Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – Feburary 16, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat Terumah. In this Torah portion, Moses receives God’s commandments on stone tablets. God tells Moses to create a dwelling place for God, where the Israelites can bring God gifts. God details what this Mishkan (Tabernacle) will look like and how it should be made. The Tabernacle includes an ark, two cherubs, curtains and a menorah.
Thought Question: If our homes are supposed to be mini tabernacles, what can we learn from this week’s parasha to bring God into our midst?
Shabbat Services are at 6:15 tonight at 9:15 tomorrow morning. Josh Liederman will be delivering the D’var Torah. Candle Lighting is at  5:14 PM
Please note: This office, schools, and minyanim are closed this coming Monday in observance of President’s Day.
Additionally, many of our minyan “regulars” will be out of town in the next few weeks. If you an come either at 8 am or 5:45 pm to help make the minyan it would be greatly appreciated.
Just a reminder that the deadline for participating in the “Be happy, it’s ADAR” Purim Gift Bag Fundraiser is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th. Our members should have received a printed version about the fundraiser along with an email. This is a great opportunity to send gift bags with personalized greetings to members in our congregation for traditional Purim “Mishloach Manot” gift giving.  The ” Be happy, it’s ADAR” Gift bags should be picked up at SPS from Friday, February 23rd – Wednesday, February 28th.  If you have any questions or need assistance in participating in this fundraiser, please contact Ann Lindenbaum at  I would like to thank those of you who have already placed an order and participated in this fundraiser.
Monday, February 26 at 7 pm
Are you ready to get in the Purim spirit? Come get your hands dirty and make some delicious Hamantaschen, learn a little bit about Purim, and enjoy the company of other Young Professionals. We ask for every attendee to bring a bottle of wine with you to the event for 2 purposes:
  1. Act as a rolling pin for your dough
  2. Pop the cork and drink while your Hamantaschen are baking!
To submit the $10 payment, go to the SPS donate pageand select “young professional programming” This event is sure to sell out so sign up ASAP while there is still room!

CLICK HERE for all the details regarding the Purim Festivities, the Carnival, and our Mishloach Manot Purim Project! Don’t miss these great ways to celebrate the holiday with our community.
Sign up today for the Women’s Seder. This is a great way to connect with women from throughout the NYC Jewish community as we put a new twist on an ancient practice. Since this year the world is celebrating 70 years of the State of Israel the focus of the seder will be women who have had an impact in Israel.
Sign up for the 42nd Annual SPS Passover Seder for the First night of the holiday. We will sing, learn, laugh, and dine together as we enjoy a scrumptious meal and learn about the themes and ideas of this formative holiday.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain