Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 21, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Shmini. After the dedication of the Tabernacle and the ordination of the priests, two of Aaron’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moses and Aaron regarding which animals may be eaten.
Thought Question: How do you make choices about what you eat? What role do the laws of Kashrut play in your life?
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 TOMORROW NIGHTBuy 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!
Women and Men are invited to this year’s TORAH FUND LUNCHEON honoring VERA WINITCH
THIS 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 THIS COMING 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