Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain…Greetings from Israel!

Shabbat shalom! As you open this email, I am excited to share that I have landed in Israel and will be spending Shabbat in Tel Aviv to get ready to begin our #SPSinIsrael trip! 23 of us will journey together-spending time in Tel Aviv-learning about the founding of the State of Israel by walking “Independence Trail” and taking a graffiti tour of Modern Day Tel Aviv, amongst other things. We will head North to the Golan Heights where we will visit a Kibbutz associated with the Conservative Movement, learn about immigration and absorption practices in Israel, take a jeep ride, visit a chocolate factory, and do a workshop in an artist’s studio in Tzfat. We will then head up to Jerusalem where we will be based for 5 days, experiences the sites and sounds of the Holy City. When we eventually get to our final day in Israel we will have a bnai mitzvah celebration at Ezrat Yisrael, the egalitarian section of the Kotel! We look forward to sharing our stories when we return back to SPS. 
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In this Torah portion, Vayehi, Joseph promises Jacob that he will bury him in Canaan. On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe, and then blesses each of his sons. Jacob dies and is embalmed. Joseph affirms to his brothers that he has forgiven them for their misdeeds. Ending the Book of Genesis, Joseph dies.
Friday night services are at 6:15 pm. Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am.
Candle lighting is at 4:14 pm.
Join us TOMORROW as Fred Molod delivers the dvar torah and then NEXT WEEK, Shabbat December 29th as Bob Berend delivers the dvar torah

Please note: The synagogue schools, offices, and services will be closed on December 25th and January 1. There will be no evening minyan on Monday night December 24 and Monday night December 31, in order that our entire maintenance and security team can celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with their families. 

Looking ahead to January….We have two very special events in January! On Sunday, January 13 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 asap so that we can be prepared! 
On Saturday January 19, we will have the incredible opportunity to hear from Ian Manuel, as we learn his story from incarceration to redemption

For our Young Professionals:YOUNG COUPLES: WINE & CHEESE GET-TOGETHER
Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 pm
Get together with other couples in committed relationships while discussing a thought provoking line of Torah. 

BYOKW (Bring your own Kosher Wine!) Light bites will be provided.
Admission is complimentary

Email Shelby at  spirtle@spsnyc.org to RSVP for the event

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 EXTENSIONAre 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