Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 18, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, B’shallach, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind about freeing the Israelites and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters, and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads all the Israelite women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed them. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.

PLEASE NOTE: SPS Schools, Services, and the Office will be closed this Monday, January 21st, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Additionally, as a reminder, as the snow begins to fall, our policy regarding minyan in the morning or evening is, that if the NYC Public Schools are closed, there will not be weekday services, as we don’t want anyone to get hurt trying to make it to shul. 

KabalTOT Shabbat is tonight at 5:30 for our kids birth-6. Tomorrow morning Shabbat services are at 9:15 am. 

Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am. We will welcome Ian Manuel as we learn his story from incarceration to redemption. Following kiddush I will teach my monthly Torah Study class using Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book Einstein and the Rabbi. 

Candle lighting is at 4:39 pm.
Thought Question: If you were an Israelite, would you have stepped foot into the sea? 

Looking Towards February…

  • Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, will be speaking at SPS on Monday, February 4th, at 7 pm. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS and TO REGISTER. 
  • I’m Heading to Florida! If you are in Florida for the winter please note that on Monday February 11th, I will be speaking on a panel at B’nai Torah Congregation in Palm Beach at 7 pm about Conservative Judaism. 

SPS Scholar-In Residence

Friday, February 15, following services at 6:15 pm
Following services, join the Young Professionals of SPS as we gather for a special shabbat dinner. He will discuss: Addiction, Recovery, and the Opioid Crisis: How Judaism and Spirituality Can be Tools for Saving Lives Cost: $18 per person, Click here to register
Email David at with any questionsSaturday, February 16, 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
Cost: $18 per person for the Young Professionals Dinner, Click here to register
Email David at with any questions

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 register today!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain