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Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום (July 11, 2022)

Updated: Jul 11, 2022




-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Office Hours

-This week's 10-Minute Torah

-Adult Torah Study

-Sofer on Site

-Judaic Studies

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

-Hebrew School

-Family Learning Day

-Miller Course

-Adult Hebrew Reading Course



*Our Synagogue secretary, Bonnie Brown, has had back surgery and is recovering. Please be patient with us as we work to cover the synagogue office. Thank you for your consideration.


**For your convenience and information, Zoom links to events are provided in their respective notices. Please note that only members associated with Temple Sholom of Ontario are receiving these links in this format

Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

  • Candle lighting: 7:44pm on Friday, Jul 15

  • This week's Torah portion is Parashat Balak

  • Havdalah (50 min): 8:52pm on Saturday, Jul 16


שבת פרשת בלק

July 15 - ט״ז תמוז

Candle lighting 7:44

Shabbat ends 8:45

72 minutes 9:15



Office Hours this week:

Monday July 11, 2022 9:45am - 1:45pm

Thursday July 14, 2022 1:30pm - 7:30pm (Board Meeting @ 7:30pm)

Friday July 15, 2022 2:00pm - 8:00pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 8:00pm)

Monday July 18, 2022 9:45am - 1:45pm

Tuesday July 19, 2022 9:30am - 1:30pm

Friday July 22, 2022 2:00pm - 8:00pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 8:00pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)




Parashat Balak 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת בָּלָק

16 July 2022 / 17 Tamuz 5782 (Diaspora)


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

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]

Triennial year 3

1: 22:39-23:5 · 8 p’sukim ·

2: 23:6-12 · 7 p’sukim ·

3: 23:13-26 · 14 p’sukim ·

4: 23:27-30 · 4 p’sukim ·

5: 24:1-13 · 13 p’sukim ·

6: 24:14-25 · 12 p’sukim ·

7: 25:1-9 · 9 p’sukim ·

maf: 25:7-9 · 3 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 · 17 p’sukim


Commentary and Divrei Torah Sefaria OU Torah Jewish Theological Seminary


Soncino Chumash: pp. 673 - 682 Triennial Year 3 (Full Kriyah pp. 668 - 682)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 862 - 875 Triennial Year 3 (Full Kriyah pp. 856 - 875)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 899 - 908 Triennial Year 3 (Full Kriyah pp. 894 - 908)



Sofer on Site

On Monday, July 4th, Rabbi Druin from Sofer on Site came to check our Torah. This is something that has to be done from time to time to make sure our scroll is Kosher. Thank you to all who joined us.

And here's the fastest Torah roller in the west!




Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, July 11 at 7:30 pm PT

Meeting ID: 898 5075 6759 Passcode: 152859

Parashat Balak 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת בָּלָק

16 July 2022 / 17 Tamuz 5782 (Diaspora)


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

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]

Triennial year 3

1: 22:39-23:5 · 8 p’sukim ·

2: 23:6-12 · 7 p’sukim ·

3: 23:13-26 · 14 p’sukim ·

4: 23:27-30 · 4 p’sukim ·

5: 24:1-13 · 13 p’sukim ·

6: 24:14-25 · 12 p’sukim ·

7: 25:1-9 · 9 p’sukim ·

maf: 25:7-9 · 3 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 · 17 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah Sefaria OU Torah Jewish Theological Seminary

Soncino Chumash: pp. 673 - 682 Triennial Year 3 (Full Kriyah pp. 668 - 682)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 862 - 875 Triennial Year 3 (Full Kriyah pp. 856 - 875)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 899 - 908 Triennial Year 3 (Full Kriyah pp. 894 - 908)



Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, July 21 @ 7:30pm

(Judaic Studies will be preempted this week due to the monthly Board Meeting)

Come join us for a lively discussion of various topics on Judaica. The current topic is Pirkei Avot.




Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, July 15, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am

Back to regular time

Meeting ID: 819 8034 2997 Passcode: 767848

*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. 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.

2022 07 08 Erev Shabbat Chukkas

Sermon @ 1:03:10 "Greed is Good?"

2022 07 09 Shabbat Chukkas

D'var Torah @ 1:11:45

Links for this past Shabbat services are posted.



Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

See you in the fall.

First Session Sunday

Second Session Sunday

Hebrew school is on summer break 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.



Family Sunday School/Learning Day

Sunday, July 24 10am – 12pm

Temple Sholom of Ontario is planning a fun, education day on July 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at our synagogue. The program will include classes and activities for children and their parents. Rabbi Stephen (me) will be doing a special program for children over 11 and their parents. Two Sunday School teachers will be offering programs for children ages four to eleven to learn prayers, Bible stories, art, and a time for constructive play with other children. At approximately 11:30 am everyone will join together to enjoy a bagel brunch.

Please join us all for this special day. Any questions, contact me or Zoe Siegel at 909-985-7106.



Adult Hebrew Reading Course

Sunday, July 17 10:30 am – 11:30 am














A new Hebrew Reading course from NJOP.


Also, People have been asking for more practice in Hebrew Reading. We are planning a Hebrew reading course that will help you understand the prayers as well




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

Next session: Sunday July 17, 2022 @ 11:45am PT

Eighth Module: G-d

Ninth Module: Talmud/Rabbinic Judaism

Miller Intro to Judaism Program

**Due to increased interest, we are starting a new course that will run concurrent with the present course. We will be finished by Rosh Hashanah. The second session will begin immediately following the first. If you are interested in joining, please let us know.


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



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, 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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