Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 11, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read the double portions of B’har and Bechukotai. In the Torah portion Behar, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually free your slaves. In Bechukotai, God tells the people of Israel that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be provided with rain to feed their crops. God then describes the long list of punishments that will be inflicted on the Israelites if they do not follow God’s laws.
There is KabalTOT Shabbat at 5:30 pm. Our Musical Kabalat Shabbat Services this evening are at 6:15 pm and Shabbat Morning services are at 9:15 am. We will celebrate as Mariela Ginzberg is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.
Candle lighting is at 7:44 pm.
Thought Question: In this week’s parasha we are reminded of the importance of redeeming captives. How do we go about this mitzvah?
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UPCOMING EVENTS
DON’T MISS OUT! SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER RABBI NAOMI LEVY
THIS MONDAY, MAY 14  
Refreshments 7:00pm          Talk: 7:30 pm
Rabbi Levy will discuss her latest book Einstein and the Rabbi. She will help us understand how Jewish tradition can have an impact on our souls, and how everyone can go through a journey to feel more spiritual.
Rabbi Levy is the founder and leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles. She was named one of the top-fifty rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, and NPR.
Rabbi Levy is also the author of the national bestseller To Begin Again, as well as Talking to God and Hope Will Find You. She was in the first class of women to enter the Jewish Theological Seminary’s rabbinical school and the first woman in her movement to head a congregation on the West Coast.
Admission is complimentary.  Einstein and the Rabbi will be available for purchase
and signing.
#SPSTalks Returns at the end of May
Wednesday Night, May 23rd, 7 pm
SPS Talks

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.
“Current Developments in the Middle East-is there a path to peace in the region?”
RSVP to Jeremy Reiss  so he can send you reading materials in advance.
 
CELEBRATE SHAVUOT NEXT WEEKEND AT SPS
SATURDAY MAY 19:
Learning with Rabbi Ain 8:30 pm – Service 9:00 pm
SUNDAY MAY 20:
9:15 am Morning Service
6:15 pm Evening Service
6:30 pm Torah Trivia – A TIME TO LAUGH & A TIME TO LEARN
Enjoy a Complimentary Dairy Dinner
*Reservations requested for dinner.  Call 212 593-3300 or email sps@spsnyc.org
**There is a Young Professionals’ Brunch at a member’s apartment Sunday Morning at 11:00 am. RSVP to dfrankel@spsnyc.org for full details.
MONDAY MAY 21
Service 9:15 am – Yizkor Memorial Service 11:00 am The Kol Rinah Adult Choir will take part in services
 
Save the dates….
Wednesday May 30
 

LET’S TALK with RABBI RACHEL GRANT MEYER

about…

HIAS: WELCOME THE STRANGER – PROTECT THE REFUGEE
Wednesday, May 30 
Refreshments:  7 pm             Program: 7:30 – 9 pm
Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 65 million – more than any time in recorded history. Because of our history and our values, the Jewish people have a unique connection to these most vulnerable people. During this program, we’ll ground ourselves in a shared understanding of this crisis, explore the Jewish values that command us to welcome the stranger, and learn how to take action in support of refugees worldwide.
Saturday June 9
Are you looking to connect with more families with young children (birth-3)? Come to the YOUNG FAMILIES GET TOGETHER ON THE SPS ROOFTOP! Gather together from 12:30-2 pm!
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain