SPS will welcome Br. General Bentzi Gruber to speak from the bimah on Shabbat morning during services about Ethics in the Field: a firsthand look into the strategic and ethical decisions that IDF commanders and officers make daily, has become influential beyond the borders of Israel.
Br. General Bentzi Gruber is Vice Commander (reserves) of Division 252, an armored division of 20,000 soldiers. As an entrepreneur, he has established Internet startups, been a real-estate developer and initiated biotech research. He is also the founder of “Chesed In The Field,” a non-profit that brings together IDF reservists and chronically ill and disabled children for special events throughout the year instilling the values of community and social responsibility in the hearts of thousands of soldiers. Br. General Gruber also established “Ethics in the Field” to shatter myths and present the facts missing in today’s discussion of Israeli counter terrorism.
Join us for our congregation’s warm, intimate Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachel Ain and Cantor Dov Keren, followed by Kiddush: Fridays at 6:15 pm, Saturdays at 9:15 am.
Our Shabbat services, both Friday night and Saturday morning, are egalitarian services. Musical instruments are used once a month on Friday nights. We use the Siddur Sim Shalom and the Etz Hayim Chumash, both publications of the Conservative movement. The services are generally led by Cantor Dov Keren with Barak Levy as our torah reader, but we are delighted if someone would like to lead a part of the service, for example read Torah or Haftorah. The services follow the traditional format, but we are always conscious of the world in which we live and often add extra prayers and/or commentaries when needed. We pride ourselves on the involvement of our youth in services. Aside from the services specifically led by our kids (i.e. Teenage Shabbat), many of our kids when preparing for their Bar and Bat mitzvah take an active role in leading parts of the service. A highlight is when students recite part of their Haftorah which they will do completely in the year to come!
Throughout the year special speakers or congregants volunteer to give the d’var torah. Usually, Rabbi Ain delivers sermons from the pulpit, but she occasionally does interactive text studies during the sermon slot. We recognize that not everyone is as familiar or comfortable with the Hebrew language, so transliterated guides are available for both Friday night and Shabbat morning as well as for parts of the High Holidays.