Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Exodus 21:1–24:18

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Friday, March 10
6:30pm – Family Erev Shabbat T'filah and Oneg
7:30pm – Erev Shabbat T'filah with Monthly Friday Night Torah Service

Saturday, March 11
9:30am – Weekly Torah Study
7:30pm – Purim 2017: Beauty and the Shushan Beast Performance (see article)

Sunday, March 12
9:30am – Adult Jewish Learning DVD Group
10:00am – Purim 2017: Beauty and the Shushan Beast Performance (see article)
11:00am – Purim Carnival (see article)
3:00pm – Brotherhood Poker Tournament
7:00pm – Edde Neidich Memorial Service and Reception

Friday, March 17 – 7:30pm
Erev Shabbat T'filah and Oneg

Saturday, March 18
9:30am – Weekly Torah Study
10:00am – Shabbat Morning T'filah with Bat Mitzvah of Davorah Strober
10:30am – Beit Midrash Minyan Shabbat Morning T'filah

Sunday, March 19
9:00am – Mitzvah Day (see article)
9:30am – Adult Jewish Learning DVD Group
Play Bunco in 2017!
Sundays Monthly: Mar. 26, Apr. 30, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17
3 to 5:00pm(ish) • TBI Social Hall

Please join us for our monthly Bunco (dice game). No experience necessary and instructions will be provided. Bring your adult family members and friends.


$5.00 buy-in with guaranteed cash prizes and lots of fun! Please RSVP to Beth Lytton at or Debbie Harris at 909-576-9935 cell/text. Game sponsored by TBI Membership Committee.
TBI Social Action Committee Planning Meeting
Sunday, March 26 – 9:30am
TBI Social Hall

Everyone is invited to attend this meeting where we will discuss and plan our Social Action events for the coming year. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVPs appreciated to but not required. Come and be a part of Social Action at TBI!
TBI Mitzvah Day
Sunday March 19 – 9:00am

At TBI's Annual Mitzvah Day, TBI members go out into the community to perform a variety of service projects.

Mitzvah opportunities this year will include:
  • Inland Valley Hope Partners
  • Temple Beth Israel
  • Foothill AIDS Project
  • Foothill Family Shelter
  • Uncommon Good
  • Priceless Pets
  • Inland Valley Repertory Theatre
The day will begin at 9:00am with a delicious breakfast coordinated by Kandy and Tamara Fisher.

Registration materials will be mailed to each TBI member in February, and also look for signup sheets in the TBI foyer. We hope you will join us for our 18th Annual Mitzvah Day!
Annual Congregational Seder 5777/2017
Tuesday, April 11 – 6:00pm

TBI Social Hall

Join Rabbi Kupetz and Cantor Buch as they lead our congregation and guests in celebrating Passover with a family-friendly Haggadah and festive community Seder. Seder caterer will again be Catering by Greg.

For full information about menu and prices, go to page 20 of the March Kehillah for the seder reservation form or email to be sent a form. You can make your reservations and pay for the seder online by logging onto TBI Seder.
Women in the Book of Exodus
Mondays, March 20 and 27
7:00pm – 8:30pm

TBI Multipurpose Room

This program will be presented by Professor Tammi Schneider, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and a Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East.

In this program, we will review some of the key women who led to the exodus from Egypt from the Book of Exodus in preparation for Passover. We will do a close reading of the Hebrew text with the class reading in English, and those of us who know Hebrew adding in additional nuances. Please bring your bibles and your questions.

No cost to attend; donations welcome. For more information and/or to RSVP, please e-mail or call the TBI office at (909) 626-1277.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Tee off at 1:00pm
Sierra Lakes Golf Club • 16600 Clubhouse Drive, Fontana, CA 92336

Great prizes for on-course contests including hole-in-one, long drive, putting, and more! Event includes box lunch and buffet dinner reception with raffle.

$150 per person or $500 for a foursome.
Sponsor a hole for $100

Register online by logging onto and go to "Events and Donations" menu to click on the Golf Classic link.

For additional information call or email Jay Eisenberg at: or (714) 813-3151 (cell)

How to Participate in The Giving Tree
It's Easy as 1-2-3
  1. Select an envelope numbered 1 – 200 and donate the dollar amount displayed on the envelope
  2. In the envelope is a leaf. Please write a dedication on the leaf which will then be placed on the Giving Tree in the TBI foyer.
  3. In the envelope is a raffle ticket or tickets for the chance to win round-trip tickets for two to Israel. Please put the raffle ticket(s) in the ticket jar for the drawing to be held on May 20, 2017 at the Clergy "B'nei Mitzvah" Year/85th Anniversary Celebration.
"Support for All of Our Neighbors" Yard Signs Being Sold by TBI Social Action Committee
One of our core Jewish values is to welcome the stranger. Show your support for all our neighbors by purchasing this sign to put in your own yard. Signs are $10 each. If you are interested in purchasing a sign, please call Ethel Steinberger at (909) 626-6186 or email Ethel at
Claremont Symphony Orchestra
Presents a FREE Concert

