Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover from Rabbi Ain – April 14, 2017

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! I hope that you are having a wonderful Passover so far. Tomorrow in services we will read a selection from the Torah for the intermediate Shabbat of Passover as well as a selection from Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs. This is one of the megillot (scrolls) that are read on the different Jewish holiday.
Services tonight are at 6:15 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:15 am.
Please plan on coming to shabbat services with questions that came up at your seders so that we can all learn from one another.
Services for the remainder of Passover are as follows:
Sunday, April 16, Evening Service 6:15 pm
Monday, April 17, Morning Service 9:15 am, Evening Service 5:45 pm
Tuesday, April 18, Morning Service 9:15 am, with Yizkor at 11 am. Evening service 5:45 pm.
As the 2nd yahrzeit (anniversary) of his passing approaches, our community will gather together on the 8th day of Passover to remember Rabbi Allan Schranz, who served as our spiritual leader from 1998 to 2012. We will dedicate the introduction to the Yizkor service to his memory and unveil a plaque inscribed with his words on the lobby memorial wall. We will hear from some SPS members who were close to him as they briefly reflect on his life and legacy. The Yizkor prayers will immediately follow
Thought Question: If you had been an Israelite, would you have been able to cross the red sea? What would have taken for you to cross?
Are you looking for a fun evening out with friends AND a way to spruce up your home? SIGN UP TODAY for the ART AUCTION at SPS on Saturday, April 22nd.  And we know you “want” another beautiful vase or bowl.   Buy your tickets today so you don’t miss your chance to own one (or more) of these unique pieces.  We encourage groups of friends to come together so reach out to one another to make sure you are coming!
This special evening will also include:
·      A Live Auction featuring art in all price ranges and media including paintings by well-known artists like Ansel Adams, Chagall, and Agam.  Marlin Art, a well-known auction house, will run the auction and share their profits with SPS.  If you’ve never been to an Art Auction, give it a try – they are very entertaining and no purchase is necessary.
·      Marvel Comics Super-Hero Artist John Stanisci will do live demonstrations of his drawings.
·      Refreshments will include wine, cheese and desserts
Women and Men are invited to this year’s TORAH FUND LUNCHEON honoring VERA WINITCH
Sunday, April 23rd
Registration begins at 12 pm and the luncheon begins at 12:30. Join at SPS as we honor Vera and other women in the MetroNorth area as we raise monies for Torah Fund, the special fund through Women’s League of Conservative Judaism which supports all of our schools of higher education in the Conservative Movement, world wide.  For more information and to register, click here.
Yom HaShoah Commemoration and Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration
As Jews it is very important to remember and then to celebrate two defining moments in Modern Jewish history; the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel.
Be at SPS on Monday night April 24 for our annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration.
Pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the darkest period of Jewish history.
* Survivors Candlelight March
* Lighting of Memorial Candles
* SPS Kol Rinah Adult Choir
* SPS Rinah Youth Choir
Guest Speaker: RABBI JOSEPH POLAK will discuss The Children, the Children…The Legacy of the Infant & Toddler Survivors
Rabbi Polak’s memoir “After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring” received the prestigious National Jewish Book Award this past year. He is a survivor of the Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps and serves currently as the Chief Justice of the Rabbinic Court of Massachusetts.
SPS Teenagers: Would you like to volunteer to escort a survivor during the candlelight march or to the bimah for the lighting of the memorial candles? Please call/email Harriet Janover 212-593-3300 or
ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY Yom Ha’atzmaut Kabbalat Shabbat Musical Celebrations: East Meets West
6:15 pm services followed by Shabbat dinner. 
Led by: Rabbi:Rachel Ain Cantor Dov Keren Cantor Magda Fishman (Temple Beth El) Accompanied by: Avram Pengas – Greek bouzouki & singer Assaf Glezner – pianist & singer David Silliman – percussionist. Shabbat dinner & program follows at 7:30pm Donation: $18 per person Advance paid dinner reservations requested (

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Ain