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Shavuot: Standing Under the Mountain...Then and Now

Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 5 Sivan 5778

7:00 PM - 11:55 PMBeth Israel Center

The Madison Jewish community gathers together on the eve of Shavuot for traditional study and to develop our shared sense of community. It is customary to stay awake all night to study Torah in Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Legend has it that Israelites slept in late on the morning of the revelation on Mount Sinai, and needed to be roused from their beds. Thus, Jewish communities around the world, observe a Tikkun Leil, or “night of repair or healing” to make up for the mistake of our ancestors. We stay up late so that every part of us, both the physical and the spiritual, is prepared for the receiving of God’s covenant the next morning, during the Shavuot Torah reading. Our night of community-wide learning begins on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00pm, with a panel of Rabbis including: Sami Barth from Beth Israel Center, Jonathan Biatch from Temple Beth El, and Laurie Zimmerman from Congregation Shaarei Shamayim. Enjoy a special Ma’ariv service to mark the end of Shabbat and the start of Shavuot, followed by delicious dairy desserts, schmoozing, and interludes of music and poetry. After the break, there will be a series of sessions, some concurrently held to give options between text study and other kinds of experiences that will help us get out of our heads and explore our hearts and bodies. Come learn with various talented scholars and teachers from around the community.

If you can lend a hand with food set-up or clean-up, please contact Deborah Hoffman via email (hoffman@bethisraelcenter.org) or phone (608-256-7763).

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