Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 14, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayigash,  Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.

KabalTOT Shabbat and Lite Bites are tonight at 5:30 pm. Friday night services are at 6:15 pm. Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am and there is a Family Service at 10:30 am and Tot Shabbat at 11 am on Saturday morning. I will be teaching the monthly Torah study class on Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book Einstein and the Rabbi this Saturday following Shabbat Kiddush.
Candle lighting is at 4:11 pm.

While things begin to slow down a bit in these last few weeks of 2018, there is still much to think about at SPS:As many of you make your end of year gifts in these final weeks of 2018, we encourage you to make a donation to our annual Yom Kippur appeal. Each gift matters and we are hoping for even greater participation from our entire membership during this year! CLICK HERE to make your gift! Join us on Shabbat December 22 as Fred Molod delivers the dvar torah and on Shabbat December 29th as Bob Berend delivers the dvar torah. 

23 of us are heading to Israel in the week ahead for the official SPS Family Trip! Keep up with what we are doing by checking out #SPSinIsrael on the SPS Facebook and Instagram accounts during the week of December 23-January 1. We look forward to celebrating as numerous SPS kids read Torah, lead services, and have aliyahs at Ezrat Yisrael, the Egalitarian Section of the Kotel. 

Please note: The synagogue schools, offices, and services will be closed on December 25th and January 1. There will be no evening minyan on Monday night December 24 and Monday night December 31, in order that our entire maintenance and security team can celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with their families. 

Looking ahead to January….We have two very special events in January! On Sunday, January 13 we will have an all-day symposium exploring the relationship between Judaism, Genetics, and Science! There will be programs for kids and science as well so we encourage all families to sign up. 

On Saturday January 19, we will have the incredible opportunity to hear from Ian Manuel, as we learn his story from incarceration to redemption. Stay tuned for more details. 

Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 pm
Get together with other couples in committed relationships while discussing a thought provoking line of Torah. 

BYOKW (Bring your own Kosher Wine!) Light bites will be provided.
Admission is complimentary

Email Shelby at to RSVP for the event


SPS WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY RETREAT March 29-31, 2019. Registration is now open! CLICK HERE for details and register today because space is limited! 

NOVEMBER 2019 JEWISH HERITAGE TRIP TO POLAND with BERLIN EXTENSIONAre you interested in traveling to Poland and/Berlin next November to understand Jewish history and Jewish life? You can now register just for Poland or you can add Berlin as an extension. CLICK HERE for more details and register today! If you are planning on traveling, please let Rabbi Ain know. 

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain