Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 25, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Shoftim, Moses reviews the justice system for the Israelites. Moses talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions. Moses explains that the priests and Levites should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moses explains the laws of warfare.
Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 7:20 pm.

Thought Question: This week’s parasha instructs us to pursue justice. What does a civil society guided by justice look like? 

SUMMER MIGHT BE ENDING….but we have LOTS planned for the year ahead!


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

CLICK HERE for more details and plan on bringing friends!


Make sure to mark your calendar, send in your ticket requests, and invite people to join you as members of our community as we usher in the New Year together! Remember to register for Jackson Religious School, our family center programs, and be on the lookout for the 2018-2019 applications for Kaplan Nursery School.  Do you know a young professional that is looking to connect with our Jewish community? Have them check out what we have coming up this fall, including our signature High Holiday services. Do you want to get in the mood for the High Holidays? CLICK HERE to listen to melodies that we sing at our services.

A special evening is planned for Saturday night, September 16
SELICHOT program and service-
Reception: 7:30 pm
Program: 8:00 pm The Gates are Closing, SPS members perform a reading of a powerful dramatic play

Selichot service: 9:30 pm

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 and Registration Link. 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. 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 hope you will join us as we celebrate our relationship to the Jewish Homeland!
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.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Ain