Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 8, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week read from Parashat Shlach Lecha.

In this Torah portion, Moses sends 12 spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land. God responds to their lack of confidence by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. God commands the Israelites to put fringes on the ends of their clothing.
Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning Services are at 9:15 am. Cheryl Fishbein, National Chair of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs will speak during services. She will discuss How American Jews Can Support Israel’s Quest for Peace.
Please note: As of now, we are still planning on having the Young Families Rooftop Get-Together  tomorrow from 12:30-2 pm. HOWEVER, if it is raining the event is cancelled. Please email Paige Corbet if you are planning on attending.
Candle lighting is at  8:07 pm.

THIS DAY IN JEWISH HISTORY: 
Final session, THIS COMING Monday June 11 at 7:30 PM
Join us as Jeremy Reiss and Alexis Azria continue in the tradition and wisdom of our other SPS members who have
enlightened us in this incredible series!
If you are interested in being part of the program planning for community learning for the year ahead, please let me know!
THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 is a busy day at SPS:
5-7 pm:
Come celebrate the end of a great school year and the beginning of summer at our

SPS Family BBQ for all SPS families with children birth-18. You’ll have the chance to meet SPS’s new Director of Education and Engagement, Alyssa Schwager, and see your SPS friends one last time before summer officially begins. 
Please RSVP to lgoldenberg@spsnyc.org if your family plans on attending.
Later that evening...ALL MEMBERS OF SPS ARE INVITED TO AND ENCOURAGED TO COME TO OUR ANNUAL MEETING at 7:30 pm. 
  • Updates about the state of the synagogue in a presentation by Shari Pochapin
  • Voting on the slate for the 2018-2019 leadership
  • Presentation of the SPS Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
GREAT NEWS TO SHARE!
 
Sutton Place Synagogue has recently received a grant for a project called Scientists in Synagogues through the organization Sinai and Synapses. Scientists in Synagogues a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science.
Next year we will run a program on Judaism and science, specifically related to Genetics and Judaism, but before we do this, Sinai and Synapses has asked us to collect some initial informal data surrounding Judaism and science. What do Jews think about science? What scientific topics interest them most? What are some of the potential challenges surrounding Judaism and science?

We want to know how members view Judaism and science, so we’d ask you to complete this attached survey by June 24th. It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain