Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 4, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vaetchanan, Moses stresses to the Israelites the importance of keeping God’s commandments when they enter the Land of Israel. Moses repeats the Ten Commandments and utters the Shema and Ve’ahavta prayers.

Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 7:49 pm.

This shabbat we will welcome Richard Borg from Tulsa, OK who will chant the Haftorah. Richard can boast having chanted every haftorah there is at his home synagogue and now he is on a quest to chant a haftorah in each of the 50 states! We are excited to welcome him to NY.

Thought Question: This shabbat is known as Shabbat Nachamu, the shabbat of comfort as it immediately follows Tisha B’av. It is special then that we read about love of God in the V’ahavta. How do you find comfort? Give comfort? What role does love play for you?


SPS 2018 FAMILY 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. 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.

Time to register for the RINAH YOUTH CHOIR! Do your children love to sing? Do they want to learn Jewish music? Do they want to meet other kids? Have them join the SPS Rinah Youth Choir! The rehearsals are on Thursdays (time TBD) and there are several performances throughout the year! Please let Cantor Dov Keren know if you have a child interested in participating.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS  about upcoming programs including registration for our successful Young Professionals’ High Holiday services!


That afternoon there will be programming for people of all ages as we come together, reconnect, and introduce SPS to those looking for their Jewish community! If you already know of someone that is looking to become an official part of the SPS community make sure you connect them to a member of the professional team so that we can help welcome them in!

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR! 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.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain