Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 1, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Mishpatim, Moses details many of God’s laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics and treatment of animals. God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies and warns the Israelites not to worship other gods. Moses ascends Mount Sinai to meet with God for 40 days and 40 nights, leaving Aaron and Hur in charge.
Friday night services begin at 6:15 this evening. Tomorrow morning Shabbat services are at 9:15 am. There is a Family Service at 10:30 am
The 7th grade b’nai mitzvah class will have their next meeting with me following shabbat services tomorrow morning. 
Tomorrow afternoon from 2:30-4 is our next Young Family Shabbat get together. We will meet in the SPS ballroom, get to know one another, and enjoy some “Kids In Sports” fun! This is geared at families with children birth-3. 
Candle lighting is at 4:56 pm.

  • Dorot Package Delivery is this Sunday morning  10 am – 12 pm at SPS
    Brighten the day of a senior! Volunteer to deliver a package 
    and visit with an older person. All volunteers must bring a photo ID. Register online today to volunteer!
  • Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, will be speaking at SPS this coming Monday, February 4th, at 7 pm. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS and TO REGISTER. Please do so asap!
  • I’m Heading to Florida! If you are in Florida for the winter please note that on Monday February 11th, I will be speaking on a panel at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton at 7 pm about Conservative Judaism. 


February 9th-In honor of Jewish Disability and Inclusion Awareness Month, our very own Gaby Alper will be sharing her thoughts about the importance of inclusion in the Jewish community of those individuals with differing needs. She will share her reflections on resources both in the US and Israel addressing such important needs.


RABBI IGGY GURIN-MALOUS of the T’Shuvah Center 

Friday, February 15 following services Rabbi Iggy
will speak at the Young Professionals’ Shabbat Dinner
on the topic of “Addiction, Recovery, and the Opioid
Crisis: How Judaism and Spirituality Can be Tools for Saving Lives”

Click here to registerSaturday, February 16, services begin 9:15 am
Rabbi Iggy will speak during services on “The Jewish Response to the Opioid Crisis: A Crisis Affecting People of All Ages”Rabbi Igael “Iggy” Gurin-Malous is the Chief Executive Officer of T’Shuvah Center- a non-profit residential addiction recovery home and community coming to New York City in 2019. Rabbi Iggy is a renowned Talmud teacher, spiritual counselor, artist, educator, and father.  He grew up with a traditional Jewish Orthodox background, and graduated from Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh in 1992. Since then, he has been involved with informal and formal education serving as the  Assistant Director to Ramah Seminar in Jerusalem, Dean of Students at Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco among many other roles. 

UPCOMING PROGRAMMING FOR OUR TEENS! Ellie Carr and Alyssa Schwager are planning lots of programs for our teens and tweens in the weeks ahead. We have two exciting “Hebrew High at the Rabbis” coming up on February 9th and March 9th. On February 9th, SPS Member and WSJ Editor, Gary Rosen, will speak to our teens about being a journalist today. On March 9th, Batya Shmueli, an Ethiopian-Israeli will meet our teens to tell them about her experiences making aliyah and living in Israel. If your teen hasn’t attended “Hebrew High at the Rabbis” but wants to on either of those dates, please email me. The event is at my apartment (address will be provided when you email me) and it is from 4-5:30. 

It is cold now…but MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SPRING COMMUNITY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:Jewish Experience in NY…past, present, and future….
The richness of NY is in its diversity. This three session program, led by SPS Members, will explore how NYC can be seen as a microcosm for the American Jewish Experience

Jewish Immigration and Religious Groups: How did the immigrant experience of the Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th century impact the make up of the Jewish community today. We will look at key moments in how the Jews came to NY and explore what the diversity of Jewish NY looks like today. There might be an opportunity to do a “field trip” to places in NYC to complement this series. Presented by Joseph Baratz & Dr. Evelyn RappoportMonday, March 4, 7:30 pm

Pluralism in the Jewish community today: Reform/Conservative/Orthodox; Secular/Haredi, Ashkenazic/Sephardic; even Israeli/Palestinian/Druze-how do we understand the various ways people identify today. Where we do find moments of connection and where do challenges arise? We will look at how issues of Jewish pluralism are playing out both in the United States and in Israel. Monday, March 11, 7:30 pm
RSVP to Jeremy Reiss at so he can send you reading materials in advance.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain