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Rabbi Stephen's Weekly Newsletter for week of 18 June 2023


-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute


-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)


Sunday, 11 - 16 June 2023-Vacation/Out of Town

Friday & Saturday, 16 & 17 June 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Sunday, 18 June 2023-Miller Course Introduction to Judaism

Monday, 19 June 2023-Adult Torah Study

Thursday, 22 June 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 23 & 24 June 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Sunday, 25 June 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Monday, 26 June 2023-Adult Torah Study

Thursday, 29 June 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 30 June & 1 July 2023-This week's Shabbat services

-Mi Sheberach List

*For your information, I have included below my schedule, including office hours for the next two 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 have updated our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing by removing the names of those of whom we were uncertain. Please advise if any names were removed in error. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.

Office Hours this week:

Going forward, I am planning on conducting Hebrew School and Miller Course from my office and making Sunday an office day to be more available.

Sunday, June 11 - Friday, June 16, 2023 Out of town on vacation

Sunday, June 18, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Miller Course @ 11:45am)

Monday, June 19, 2023 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

Friday, June 23, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, June 25, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Course @ 11:45am)

Monday, June 26, 2023 9:30am - 1:30pm

Friday, June 30, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)

Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, June 19 at 7:30 pm PT

Session on Monday, June 12 preempted as I will be out of town

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

Parashat Korach 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת קוֹרַח

24 June 2023 / 5 Tamuz 5783 (Diaspora)

Parashat Korach is the 38th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Numbers 16:1-18:32

Parashat Korach recounts the rebellion of Korach (a cousin of Moses and Aaron), Dathan, Abiram, and 250 of their followers. Some rebels are swallowed by the ground, while others are consumed by a fire from God and others die in a plague. The portion ends by describing gifts given to priests and Levites. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah

Soncino Chumash: pp. 639 – 644 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 639 – 648)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 820 – 829 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 820 – 837)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 860 - 860 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp.860 - 875)

Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, June 15, 2023 @ 7:30pm (?)

We will be continuing with our study of Louis Jacobs’ book, Jewish Personal and Social Ethics, concentrating on Chapter 5, “Health and Care of the Body,” and Chapter 7, “Honesty and Integrity.”

Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, June 167:44 – 7:44pm

Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, June 178:53 – 8:53pm

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 9:30 am

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

Judy Grabiner will be covering services Friday night and Zoom will probably not be available. I'll be back for Saturday services with business as usual.

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

Parashat Sh’lach 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת שְׁלַח־לְךָ

17 June 2023 / 28 Sivan 5783 (Diaspora)

Parashat Sh’lach is the 37th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Numbers 13:1-15:41

Shelach (“Send”) tells the story of Israelite spies journeying into Canaan, the negative report they bring back, and the resulting punishment decreed upon the Israelites: to wander and die in the desert over forty years. It ends with laws about sacrifices, the story of a man who desecrates Shabbat, and the commandment to wear ritual fringes. [1]

Triennial year 1

1: 13:1-3 · 3 p’sukim ·

2: 13:4-16 · 13 p’sukim ·

3: 13:17-20 · 4 p’sukim ·

4: 13:21-24 · 4 p’sukim ·

5: 13:25-30 · 6 p’sukim ·

6: 13:31-33 · 3 p’sukim ·

7: 14:1-7 · 7 p’sukim ·

maf: 14:5-7 · 3 p’sukim · or 15:37-41 · 5 p’sukim · (Full Kriyah)

Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24 · 24 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah:

Soncino Chumash: pp. 623 – 627 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 623 – 634)

*Note that we are now doing the Triennial reading for our Shabbat Torah services. 5783 will be Triennial Year 1

**We are holding live Shabbat services back in the synagogue. We will still continue to broadcast on Zoom for those unable to come to the sanctuary. Please call the office for more information if you'd like to attend.

Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Hebrew School is on break for the summer; see you in the fall.

We will be having a children's session over the summer to teach Hebrew starting June 25 (see below).

Please contact us for further details and information

Children's Beginning Hebrew Class

Tentative start date in June 25, 2023 10:00am -10:45am

To teach Hebrew to those just entering Hebrew school or would like a refresher.

Miller Course: Introduction to Judaism

Next Session: Sunday, June 18, 2023

Module 11: Kashrut

Your Jewish Journey Starts at Miller Intro to Judaism

Welcome to the Miller Intro to Judaism Program! We invite you to explore Judaism with us. Whether you are in an interfaith relationship, re-discovering your Jewish heritage, or seek to convert to Judaism, we are here to support your journey.

The core of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is an 18-week course that surveys Jewish living and practice, including history, ritual, culture, texts, and values. Classes are designed to be highly interactive, with much time for discussion and questions, and include personalized instruction in reading Hebrew.

Rosh Chodesh Tamuz 2023 / רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ תָּמוּז 5783

Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar 🌒

Rosh Chodesh Tamuz for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Sunday, 18 June 2023 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 20 June 2023.

Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar. תַּמּוּז (transliterated Tamuz or Tammuz) is the 4th month of the Hebrew year, has 29 days, and corresponds to June or July on the Gregorian calendar. רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ, transliterated Rosh Chodesh or Rosh Hodesh, is a minor holiday that occurs at the beginning of every month in the Hebrew calendar. It is marked by the birth of a new moon.

Jewish Inland Empire Pioneers

On Sunday, June 25th at 2:00 PM Temple Sholom of Ontario, will welcome Cantor Jonathan L. Friedmann, Ph.D., professor of Jewish Music History and Academic Dean of the Master of Jewish Studies Program and Rabbinical School at the Academy for Jewish Religion California as our guest speaker. He will lead us back to our Jewish leaders and history within the Inland Empire, Pomona Valley and beyond.

***We continually update our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing. Please advise any names to be added or removed. This list only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario but we include anyone who can benefit from these prayers. Thank you.

*The titles in blue and underlined are "hyperlinks". If you click on any of those, it will lead to that site/URL. The hyperlink gives a descriptive title with the actual link embedded in that title. Anyone who is concerned about clicking a link or hyperlink can access any of these resources by going to my website, You can find them in the "Blog" and "Videos" sections, as well as the "Instagram Links" by clicking on the various pictures.

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