Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – Friday, February 15, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Tetzaveh, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to atone for all of the Israelites’ sins.

Friday night services begin at 6:15 this evening.  Tomorrow morning Shabbat services are at 9:15 am. .
Candle lighting is at 5:13 pm.

hought question: The saying goes, “the clothes make the man”-do you feel this is true? Should there be emphasis on the clothing that the religious leaders during the time of the Bible and Temple wore? 

Please note: The schools, offices, and services are closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT….Here is Gaby Alper’s talk from last shabbat regarding Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. 


RABBI IGGY GURIN-MALOUS of the T’Shuvah Center 

Tonight, following services Rabbi Iggy
will speak at the Young Professionals’ Shabbat Dinner
on the topic of  “Addiction, Recovery, and the OpioidCrisis: How Judaism and Spirituality Can be Tools for Saving Lives”
Click here to register

Tomorrow 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. 

PURIM will be here before we know it! Make sure to send your friends at SPS Mishloach Manot! CLICK HERE to read all about PURIM

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.

COMMUNITY READS RETURNS IN MARCH!! Saturday March 16th-Guest Speaker: BARRY SCOTT WIMPFHEIMER professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern

Thanks to the generosity of our devoted member Irving Sitnick, in memory of Linda Sitnick, and in partnership with the Jewish Book Council, each SPS member was mailed a copy of Dr. Wimpfheimer’s latest book: The Talmud: A Biography.On Saturday, March 16th as part of our Community Reads program, we will learn from Dr. Wimpfheimer, as he discusses his book, which takes readers on a journey from biblical and second-temple Judaism to its present-day use as a source of religious ideology, a model of different modes of rationality, and a totem of cultural identity.Our hope is that you will have the opportunity to read The Talmud: A Biography over the next several months. However, whether you read the book or not, we hope you will join us on March 16th when Dr. Wimpfheimer shares his wisdom with our congregation.Another way to engage with the contents of this book is by attending a course the rabbi will be offering on the Talmud. We will study this ancient text to understand how the Rabbis grappled with issues confronting their time (and ours!) This class will take place on Mondays, March 18 and 25 and April 1, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING TRAVEL: Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in coming to Poland, Berlin, or both in November of this year. Here are the details for the trip.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain