Community Wide Shavuot Celebration


Thursday, May 28

Join Temple Emanu-El, CBI, TBEMC, and Temple Sholom to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. 

One of the most distinctive customs of the Jewish holiday of Shavout is Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an evening-long study session. The custom originated with the mystics of Safed in the 16th century. Come for a night of learning and choose your own adventure! Stay for the entire night or just part of it! 

Thursday, May 28

7:00 – Communal Erev Shavuot Services

Thursday, May 28

8:00 – Communal Study Sessions with area clergy. 

See the sign below for each class you would like to attend. 

8:00 – 8:30 PM (Choose One)

“Five Ideas From the Torah That Have Changed the World.” – Rabbi Paul D. Kerbel – Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim. 


He Won’t Let Us Forget to Wonder: The Teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel – Rabbi Charles Kroloff  – Temple Emanu-El. 

8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Faith of Ruth

A conversation about the meaning and power of faith in our lives based on the Biblical character Ruth. – Rabbi Bennett Miller – Temple Emanu-El.

Choose One

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

“Nachamu Ami:  Songs of Comfort 

We will learn and sing songs of solace and comfort. –  Cantor Michele Rubel – Temple Emanu-El


9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

“Dairy Treats and Dairy Torah” 

There’s a tradition to eat dairy food on Shavuot but why do we eat it and what should we make?  First join Naomi Tilman to bake a dairy Shavuot specialty and while our project is in the oven, Rabbi Tilman will share some of the texts and traditions for eating dairy foods on this holiday. – Rabbi Howard & Naomi Tilman – Congregation Beth Israel

10:00 – 10:30 PM

The Aseret HaDibrot – The Ten Commandments:  The Hype vs. The Text.

Everyone ‘knows’ them but are they really commandments?  Are there really ten or was Mel Brooks right?  We’ll examine the original text and see what the words mean compared to what we ‘think’ they mean. – Rabbi Joel Abraham – Temple Sholom

10:30 PM – 11:00 PM

The Poems of Yehuda Amichai”:  We will study the poetry of one of Israel’s greatest modern writers. – Rabbi Prosnit – Temple Emanu-El