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Parashat Balak June 26, 2021, 16 Tamuz 5781 Torah: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Triennial 22:2-38 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 Flawed Prophets Ilana Kurshan In commenting on one of the final verses in the Torah— “never has there arisen in Israel a prophet like Moshe” (Deuteronomy 34:10)—the midrash raises a surprising challenge from our parashah. While it is true [...]
Parashat Hukat June 19, 2021, 9 Tamuz 5781 Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1; Triennial 19:1-20:21 Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 Hukat – The Song that Wells Up from Inside Ilana Kursha Parashah Hukat is about the death of a generation and its leaders. Miriam and Aaron die, and Moshe is informed by God that he, too, will die before [...]
Parashat Korach June 12, 2021, 2 Tamuz 5781 Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32; Triennial 16:20-17:24 Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22 Korah’s Take on Leadership Ilana Kurshan Our parashah features a serious and dangerous assault on Moshe’s leadership of the Jewish people. In the midst of the Israelites’ desert wanderings, a Levite named Korah rallies a group of two [...]
Parashat Sh’lach June 5, 2021, 25 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Triennial 14:8-15:7 Haftorah: Joshua 2:1-2:24 The Sotah and the Spies Ilana Kurshan Our parashah contains an account of the spies sent by Moshe to scout out the land of Israel before the Israelites enter to conquer it. Instead of simply reporting on the land, [...]
Parashat Beha’alotcha May 29, 2021, 18 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 8:1-12:16; Triennial 9:15-10:34 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:17 The Varieties of Religious Experience Ilana Kurshan In parashat Beha’alotcha Miriam and Aaron speak out against Moshe “on account of the Cushite woman he had married” (Numbers 12:1), a reference to Moshe’s wife Tziporah, who was described as a [...]
Parashat Nasso May 22, 2021, 11 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Triennial 5:11-6:27 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 Grooming, Grieving, Grapes Ilana Kurshan Parashat Nasso introduces us to the nazir, a person who vows to take upon him or herself additional commitments so as to draw closer to God. A nazir vows not to drink wine or [...]
Parashat Bamidbar May 15, 2021, 4 Sivvan 5781 Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Triennial 2:1-3:13 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 The Anesthetized Mishkan Ilana Kurshan Parashat Bamidbar describes the various responsibilities incumbent upon each of the three branches of the Levite clan, who transported the Tabernacle every time the Israelites broke camp and traveled. The sons of Gershon carried [...]
We've launched a NEW website for a NEW direction. We'll be reopening our doors starting Friday, May 7th!!!! Starting with members and then soon for guests. Looking for a new home? Sky is the limit. Temple Beth Sholom of Temecula is an exciting, inclusive, Interfaith Jewish congregation. Are all welcome. We serve the Jewish and [...]

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 […]

Chanukah Over View Chevre: Here is an overview of the Chanukah story with directions for lighting your chanukiot. Skip to the bottom if you only want directions for proper lighting. Wishing you all a light and bright Chanukah – Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication of […]