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Rabbi Stephen's Weekly Newsletter for week of 25 June 2023


Announcements

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute

-Events

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)



Calendar


Sunday, 25 June 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

-Jewish Inland Empire Pioneers

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

Sunday, 2 July 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Tuesday, 4 July 2023-Independence Day

Thursday, 6 July 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 7 & 8 July 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Sunday, 9 July 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Monday, 10 July 2023-Adult Torah Study

Thursday, 13 July 2023-Monthly Board Meeting


-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 25, 2023 9:00am - 5:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

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

Sunday, July 2, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

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

Sunday, July 9, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

Thursday, July 13, 2023 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm (Board Meeting @ 7:00pm)

Friday, July 14, 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 26 at 7:30 pm PT

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

Parashat Chukat-Balak 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת קוֹרַח

1 July 2023 / 5 Tamuz 5783 (Diaspora)

Parashat Chukat-Balak is the 39th and 40th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Numbers 19:1-25:9

Chukat (“Law Of”) opens by describing the process of burning the red heifer and using its ashes for purification. It also tells the stories of the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ striking of a rock to bring forth water, a plague of venomous snakes, and battles against the Emorite kings Sihon and Og. Balak tells the story of the Moabite king Balak, who hires Balaam to curse the Israelites. Balaam’s donkey speaks along the way, and Balaam ends up blessing the Israelites. The portion ends with a story about Israelite men sinning with Moabite women and the stabbing of an Israelite and a Midianite. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah


Hertz Chumash: pp. 652 – 661 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 652 – 682)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 838 – 853 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 838 – 875)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 880 - 890 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp.880 - 908)



Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, July 6, 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 307:46 – 7:46pm

Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, July 18:54 – 8:54pm


Upcoming Services

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

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, July 1, 2023 @ 9:30 am

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

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

Parashat Chukat-Balak 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת חֻקַּת־בָּלָק

1 July 2023 / 12 Tamuz 5783 (Diaspora)

Parashat Chukat-Balak is the 39th and 40th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Numbers 19:1-25:9

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]

Triennial year 1

1: 19:1-9 · 9 p’sukim ·

2: 19:10-17 · 8 p’sukim ·

3: 19:18-20:6 · 11 p’sukim ·

4: 20:7-13 · 7 p’sukim ·

5: 20:14-21 · 8 p’sukim ·

6: 20:22-21:9 · 17 p’sukim ·

7: 21:10-20 · 11 p’sukim ·

maf: 21:16-20 · 5 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 · 17 p’sukim

Hertz Chumash: pp. 652 – 661 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 652 – 682)

*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

Sunday, July 2, 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, July 2, 2023

11:00am - 12:00noon Module 13: Love

12:00noon - 1:00pm Module 2: TaNaKh

We have started a second course!

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.




Happy Independence Day

Tuesday, 4 July 2023

The Fourth of July celebrates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The Declaration announced the political separation of the 13 North American colonies from Great Britain.




***I 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 I will 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, www.modernrabbistephen.com. 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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