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Erev Shavuot

May 28 @ 6:30 pm

Zoom to Mount Sinai and celebrate Shavu’ot (the festival of receiving Torah, awe-filled revelation and the harvest of first fruits) with hands-on activities and learning sessions for adults and children of all ages.

Join us for a truly special event, with sessions led by DJC members. Whether you want to study Torah text, learn how to plant a pollinator garden, join in a singalong, or experience a ‘tour’ of the FENTSTER window gallery, this event has you covered!

6:30 – 7 pm: Shavuot Story and Craft (led by Ariella and Orly)
A session led by kids, for kids! Ariella and Orly will share a story and lead a craft for Shavuot. All you need is paper and scissors!

7 – 7:30 pm: Welcoming Shavuot with Rabbi Miriam
We’ll light candles, make kiddush and prepare ourselves for revelation with song! There will also be an opportunity for mourners to say Kaddish.

7:30 – 8 pm: Pollinator Gardens (led by Nicki and Maria)
Learn how to plant a beautiful and delicious vegetable, herb, and flower garden. Our focus will be on flowering plants that attract those fabulous and important pollinators.  The plants are suitable for containers and yards. The session is suitable for kids, teens, and adults. Everyone should know how to garden!

8 – 8:30 pm: Shavuot Baking (led by Jill)
Ever wonder how to bake a cheesecake? Join Jill for step-by-step instructions, and learn how to bake a cheesecake just in time for Shavuot! (note: this is a quick and interactive lesson, so you won’t need to be baking at the same time!)

8 – 9pm: Overwhelm, Hopelessness and Presence: Torah for Times of Crisis with Rabbi Miriam
Join Rabbi Miriam for an exploration of Jewish wisdom and spiritual practice to help us navigate these challenging times.

8:30 – 9pm: PJ Party with Alysse!
Our PJ Party is for kids (approximately) aged 6-10! Wear your PJs, and bring a hidden talent or a riddle to share!  Alysse will share a special Shavuot ‘bedtime’ story.

9pm – 10 pm: A Group of Beginners Walk Into a Torah: in a Conversation Moderated by Rabbi Miriam
A group of Jews and Non-Jews participated in the “Living Jewish Wisdom” course last year, learning about Judaism and many have been exploring conversion.  The group decided to continue learning together and formed their own Torah study group – without teachers or experts, they have shared leadership, learning, confusion and great questions.  Come find out about the joys and challenges they have been encountering and take part in the model of study they have been developing.

10 – 10:30pm: Kol Ha-COVID: A Singalong With a Jewish Twist  (led by Tamar and Alan)
Join DJC superstars Tamar and Alan for a singalong with popular songs that you may not know have a Jewish connection. Whether through their composers or from those who performed them, we will explore their origins and then sing them together. It’s BYOCAM (Bring-Your-Own-Campfire-And- **Marshmallows)… and, of course, bring your voice. Lyrics provided!

11pm: Broken Art for a Broken World (Led by Evelyn Tauben for the MNJCC)
Amidst the pandemic, the FENTSTER window gallery remains one of the only open art spaces in the country. Join FENTSTER curator Evelyn Tauben for a “tour” of their latest exhibition, a striking stained glass sculpture by artist Robert Davidovitz that was inspired by his family’s roots in Vilna and by a painting Marc Chagall made of the Vilna Gaon’s private synagogue.
Fractures throughout the glass installation are a reminder that brokenness is a part of life. The exhibition title – What Will Remain – comes from a Yiddish poem by noted Vilna writer Avrom Sutzkever (1913-2010), resonating with this moment when the globe seems fractured at a scale not seen since the Second World War. Together we will study Sutzkever’s poem and other writings from the pre-war Yiddish literary group, Yunge-Vilne. In this multi-media beit midrash, we will also look at materials ranging from examples of Chagall’s artwork to historic photographs to kabbalistic teachings, which all form the exhibition’s backstory.*
*Note: This session is part of the Miles Nadal JCC’s Shavuot Programming.
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May 28
6:30 pm
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