Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 11, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Ekev, Moses continues his speech to the Israelites. He tells them they will have to annihilate people who are not believers in God. Moses reminds them not to forget God’s commandments even after they enter the land of Israel, and that they must continue to fear God.
Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 7:40 pm.
Thought Question: This parasha is all about blessings. How do we recognize the blessings in our life and offer blessings because of them?
Please note: Next Shabbat morning, August 19th, Josh Orenstein, a rising junior in high school will speak about his recent summer experiences in Eastern Europe and Israel with USY. I encourage anyone to come but especially families with students in high school who might consider this program for the future.


That afternoon there will be programming throughout the day from 1-7 pm for people of all ages as we come together, reconnect, and introduce SPS to those looking for their Jewish community!
There will be lots to do that day including:
*Menʼs Club football party *Interactive food demos *Kids K-4 interactive cooking program and Kadima and USY (5th-12th grade) kick-off event *Shofar blowing class *Pre-school kids concert and Family Center Craft Studio Demo *Documentary (Hava Nagila) *High Holiday Crash-Course with Rabbi and Cantor *Baby Boomers Rooftop Happy Hour
Stay tuned for more details and plan on bringing friends!
SPS Southern Civil Rights Journey Feb 4-6, 2018
Throughout this year we will be learning about key moments in Jewish history. One important time for us as American Jews was the role we played in the Civil Rights Movement. Join members of SPS as we travel to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham as we recreate the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and discuss issues that are still relevant today. Click for itinerary highlights, cost, and travel information. If you are interested in going, please let Rabbi Ain know.
SPS December 2018 Multi-Generational Trip to Israel! 
We are planning a trip to Israel for December 2018 (17 months away).This trip is great whether you have been to Israel already or not and will be guided by David Keren, an excellent guide who has lead an SPS trip in the past. We will explore the past, engage with the present, and dream about the future!
Highlights will include:
  • Two days in Tel Aviv where we will learn about the founding of the state and visit with many different communities that live in Israel today
  • An Off-Road Jeep tour competition in the Golan Heights as we understand geo-political issues of the day
  • Meeting with an artist in Tzfat
  • A Visit to a Chocolate Factory
  • Tours of Jerusalem-both modern and ancient, with a special b’nai mitzvah ceremony in the Egalitarian section of the Kotel as well as time to explore the new shops and restaurants
  • A tram ride to the top of Masada and wading in the depths of the Dead Sea
  • Special shabbat services and dinner with lone soldiers (IDF soldiers who have made aliyah who are living in Israel without their family)
  • An archaeological dig
  • A New Year’s Eve dinner in Jerusalem!
We are having an information session on September 12 at 7 pm at the home of SPS members Ross and Erica Levine. If you would like details about the location of the information session or about the trip itself please email me.
Thank you for your feedback on the High Holiday survey we sent this spring. We were pleased how happy everyone is with all of our services but we are always aiming higher! Our services this year will include even more congregational singing and for the first time, we will offer a pre-school family service for children ages 3-6, not just a Tot service and the Youth programming.Please make sure to send back your membership information, your High Holiday seating requests, and the names for the book of remembrance. If you have any questions, please call the synagogue office at 212-593-3300. Here is the special link for the Young Professionals Service.

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Ain