Sutton Place Synagogue Blog


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 7, 2018

Published on Dec 7, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Miketz, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his baker, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. Read More

Vayeshev 2018: Another Swastika

Published on Dec 6, 2018

 Again. I can’t believe it. Another swastika. This time on the office of a Jewish professor’s office at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, in a neighborhood where i spent 9 wonderful years. A professor that teaches about the Holocaust. Again. A swastika. I had hoped that last year’s swastika on our doors here at Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 16, 2018

Published on Nov 16, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayetzei, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 9, 2018

Published on Nov 9, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to Sutton Place Synagogue last Shabbat. We were one of 60 synagogues in NYC alone that participated in #ShowUpForShabbat and there were over 75 COUNTRIES that participated. Here are my remarks from Saturday morning. Shabbat Shalom! During this week’s parasha, Toldot, Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, whom Rebecca favors, and the Read More


Chayeh Sarah 2018 – Reflecting on Pittsburgh

Published on Nov 5, 2018

 A week ago today, we gathered in synagogue, and we read in our sacred torah, the birth and bris of on of our patriarchs, Isaac. We recalled an ancient tradition that evokes power and faith in the most meaningful of ways. Hundreds of miles away, without us knowing it, a bris, on the 8th Read More

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 2, 2018

Published on Nov 2, 2018

This has been a trying week for our American Jewish Community. We encountered the largest Anti-Semitic attack on US soil ever and yet, our Jewish community around the world, bolstered by the love and support of our Non Jewish friends and Neighbors, came together to pay tribute to the lives of the 11 people murdered at the Tree Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – October 26, 2018

Published on Oct 26, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayera, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophesy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince God otherwise. God tells Abraham Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – October 19, 2018

Published on Oct 19, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Lech Lecha, God makes a covenant with Abram promising to make his descendants a great nation. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. Abraham has a child with Hagar and names him Ishmael. God then promises Abraham’s barren wife, Sarah, that she will have a child. There is KabalTOT shabbat tonight beginning at Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – Friday, October 5, 2018

Published on Oct 5, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Bereshit, the first Torah portion in the Torah. In this Torah portion, God creates the world. After Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they are banished from the Garden of Eden. Later Cain kills Abel. God then considers destroying all of Creation. Shabbat evening services are at Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain-Come Learn from Dr. Sam Klagsbrun

Published on Sep 28, 2018

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! We are in the midst of celebrating Sukkot, the holiday of our joy. Already this week so many people have celebrated the holiday-from the congregational dinner on Sunday night, to kiddush after services on Monday and Tuesday, to a wonderful kick off event for the Men’s Club of “Whiskey and Read More