Erev Shavuot 2020

  • A Shavuot Conversation” 8:00-9:00 p.m. 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).  Pre-registration required
  • “Preparing to Ascend: Poetry on the Themes of Shavuot”
    9:00-10:00 p.m. hosted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
    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.  Pre-registration required

  • “Ahavat Olam: Love, Torah, and Great Music” 10:00-11:00 p.m. 
    hosted by the American Conference of Cantors.
    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. Pre-registration required

  • “A Discussion about Personal Jewish Stories”
    11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. 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. Pre-registration required

  • Reboot DAWN Festival 10:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    DAWN is Reboot’s all-night interpretation of the magical and mighty holiday of Shavuot. Spend the night immersed in the arts, music, comedy, food, film and conversation – all presented by some of the greatest artists, rabbis and thinkers of our generation. Produced in association with the Jewish Emergent Network, DAWN will be an unforgettable night of diverse and creative learning.  For more information, and a list of offerings, click HERE