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Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום (February 6, 2023)



-Announcements

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute Torah

-Tu B'Shevat

-Adult Torah Study

-Judaic Studies

-This week's Upcoming Shabbat services

-Hebrew School

-Miller Course Introduction to Judaism

-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.


** Please note that recent security issues have been resolved and I am now transitioning to using the templesholomofontario.org email platform, but some emails will continue to go out from this address.

***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.



Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

  • Tu BiShvat occurs on Monday, Feb 6

  • Candle lighting: 5:11pm on Friday, Feb 10

  • This week's Torah portion is Parashat Yitro

  • Havdalah (50 min): 6:21pm on Saturday, Feb 11

שבת פרשת יתרו

February 10 - י״ט שבט

Candle lighting 5:11

Shabbat ends 6:09

72 minutes 6:43




Office Hours this week:

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Board Meeting @ 7:30pm) Friday, February 10, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Monday, February 13, 2023 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Friday, February 17, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)




Parashat Yitro is the 17th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 18:1-20:23

Yitro (“Jethro”) begins as Moses reunites with his father-in-law Yitro and accepts his advice to appoint judges who will help govern the Israelites. The Israelites prepare to encounter God at Mount Sinai. God descends amidst fire, smoke, thunder, and the blast of a shofar and gives the Ten Commandments. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah


Soncino Chumash: pp. 288 - 301 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 288 - 3011)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 394 - 414 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 394 - 414)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 432 - 450 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 432 - 450)



Tu BiShvat 2023 / טוּ בִּשְׁבָט 5783

Tu BiShvat for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Sunday, 5 February 2023 and ends at nightfall on Monday, 6 February 2023.

The name of this festival is actually its date: “Tu” is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters for the number 15, and it falls in the Hebrew month of Shevat. Traditionally, Tu Bishvat was not a Jewish festival. Rather, it marked an important date for Jewish farmers in ancient times. The Torah states, “When you enter the land [of Israel] and plant any tree for food, you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden for you, not to be eaten” (Leviticus 19:23). The fruit of the fourth year was to be offered to the priests in the Temple as a gift of gratitude for the bounty of the land, and the fifth-year fruit–and all subsequent fruit–was finally for the farmer. This law, however, raised the question of how farmers were to mark the “birthday” of a tree. The Rabbis therefore established the 15th of the month of Shevat as a general “birthday” for all trees, regardless of when they were actually planted.




Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday February 6 at 7:30 pm PT

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

Parashat Yitro 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ

11 February 2023 / 20 Sh'vat 5783


Parashat Yitro is the 17th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 18:1-20:23


Yitro (“Jethro”) begins as Moses reunites with his father-in-law Yitro and accepts his advice to appoint judges who will help govern the Israelites. The Israelites prepare to encounter God at Mount Sinai. God descends amidst fire, smoke, thunder, and the blast of a shofar and gives the Ten Commandments. [1]


Commentary and Divrei Torah


Soncino Chumash: pp. 288 - 301 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 288 - 3011)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 394 - 414 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 394 - 414)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 432 - 450 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 432 - 450)



Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Come join us for a lively discussion of various topics on Judaica.




Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, February 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm Note new start time

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, February 11, 2023 @ 9:30 am Note that start time

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

Parashat Yitro 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ

11 February 2023 / 20 Sh'vat 5783

Parashat Yitro is the 17th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 18:1-20:23

Yitro (“Jethro”) begins as Moses reunites with his father-in-law Yitro and accepts his advice to appoint judges who will help govern the Israelites. The Israelites prepare to encounter God at Mount Sinai. God descends amidst fire, smoke, thunder, and the blast of a shofar and gives the Ten Commandments. [1]

Triennial year 1

1: 18:1-12 · 12 p’sukim ·

2: 18:13-23 · 11 p’sukim ·

3: 18:24-27 · 4 p’sukim ·

4: 19:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·

5: 19:7-19 · 13 p’sukim ·

6: 19:20-20:14 · 20 p’sukim ·

7: 20:15-23 · 9 p’sukim ·

maf: 20:19-23 · 5 p’sukim ·

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 · 21 p’sukim


Commentary and Divrei Torah


Soncino Chumash: pp. 288 - 301 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 288 - 3011)

*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

Next Hebrew School will be Sunday, February 12, 2023

First Session Sunday 10:00am - 10:40am

Second Session Sunday 10:50am - 11:30am

Hebrew school is back on at Temple Sholom of Ontario. We will continue in the fall 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.

Details will follow soon.


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.




Miller Course: Introduction to Judaism

Coming Soon!

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.




***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.



*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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