Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 25, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro, about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order not to tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Mount Sinai. After three days, the mountain fills with smoke, and God delivers the Ten Commandments to His people.
Friday night services begin at 6:15 this evening. Tomorrow morning Shabbat services are at 9:15 am. We will celebrate as Sam Weinick is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am and Tot Shabbat at 11 am. 
Tomorrow night is PJ Havdalah and Kadima/USY bowling. If you have any questions or are planning on attending but haven’t yet told Alyssa, please email her asap. 
Candle lighting is at 4:47 pm.
THOUGHT QUESTION: Which do you find is the hardest of the 10 commandments to follow? Why?

  • Jewish Parenting, Shabbat with the Rabbi, and a special “kids in sports” program for our families with children birth-3 are all coming up next weekend! Jewish parenting is next Friday at 9 am. We will discuss “Who is our parenting village.” Shabbat with the Rabbi, a special program for our pre-school aged families at 12 noon next Friday will continue. Please contact Paige if you are planning on attending. Next Saturday, at 2:45 pm, our families with children birth-3 we will have a fun shabbat afternoon together at SPS with Kids in Sports. This is a great way to make new connections! Please let Paige know if you are going to be there. 
  • 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. Please do so asap!
  • 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 Boca Raton at 7 pm about Conservative Judaism. 

UPCOMING PROGRAMMING FOR OUR TEENS! Ellie Carr and Alyssa Schwager are planning lots of programs for our teens and tweens in the weeks ahead. We have two exciting “Hebrew High at the Rabbis” coming up on February 9th and March 9th. On February 9th, SPS Member and WSJ Editor, Gary Rosen, will speak to our teens about being a journalist today. On March 9th, Batya Shmueli, an Ethiopian-Israeli will meet our teens to tell them about her experiences making aliyah and living in Israel. If your teen hasn’t attended “Hebrew High at the Rabbis” but wants to on either of those dates, please email me. The event is at my apartment (address will be provided when you email me) and it is from 4-5:30. 

SPS WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY RETREAT March 29-31, 2019. Registration will be closing shortly! CLICK HERE for details and register today because space is limited! 

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain