Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Ki Tetze, Moses delivers specific rules about proper family relationships. He continues with laws involving many aspects of daily living, justice, family responsibility, work and sexuality.

Our MUSICAL Kabbalat Shabbat services are this evening are at 6:15 pm.

Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am. We will celebrate tomorrow as Annabelle Abramowitz is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. Tomororw morning there is a tot shabbat beginning at 10:45 am led by our fantastic KNS teacher, Hallie Silverstone. 

Candle lighting is at 6:50 pm this evening. 

Thought Question: In this week's parasha there is a reminder to care for dead bodies. Though morbid, it is an important reminder of how we must treat ourselves and others throughout the lifespan (and beyond). Why do you think there is this conversation?

As a Follow Up: There was tremendous loss of life and property caused by Hurricane Dorian. In conjunction with Gaby Alper and the social action committee, we have researched different organizations and wanted to share two in particular that you could choose to support at this time to help those in need. 
The first is IsraAID. This is an Israeli organization that sets forth on humanitarian missions all over the world.
The second is the AFYA foundation, which is supported by the Joint Distribution Committee. This link provides not only a way to donate money but suggested supplies that can be bought and sent via amazon as well as locations where you could sort/pack supplies.

  • September 16-All Young Professionals are invited to their very own #SPSTALKS: YP STYLE where they will discuss the Israeli elections and the connection of American Jews to Zionism. Please RSVP to David Frankel.
  • September 17-On Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm, The Women's League, in partnership with Susan Weidman Schneider, the Editor-in-Chief of Lilith Magazine, and other writers will be discussing the #MeToo movement and its impact on the Jewish community and journalism.This is one event you do not want to miss! 
  • September 21-Selichot services will begin with a dedication of our new sanctuary followed by a meaningful service led by myself, Cantor Keren, Richard Slade, and the Shirah Choir as we get ready for the High Holidays. 
  • September 25-All Young Professionals are invited to get into the High Holiday spirit with Rabbinic Intern David Chapman, as he reviews some of the words, melodies, and meanings that will be sung at the annual YP High Holiday services! RSVP to David at

It's time to register for Nesiyah (our teen programming). 


STARTING THIS WEEK!! 8th-10th grades: Wednesdays with Hannah Levin
Our 8th-10th grade students complete a 3 year cycle of Jewish learning and experiences around New York City to give them a more sophisticated understanding of Judaism. The three areas of focus are Jewish History and Culture, Jewish Values, and Jews & the Greater Community. This year, we are in Year 1 of the cycle, focusing on Jewish History & Culture.  Teens will meet monthly on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm; dinner included.
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 13
  • December 11
  • January 15
  • February 5
  • March 11
  • April 29
  • May 6
11th-12th grades: Upperclassmen Seminar: ISRAEL FELLOWS 
Our oldest teens will be Israel Fellows as they explore Israel in a more sophisticated manner. They will explore their connections to Israel, as well as historical and current events that have shaped Israel and its relationship with the world through the lens of of the book  Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor  by Yossi Klein Halevi. The students will create relationships with Israeli students who are living throughout Israel and there will be an opportunity for these fellows to interface with our pre-school students in a variety of ways. PLEASE LET ALYSSA KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON PARTICIPATING.
This Israel Fellows program is partially sponsored by JNF and Nefesh B'Nefesh as SPS was recently awarded a maalot grant for Israel programming. 
Israel Fellows will meet  5 times over the year, on Wednesdays, from 7:30-8:30 pm.
  • October 23
  • December 11
  • February 12
  • April 1
  • May 6

IF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED FOR A HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICE....NOW IS THE TIME! Please make sure to register-whether it is for our sanctuary, parallel, young professional, tot, or family services...or our youth programming! 

2019/5780 High Holidays

Hinei Mah Tov Umanayim Shevet Achim Gam Yachad
הִנֵּה מַה טוֹב וּמַה נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אָחִים גַּם יַחַד
Main Sanctuary Service: led by Rabbi Rachel Ain and Cantor Dov Keren with the Shirah Choir under the direction of Richard Slade. This service is available only to Synagogue members and their immediate families. Assigned seating. Please reach out to Harriet by email or by calling 212-593-3300 to request your tickets asap. 
High Holidays Parallel Service in the Sassower-Schneider Auditorium  led by Rabbi Irving Spielman and Cantor Marshall Wise with the Shirah Quartet. Available to Synagogue members and non-members. CLICK HERE to register

Young Professional Services held at P.S. 59 (56th street between 2nd & 3rd avenues) led by Rabbi Dave Levy and Rabbinic Intern David Chapman. Tickets are available for people in their 20's & 30's. CLICK HERE to register

Children & Family Services
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (Monday, September 30)
Tot Service
 @ P.S. 59 for birth-4; from 9:00-9:45 am
Family Service @ P.S. 59 for ages 4-8; from 10:00-10:45 am
Children's Program @ SPS for grades K-7; from 10:30 am- end of services (around 1 pm); pickup on bima
Teen Program @ SPS for grades 8-12; from 10:30 am- end of services (around 1 pm)
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (Tuesday, October 1)
Tot Service
 -combined with Family Service @ P.S. 59; from 10-10:45 am
Family Service @ P.S. 59 for ages 0-8; from 10-10:45 am
Children's Program @ SPS for grades K-7; from 10:30 am-1 pm; pickup on 5th floor
Teen Program @ SPS for grades 8-12; from 10:30 am-1 pm
Yom Kippur (Wednesday, October 9)
Tot Service
 @ P.S. 59 for birth-4; from 9:00-9:45 am
Family Service @ P.S. 59 for ages 4-8; from 10:00-10:45 am
Children's Program @ SPS for grades K-7; from 10:30 am-end of Yizkor service; pickup on 5th floor
Teen Program @ SPS for grades 8-12; from 10:30 am- end of Yizkor
N OTE: Professional baby-sitters will be available to ticket-holders during all morning services from 10:30 am until the service concludes. Use the link below to let us know if you are planning on using our baby-sitters.
Don't forget....
We are switching to a new mahzor for the high holidays...
 CLICK HERE to read more and to learn how to sponsor a mahzor in honor or memory of a loved one. 

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain
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