Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 2, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Naso. In this Torah portion, a census is taken, God describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites. The laws relating to the suspected adulteress and the nazirite are given. God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing. The heads of tribes bring gifts to the Tabernacle.
Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 8:04 pm. We will celebrate as Amanda Wein is called to the torah as a bat mitzvah.
Thought Question: This week’s parasha has within it kernels of what makes a good leader. We see the way the heads of the clans involve themselves with ritual, we are made aware of the priestly blessing, and we are challenged to realize that sometimes people take ritual too far. What are good leadership qualities that you look for?

We have a busy week ahead!!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 | Doors open 7:00 pm | Film: 7:15 pm
A defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside and quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac.When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.
Discusson led by SPS member Anthony J. Selvitella, CSW, psychotherapist and social worker at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He specializes in treating active duty and veteran military families and couples on a variety of clinical issues. He has been in practice at VA for 12 years.
Refreshments follow.
Admission: complimentary
Made possible by the generosity of the Coopersmith Family in memory of Martha’s beloved mother. Complimentary Admission
Come to SPS on Thursday June 8th at 6:30 pm because the Women’s League Installation is quickly approaching! CLICK here for all the details.

Upcoming Shabbat Speakers:
Kalman Samuels
Saturday, June 17th
We are excited to welcome Kalman Samuels, the founder of Shalva Children’s Center in Jerusalem, to SPS, on Saturday morning June 17th during services. He will share his personal story of what he and his wife have built in Jerusalem. Shalva leads the way the world understands, cares for, and embraces disability.
Daniel Novick
Saturday, June 24th
Come to SPS for Shabbat on June 23-24 as Daniel Novick a JTS Rabbinical Students takes the pulpit for that shabbat! Daniel has served as the USY adviser at SPS and this year will be serving as the cantorial soloist with Rabbi Dave Levy for the Young Professionals High Holiday services as well as working with Lesley Goldenberg in the Jackson Religious School. He will be giving the dvar torah both Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Wednesday, June 14th, 7 pm
  • Annual Reports
  • Presentation of Budget for New Fiscal Year
  • Election of Officers and Trustees
This is an opportunity to hear about the fantastic year that we have had, to think about the future, and to speak with the leadership of the congregation to answer any questions.
Refreshments will be served

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Ain