Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 12, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vaera, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites. Pharaoh refuses, and God unleashes plagues on the Egyptians. Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites, but God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. The portion ends with the plague of hail stopping and Pharaoh changing his mind once again.
There is KabalTOT Shabbat tonight at 5:30 pm and our Musical Kabalat Shabbat Service at 6:15 pm. Services tomorrow morning at 9:15 am and our Kol Rinah Adult Volunteer Choir will be participating in services. Candle Lighting is at 4:32 pm.
Please note: The synagogues offices, schools, and services will be closed this coming Monday in observance of MLK day. Also, minyan on Wednesdaymorning will be at 7:45 am because of Rosh Chodesh.
 
THIS COMING THURSDAY!!! 
CRASH COURSE IN JEWISH HISTORY with Dr. Benjamin Gampel-Medieval Jewish History!
Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 pm.   (Did you miss the first class in the CRASH COURSE IN JEWISH HISTORY? CLICK HERE to watch the video of Dr. Burt Visotzky on Ancient Jewish History.)
 
TEEN SHABBAT DINNER!
All families with students in 7th-12th grade are invited to shabbat dinner, next Friday night, January 19th. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about ways to stay involved in the Jewish community beyond religious school and b’nai mitzvah preparation. As we talk about ways to remain involved we will talk about the generous L’dor Vador award which is a partnership between the Women’s League at SPS and the congregation. Please RSVP to Lesley if you are planning on coming.
MEN’S CLUB LET THERE BY FOOTBALL 
Sunday, January 21 at 3 pm
Come to SPS and watch the AFC Championship Game!
All are invited to this big-screen event.
The cost is $18 per adult and $8 per person under the age of 13.
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL’S FRIDAY NIGHT “TASTE OF ISRAEL” SHABBAT DINNER
Friday, January 26th immediately following services.
We encourage you to join us whenever you can at Friday night services but especially on January 26. Following services, there’ll be a Shabbat Dinner featuring a “Taste of Israel” theme.
Come join us to try some authentic Israeli cuisine as we welcome in Shabbat together. Enjoy the flavors, sights and recipes of the most unique place on earth!
To submit the $25 payment, go to the SPS donate page and select “young professional programming”
GUEST SPEAKER AND TU B’SHVAT CELEBRATION WITH ABIGAIL POGREBIN
Saturday, January 27th during services and Kiddush
Each SPS member family received a copy of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, written by Abigail, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our devoted member Irving Sitnick. Abigail will discuss her latest book, which chronicles her experience researching and observing every holiday in the Jewish Calendar.
Israel Trip Update: We will be booking flights in the coming weeks but before doing so, we need to know how many families are planning on coming on the trip. If you are planning on joining the SPS trip this coming December to Israel, please let me know and please register asap. Here are the details. https://www.daattravel.com/Sutton-Place-Synagogue-Family-Trip-to-Israel
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain