Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 2, 2018

This has been a trying week for our American Jewish Community. We encountered the largest Anti-Semitic attack on US soil ever and yet, our Jewish community around the world, bolstered by the love and support of our Non Jewish friends and Neighbors, came together to pay tribute to the lives of the 11 people murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. You can CLICK HERE to watch the memorial service that we held here at SPS this past Monday
As a response to this horrific attack, the American Jewish Committee, is mounting a campaign to encourage everyone to #ShowUpForShabbat. I encourage you to come THIS EVENING, to continue to reflect on what happened, and to response by joyously celebrating shabbat as a Jewish community.
Families with children birth-6 are invited to KabbalTOT Shabbat which is followed by a light dinner. 
 
Additionally, our sanctuary service for everyone begins at 6:15 pm and will include our regular prayers but we will allows time for thought at reflection. Included in that reflection will be words from  

Anne-Claire Legendre, the French Consul General, who, through our partnership with AJC, will be joining us for services.
Tomorrow morning there is Shabbat School at 9 am, Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am, and Tot Shabbat at 11 am. 
Additionally, during Shabbat morning services we will read from Parashat Chaye Sarah. In this Torah portion, Sara dies at the age of 127. Abraham searches for a place to bury her and settles on Machpelah. Abraham searches for a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant meets Rebecca at a well, where she provides water for him and his camels. Abraham marries Keturah and has six more sons. He then dies at the age of 175.
Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. We will celebrate as Adam Kamenetz becomes a bar mitzvah.
Candle lighting is at 5:32 pm.
 
Thought Question: This week we encounter the death of Sarah and we see Abraham and Isaac find a way to move through their grief. How do we do that? How have we been doing that this week, on a communal level, and how do you do it on an individual level?
                                            UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
NEXT Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm: Kristallnacht Observance
SPS Kristallnacht Observance Chair Anita Horowitz will introduce Executive Director of the New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel – Dorit Inbar.  Ms. Inbar will explore the portrayal of the Holocaust in cinematic documents. She will show select clips and trailers from the NFCT collection created by highly skilled Israeli filmmakers whose innovative works of art are keeping the history of the Jewish people and the memories of Holocaust alive.
INFORMATION SESSION about 2019 SPS TRIP TO POLAND/BERLIN
Wednesday November 14th at 7 pm at the home of Helen Wrobel and Tal Eyal. If you are planning on coming to the information session, please email me so I can give you their address. If you can’t come to the meeting but want information about the trip, let me know.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
There is a shabbat dinner on November 16th and a tour of the Judaica exhibit at Sothebys on December 16th. Click here for the details on how to register.
Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Ain