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SUNDAY, MAY 16 • 6:30PM

Join with communities across the East Coast for prayer and learning in celebration of Shavuot. We will begin together at 6:30pm to set an intention and participate in the recitation of the 10 Commandments. Following our opening session, each person will have the option to choose from a number of different learning sessions, with multiple opportunities available for each hour, beginning at 7:30pm and concluding at 11:30pm. Join for one session or all, learn from your own clergy or meet new friends, and enjoy as we stand at Sinai together.

Session Schedule 

7:30 PM SESSIONS

Shavuot Session 1A -

Shavuot the Holiday of Cheesecake: What’s with the Dairy?

Answering the questions about how this holiday became known for cheese blintzes and dairy desserts

Rabbi Rachael Miller, Temple Emanu-El Atlanta GA

Shavuot Session 1B - Shtisel and

Torah: A Shavuot TV Text Study

The wildly popular Israeli tv show, Shtisel, gives us a glimpse into the life of an ultra Orthodox family. What better way to study the commandmets, specifically the Aseret Dibrot, on Shavuot than through Shtisel.

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, United Hebrew Congregation St. Louis MO

Shavuot Session 1C - Fighting a

"Good" Fight

Rabbi Alexandra Klein, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange NJ

Jews may love to argue, but our tradition teaches that there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. When we are living in our current moment of great discord in the public arena, Judaism reminds us how we can disagree constructively.

Shavuot Session 1D - Social Justice Through Music

Cantor Todd Kipnis, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York NY

Explore different musical pieces and Jewish texts on the theme of social justice.

Shavuot Session 1E - Om Shalom

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

Rabbi Rachel Maimin, Temple Isaiah Lexington, MA

Shavuot Session 1F - Climbing

Your Sinai

Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Temple Beth Or, Raleigh NC

Midrash, Poetry, and a Rich Life

Shavuot Session 1G - The Mountain's Base: Sinai and The Mission of the Jewish People

Rabbi Asher Knight, Temple Beth El, Charlotte NC

At Mt. Sinai we received powerful mission for the Jewish people. We will explore the mission of the Jewish people in the world.

Shavuot Session 1H - The Evolution of Love

Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest FL

We will study the evolution of what it means to love in the Torah and what responsibilities love puts on us today, in our relationships with ourselves, God, and others. How can radical love lead us to creating more wholeness in the world and more holiness in our lives?

8:30 PM SESSIONS

Shavuot Session 2A - Sinai in the

Court

Looking at how Jewish law has influenced American Law, especially in the Bill of Rights

Rabbi Max Miller, Temple Emanu-El Atlanta

Shavuot Session 2B - Getting back to Sinai: Can We Ever Know Everything Moses learned?

Ever since we left Sinai, we have been trying to figure out what Moses learned on the mountain. How close are we gettingto figuring out what Moses knew, and why should it matter to Reform Jews?

Rabbi Jeremy Barras, Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest FL

Shavuot Session 2C - Zen Out at Sinai

Rabbi Leah Citrin, Temple Beth Or, Raleigh NC

We will use the text of the 10 commandments to create art (zentangle and micrography) while listening to music

Shavuot Session 2D - Sinai Songs

Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas, Temple Beth El, Charlotte NC

Sinai was a moment of profound affirmation of our peoplehood. How does music reinforce a sense of memory, peoplehood, and communal belonging? We will explore songs that bring us together, songs that help us feel as if we were all standing at Sinai.

Shavuot Session 2E - Jewish Survival – Why are we still here?

Using texts and history, we will examine the various tools that we as a people have used to insure our survival.

Rabbi Fred Guttman, Temple Emanuel, Greensboro NC

Shavuot Session 2F - Peace by Piece: 5 melodies for Oseh Shalom and what we can learn from each.

Cantor Rebecca Moses, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange NJ

What melodies of the same text can tell us about the times in which they were written, the meaning of the text, and what speaks to us today.

