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TBS of Temecula Weekly Newsletter 03-12-2020

This Week’s Torah Portion:

Parshat Ki Tissa
Shabbat Parah

This is the 3rd of 4 special Shabbatot before Pesach. The special maftir details the matter of the para adummah (red heifer). In the days of the Temple, the priest would use the ashes of the red heifer to purify people who were in a state of ritual impurity and therefore ineligible to eat of the Pesach sacrifice.

Torah Reading: Exodus 30:11-34:35; Numbers 19:1-22 
Haftarah Reading: Ezekiel 36:16-36

Torah Sparks: commentary on this week’s readings:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19shYOLiiELGo9zxK4VJMx1YNSbhMFNUdHCjwt1nINVY/edit?usp=sharing

Shabbat Morning News

Please keep up the great job of bringing food for our onegs and Shabbat kiddish lunches. Continue to stay creative! We can always use casseroles, pasta sides and fruit. Cookies or cake are nice for dessert too. We know you love lunch after services, so please continue to be meritorious by being a bringer of food.

Note: all food must be meat/meat by-product free. Check each and every ingredient, including oils found in the food items or used in cooking. Only vegetable oils are allowed. Foods must be pareve, vegetarian or vegan. If you find reading ingredient labels challenging, only buy products with a hekshur on it. (That’s the symbol that tells that the product is kosher). Questions? Contact Rabbi Rosenstein at info@tbstemecula.org.

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Our tradition is that during the winter months, we study a special set of psalms, “tehilim,” on Shabbat afternoons. This week, take a look at Psalm 128.  As part of our covenant, if we (as a people) obey the laws which we have been given (in the Torah), we will be rewarded with prosperity, family, long life and peace, as we live together around the holy city of Jerusalem in Eretz Yisrael.  The psalm is located on page 253 in your Siddur Sim Shalom; you can also find it at https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.128?lang=bi, on an excellent online Jewish library site.

Save the Date

Monday night, March 9th at 6:30 PM, all TBS members in good standing are urged to attend our semi-annual meeting to review the past six months and to hear plans for the next six months. If you can not attend, please be sure to send in your proxy form via snail mail, email or by handing it to a board member. The proxy forms and notice of the semi annual meeting will be arriving in your inbox shortly.

Monday night, March 9th at 7PM Purim services will be held in our sanctuary. Come hear the Megillah – the story of Queen Esther, Mordechai, Queen Vashti, King Ahasuerus and Haman. Ooh and ah over the fun costumes and then drown out the name of the evil Haman with your grogger! Start thinking about your costume now!

Friday night, March 13th at 7 PM, we have been invited, once again to join Congregation B’nai Chaim and Congregation Havurim to participate in a joint Shabbat service and post-Purim spiel put on by the children of their religious school. We will not be holding services at our own shul that evening. But normal Shabbat services will take place in our sanctuary the following morning, March 14th at 10 AM

Pesach services will take place on Thursday morning, April 9th at 10 AM. The concluding services of Pesach, including Yizkor will take place on Thursday, April 16th at 10 AM. 


Shoshanah Hadassah will be hosting an interesting and important seminar about Jews and genetic diseases. In particular, but not limited to Gaucher disease type 1, the MOST COMMON genetic disease among individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry.

This is a program for persons of all ages, even if you have previously been screened for certain genetic conditions.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 1:00pm at Congregation B’nai Chaim. Refreshments and a meal will be provided.

RSVP to Judy Lebovitz at Judylebovitz@gmail.com or call 951-461-0065.  RSVP by March 17th

Speaker: Gary S Frohlich, MS, CGC, Principle Patient Education Liaison

Shine a light on a condition that receives less attention, but occurs more often than any other condition in Ashkenazi Jews

Provide education on how to access genetic services to assist in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatments of Gaucher disease.

Free Online Course
“Declaring Israel’s Independence”

What should Israel’s borders be? How can a state be both Jewish and democratic? How can the Jewish state make its case to the world? These are the questions at the heart of Israel’s most contentious debates, dividing Israelis as well as Jews and Zionists throughout the Diaspora. But they aren’t new. In Tikvah’s new, FREE online course, one of Israel’s finest historians, Dr. Martin Kramer, shows you how Israel’s founders grappled with these same issues as they discussed, debated, and drafted Israel’s Declaration of Independence. As you join Dr. Kramer on a journey back to the most harrowing days of 1948, you will begin to see how studying this 70-year-old document can shine a light on the very problems the Jewish state faces today.
Go to: https://declaration.tikvahfund.org/?utm_source=commentary_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=commentary_newsletter_announcement to start the course.

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Best Practices

We will continue to wash our hands with soap and water before our onegs and kiddush lunches. We will use serving utensils, not fingers when we fill our plates. Challah will be cut, not torn and then distributed using gloved hands or tongs. We will disinfect communal areas to the best of our ability before services, classes and group. If you are ill, please stay home. If you cough or sneeze, do so in the crook of your arm. Let’s all wash our hands repeatedly. 
For more in-depth information note the following:

For all pertinent and updated information, including travel advisories: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html


For specific questions, see the CDC’s FAQ section: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html


For information about COVID-19 in your state, search your state’s health department, which works with the CDC to monitor and implement all recommendations: www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html


For up-to-date developments, research, and guidance from government health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), go to: www.idsociety.org/public-health/Novel-Coronavirus

What is Spiritual Care?

Spiritual care offers a type of support that recognizes and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness brought about by changes in life style, circumstance, or the loss of a loved one. Whether you need help finding peace where you are in life or figuring out the next step, spiritual care offers care seekers a place to express their feelings and find support during times of challenge. Our weekly spiritual care group called Share and Care meets Wednesdays from 1-3 pm. The fee is $10 per session.

Individual confidential sessions are available by appointment with Rabbi Rosenstein on a weekly or as needed basis. Please contact Rabbi Rosenstein directly for immediate availability. $50 fee per session.

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