Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 31, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Vayikra, the first parasha in the book of Leviticus. In this Torah portion, God describes the laws of animal sacrifice. God explains the different sacrifices that atone for guilt or sins, and distinguishes between sins committed inadvertently and sins committed on purpose.

Kabbalat Shabbat services are this evening at 6:15 pm. Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. We will be celebrating Women’s League Shabbat! Candle Lighting is at 7:02 pm.
Thought question: The hebrew word for sacrifice also means ‘to draw near.’ What is the relationship between sacrifice and drawing near?
Community Learning Continues at SPS
Wednesday April 5, 7 pm at SPS
American Jewish Personalities we should know-
Passover reminds us of the importance of 4 children. Learn about 4 (or more!) important American Jewish personalities who made an impact not only on the Jewish world but on the larger world. By looking at people in who have excelled in science, we can explore “what makes us tick as a Jewish people, how did the Jewishness of these individuals influence the world, and how does this impact each of us and our behavior?” Coordinated by Community Learning Committee Chair, Fred Molod, presentations will be made by members of the congregation.
Choose Your Own FoodVenture with Cast Iron Daddy
Thursday, April 6, 7 pm, at SPS
Sick of eating buttered matzo or brisket all week? Well, we are too!
SPS Men’s club, in partnership with Cast Iron Daddy, cordially invites you to an evening of Choose Your Own FoodVenture starring Matzoh, Pizza, Chocolate and Toppings. Come one. Come all. Bring your friends. Bring your kids! You’re sure to never see Kosher L’Pesach food the same – EVER! Please rsvp by clicking here and for more information on the Men’s Club at SPS, click here.

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 in April.
The seating will be staggered so that all can have a clear view, even with subtitles. Refreshments follow.
SPS member Tal Eyal has been hard at work creating new pieces of magnificent pottery to spruce up your home – all of which will be available during the Silent Auction at the Gala Art Auction at SPS on Saturday, April 22nd.  And we know you “want” another beautiful vase or bowl.  Don’t we all?  Buy your tickets today so you don’t miss your chance to own one (or more) of these unique pieces.  Plus you’ll be supporting SPS at the same time.  It’s a win-win for everybody!
This special evening will also include:
·      A Live Auction featuring art in all price ranges and media including paintings by well-known artists like Ansel Adams, Chagall, and Agam.  Marlin Art, a well-known auction house, will run the auction and share their profits with SPS.  If you’ve never been to an Art Auction, give it a try – they are very entertaining and no purchase is necessary.
·      Marvel Comics Super-Hero Artist John Stanisci will do live demonstrations of his drawings.
·      Refreshments will include wine, cheese and desserts
Women and Men are invited to this year’s TORAH FUND LUNCHEON honoring VERA WINITCH
Sunday, April 23rd
Registration begins at 12 pm and the luncheon begins at 12:30. Join at SPS as we honor Vera and other women in the MetroNorth area as we raise monies for Torah Fund, the special fund through Women’s League of Conservative Judaism which supports all of our schools of higher education in the Conservative Movement, world wide.  For more information and to register, click here.
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.
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Ain