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Virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of learning over Zoom leading up to Erev Shavuot. You’ll have a choice of which learning sessions you attend (schedule below). At the end we’ll all rejoin together for singing and candle lighting. No registration necessary. For the Zoom link, check the Cybershul email, the Beth Shalom Facebook page, or contact Melani.

First Session
Cooking Blintzes with CBS shinshin Shoval
Cook along with Shoval as she makes blintzes, traditional to eat for Shavuot, along with other dairy foods. You can also enjoy the session as a demonstration without cooking along.
Becoming a More Welcoming Jewish Community with Beth Huppin
On Shavuot the Torah was given to the entire Jewish people, yet, for many, there are times when we feel like outsiders.  How might we become more aware of whose voices aren’t heard, including, sometimes, our own?  How might this awareness open us to widen our understanding of how we define “welcoming” within the Jewish community? A close look at some verses in the Book of Ruth, read on Shavuot, as well as commentaries regarding receiving of the Torah will help us examine these important questions.

Second Session
Revelation: What Is It? Does It Matter? with Rabbi Mark Greenspan
Revelation is at the heart of Judaism: God spoke to us at Mount Sinai and Torah embodies the will and word of God. What does Torah M’Sinai mean for us as moderns? Is it possible to speak about revelation without reading the Torah literally? How have we understood “Revelation” through the ages?
Conversion Conversation: Reflections Decades Later with Alberta Weinberg, Kathleen Spitzer, Carol Benedick
Shavuot is a holiday about choosing Judaism — from the Book of Ruth, whose protagonist is often considered the original Jewish convert, to the Jewish people’s covenant at Mt. Sinai. Margot Kravette will moderate a panel discussion with three Beth Shalom members –  Alberta Weinberg, Kathleen Spitzer, and Carol Benedick – to share their reflections on choosing Judaism decades ago and how it has impacted their adult life.


May 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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