Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Shabbat Beha'alotecha

President Cheryl Stein

16 Sivan 5784

Davening Schedule

Friday, June 21

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 7:22 pm

Candle Lighting: 8:39 pm

Sunset: 8:57 pm

Saturday, June 22

Shacharit: 9:00 am (sharp)

Kiddush is sponsored by KOT in honor of Rabbi Ori and Nora Bergman.

Pirkei Avot Class: 8:00 pm 

Mincha: 8:30 pm

Havdala: 9:52 pm

Sunday, June 23

Shacharit: 8:30 am

Thursday, June 27

Shacharit: 6:45 am


No donations this week.

Please remember to drop off your Dash's receipts in the bag in the shul foyer.


President: Cheryl Stein

Rabbi: Ori Bergman

Newsletter: Joseph Enis

Chesed: Mireille Schapiro

Fun/Fund: Beth Weiss


Publicity: Phyllis Steinberg


Social Action: Phyllis Steinberg


Web Site: Karen Marks


Kiddush Sponsorships: Cheryl Stein

Web Site:

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From the President:

KOT will be busy this weekend. On Shabbat morning after davening we will be having a kiddush in honor of Rabbi Ori and Nora. On Sunday afternoon we will be having an adult farewell reception at the JCC Lipman lounge. I hope you can all find a way to spend a few minutes with the rabbi before he leaves.

I’m still looking for volunteers to help on Sunday. Please let me know if you can help.


The Board has approved the renewal for an additional three-year term for Ron Cohen, Linda Barat and Barb Chazen. The new slate of officers which will be voted on over the next weeks will be as follows:

President - Jeff Schapiro

Religious Vice President - Ron Cohen

Vice President - Mitch Steinhorn

Treasurer - Cheryl Stein

Secretary - Linda Barat

When you receive the survey in your email, please vote. 

Shabbat Shalom,


From the Rabbi:

In Parashat Beha'alotecha (Bamidbar 10:29-32), Moshe invites Chovav (Yitro), his father in law to make aliya with Bnei Yisrael. The Jewish people are set to enter the Land and Moshe believes that he too will be going.


Moshe said to Chovav the son of Reuel, the Midianite, Moshe’s father in law: “We are journeying to the place about which God said: ‘I will give it to you,’ come along with us and we will treat you well, for God spoke of bringing good fortune on Israel.” 


He (Yitro) said to him “I will not go, but rather to my land and to my birthplace I will go.” 


He (Moshe) said to him “please do not forsake us, for, because you know of our encampment in the desert, and you will be our eyes. It will be that when you go with us, it shall be that the very good which God will bestow on us we will bestow on (share with) you.”


Several explanations have been given for Yitro's refusal to join Moses and Bnei Yisrael: 


Sforno points out that as an older person, Yitro was afraid that moving to a new land and climate would make it difficult for him to adjust to the air and the food which could have a negative impact on his health.


According to Rashi, (quoting the Sifrei), Yitro wants to return home to Midian either for the sake of his property or for the sake of his family.


Rav Avraham from Prague explains that Yitro didn’t want to move back to Midian. Rather, he wanted to go back home temporarily in order to sell his property and convert his family.


The Gur Aryeh comments that we see in Shoftim 1:16 that Yitro (or at least his children) ultimately did settle in the Land of Israel: And the children of Keni, Moshe’s father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Yehuda into the wilderness of Yehuda which lies in the south of Arad and they went and dwelt among the people.


Have a beautiful Shabbat and I look forward to seeing you all!

Classes This Week

  • Shabbat at 8:00 PM - Pirkei Avot
  • Sunday at 7:30 PM - KOT Beit Midrash - Passover
  • Tuesday at 12:30 PM - Parsha Conversations

Shul & Community Events

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