TBS of Temecula Weekly Newsletter 03-26-20

Beginning this week we will be using Zoom for all of our services including Pesach. See below for more information.

Parshah Vayikra

Torah Reading: Lev. 1:1-5:26 
Haftarah Reading: Isaiah 43:21-44:23

Torah Sparks: Not available this week

Corona Virus (COVID-19) and TBS

We will be moving to the virtual interactive platform Zoom.com beginning this Shabbat, March 26/27 and all Shabbatot and Pesach services until further notice. We urge you to follow the directions found in the Mailchimp sent out on March 22nd. Gwen Schlumbolm is still available to help those who need help. Her phone number is 951-970-5389. She is an excellent teacher and is very patient. Every Jewish person 13 years of age or older who is Zooming with us will be counted toward our minyan. This is important for those who have a yahrzeit or are in mourning and need to recite Kaddish.

Zoom is interactive and in real time. So that means services will start at 7:30PM on Friday night and at 10AM on Shabbat morning. I will see you and you will see me. We will pray, sing, interact just as we do when we are all in the same space. This is not a streaming service. It is interactive. I need to emphasize that. If you are in your jammies for Shabbat, I will see them! If you have on nice Shabbat clothes, I will see them as well. This platform is going to be wonderful for us. There will be a bit of a learning curve, but you only need a devise with a camera. The invitations for both Friday night and Shabbat morning are listed below. Just click on the Friday night link for Friday night services. Click on the Shabbat morning link for Shabbat morning services. If all goes well, you will appear to me and I to you. 

If you want to be able to follow along during services and you don’t own a Sim Shalom prayer book for Shabbat and Festivals, you can purchase one online from any number of booksellers.


For the time being, the Rabbinical Assembly has made a PDF of our Sim Shalom available for downloading and printing for your convenience. You just need a printer and plenty of paper. Here is the link you need to get your free pdf to download and print: 

As you fill out the form for the E Siddur, and you want the pages for Friday night, click the order form box that says: 
Siddur Sim Shalom: Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Evening Service. 

If you want the pages for Shabbat morning click all of the order form boxes that say: 
Siddur Sim Shalom: Psukei DZimra Shabbat 
Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat Shaharit
 Siddur Sim Shalom: Shabbat Morning
 Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat Musaf
Torah reading for this week and next week
Etz Hayim: Vayikra 
Etz Hayim: Tzav

Then download the pages and print. Make yourself a booklet with staples or old fashion brads. If you want your booklet to look like a siddur, your  pages on the right will be the Hebrew; your pages on the left will be English. The book spine faces right, like all books in Hebrew. 

Here is the Zoom link for Friday night March 27th:
Topic: Shabbat Services Friday March 27th
Time: Mar 27, 2020 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 986 552 998
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Meeting ID: 986 552 998
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acFOmAPoOg

Here is the Zoom link for Shabbat morning March 28th

Topic: Shabbat Morning Services Sat. March 28th
Time: Mar 28, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 396 968 696
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+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 396 968 696
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acFOmAPoOg

Save the Date

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

Winter Psalms

We are continuing our program of reviewing the set of psalms – “tehilim” –  which are traditionally studied on Shabbat afternoons during the winter months. These psalms, #120-#134, are known as the Shir HaMaalot/Songs of Ascent psalms. We started with Psalm 104, the psalm for the New Month (which is traditionally included with the Shir HaMaalot during this time), and have since covered Psalms 120-129.  Psalm 130 is recited by Jews all over the world in times of distress, as the psalmist calls out to G-d “out of the depths.” In times of trouble, we wait for G-d and His salvation even more than one who watches for the morning.

The word hashomer (השומר), ‘the watchman,’ was taken as the name of the first modern Jewish security force in the Land of Israel. From 1909 until 1920, during the period known as the time of the Second Aliyah, a group of Jewish settlers formed Hashomer to protect Jewish towns from enemy incursions. After the group disbanded, its members formed the Haganah defense organization, precursor of the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish people have been defending themselves in the land for over one hundred years, but the psalm reminds us that G-d is the ultimate protector of Israel. The psalm is located on page 254 in your Siddur Sim Shalom; you can also find it at https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.130?lang=bi, on an excellent online Jewish library site.

Learning while in Isolation

Tikvah Live: A Special Online Lecture Series.  In this period of quarantine and social distancing, the Tikvah Fund is putting out a series of lectures from America’s leading Jewish intellectuals.  The first is: “The Lonely Jew of Faith: Covenantal Connection in an Age of Quarantine”, at Thursday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.  Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik will reflect on a classic work by his great-uncle, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik (the “Rav”), “The Lonely Man of Faith”, and how it offers a distinctly Jewish way of thinking about this challenging time.  Future lectures will be offered by Caroline Glick and Professor Ruth Wisse.  Go to https://tikvahfund.org/tikvah-live/?utm_campaign=daily_03162020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=tikvah_daily&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJzdHVhcnQud2FsZEBnbWFpbC5jb20iLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJMRmRyZncifQ%3D%3D  to register.
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.

A Poem from Our Own Benjamin Tisnado

Lord Help

Lord help me find peace through this storm of Corona virus. Help me stay healthy from the disease and not transmit it to anyone. Show me the way to redemption by prayer and meditation as well as soul searching for a solution to humanity’s problem. God please show me the way; give me strength to deal and cope with this situation. Please Lord give us an antidote to stop further deaths and contagion. Help us find the way to inner peace. Deliver us from all this evil, my Creator, for the good of the elders, pregnant women, children and sick people. I know these are trying moments for the rest of the world not just China. Show us the way to a more serene healthy world Lord. I know you will hear my prayer and meditation for this Covid-19.

Poem by Ysmael E.Tisnado.All rights reserved copyright  03/16/20

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