Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 3, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Bo, God sends the eighth and ninth plagues, locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh still refuses to free the Israelite slaves. God tells Moses that the 10th plague will be killing all the firstborn Egyptians. God commands each Israelite home to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their doorposts, in order to protect their firstborns. After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh demands that the Israelites leave.
Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm. Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. We will celebrate as Alex Judd is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. Candle lighting is at 4:59 pm.

Thought question:
 In this week’s parasha we see that Moses won’t agree to leave Egypt with only a portion of the community. He insists, explicitly, that everyone-men, women, children, and more, are part of the community that leaves together. What is the force of the Torah stating this?
Who Are American Jewish Personalities that have changed our communities, our lives, and the world? 
Come to 4 special presentations given by members of SPS on 4 different themes to find out.
February 8-Jews in Social Activism-Presenters are Fred Molod, Sara Angrist, and Jay Shulman
Future dates include:
March 8-Jews in the public square,
April 5-Jews in science,
May 16-American Jews and Israel
All presentations will begin at 7 pm.
From Rabbi Heschel to Henrietta Szold, from Rabbi Schneerson to Steven Jay Gould, and more, SPS members will present who these people were, what made them, tick, and how are lives were influenced by their lives and legacy
WORLD WIDE WRAP with the Mens’ Club of SPS!
All men, women, and children are invited to come to SPS on Sunday morning February 5th at 9:15 am to participate in a meaningful morning service with the chance to learn how to put on tefillin! If you have your own set, please bring them, if not, we will be able to lend you a pair that morning. Please let me know if you are planning on coming by responding to this email. 
Come Meet, Eat, n’Greet with the Women’s League of SPS!
Join the Women’s League for a new & different type of evening! They want to meet you!!! (and feed you, of course!) THEY ARE PLANNING A FUN AND FRIENDLY EVENING THAT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!
They want to hear from you! A light supper will be served.
Please RSVP to Ann Lindenbaum at or 347-524-5900
Shabbat Shirah and Tu B’Shvat Celebrations are just a week away!
Plan on coming to SPS next Saturday morning to celebrate the shabbat of song with a special appearance by our Rinah Youth Choir. Following services everyone is invited to the kiddush where we will all participate in our annual Tu B’shvat seder.
Lots of opportunities for young families and our youth at SPS!
Don’t forget the TEEN SHABBAT DINNER for families with kids in 7th-12th graders on Fridaynight February 10. Please rsvp to Lesley at
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 on Sunday February 12 from 4-6 pm. Check out THIS FLYER for more information
A note about security: Over the past several weeks there have sadly been numerous bomb threats at JCCs and other Jewish institutions across the United States. Each has been working closely with SCN, the Secure Community Network to respond appropriately, and fortunately, none of the threats have materialized. Please note that not only is Sutton Place Synagogue also a part of the Secure Community Network, but we are in constant contact with our private security company as well as the 17th precinct in NYC, with whom we have a close working relationship. If you have any specific questions about security, please be in touch with Minna Schneider.
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Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Ain