Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 20, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Shmot, the first parasha of the 2nd book of the Torah, the new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph. Fearing their population growth, Pharaoh makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelites baby boys be killed upon birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. When he is an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses flees to Midian and marries Tzipporah. God appears before Moses in a burning bush and tells him to free the Israelites from slavery. An apprehensive Moses returns to Egypt, where he and his brother Aaron demand that Pharaoh free the Israelite slaves. Pharaoh refuses, and God promises to punish him.
There is KabalTOT shabbat tonight at 5:30 pm. Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm and it is our musical shabbat service. Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. Candle lighting is at 4:42 pm.
Thought question: In this week’s parasha, we see the beginning of the challenging of Pharoah’s leadership by Moses and the Jewish community. What tools did they use? Why was Moses able to accept his role, despite the fact that he had grown up in the Pharoah’s home?
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.
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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.

Come Meet, Eat, n’Greet with the Women’s League of SPS!
Tuesday, February 7 at 7 pm
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
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.
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Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Ain