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Shavuot: Two Communities, Double Torah
Thursday, May 28th, beginning at 8:00pm

On the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, Temple Beth Israel in Eugene and Temple Beth Sholom in Salem are joining forces to offer a full night of Torah study for the extended community. Grab yourself a dairy treat and study into the night with clergy and lay leaders from both communities. Stay all night, or tap in and out as you have energy and interest. In addition to the classes, there will also be (virtual) space for schmoozing, and breaks are encouraged as well.

At whatever hour you choose to join, use this link.

8:00pm: Rabbi Ruhi Sophia - Welcome; The Evolution of Torah in Each Generation

8:27pm: Candlelighting

8:30pm: Rabbi Gary Ellison – Receiving the Torah; Was there Actually a Choice?  

9:00pm: Debbie Rose Libeskind – Art and Torah, for those who don’t call themselves artists! (recommended to have colored-pencils and drawing paper on hand)

9:30pm: Rabbi Yisraela Tubman – The Dead Sea Scrolls in Modern Scholarship

10:00pm: Dr. Hazzan Evlyn Gould – Reviewing the Hallel Mitzri

10:30pm: Prof David Gutterman – Discussion on the book of Job

11:00pm: Lucy Zammarelli – The Three Mitzvot of the Inner Feminine (for all genders!)

11:30pm: Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin – Shmitta and Coronavirus

12:00am: Barry Nobel – Sitting Again at Sinai: A Contemplative Approach
12:30am: Rabbi Eli – Creating New Stories

Again, thank you all!

Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and Rabbi Eli

Three additional learning opportunities:

The Reconstructionist Movement’s Shavuot All Night Learning
 We will begin with a Kabbalat Hag/Song Fest at 4:30pm Pacific time, May 28, and continue with a series of live teachings through 4:30am Pacific time on Friday, May 29. Join friends from around the globe who will be sharing teachings, movement and musical offerings. 

Find more information here and find the full schedule here. The program is a joint project of Reconstructing Judaism, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the movement’s rabbis and communities. We welcome all comers to join for as much or as little of the program as they are able, either by registering for the Zoom webinar or by viewing through Reconstructing Judaism’s Facebook page.

ShavuotLIVE: To celebrate Shavuot, jewishLIVE is inviting you to a 24-hour Jewish learning festival. From Thursday, May 28th through Friday, May 29th (beginning and ending at 2:00 pm Pacific time), leading Jewish scholars, activists, and practitioners will be presenting on a rich diversity of Jewish topics, via video-chat, and you'll be able to join them (and yes, this is FREE)! Register here!
This fall, Americans will hold an extraordinary election addressing profound questions of health and life in the midst of a pandemic plague, democracy in the midst of hyperwealthy pharaohs, and survival of a million species (including our own) in the midst of global scorching.

On Thursday, May 28, at 5:00pm Pacific time, the eve of Shavuot, there will be a Zoom conversation among a range of rabbis, youth activists, cantors and other singers, poets, and organizers about “greening and growing the vote” during the period beginning with Shavuot.

Co-sponsored by The Shalom Center, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Dayenu: A Jewish Call for Climate Action. You can register to join the conversation, including breakout groups for your own conversation, by clicking here.

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