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Highlighted Sermons

Rabbi Kevin Carp Lefkowitz

Click here for Rabbi Lefkowitz's Sermon on  Parshah Behar-Behukotai


May 13, 2023


Previously recorded sermons are available on our YouTube Channel by clicking here.


Highlights from 

Kabbalat Shabbat: 

Religious School Siyyum

Highlights Here


Religious School 2023 Video Here


Highlighted Guest Speaker 

Dr. Yizhar Hess, Vice-Chairman, WZO

Update on Israel


Click here for video of call with Dr. Yizhar Hess



Events and Services

Friday, May 26, 9:30am - Shavuot Service - Day 1

Saturday, May 27, 9:30am -- Shavuot - Day 2 - Yizkor Service 

Saturday, May 27 - Extended lunch outdoors following services with Guest Speaker, Dr. Tamara Eskenazi, "The Journey to Sinai with the Book of Ruth"

Saturday, June 3, 9:30am - Kid Shabbat/Bat Mitzvah

Tuesday, June 6, 7:00pm - Book Club - The Thread Collectors

Sunday, June 11, 5:30pm - Adat Shalom's 2023 Gala

Saturday, June 17, 9:30am - Graduation Shabbat

Friday, June 23, 6:30pm - Kabbalat Shabbat & Community Dinner


Adat Shalom Shavuot and Memorial Day Office Hours:

May 25th: Close at 12:00pm

May 26th: Closed

May 29th: Closed in observance of Memorial Day





Commentary on the Parsha



Shavuot holds a special place in my heart. Not only does it commemorate the receiving of Torah and provide an annual reason to eat cheesecake, but it also means something particular to my family. Two years ago, Mel and I got engaged the day leading up to the Ḥag. Last week while celebrating Mel’s semikhah, we revisited the same beautiful spot on Avila Beach that changed our lives forever.


Every year on Shavuot, the Jewish people revisits the moment we signed our covenant with God. We imagine Sinai where, according to Rabbi Abahu who said in the name of Rabbi Shmuel bar Naḥmani, every Jewish soul -- past, present, and future -- received God’s gift together (Midrash Tanḥhuma, Nitzavim 3). Rarely does the entire Jewish community agree on anything, yet in this one instance we stood shoulder to shoulder in acceptance of God and of our new life outside of Egypt. Shavuot is therefore an annual charge to unite as a Jewish community. To put our differences aside with Jews of other denominations and backgrounds, and toconcentrate on what brings us together, what makes us one people.


Ḥag Sameaḥ


If you have any questions, or would like suggestions for further study, please reach out to Rabbi Lefkowitz -

Tue, May 30 2023 10 Sivan 5783