Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 19, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double parashiyot of Behar and Bechukotai. In the Torah portion Behar, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually free your slaves. In Bechukotai, God tells the people of Israel that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be provided with rain to feed their crops. God then describes the long list of punishments that will be inflicted on the Israelites if they do not follow God’s laws.
Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 7:52 pm. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am and Tot Shabbat at 11 am.

Join tomorrow following kiddush for the final class on “Understanding the 5 books of the Torah.” We will explore the major themes of Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Thought Question: We are taught in this week’s parasha that the land (of Israel) doesn’t actually belong to us. It is God’s and we are guardians of that land? We are told that we must in fact redeem the land-what does this mean to you?

Author Dan Ephron
In honor of Linda Sitnick of blessed memory

THIS COMING TUESDAY May 23, Reception 7 pm, Program begins promptly at 7:30 pm

SPS members received in the mail, thanks to the generosity of Vice President Irving Sitnick, a copy of the book Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzchak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel.
Twenty years after the assassination, author Dan Ephron will engage in dialogue with our community about the making of the book and the impact the death or Rabin has had on Israeli society and the world.
Everyone is invited to share this exceptional evening …. Whether you read the book or not!

Celebrate Shavuot at SPS!
Erev Shavuot – Tuesday, May 30 at 6:15 pm
Join us for services, a traditional dairy dinner plus learning with Rabbi Ain.  Dinner is complimentary for members and $36 for guests.  Reservations for dinner are required. Please call 212-593-3300 or email the synagogue office.
Wednesday, May 31 at 9:15 am
FAMILY PROGRAM & DINNER – Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 pm
Parents & children will enjoy a light supper and go on a tour of the torah.  All this to be followed by a make your own sundae dessert bar.  Complimentary for SPS families but reservations are required.  For additional information and to let us know your family will be attending contact Lesley via phone or email.
Shavout Evening Services follow at 6:15 pm.
SHAVUOT DAY 2 MORNING & YIZKOR SERVICE: SPS Adult Rinah Choir will participate
Thursday, June 1 at 9:15 am, Yizkor at 11 am
Lois Weaver Film Series-Final Movie of the Season is June 7
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
Upcoming Shabbat Speaker-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.

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Ain