Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 20, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from the double portions of Tazria and Metzora. In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with skin diseases; God also instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the laws of the emission of bodily fluids.
Shabbat Services this evening are at 6:15 pm and Shabbat Morning services are at 9:15 am and we will celebrate as Carolyn Orenstein is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. Candle lighting is at 7:23 pm.
Thought Question: We just celebrated Israel turning 70! What does 70 years of Israel mean to you? Take a look at this amazing video of 12,000 Israelis singing together this past week. We will talk about this song tonight in services.
THIS Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 pm

BENJI LOVITT, Comedian – Educator
“Because The Middle East Is Funny”: Explore Israeli History Through Its Comedy
It has been said that throughout our history, Jews have laughed to keep from crying. In a country which has experienced its share of ups and downs, Israel has developed its own unique brand of humor. Benji tracks the changes in Israeli society through classic movie, TV, and comedy clips.
Admission:  Complimentary                       Israeli refreshments
Benji Lovitt’s appearance has been made possible by the generosity of Martha and Richard Coopersmith in loving memory of Martha’s mother Lois Weaver.

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.
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

Refreshments 7:00pm          Talk: 7:30 pm
Rabbi Levy will discuss her latest book Einstein and the Rabbi. She will help us understand how Jewish tradition can have an impact on our souls, and how everyone can go through a journey to feel more spiritual.
Rabbi Levy is the founder and leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles. She was named one of the top-fifty rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, and NPR.
Rabbi Levy is also the author of the national bestseller To Begin Again, as well as Talking to God and Hope Will Find You. She was in the first class of women to enter the Jewish Theological Seminary’s rabbinical school and the first woman in her movement to head a congregation on the West Coast.
Admission is complimentary.  Einstein and the Rabbi will be available for purchase
and signing.

Friday, June 1 following services at 6:15 pm
We invite all young couples in committed relationships for an intimate evening meal. Connect with new and old friends while discussing ways to integrate Jewish practices in your blossoming families. Rabbi Rachel Ain and Rabbi Dave Levy will share ways that Judaism can enrich your partnership and connect you to each other. A traditional Shabbat meal will be served. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Cost is $36 per couple. To RSVP go to the SPS donate page and select “young professional programming”.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain