Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 10, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, B’Shallach, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind  about freeing the Jews and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads all the women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed them. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.
There is a KabalTOT Shabbat program for our families ages birth-6 at 5:30 this evening. Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm. Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 and Tot Shabbat at 11 am.
Tomorrow morning is “Shabbat shirah” and we will hear the beautiful sounds of the our Rinah Youth Choir. Our kiddush tomorrow will include the Tu B’Shvat Seder! We encourage you to come.  Candle Lighting is at 5:07 pm
Thought question: This week we celebrate the exodus from Egypt through prose and poetry, singing and dancing. Why does the Torah emphasize all of the different ways to celebrate?
DON’T MISS OUT THIS COMING WEEK
Young Professionals’ Sha-bappy Hour this coming Friday night!
We encourage you to join us whenever you can at Friday night services but especially these nights. Following services we will have a fun Comedy Night with Stand up comic Harrison Greenbaum. RSVP to dfrankel@spsnyc.org.
El Al Ambassadors are on their way to SPS! Join us on Shabbat morning February 18
 
El Al Israel Airlines has established a new program to send its flight crew abroad so that during their layovers, we can be beneficiaries of their stories, ideas, and vision of being an Israeli today. Join us as we hear from diverse members of one flight crew as we further connect to Israel and its people.
Come learn with Rabbi David Levy as the art and architecture class of SPS meets for the final session on February 18!
Come to hear the EL Al flight crew and then stay at SPS following kiddush to look more closely at important ritual items in our sanctuary.
Lots of opportunities for young families and our youth at SPS!
Do you have a 5th-12 grader? Are they interested in Kadima or USY? Please reach out to SPS Youth Adviser, Amanda Phillips, to make sure you have up to date information on upcoming local and regional events
The Family Fun Day for the pre-school set is THIS Sunday February 12 from 4-6 pm. Check out THIS FLYER for more information
Would you like to serve as a shabbat morning greeter: We have been very fortunate to have many newcomers coming to our synagogue on Shabbat morning. While our ushers do a fantastic job making sure that the inside of the sanctuary runs smoothly, we would like to have people in the foyer serving as greeters-welcoming people in, helping them get acclimated, and feeling great about SPS. If you are able to come to SPS on a shabbat morning at 9:15 am and serve as a greeter, please let us know by emailing Jordana Barish.
                     For more information check out www.spsnyc.org
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain