Shavuot is the middle of the 3 pilgrimage festivals. It is a time for us to gather together in community both to receive Torah, and mark time together.

Shavuot 5780 Schedule

Erev Shavuot – Thursday, May 28
6:00pm: Yizkor and Dedication of Plaques, Click here to join*
7:00pm: Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Click here to join**

Shavuot Day 1 – Friday, May 29
9:30am: Shavuot Services, Click here to join
2:30pm: Cooking Demo with Rabbi Kosak, Click here to join
6:15pm: Kabbalat Shabbat, Click here for livestream

Shavuot Day 2 – Saturday, May 30
9:30am: Shavuot Shabbat Services, Click here for livestream
4:00-5:00pm: Torah Tailgate Family Program

*Please note that Yizkor will be at the beginning of the holiday rather than the end.

**While Tikkun starts at 7pm, please login no earlier that 6:55pm as it is on the same Zoom call as the Yizkor service, and we want to make sure there are no interruptions at the end. If you log in while the service is still going on, you will be in the waiting room and will be let in once the Tikkun begins.

Yizkor & Dedication of the Plaques – Thursday, May 28, 6:00pm

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As part of Shavuot we recite Yizkor, our sacred memorial prayers, we do this at this moment because holding each other in our grief and memory is important. We find ourselves this year having to find different ways to make this happen without physical presence.

For Yizkor this Shavuot we will be creating an experience that will allow us to be present with one another in a meaningful way under these unusual circumstances.

Yizkor will take place at on Thursday, May 28, 6pm on Zoom. *Please note that this means Yizkor will be taking place at the beginning, rather than the ending, of Shavuot.

This will be a time where we will light our yahrtzeit candles together, recite the entire Yizkor service and create a sacred space of memory. As part of the Yizkor Service we will also dedicate the new memorial plaques in our sanctuary.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – Thursday, May 28, 7:00pm-Past Midnight

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*Please note that while Tikkun starts at 7pm, please login no earlier that 6:55pm as it is on the same Zoom call as the Yizkor service, and we want to make sure there are no interruptions at the end. If you log in while the service is still going on, you will be in the waiting room and will be let in once the Tikkun begins

Please join us for an evening of deep study with these nationally respected teachers.

7:00pm: Cantor Eyal Bitton, Songs from the Tree of Life

Music inspired by the Torah, sung and discussed with Cantor Bitton

8:00pm: Carol Isaak, Where We Find Wonder

A conversation with Carol Isaak on images of wonder in the environment, featuring work from several photographers including some Neveh Shalom congregants.

As a photographer, Carol Isaak had been completely absorbed with objects, spaces, and light. However, during visits to India, she has been seduced by the charm of individual human beings, while still engaged with the things we make. The transitory life that is brought into the visual space by living beings has snared her attention — not only people, but birds and beasts as well.

9:00pm: Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, The Beautiful Ugly: Take a deep-dive into a colorful Talmudic tale that helps us explore the conflict between truth-telling and kindness.

Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer serves as Director of Spiritual Learning at Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles. She is also an Instructor in Bible at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Shawn is the leader of Ruach Nashim, an annual women’s spirituality reatreat at Camp Ramah in Ojai.  She is the co-author of the book A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home, a practical and spiritual guide to the home rituals of Shabbat. She and her husband Tom — both born and raised in Portland — are thrilled and honored to participate in this Shavuot program with their beloved Neveh Shalom community.

10:00pm: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Jewish Law in a Time of Pandemic: Updates on Conservative Movement Approaches

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D. is AJU’s Rector and Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy. For more than forty years as a Visiting Professor, he has taught a course on Jewish law at UCLA School of Law. He is the Chair of the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and served on the editorial committee of Etz Hayim, the new Torah commentary for the Conservative Movement. He has chaired four scholarly organizations: the Academy of Jewish Philosophy, the Jewish Law Association, the Society of Jewish Ethics, and the Academy of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies. He was elected Honorary President of the Jewish Law Association for the term of 2012-2016.  In Spring 1993, he served on the Ethics Committee of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Health Care Task Force.

11:00pm: Rabbi Brad Artson, Loving the Earth: Cultivating a Global Consciousness

Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity and inclusion. He wrote a book on Jewish teachings on war, peace and nuclear annihilation in the late 80s, became a leading voice advocating for GLBT marriage and ordination in the 90s, and has published and spoken widely on environmental ethics, special needs inclusion, racial and economic justice, cultural and religious dialogue and cooperation, and working for a just and secure peace for Israel and the Middle East. He is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit.

12:00am: Rabbi David Kosak, Profit and Loss: Reflections on Coronavirus Reflected in Jewish Tradition

We will look at some examples from the past to see how our ancestors navigated pandemics and other natural disasters.

Cooking Class with Rav D – May 29, 2:30pm

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Please join Rav D for a special Shavuot cooking experience celebrating the Jews of Livorno Italy with two dishes and three recipes.

Click here for the special recipes sheets.

Torah Tailgate For Families of School-Aged Children – Saturday, May 30, 4:00-5:00pm

Tailgate and Torah for families with school-aged children and those who are children at heart. Join Mel Berwin, Leah Conley, and Rabbi Posen for Shavuot learning, singing, and fun from your cars in our parking lot. Bring a snack to enjoy during this 1-hour program. Please RSVP so we can save your parking spot!
You MUST be in a vehicle to attend this program. Please note that the building will NOT be open for restrooms, etc. during this program so plan accordingly.

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