Co-sponsored by Temple Hillel Bnai Torah
This year, as we celebrate the mythic moment of receiving Torah on Mount Sinai, we will dedicate our learning to the memory of beloved CDT rebbetzin Gina Fried, zichronah l’vracha. It is traditional to usher in the holiday of Shavuot with all-night Torah study, and this evening we will both honor Gina’s gifts as a teacher and celebrate the rabbinic ordination of our Director of Congregational Learning, Shahar Colt! So come learn with us.
Keynote talk with Fran Malino, director of Jewish Studies at Wellesley College. “Jewish Sisters in Muslim Lands: The Teachers of the Alliance Israélite Universelle.” The Alliance Israélite Universelle, an international Jewish organization established in 1860, created a network of schools to educate Jewish girls and boys living in North Africa and the Middle East. Fran will explore the goals, self-identity, struggles and accomplishments of the young women who founded and directed these schools.
Havdallah and champagne toast to Shahar!
Session One: 9:15pm-10:00pm
Harlot or Heroine? with Susie Tanchel. The Book of Ruth, traditionally associated with Shavuot, focuses on Ruth’s actions and choice. This evening, through a close exploration of Genesis 38, we will look at another biblical woman’s choices and actions and her impact on our history. (This session is rated PG-13!) Susie is a Bible scholar and Head of School at the Jewish Community Day School.
The Torah of Blintzes - Join the Okun/Lieberman family to learn how to make cheese blintzes, the iconic food for celebrating Shavuot! The blintzes will be enjoyed later in the evening.
Session Two: 10:10-10:55pm
Hasidic Teachings on Song with Elaine Pollack. Through the teachings of Reb Pinhas of Koretz, we discover the power of song in building community and relationship, so that prayer has the power to reach up to the divine. Each teaching is matched to a song or prayer from our siddur, Kol HaNeshamah. Elaine is a founder of CDT and was ordained at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2008, as part of its first class.
The Poetry of Mountains with Lisa Schneier. We will explore what the mountain setting gives to the Revelation story through a group experience of poetry that brings us into a variety of human encounters with mountains. CDT member Lisa Schneier is a lover of poetry, a former high school English teacher, and currently a professor of education.
Blintz Break: 10:55-11:15!
Session Three: 11:15-midnight
The Courage To Teach, with Jethro Berkman. In this session we’ll explore the nature of teaching and learning through the lens of a classic rabbinic text and a modern Israeli poem. CDT member Rabbi Jethro Berkman is the Dean of Jewish Education at Gann Academy.
The Torah of Yoga: From Liberation to Revelation with Esther Kohn. As we practice simple poses to free our bodies, minds, and spirits from everyday stress and constriction, we’ll discover how yoga can help us tune into the teachings and themes of Shavuot. Esther is a devoted member of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek and an educator who has been practicing yoga for over twenty years.
When the Heavens Open – We will come together at midnight for a brief closing teaching and meditation with Rabbi Toba Spitzer, at the time when, traditionally, the heavens open and the Torah (teaching) meant especially for each of us is most accessible.