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Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום‎‎

*Note that this email is now going out a day earlier. Torah Study is now scheduled for Monday evenings.

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Office Hours

-This week's 10-Minute Torah

-Happy President's Day

-Adult Torah Study

-This week's Shabbat services & replay of last week's services

-Hebrew School

-Miller Course

-Shabbat Across America

-Purim Carnival

-Tefillin Workshop


-Magilla Reading

**We are holding live Shabbat services back in the synagogue, pandemic protocols per state mandates apply. We will still continue to broadcast on Zoom and Facebook for those unable to come to the sanctuary. Please call the office for more information if you'd like to attend.

Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA Candle lighting: 5:25pm on Friday, Feb 25

  • Shabbat Shekalim occurs on Saturday, Feb 26

  • Shabbat Mevarchim Chodesh Adar II occurs on Saturday, Feb 26

  • This week's Torah portion is Parashat Vayakhel

  • Havdalah (50 min): 6:35pm on Saturday, Feb 26

שבת פרשת ויקהל February 25 - כ״ד אדר-א

Candle lighting 5:25

Shabbat ends 6:22

72 minutes 6:57

Office Hours this week:

I will be away from the office this weekend from Fri, Feb 11 - Mon, Feb 14

Monday February 21, 2022 Office closed in honor of President's Day

Tuesday February 22, 2022 9:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Thursday February 24, 2022 9:15 pm - 1:15 pm (Tentative)

Friday February 25, 2022 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Note different day & time.)

Monday February 28, 2022 9:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Tuesday March 1, 2022 9:15 pm - 1:15 pm

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)

Happy President's Day

Monday, February 21, 2022

The third Monday in February marks Presidents' day. This year, the federal holiday falls on February 21st.

Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm PT

Parashat Vayakhel 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת וַיַּקְהֵל

Read on 26 February 2022 / 25 Adar I 5782.

Parashat Vayakhel is the 22nd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 35:1-38:20

Vayakhel (“He Assembled”) opens as God commands the Israelites to observe the Sabbath. Moses asks for material donations for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and the people donate. A group of artisans designated by God begin building the Mishkan and its vessels. [1]

Triennial year 3

1: 36:20-30 · 11 p’sukim ·

2: 36:31-38 · 8 p’sukim ·

3: 37:1-16 · 16 p’sukim ·

4: 37:17-24 · 8 p’sukim ·

5: 37:25-29 · 5 p’sukim ·

6: 38:1-8 · 8 p’sukim ·

7: 38:9-20 · 12 p’sukim ·

maf: 30:11-16 · 6 p’sukim · ☞ Shabbat Shekalim ☜

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: II Kings 12:1-17 · 17 p’sukim ☞ Shabbat Shekalim ☜

Haftarah for Sephardim: I Kings 7:13-26 · 14 p’sukim

Shabbat Shekalim 2022 / שַׁבָּת שְׁקָלִים 5782

Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar

Shabbat Shekalim for Hebrew Year 5782 begins at sundown on Friday, 25 February 2022 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 26 February 2022. This corresponds to Parashat Vayakhel.

Shabbat Shekalim ("Sabbath [of] shekels" שבת שקלים) read in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tent of Meeting. The Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16 is read. This Shabbat takes place on the Shabbat before the 1st of the Hebrew calendar month of Adar, or on the 1st of Adar itself if it falls on Shabbat. In leap years on the Hebrew calendar, when there are two months of Adar, Shabbat Shekalim is on the Shabbat before the 1st of Adar II (or on the 1st of Adar II itself if it is Shabbat).

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am

*Note that we are now doing the Triennial reading for our Shabbat Torah services. 5782 is Triennial Year 3

**We are holding live Shabbat services back in the synagogue, pandemic protocols per state mandates apply. We will still continue to broadcast on Zoom and Facebook for those unable to come to the sanctuary. Please call the office for more information if you'd like to attend.

