On Erev Shavuot, Congregations Brith Shalom and Beth Israel once again join forces to present this stimulating, multi-session, adult education program.
Two Synagogue Collaborate To Celebrate Shavuot
With origins among the mystics of Safed in 16th century, the custom of Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebrates the first night of Shavuot with learning. Two Houston congregations will join together on June 8 to present a modern holiday study program.
Congregations Brith Shalom and Beth Israel will present “I Was There: Imagining And Re-Imagining Shavuot” beginning at 7 PM at Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Boulevard in Bellaire. The Tikkun Leil Shavuot program will feature nine presenters , each leading 18-minute interactive TED-style talks.
MD Anderson Cancer Center Adjunct Association Professor Mark Picus looks at the proper way to greet a revelation. Attorney and Writer Linda Vega reveals a secret her family could not share with the rest of the world. Principal of the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center Samara Schwartz finds embracing God in our lives often feels like the mountain is over our head rather than in front of us. Former Director of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest Guy Cohen hears voices, reverberations and parallels at Sinai.
Jewish Educator Wendy Lerman rubs elbows with the crowd in the desert. Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz uncovers Torah and chesed through personal and communal acts of goodness from out the wilderness. Non-Profit Organization Consultant Andy Hoffman responds to the challenge of ongoing revelation. Jewish Herald-Voice Staff Writer Aaron Howard covers events on the ground while Moses is up on the mountain. Beth Israel Executive Director & Director of Lifelong Learning David Scott finds Torah illumination by night and by day.
Cantor Mark Levine will lead a special pull-out session for young professionals, “The DeJewification of Superman: A Values Clarification Exercise”, beginning at 7:15 PM.
Rabbi Ranon Teller and Rabbi Chase Foster will lead Maariv and Havdalah.
This Tikkun Leil Shavuot will mark the third year that the two congregations have collaborated in celebrating the holiday together.