Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 26, 2018

Shabbat Shalom. I wanted to share with all of you that Lesley Goldenberg, our dedicated education director, will be moving to St. Louis this summer with her family.
During her 13 years at SPS Lesley has served this congregation through her genuine love of Judaism, education and our SPS children. We will miss her tremendously but we are so happy that she is moving home where her children will be able to grow up close to grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and close friends.
Lesley will continue her work at SPS through June. Please stay tuned for updates on an upcoming celebration of Lesley’s contributions, along with our search and transition plans. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly.

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.
Kabalat Shabbat Services are at 6:15 pm and services tomorrow morning at 9:15 am Candle Lighting is at 4:48 pm.
There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am and Tot Shabbat at 11 am.
Saturday, January 27th during services
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.
There will be a special Tu B’shvat Seder at the beginning of Kiddush that everyone-tots to seniors, are invited to partake in!
Friday, February 2, immediately after KNS drop off
Using personal stories & sacred texts, this class will look at how to incorporate Jewish values into your home as we discuss gratitude and giving, life and loss, and what it means to “parent Jewishly” in the 21st century.
In a thoughtful, facilitated manner, we invite members of SPS to join together to discuss issues that are near and dear to us but might place us in opposition to one another. The only way to learn and to grow is through listening.
Second discussion is on Thursday, February 8 at 7 pm:
“Who are our bedfellows? How do we promote Jewish values when we partner with other groups?”
RSVP to Jeremy Reiss at so he can send you reading materials in advance.
If you missed last week’s lecture on Medieval Jewish History, CLICK HERE, to listen to the recording of Dr. Gampel and stay tuned for the next session with Dr. David Fishman on Thursday, February 15
Sunday, February 11 from 4 – 6 pm, $50 for the entire Family!
Featuring: Live Music from The Little Maestros, Incredible Balloon Artist, Craft Projects for all ages, Pizza Party and Ice Cream Sundae Bar for the whole family. Appropriate for all ages. Open to the public, please invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends!
For more information or to purchase your tickets visit
Israel Trip Update: THE TRIP IS A GO!!! 
We will be booking flights in the coming weeks.  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.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain