Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 17, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Vayehi, the final parasha in the book of Genesis. In this Torah portion, Joseph promises Jacob that he will bury him in Canaan. On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his grandchildren,Ephraim and Menashe, and then blesses each of his sons. Jacob dies and is embalmed. Joseph affirms to his brothers that he has forgiven them for their misdeeds. At the end of the Book of Genesis, Joseph dies.
Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm and 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 4:33 pm.
Understanding the Book of Exodus: Stay for some learning, tomorrow, following shabbat kiddush, as we delve into the major themes that we will encounter in the Book of Exodus
Thought question: This week we say “goodbye” to the first biblical family with the death of Joseph and we enter a moment of transition. How do families today experience the transition when a matriarch or patriarch of a family dies?
Please note: The synagogue’s schools and offices are closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of the Federal holiday, commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will not be holding minyan services at SPS HOWEVER, there are shiva minyanim at Naomi Blum’s home on Sunday evening and Monday evening at 7 pm
Looking forward:
Sutton Place Synagogue Young Professionals & 3GNY SHABBAT DINNER!
Friday, January 27, 2017
Services begin at 6:15pm; Dinner and the speaker will immediately follow in the downstairs ballroom
Please join us for this special evening featuring world renowned speaker Sami Steigmann who will share his story of survival from the Holocaust. We will enjoy a delicious Shabbat meal with members of 3GNY (Young Professional Descendants of Holocaust Survivors) and continue to grow our 20’s/30’s community together. The dinner is $36 until 1/23/2017 and $45 after.
Click here  to purchase your tickets.
Please email if there are any dietary restrictions.
Continuing our connection with Israel….Come learn from Dr. Tomer Morad of the Technion Institute on Shabbat morning January 28

Dr. Morad is a Technion PhD and “Startup Postdoc” at the Runway Program, in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. He will speak about the Institute, specifically the Runway postdoc program, with its unique study environment, what it offers its students and what it brings to the city. Dr. Morad will share his personal story, about how the Technion prepared and equipped him with the tools to be an innovator & entrepreneur.

Jewish music galore! The next Musical Kabbalat Shabbat is FRIDAY January 20th at 6:15. Come sing and dance with us; Then, come to shul on Shabbat morning January 21st as the SPS adult choir participates in services; Finally, mark February 11 for shabbat shirah, a song-filled shabbat service where the youth choir of SPS will take part in the service followed by the Tu B’shvat food tasting where we will sing together!
Community learning opportunities are coming up including:
Jewish Ethics-Next class is Monday, January 23rd at 4 pm

American Jewish Personalities: Come learn from fellow SPS members about what makes different American Jews “tick” and how their lives and work had an impact on the Jewish and American community on FEBRUARY 8th!

Purim will be here before we know it…get ready for the SPS Purim Basket Program!
Back by popular demand we are getting ready to launch the program with the details of how to participate in this community building and fundraising effort for SPS.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Ain