TBS of Temecula Weekly Newsletter 01-23-2020

This Week’s Torah Portion:

Shabbat Va’era
Shabbat Merarekhim HaChodesh

Will will announce the coming month of Shevat
Torah Reading: Exodus 6:2-13
Haftarah Reading: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

Torah Sparks: commentary on this week’s readings:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AsOP3N5Ms65NJLyE5xnNt_11c_orHJgUjtmEq9W95-0/edit?usp=sharing

January Pot Luck 

This Friday’s Shabbat Pot Luck and service location has been changed. It will now take place at a private residence in south Temecula, close to Pechanga Casino. You will receive the address when you RSVP with your meal offering. Please get back to Rabbi Rosenstein quickly at rabbi@tbstemecula.org with your meal offering.

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.


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 121, in which we are reassured that G-d is a reliable refuge for us, if we take responsibility to ask for that help and follow the divine laws we have been given.  The psalm is located on page 250 in your Siddur Sim Shalom; you can also find it at https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.121?lang=bi, on an excellent online Jewish library site.


Next week, we all get to vote in the only election held for a Jewish international legislature. The World Zionist Congress was founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897 to represent all Jews worldwide regarding the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.  American Jews directly select 29% of the delegates (with others chosen by some organizations like B’nai Brith), but only if they actually vote!  If you don’t vote, then other people, from other denominations and viewpoints, will get to control over $1 billion in annual funding for The Jewish Agency and other organizations which help Jews to make aliyah and support Jewish organizations in Israel, including the over 80 kehillot and almost 800,000 people who affiliate with non-Orthodox Judaism and therefore do not receive significant (if any) governmental funding.

Starting on January 21 (next Tuesday), you can go to MERCAZ2020.org and vote to support the Conservative/Masorti movement.  MERCAZ is Slate #6 of the 14 different slates of candidates running for the Congress, but it is the only one committed to both a Jewish identity and religious pluralism.  If you don’t vote, you don’t count!


Stuart Wald has started a limited form of Daf Yomi, a practice where Jews read and study the Talmud over a 7.5 year cycle, starting with Tractate Berachot, “Blessings.”  Materials will be provided by My Jewish Learning, including wisdom, arguments, insights, and even ancient rabbinic jokes!  This is best done in a hevruta, a study group, and so Stuart needs help to make this work.  No prior training required.  Contact stuart.wald@gmail.com for how to join.

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.

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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