Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – October 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 to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obliges but is told that it was a test of faith and offers a ram to sacrifice instead.
Tomorrow morning during services, Scott Shay, author of In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, will be speaking during Shabbat morning services. Friday night services are at 6:15 this evening. Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am tomorrow morning.
Our first Family Service, a new program at SPS this year, begins at 10:30 am. This service is geared for families with children K-6 (and the kids will lead prayers that they have learned at JRS). We encourage younger siblings to join as well.
Our Hebrew High program “Hebrew High at the Rabbis” starts tomorrow at 5 pm. Please email me if your teen is coming and I will send you my address.
Candlelighting is at 5:41 pm.
 
Thought Question: Abraham and Sarah are the prime examples of how to welcome people into their home. How do we do this in our Jewish community today?
**speaking of Shabbat….our annual Men’s Club Shabbat will be held on Saturday November 17th.  Please let us know if you want to participate and/or are a veteran in the US Armed forces by emailing Joel Arthur.
                                            UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday evening November 1: Our Annual Stanley Kahn Memorial Lecture is just around the corner!  Shorashim-Judur-Roots: A Palestinian/Israeli Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence, and Transformation. CLICK HERE for more details.

Thursday, November 1. Patron’s dinner at 6:30 pm, Community lecture at 8 pm
PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE PATRONS DINNER ASAP by CALLING HARRIET at 212-593-3300 or emailing her. To become a patron you can call the synagogue or you can click here and choose “Yom Kippur Appeal” and donate $1800. Thank you for your generosity. 
Friday morning November 2: Renowned author, Julie Morgenstern, will be speaking about how to parent during our very busy lives. This will take place at 9 am.
Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm: Kristallnacht Observance
SPS Kristallnacht Observance Chair Anita Horowitz will introduce Executive Director of the New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel – Dorit Inbar.  Ms. Inbar will explore the portrayal of the Holocaust in cinematic documents. She will show select clips and trailers from the NFCT collection created by highly skilled Israeli filmmakers whose innovative works of art are keeping the history of the Jewish people and the memories of Holocaust alive.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Ain