Schedule of services attached

18 February 22 Erev Shabbat service

(No replay available for this week)

Sermon @

19 Feb 22 Temple Sholom of Ontario

D'var Torah @ 1:

Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Children's Reading Class Sunday, February 27, 2022 9:20 - 9:50 am PT

First Session Sunday, February 27, 2022 10:00 - 10:40 am PT

Second Session Sunday, February 27, 2022 10:50 - 11:30 am PT

Hebrew school is in session at Temple Sholom of Ontario. We will hold classes virtually on Sundays starting at 10:00am PT. There will be two sessions, 40 minutes each, with a 10 minute break in between.

**This is a work-in-progress based on the status of the pandemic and as currently planned. We will alter the format and schedule based on updated information.

We have added a special Hebrew reading crash course for those students not adept in reading Hebrew. It will be from 9:20am to 9:50 am before the regular sessions.

The first session will focus on Hebrew reading and prayers. We will read from the week's Torah portion using a Chumash and an online site. Besides the main prayers used in our services, we will also learn Torah and Haftarah blessings.

The second session will be a general learning session of that weekly sedrah/portion. We will also discuss notable Jewish personalities, from celebrities to prophets and kings. There will also be special topics such as gossip and evolution.

Please let us know if you'd like to join us and of course if you have any questions. RSVP for Zoom links.

Temple Sholom of Ontario is proud to announce we are once again offering:

Next session: Sunday, February 27, 2022 @ 11:45am PT

Fifth Module: Chapter 5 - Shabbat

Miller Intro to Judaism Program

If you're thinking of converting to Judaism: Completion of the Intro Program fulfills the learning requirements for conversion of the Rabbinical Assembly of America. Once you finish the course requirements and secure a sponsoring rabbi, you are eligible to become officially part of the Jewish People.

If you're already Jewish: Whether you were born Jewish but never quite learned what it’s all about, you’re back after a long hiatus, or you’re just looking for a deeper understanding of your heritage, most of us could use a bit of a refresher. Jews from all walks of life enroll in the program: from people who had a Jewish day school education to those whose strongest connection was the annual box of matza on the kitchen counter.

More details to follow. Please let us know if you're interested. Application is attached below or reply with request for more information

The 26th Annual

The 26th Annual Shabbat Across America and Canada is March 4, 2022!

March 4, 2022!On one special night, tens of thousands of North American Jews will come together in spiritual unison with Jews across the continent and with thousands of years of tradition. Now is your chance to be counted in this campaign that encourages Jews of all backgrounds to come together and celebrate what unifies us all: The Shabbat.

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 and heeding the recommendation of medical professionals to forego large indoor gatherings, NJOP is not planning our usual, in-person Shabbat Across America and Canada celebration in 2022. Instead, we will be inviting people to bring Shabbat Across America and Canada home, focusing on individuals, couples and families, to celebrate in their homes on March 4, 2022.

Stay tuned for further details!

Save the Date!

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 13, 2022 9:30am – 11:30am

Our Hebrew School project will be to prepare for Purim. We’ll be making groggers, masks, etc.


Tefillin Clinic for our pre-B’nai Mitzvot

Sunday, March 13, 2022 9:30am – 11:30am

We will learn this important Jewish Mitzvah, wrapping tefillin. Please join us.

Purim 2022 / פּוּרִים 5782

Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther ️

Purim for Hebrew Year 5782 begins at sundown on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 and ends at nightfall on Thursday, 17 March 2022.

Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm "lots", from the word פור pur, also called the Festival of Lots) is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman in the ancient Persian Empire, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).

Magillah Reading

Wednesday, March 17, 2022 7:00pm (tentative)

Stay tuned for details….

For this week's Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing, please advise any changes

**If you have any changes to names on the list, please let us know so we can update. Thank you.

(Names will no longer be published to respect people's privacy).

*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.

Shalom v'Tzelachah,

Rabbi Stephen Epstein

Temple Sholom of Ontario

909-983-9661 X1004 Office

951-526-4012 Mobile

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