Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 13, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Shmini. After the dedication of the Tabernacle and the ordination of the priests, two of Aaron’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moses and Aaron regarding which animals may be eaten.
There is KabalTOT Shabbat at 5:30 this week and our special Israeli themed musical Kabalat Shabbat beginning at 6:15 pm. Shabbat Morning services are at 9:15 am and we will celebrate as Ella Gurfein is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 on Saturday morning and Tot Shabbat at 11 am. Candle lighting is at 7:15 pm.
Thought Question: How do we respond after tragedy strikes? How do we approach this as individuals and as a community?
This coming week the world marks Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day? What is the power of making that quick shift from sadness to celebration?
PLEASE NOTE: The coming Monday morning is Rosh Chodesh so morning minyan will begin at 7:45 am.
THIS DAY IN JEWISH HISTORY begins this coming Monday evening!
Please note that there was a mistake in yesterday’s email and the CORRECT DATES for the 2nd session is Wednesday May 9
Women’s League Shabbat will be here before we know it (April 28). Sara Angrist and Erica Levine have been hard at work preparing. “You Shall Be Holy” is the opening line of Parashat Kedoshim, which we will be reading during Women’s League Shabbat.  As such, Women’s League will be exploring the concepts of holiness, soulfulness, spiritual potential, and choice and chosen-ness.  We want to include SPS’s views, thoughts, and feelings on contemporary spirituality in the discussion.

Please help us by completing the enclosed survey by April 18 .  In order to ensure confidentiality, sign-in to google forms is not required, and email addresses are not being collected.  Please do not submit multiple responses.

CHALLAH BAKE MONDAY EVENING APRIL 30 at 7 pm! Join your SPS Community to make challah together! Make friends, have fun, and enjoy an evening out. It is only $10 and a bottle of a wine to use as a rolling pin….and to drink from! Please RSVP to or call 212-593-3300 by April 25or by clicking here and putting CHALLAH BAKE into the drop down menu.
MENTAL HEALTH FORUM-Tuesday evening May 1
How the Jewish Community Helps Individuals and Families Struggling with Mental Illness and Addiction
Numerous mental health experts, including our very own Dr. Alan Manevitz, will present important information about how to keep our brains healthy and how we can respond when we find ourselves or our loved ones in situations that are sad or dangerous. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain