sent in separate email Friday afternoon. Please reply if you do not receive them.

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We are now incorporating guitar accompaniment with our Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv

D'var Torah for Parashat Terumah 5784 17 February 2024
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Parashat Terumah 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת תְּרוּמָה

17 February 2024 / 8 Adar I 5784

Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 26:1-26:30

Triennial year 2

1: 26:1-3 · 3 p’sukim ·  

2: 26:4-6 · 3 p’sukim ·  

3: 26:7-11 · 5 p’sukim ·  

4: 26:12-14 · 3 p’sukim ·  

5: 26:15-21 · 7 p’sukim ·  

6: 26:22-25 · 4 p’sukim ·  

7: 26:26-30 · 5 p’sukim ·  

maf: 26:26-30 · 5 p’sukim ·  

Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13 · 20 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah 

Hertz Chumash: pp. 330 – 333 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 326 – 336)

Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Sunday, February 18, 2024 Hebrew School 10:00am - 12:00pm

Zoom Links sent out Saturday Evening after sundown

Our Hebrew Class consists of two sessions:

10:00am - 10:40pm Learning Hebrew

10:50am - 11:30am Studying Torah and other related topics

Next Miller Course

Sunday, 18 February 2024, 11:45am - 12:45pm

Module 4: Holidays

Shabbat Across America and Canada

Friday night, March 1, 2024

SAAC at home
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Turn an ordinary Friday night into something extraordinary with Shabbat Across America and Canada!

Mark your calendar for Friday night, March 1st! Join hundreds of synagogues across the continent taking part in a renowned Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat! Everyone is invited, so no matter your age, or if you are a single, couple or family, large or small - we want you right there with us! 

Following the events of October 7th in Israel, the world’s Jews need to unite now more than ever! Many reports have shown that following the attacks, there has been a reawakened sense of Jewish pride and willingness to participate in Jewish rituals and experiences. This year, we have a historic opportunity to bring people back into our synagogues and Jewish centers like never before, for Shabbat Across America and Canada, the original Shabbat unity event. 

That’s the magic of Shabbat Across America and Canada, now in its 28th year. By participating in this continent-wide event, you will enable those in your community to share the Shabbat experience with thousands of North American Jews.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to strengthen the Jewish identity and pride of those in your community by inviting them to join your extended family and celebrate Shabbat at Shabbat Across America and Canada on Friday night, March 1, 2024. NJOP will be happy to share many Shabbat resources to enhance your program.



963 West 6th Street, Ontario, CA 91762

(Mail Checks & Form To: Temple Sholom of Ontario, P.O. Box 1487, Ontario, CA 91762)

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MAGIC SHOW 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. ADULTS: $20.00 CHILDREN: $15.00

There will be an Ice Cream Sundae social after the show

Please make your checks payable to Temple Sholom of Ontario

RSVP APPRECIATED: or text 951-265-8853

Please Fill out the form below and either mail payment or drop in the Blue box at TSO inside by the office door Bring your family and friends and join us for a fun afternoon.



963 West 6th Street, Ontario, CA 91762

(Envíe los cheques y el formulario por correo a: Temple Sholom of Ontario, P.O. Box 1487, Ontario, CA 91762)


ESPECTÁCULO DE MAGIA 1:00 PM. - 2:00 PM. ADULTOS: $20.00 NIÑOS: $15.00

Habrá un evento social con Ice Cream Sundae después del espectáculo. Haga sus cheques a nombre de Temple Sholom of Ontario. Se agradece confirmar su asistencia: o envíe un mensaje de texto al 951-265-8853

Complete el formulario a continuación y realice el pago por correo o envíelo al Caja azul en TSO dentro junto a la puerta de la oficina Traiga a su familia y amigos y únase a nosotros para pasar una tarde divertida.

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