Sunday, March 12, 2017 – 3:30pm
Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College

Featuring two members of our local Jewish community – Conductor Ruth Charloff and pianist Nadia Shpachenko. Program includes works by Lyadov, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky. More info at
Spring Forward with a Night of Music
Presented by Sharon Group of Hadassah
as a special tribute to Shirley Behrens z"l

Saturday, March 18 – 7:30pm • TBI Social Hall

Homemade gourmet dessert buffet, wine, and treats. Affordable silent auction.
Music by The Desperate Plan.

RSVP to Marilee Weiss at (909) 620-1128 or

Jewish Federation Annual Women's Forum Honoring Women Who Make a Difference

Thursday, March 23 • Courtyard Marriot – Monrovia

Luncheon and Honoree Program. 2017 TBI Honoree is Renay Marcus.
Western Jewish Studies Association
Conference 2017

March 26 – 27 • Claremont McKenna College

Keynote Address: "Trump, the Jews, and Israel"
by Professor Steven Spiegel, UCLA

Presentation by Dana Ivgy, award-winning actress and star
of the highly acclaimed film, Zero Motivation.

Registration and fees are required. For information log onto WJSAC2017.
The Community Space

As most of our TBI members know, we have excellent facilities for hosting bar/bat mitzvahs and Onegs after Shabbat. But did you know that we also host Quinceaneras, weddings, health screenings, and even dog shows in our massive parking lot? This is important to know because we need your help in getting the word out that we have rental facilities available at TBI.

These facilities include:
  • Social Hall
  • Outdoor lawn spaces
  • Parking lot
  • Six classrooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Multipurpose room
Please download the full-color brochure (PDF) that you can start sharing with your business associates, friends, and family in the homes that they will want to access our facilities, which will also help TBI. In addition, if you would like to perform a mitzvah and offer your professional services, such as teaching college prep classes, etc., please let us know and we can create a curriculum where others, inside and outside the TBI community, will want to attend and pay for.

For more information or to offer your services, please contact Art Beckerman at
There Are Many Ways to Contribute to TBI

TBI gladly accepts contributions and other payments online either by credit card or by direct deduction from checking (“ACH”). Click on Donate Here for:
  • Making and paying TBI tributes
  • Making membership pledge, Beit Sefer fee, and other payments
  • Participate in the TBI Library Bouquet of Books program

The TBI Scrip Gift Card Program is a way for all of use to support TBI without dipping any further into our household budgets. This is because scrip income comes from the money we already spend on goods and services every day.

You can buy scrip gift cards for your own use or to give as gifts. The scrip gift card order form is in the Kehillah. You can order scrip by contacting the TBI Office or Sunday mornings at the scrip table when Beit Sefer is in session. An online options is at Go to "sign up" and then register your grocery and credit or debit cards. TBI will automatically get a donation from the stores that you use that are part of the scrip program. You may find them at the "Family of Merchants" on the website.

Louis Family Library
Bouquet of Books Sponsorship Program

Help our library to grow by sponsoring a new book! Are you looking for a special way to celebrate a happy occasion or to honor an important person? The Louis Family Library’s Bouquet of Books program provides just that opportunity.

Contribute to our Bouquet of Books Sponsorship Program by making an $18 (tax deductible) donation per book to the TBI Library Special Fund. Log onto Bouquet of Books to learn how or contact the TBI Office to get the forms to select your book and make your donation payment. If you have questions, contact Debbie Klein at or by calling the TBI Office.

Mitzvah Opportunity – We are always looking for congregants who can provide rides to Friday night services to congregants who need one. Please contact Rabbi Kupetz at if you can provide a free ride.

TBI Archive Volunteer Opportunity – The TBI Archive Project needs volunteers to scan documents and photos into the computer for preservation. Training will be provided, and it may be possible to work from home. For more information, call TBI Archivist Margie Kerstine at 909-542-9063.

We mourn the loss of TBI members:
Robert Karatz and Edde Neidich

Our condolences to:
Cantor Paul Buch on the passing of cousin, Barbara Bush Kaplan

The Rabbi and Cantor need to know when a family experiences a life cycle event-a birth or other simchah, an illness or hospitalization, or loss-so that they can call and/or visit them.  If you family or another TBI family (with their permission) has had a life cycle event, please call the TBI Office at 909.626.1277. If the TBI Office is closed, follow the voice prompts for calling Rabbi Kupetz for a lifecycle emergency.
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