Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 9, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Behaalotecha, the Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover. They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 8:08 pm. We will celebrate as Josh Lipitz is called to the torah as a bar mitzvah.
Thought Question: There are numerous moments in this week’s parasha where people behave in a way that they must offer an apology and seek forgiveness. Have you ever needed to offer an apology? What process did you go through? Join me at shabbat morning services as I reflect on this topic.
  • 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
Upcoming Shabbat Speakers:
Kalman Samuels will speak on “Old Dreams, New Realities”
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
Friday June 23rd-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.
Shira Ben Sasson Furstenberg will speak on “The old State and Religion challenge: What’s new?”
Saturday July 1
Shira is the director JPW (Jewish Pluralism Watch)  JPW is the Masorti (Conservative) Movement’s non-partisan institute which monitors, interprets and publicizes the positions, statements, and voting records of Knesset Members and other elected officials on all issues of democracy, religion and the state.
Shira was the director of iRep, JFNA’s Israel Religious Expression Platform. Serving to impact a range of issues related to increasing religious diversity in Israel with the initial goal is to promote and help advance meaningful change to the status quo that will serve to facilitate a range of legally-recognized options for marriage in Israel.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Ain