Shavuot Session 2G - A Text Study on Text Study: What the Zohar says about studying Torah

Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange NJ

The text of the Zohar is often obtuse. During this session we will look at two or three texts and how they might inform our understanding of Torah study

Shavuot Session 2H - Judaism in Space

Rabbi Adam Bellows, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis MO

We will explore the halakhic challenges and possible solutions for the first Jewish settlers off-planet.

9:30 PM SESSIONS

Shavuot Session 3A-Festive Kitchen Shavuot Menu

The number "5" symbolizes Divine Protection, Good Luck and Torah. A sample five-course Shavuot menu will be shared along with the recipes.

Cantor Rabbi Ron Eichaker, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, MO

Shavuot Session 3B- Ruth, RBG and their Lessons in Friendship

Using the Shavuot text of The Book of Ruth and the sacred text lived by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, we will explore friendship through a Jewish lens.

Rabbi Sarah Reines, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York, NY

Shavuot Session 3C- Why Song of Songs?

Rabbi Andy Koren, Temple Emanuel, Greensboro, NC

Why Song of Songs is in the Hebrew Bible and what this book tells us about being Jewish in our times

Shavuot Session 3D- Artistic Images of Sinai

Rabbi Beth Nichols, Temple Beth El, Charlotte, NC

The Israelites' senses were bombarded at Sinai by the presence of God. We will explore how artists have chosen to depict this scene and how their interpretations add to our understanding of this moment.

Shavuot Session 3E-From Egypt to Sinai: From Systemic Oppression to Equality and Equity

What can we learn from ancient and modern Jewish journeys of the past that can be applied to the fight for racial equality and equity today?

Rabbi Judy Schindler, Temple Beth El & Jewish Studies at Queens University of Charlotte

Shavuot Session 3F - Torah at your table: The first fruits of Shavuot

Rabbi Jaime Aklepi, Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest FL

The 7 Species of the Torah were the only produce appropriate for the First Fruits offereing on Shavuot. We will discuss their significance n the Torah, and bring these holy foods to your table. 

Shavuot Session 3G - Should we build a wall? and other Talmudic obligations of citizenship

Rabbi Sam Rose, Temple of Israel, Columbia SC

We'll take a look at a section of the Babylonian Talmud: Baba Batra to find a particular example of tension between law and morality in Jewish tradition.

No Session H for this time

Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest FL

We will study the evolution of what it means to love in the Torah and what responsibilities love puts on us today, in our relationships with ourselves, God, and others. How can radical love lead us to creating more wholeness in the world and more holiness in our lives?

10:30 PM SESSIONS

Shavuot Session 4A - Spiritual Champion or Spiritual Rogue

Together we will explore historical and biblical options in light of Covid-19 and our return to communal society.

Rabbi Spike Anderson, Temple Emanu-El, Atlanta, GA

Shavuot Session 4B -God of Acceptance, Eternal of Transformation

One path to developing a personal, Jewish theology that is authentic, intellectually curious, and spiritually grounded. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Harold Schulweis' For Those Who Can't Believe.

Rabbi David Spinrad, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA

Shavuot Session 4C-Sinai in Poetry

Rabbi Dusty Klass, Temple Beth El, Charlotte, NC

Explore modern poetic interpretations of Mt. Sinai.

Shavuot Session 4D- Aaron As a surprising model of leadership

Rabbi Howard L. Jaffe, Temple Isaiah, Lexington, MA

A close reading of Exodus 34 through the eyes of the rabbis

Shavuot Session 4E - Thou Shalt Not Murder: An approach to Reducing Gun Violence in America

Join us for a session that both explores the sixth commandment with text, and provides a way for you to act powerfully to reduce gun violence.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York, NY

Shavuot Session 4F - Angels and Demons

Rabbi Adam Bellows, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, MO

We will examine how angels and demons appear and function in Judaism according to Rabbinic Literature

Shavuot Session 2G - A Text Study on Text Study: What the Zohar says about studying Torah

Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange NJ

The text of the Zohar is often obtuse. During this session we will look at two or three texts and how they might inform our understanding of Torah study

Shavuot Session 2H - Judaism in Space

Rabbi Adam Bellows, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis MO

We will explore the halakhic challenges and possible solutions for the first Jewish settlers off-planet.

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