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Shavuot 5780

May 28 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the CBS community in celebrating Shavuot and our greatest gift — learning. We have a lineup of teachers offering a choice of subjects and experiences, from rugelach baking to Talmud study to an exploration of God and politics in the prayer Shoshanat Yaakov. See below for a schedule and class descriptions. You can choose to attend one class during the first session and then one class during the second session (or you’re welcome to drop in for just one class!). Contact Melani Baker for the Zoom link to join.

After we conclude with our communal candlelighting, you can continue learning! For resources for your own study that night, you can sign up for free with Project Zug and their courses on Rabbinic literature, prayer & spirituality, art & culture, and more. Visit and use the code CBSTorah and sign up by Sunday 5/24 to access course materials before Shavuot.  We will also make available hard copy materials for one of Project Zug’s courses, Rumors of Revelation, at CBS for socially-distant pickup at the front door.

More information about our other Shavuot events:

Thursday, May 28th, Morning Minyan with Yizkor

Sunday, May 31, Megillat Ruth Reading, 11:00am-11:30am

Shavuot Cook-Along: Cinnamon Rugelach with Rachel Wachtel

The holiday of Shavuot is just around the corner and let’s celebrate together by baking some delicious rugelach!  This cookie has a special dough made with cream cheese; perfect for Shavuot and so flaky and delicious.  Together we will make the dough, roll, cut and shape the cookies, and bake them to perfection.  Here are the tools and ingredients that you will need to join me from your kitchen and cook along: a mixing bowl, mixer with whisk attachment, a rolling pin or bottle, a knife, a baking sheet, cup measures, measuring spoons, cream cheese, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 egg, and milk. For more details about ingredients and amounts, you can see the recipe here:

I look forward to joining you in your kitchen virtually for this fun class!

Revelation Against Our Will with Beth Huppin

Shavuot is a time when the entire people of Israel received Revelation at the same time.  It is troubling to note that according to some understandings of this moment, the people received revelation under duress.  Was duress needed?   Does duress always lead to new insights?  What happens when an entire people (or the entire world?!) is under unwanted pressure?  In what ways does duress result in a shared experience and in what days does it result in unique experiences? What might an examination of these questions teach us during these current times?

Talmudic Perspectives on Law Enforcement with Kayla Higgins and David Warnock

Join Kayla and David, an attorney and police officer, in a Talmud-based text study addressing questions like: Is making people account for their own wrongdoing part of the pursuit of Justice? Why were the sages ambivalent about defending those who break the law?  And what is the overarching role of law enforcement in maintaining a civilized society? This session will begin with a brief introduction on contemporary issues faced by Jews in criminal justice careers. The introduction will be part historical and part personal as it will be drawn from their professional experiences. After the introduction there will be a text study, followed by a close-out discussion.”

Shoshanat Yaakov – Inserting God into Politics with Carl Sayres

Have you ever heard a d’var Torah on Erev Purim? (No? There’s a reason!) So Erev Shavuot will be as good a time as any for one about Megilat Esther!

The story we read on Purim is almost entirely political. God isn’t mentioned at all in Megilat Esther (one of two Biblical books to claim this dubious honor). But as soon as we finish reading the Megillah, our tradition turns the gaslighting up to full throttle to claim the opposite. We read a piyyut called “Asher Heini”, which rewrites the Purim narrative as a miracle of God. We joyously sing the last few lines, Shoshanat Yaakov ,whirling us up into a frenzy where we can’t tell the difference between Haman and Mordechai… Or perhaps it’s objective is even more devious!


May 28
5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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