Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 26, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the Parashat B’Midbar. In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all the Israelite men over the age of 20. Moses takes up a second census to count all of the Levite men. God gives specific instructions to the Levites about their roles in the Tent of Meeting.
Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 7:58 pm. The offices and schools are closed this Monday in observance of Memorial day. There will be no morning or evening minyan.
Thought Question: The book of B’midbar has within it numerous failed protests. It is a severe contrast to the positive notion of contrasts that we see in Exodus. What makes for positive protest and what makes for negative protests? Come to synagogue tomorrow morning to look at this more closely.
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 Dinner 5:30 pm with the program following at 6:30 pm and a make-your-own-sundae experience at 7 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 will take place 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
Make sure to have this day marked down!! 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
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