Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – September 21, 2018

Shana Tova! WOW. It is hard to believe that the High Holidays have come and gone. The energy in our community was palpable. With overflowing attendance in all of our services and programs, it was clear that THIS IS OUR TIME to rise to even greater heights! Watching all of our members, from young to old, new to veteran, come together, in front of the ark at the end of Neilah, I couldn’t help but have tears in my eyes, knowing that I have the privilege of serving as your Rabbi. I couldn’t be more excited, as Shari shared in her address, to have renewed my contract to be your rabbi for at least another 5 years (after this one!). When I speak about SPS as a congregational family, and a second home, that isn’t just for our members, but it is for my family as well. It is an honor for Dave and me to be raising our sons as part of this vibrant, sacred community.
Working with the professional and volunteer leadership team is also a privilege. This isn’t “just a job” for anyone associated with SPS. We all bring our heart and our soul to make sure that each and every year our High Holidays reach even greater and greater heights.
If you weren’t with us for the holidays I encourage you to read or watch SHARI POCHAPIN’S SPEECH about the state of our synagogue. This is a very exciting time for our congregation! If you are moved to donate to our Yom Kippur appeal, please click here, and choose ‘Yom Kippur Appeal’ in the drop down menu.
Here are links to the two sermons that I delivered during Yom Kippur

Tomorrow in synagogue we will read from Parashat Haazinu. In this Torah portion, Moses recites a song to the Children of Israel that serves as testimony of their covenant with God. God tells Moses to head up Mount Nebo to find his final resting place.
Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. Candle lighting is at 6:36 pm.
Thought question: What is your relationship to God during these weeks of holidays? How do you make the transition between the different celebrations?
Click Here to See What is Planned and Make sure to RSVP to any of the upcoming events asap!
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain