URJ Programming: Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Join us on Thursday, May 28, for an evening of online learning, music, prayer, and poetry. Together, we will delve into the beauty, complexity, and joy of Torah. Attend one, two, three, or all four hours:
“A Shavuot Conversation”
8:00-9:00pm ET, hosted by HUC-JIR
Join HUC-JIR professors for a Shavuot conversation on individual responsibility and obligation in modern Jewish thought featuring Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D. (Rabbi David Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought) and Rabbi Joseph Skloot, Ph.D. (Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History).
“Preparing to Ascend: Poetry on the Themes of Shavuot”
9:00-10:00pm ET, hosted by the CCAR
Join CCAR Chief Executive Rabbi Hara Person and acclaimed poets Jessica Greenbaum and Judy Katz as they take a poetic journey up the mountain, reading and discussing poems that share themes with Shavuot. Both poets are nationally known and have poems in The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Mishkan HaNefesh, and other CCAR publications.
“Ahavat Olam: Love, Torah, and Great Music"
10:00-11:00pm ET, hosted by the ACC
All you need is love! Ahavat Olam, sung in the evening service, praises God for having shared the Torah with us – a gift that can be seen as God's greatest expression of love. Together with Cantor David Berger of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago, IL (scholar-in-residence for the ACC), we'll dig into classical rabbinic sources, contemporary reflections, and sample pieces of the amazing music that bring this love song to life.
“A Discussion about Personal Jewish Stories”
11:00pm-12:00am ET, hosted by the URJ
Hearing the stories of others allows us to imagine how our own lives can and might change. Join Rabbi Leora Kaye, URJ director of program, and Rabbi Esther Lederman, URJ director of congregational innovation, for a conversation on personal Jewish stories. We'll hear from others in the Reform Movement about their Jewish journeys, challenges, and adventures, ultimately reminding us that Judaism is as much about where you have been as it is about where you can still go.