Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 2, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his father-in-law, about the miracle of the exodus. Yitro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Yitro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order not to tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Mount Sinai. After three days, the mountain fills with smoke, and God delivers the Ten Commandments to His people.
Kabalat Shabbat Services are at 6:15 pm and services tomorrow morning at 9:15 am Candle Lighting is at 4:57 pm. Tomorrow during services I will be reflecting on a recent (and quick!) visit to Rome, Italy where I was part of a delegation of the NY Board of Rabbis at an international conference addressing issues of Anti-Semitism.
Join with other members of SPS tomorrow following Kiddush to study the weekly Torah reading. In an interactive learning session we will have the opportunity to see how the Torah can apply to our everyday lives.
In a thoughtful, facilitated manner, we invite members of SPS to join together to discuss issues that are near and dear to us but might place us in opposition to one another. The only way to learn and to grow is through listening.
Second discussion is on Thursday, February 8 at 7 pm:
“Who are our bedfellows? How do we promote Jewish values when we partner with other groups?”
RSVP to Jeremy Reiss at
Here are the links to the reading materials:

Make sure to mark Thursday night February 15th at 7:30 in your calendars! Dr. David Fishman will be speaking to us about Modern Jewish History.

Join SPS for MITZVAH DAY: Sunday, February 11, 10:00am-12:00pm. We will do several mitzvah projects including packaging SPS’s Mishloach Manot for SPS’s Purim Project – “Be Happy, It’s Adar” – people of all ages are welcome to attend to decorate, organize and assemble the packages.
Sunday, February 11 from 4 – 6 pm, $50 for the entire Family!
Featuring: Live Music from The Little Maestros, Incredible Balloon Artist, Craft Projects for all ages, Pizza Party and Ice Cream Sundae Bar for the whole family. Appropriate for all ages. Open to the public, please invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends!
For more information or to purchase your tickets visit
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain