Join us on Shavuot to celebrate a year of learning and gather inspiration for the road ahead! Tuesday evening, we will gather our featured teachers from this year – Rabbis Jacob Fine (our Director of Jewish Life as of 6/1), Ellen Bernstein and David Seidenberg – to share core teachings that evoke our deep connection to the earth. Having engaged with each of these teachings from different periods, we will then reflect collectively on how we develop a contemporary Jewish spirituality for our planet.
Our format will be slightly different from past years. Our study will be “beit midrash” style, rotating among our teachers as we all study simultaneously in the social hall.
Join us at 7:00 for a brief Ma’ariv service, with a blessing for babies born in the past year. We will begin our study at 7:30, with a break for cheesecake at 9:00. Afterwards, please stay for informal study late into the evening, and come back Wednesday and Thursday morning for celebratory and reflective services that feature reciting the Ten Commandments (Wednesday), singing Hallel, reading the Book of Ruth and saying Yizkor (Thursday). We may even have some leftover cheesecake for Kiddush!
Finally, as Shavuot is the spark that ignites our desire to learn more, please join me for four sessions (Wednesday evenings at 7:30 beginning 5/22) of Reading Ruth – exploring this beautiful book that evokes loyalty, generosity, tzedakah and erotic desire!!
Rabbi Justin David