Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 7, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Miketz, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his baker, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. The brothers do not recognize Joseph when they meet him, and Joseph tests them by accusing them of being spies. Joseph arrests Simeon and demands the brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to prove they are not spies. When Benjamin arrives, Joseph puts a goblet in Benjamin’s bag and accuses him of stealing it.


SHABBAT CHANUKAH MUSICAL CELEBRATION WITH
MUSICIAN-IN-RESIDENCE CANTOR BENY MAISSNER
Friday, December 7, at 6:15 pm
MUSICAL KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICE
Join Rabbi Ain & Cantor Keren for our Friday night musical service with pianist Zvi Klein, guitarist Ziv Shalev, vocalist Inbar Goldman, percussionist David Silliman and violinist Joel Arthur.
And Then…
FESTIVE SHABBAT DINNER FEATURING
CANTOR BENY MAISSNER & VOCAL QUARTET 
Cantor Maissner will present songs for Chanukah and explore the historical beauty of the psalms of Hallel. Reservations required for dinner. Members: $25 Guests: $35
RSVP Harriet at hjanover@spsnyc.org
Saturday, December 8 at 9:15 am
SHABBAT CHANUKAH & ROSH CHODESH
Rabbi Ain & Cantor Keren, along with the Kol Rinah Choir, conducted by Meir Briskman, will lead us in a special Shabbat service. Towards the conclusion of the service, Cantor Maissner will take us on a tour-de-force of the many versions of Adon Olam, throughout time and different Jewish communities.
Cantor Maissner is the full time Cantor at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.


Candle lighting is at 4:10 pm.
Thought Question: In this week’s parasha, we are told that Jacob settled in the land. What does it mean to be settled? Is that a good or bad thing?

                                            UPCOMING EVENTS:
TOT CHANUKAH is SUNDAY from 10-12. For ages 0-6 plus an adult! $25 per family
Latkes, donuts, dreidels galore! Chanukah at Sutton Place Synagogue is coming! Shira & Friends will perform a Chanukah concert, after which we will eat a light, kid-friendly, Chanukah-themed lunch and make age-appropriate crafts together! Open to the community-bring your friends!  Here are the CHANUKAH BLESSINGS!

Looking ahead to January….
We have two very special events in January! On Sunday, January 13th 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 19th, 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.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR TWO EXCITING TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES!!!!
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 EXTENSION
Are 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