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Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Y’tziat Mitzrayim—Moving Through the Narrow Time of COVID

Sunday, May 16, 2021 5 Sivan 5781

6:00 PM - 9:20 PMZoom

We can think of times of uncertainty as liminal experiences, that is, moving through an indeterminate passage toward an undefined future. As our biblical forebears left Egypt on their way toward an indistinct encounter with God at Sinai, today we too are traversing an indefinite passageway toward an uncertain future. Along the way we become injured, we lose ourselves, and we remain rudderless if we forget the values of Torah that help us maintain course. Join Madison’s Jewish communal leaders, along with experts in the field of mental health, as we explore the realities, challenges, and opportunities of our times.

     6:00–6:45 pm         T’filah/Communal Worship
     6:45–7:00 pm         Break, get your dinner
     7:00–7:45 pm         Panel: Y’tziat Mitzrayim as Metaphor for Uncertain Times: Jewish Texts and
                                    Reflections on Persistence, Perseverance, and Possibility. With Rabbi Andrea
                                    Steinberger, Rabbi Betsy Forester, Cantor Jacob Niemi, Rabbi Jonathan Biatch,
                                    Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, and Rabbi Renee Bauer
     7:45–7:55 pm        Poetry/Music Interlude    
     7:55–8:35 pm        Mental Health in Focus: Practitioners Share Experiences After a Year of
                                    Pandemic, Quarantine, and Loss with Dr. Ariela Karasov, Dr. Dan Gustafson,
                                    and Dr. Ron Diamond
     8:35–9:05 pm        Breakout rooms:

  • Text Study with Rabbi Betsy Forester
  • Reflect on the Evening with Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
  • Reflect on the Evening with Rabbi Renee Bauer
  • What Liminality Means Across the Generations with
    Rabbi Jonathan Biatch
  • Liminality in Art, Music and Midrash with Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

    9:05–9:15 pm        Siyyum 

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