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Shavuot 2018: Back to the Future!

May 19, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - May 20, 2018 @ 5:00 am

In celebration of Beth Shalom’s 50th anniversary, we’ve done a lot of reflecting on the past.
For Shavuot this year, join us for a night of learning and imagining on the theme of the Jewish future.

Schedule of Events:

7:00—8:15pmSee the Torah up close and learn about how it is written as we unroll it and have our 6th graders share their maftir with us.
8:15-9:30pmTrends in Emerging Judaism  –  Join in conversation with Beth Shalom’s emerging Jewish leaders: Adam Gillman (1st year rabbinical student at JTS), Juliana Sherer (Pinwheel USY regional President and high school senior), and Michaela Yancey (Koach director, SUNY Binghamton and college sophomore) about their hopes, concerns, and visions of what Conservative Judaism and organized Jewish life might look like in the next 50 years. Panel moderated by Prof Devin Naar.
For Youth
Elementary-age program with Tal until 9:40pm in Beit Midrash, will join adults for Havdallah (teens will participate in adult program; middle schoolers can choose between the two options)
9:30-9:50 pmMaariv and havdallah
9:50-10:15 pmCheesecake!
Sample kosher cheesecakes baked on site by CBS members!
10:15-11:30 pmSituations the Rabbis Could Never Have Imagined:
The Next 50 Years of Technology through a Jewish Lens
As technology develops more rapidly than ever before, the Jewish community must try to keep up.  How will these developments affect Jewish life? What are the potential ethical concerns we foresee with various kinds of technology and biomedical developments?  How will halakhah respond to a world that previous generations could never have imagined? Join with Rabbi Rose, Marc Cohen, Craig Chosiad and Ithai Rabinowitch as they share their reflections.
11:30pm – 4am
All-Night Learning!
11:30 – Rabbi David Fine
Last but not least:  What’s the big deal about coveting?
What is about the Green-eyed monster (envy) that makes it so powerful? What are the realistic boundaries on jealousy?  Commentators have been there before us. Let’s visit with them and each other as we delve into texts on the 10th of the Aseret HaDibrot.  (Ten Commandments)12:30 – Rabbi Jill Borodin
What Do We Believe Will Ultimately Happen to Us When We Pray for Tehiat Hametim (the resurrection of the dead) in the Amidah?
Jewish thinkers have very different understandings and interpretations of what happens to us at the end of time.  Explore a number of different ways this prayer is understood historically and by contemporary thinkers.1:30 – Rabbinical Student Adam Gillman
What did we receive at Mt. Sinai? What would we like to receive this Shavuot?
The Bible has numerous  accounts of what occurred at Mt. Sinai, how can we understand these different accounts today? In this time of uncertainty what would you like to work towards giving and receiving on Shavuot? What gifts do you have that you would like to share with others?2:30 – Rabbi Emily Kapor-Mater
Jews In Space: Halacha In The Future, or, How Do You Observe Shabbat In Orbit?3:30 – Rabbi Paula Rose
Did the Rabbis Really Want the Temple Rebuilt?  And Other Rabbinic Fantasies about the Future
4:15 amDawn shacharit


The Shavuot festivities continue:

Sunday, May 20th
9:30 am – Festival davening for first day of Shavuot
11:30am-12:30pm – Kids programming K-5th grade with Tal Bronstain in Room 1
11:30am-12:30pm – Open classroom with Shavuot activities for young families in Room 4/5
1:00 pm – Picnic and sports in the park – Bring your Own Lunch to View Ridge Park

Monday, May 21st (CBS Offices Closed)
9:30 am – Festival davening, including Yizkor, for second day of Shavuot
Followed by a Kiddush Lunch


May 19, 2018 @ 7:15 pm
May 20, 2018 @ 5:00 am
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