Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 7, 2017

Passover is coming! It is hard to believe that Passover is here. There are services, seders, and more to celebrate the quintessential Jewish holiday where we celebrate our freedom and we pledge to help all in need as we usher in Elijah, signaling the beginning of redemption.
For details on Passover services, click here. Please plan on coming next week to shabbat services with questions that came up at your seders so that we can all learn from one another. If there are specific questions that you want me to raise, please email them to me before next shabbat!
Here are a number of resources to get you ready for Passover!
From Haggadot.Com an online resources with readings, songs, and more for your seder
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Shabbat shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Tzav. In this Torah portion, God continues to describe the different laws of sacrifices. A distinction is made between sin offerings, burnt offerings, and homage offerings, with each following its own process. God then commands the priests to make another offering that ordains themselves in their positions.
There is KabalTOT tonight beginning at 5:30 pm. Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm. Candle Lighting is at 7:09 pm.
There is a Young Professionals’ Sha-bappy hour immediately following services this evening, and we will be featuring a special panel of 4 members of SPS, Josh Liederman, Rachel Brozinsky, Katya Haratonik, and Sara Saltzman, as engage in a moderated discussion led by Rabbi Dave Levy, about their Jewish journeys.
Thought question: In this week’s parasha, Tzav, Moses’ name is never mentioned, which is fascinating given that when we sit at our seder tables, Moses’ name isn’t mentioned in traditional Haggadot. Why do you think his name is omitted from this week’s parasha about sacrifices, and how does that connect, if at all, with the seder experience?
DON’T MISS OUT ON WHAT IS COMING UP!
MEET THE DIRECTOR OF THE WIDELY ACCLAIMED MOVIE FOOTNOTE at the Lois Weaver Film Series
THURSDAY, APRIL 13 | Doors open 7:00 pm | Film: 7:15 pm
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies.When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (English subtitles)
Discussion led by Rabbi Rachel Ain & Joseph Cedar, the film’s Award -winning screen writer & director. Joseph Cedar’s new film “Norman” starring Richard Gere opens in April.
The seating will be staggered so that all can have a clear view, even with subtitles. Refreshments follow.
WOMEN’S LEAGUE GALA ART AUCTION FUNDRAISER
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 hjanover@spsnyc.org
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 (sps@spsnyc.org)
       HOT OFF THE PRESS…
       THE SPRING BULLETIN!!! 

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Ain