Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 24, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read the final two parshiyot in the book of Exodus, known as Vayakhel and Pekudei. These readings reiterate the details for the tabernacle, the instructions for Shabbat, and the choice of betzalel as the chief architect of the project. In Pekudei, the final parasha in the book of Exodus, Moses takes an accounting of all the work that was done for the construction of the Mishkan. Moses looks back, assesses the work, and blesses the people. It is a true community project.

Kabbalat Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm. Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. Candle Lighting is at 6:55 pm. There is tot shabbat at 11 am on Saturday morning.
We have a very busy shabbat tomorrow morning! We will hear the sounds of the SPS Adult Rinah Choir and we will be briefed by Israel’s Member of Knesset Rachel Azaria as she shares up to date information on life in the Knesset, and Israel, today. Following kiddush I will be offering my class on The 5 Books of the Torah: Understanding Leviticus.
And speaking of shabbat…next week is WOMEN’S LEAGUE SHABBAT! Make sure to be here to celebrate all of the women who have been working so hard to make our annual women’s league shabbat so special-and get ready to laugh-as the theme is Jewish humor 🙂
Thought question: There is a beautiful moment at the end of Exodus where Moses blesses the community. What would move you to add your blessing to our sacred community? What words would you use?
Kidney Donation Awareness Event
Please join us March 29th at 7:00 p.m. for an inspiring presentation about living kidney donation and how we can help a member of our community and others.  The program will include information about the process of becoming a kidney donor-and advise those of us not ready to donate a kidney how else we can spread the word. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Sponsored by Ken and Leslie Zuckerbrot.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13 | Doors open 7:00 pm | Film: 7:15 pm
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies.When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (English subtitles)
Discussion led by Rabbi Rachel Ain & Joseph Cedar, the film’s Award -winning screen writer & director. Joseph Cedar’s new film “Norman” starring Richard Gere opens April 14.
Refreshments follow.
Passover is coming….
Sutton Place Synagogue First night of Passover Seder
First Night, Monday, April 10, 2017
Service: 6:30 pm       Seder: 7:00 pm
Sassower-Schneider Ballroom
Members and their guests    $120 per person
Non-members                        $130 per person
Child(ren) under 12: $65
Email or call 212-593-3300 for reservations.
Looking for a place to celebrate the 2nd night of Passover?
Tuesday, April 11 at 6 pm
Host your own Seder in our beautiful Sassower-Schneider Ballroom. We will provide Haggadot, a Seder plate, wine, beautifully-set tables and a catered dinner for the number of guests in your party. Each table can conduct a Seder at their own pace. $110 per person, $50 per child under 12.
If you would like to join with other people at a table and/or would like detailed information, please call Harriet Janover directly. 212-593-3300.
For more details about Passover at SPS, CLICK HERE.
As the 2nd yahrzeit (anniversary) of his passing approaches, our community will gather together on the 8th day of Passover to remember Rabbi Allan Schranz. We will dedicate the introduction to the Yizkor service t his memory and unveil a plaque inscribed with his words on the lobby memorial wall. We will hear from some SPS members who were close to him as they briefly reflect on his life and legacy. The Yizkor prayers will immediately follow. This will take place on Tuesday, April 18th, on the last day of Passover, during services.
       HOT OFF THE PRESS…and in your mailboxes soon…
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain