Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 28, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Dvarim. In this Torah portion, Moses recounts the Israelites’ episodes from their 40 years in the wilderness. Moses encourages the Israelites in their upcoming conquest of the land of Canaan.

Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 7:56 pm.

This shabbat we will welcome JTS Rabbinical Student Daniel Novick to the pulpit as he gives the D’var Torah during services on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Thought Question: This is the final shabbat of the three weeks that lead into Tisha B’av. This is supposed to be the saddest time of the Jewish year as we reflect on what we as a Jewish community has done wrong, especially our sins that caused the destruction of the Temple. What sins are we guilty of today?

Upcoming events at SPS

Monday, July 31, 7:30 pm | Tuesday, August 1, 8 am
Tisha B’Av, is a period of lamentation and prayer to remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. It is a sad day that observes other major disasters and tragedies that Jewish people experienced throughout history, including the expulsion from England in 1290 and from Spain in 1492, as well as the mass deportation of Jewish people from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
Let’s gather together on Monday evening, July 31st at 7:30 pm in the ballroom of the synagogue for a *pre-fast dinner and program in preparation for the High Holidays. The evening service and the reading of the Book of Lamentations will follow.
Tuesday morning August 1st, Shacharit services will begin at 8:00 am and will include the reading of Lamentations.

For more information about the holiday, CLICK HERE.

*Dinner is complimentary for members – $36 for guests. Reservations are required. Contact: 212-593-3300 or

CONGREGATIONAL BBQ on Tuesday AUGUST 22 at 6:30 pm!
We’ll fire up the grill & prepare your burgers & franks just the way you like it! Sides, dessert, of course, plus soda & beer. (If you’d like something else B.Y.O.B. – wine must be kosher!)
Member: $18 per person (children under 13: complimentary)
Guest: $25 per person
Advance reservations required. Call 212-593-3300 or email


That afternoon there will be programming for people of all ages as we come together, reconnect, and introduce SPS to those looking for their Jewish community! If you already know of someone that is looking to become an official part of the SPS community make sure you connect them to a member of the professional team so that we can help welcome them in!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain