Is there room for God in your life? Where is God during of moments of joy and crisis? Together we will explore various beliefs of God.
Since its agricultural origins and even in its later iterations, the Feast of Weeks often seems to be the least prominent or forgotten festival. Let’s try to figure out why this might be the case.
Explore the traditions and meaning behind why we do Yizkor on Shavuot and experience a time of reflection and prayer honoring our own loved ones.
In this interactive session, participants will discover mindfulness practices designed to illuminate Shavuot’s themes of revelation, connection and holiness.
How can we find Sinai? Is it an archaeological site or a spiritual location that transcends space and time? Biblical Mt. Sinai has never been identified archaeologically with any scholarly consensus, though several sites have been considered. When we search for Sinai, what can we find?
Much of the poetry and song of Israel reflect the struggles that challenge each of us on our faith journey. We will read and discuss a small sampling of such poems and songs in hopes that they will enrich our celebration of the Festival of Shavuot and bring us meaning as we seek to resolve tensions in our own religious lives.
The popularity of television shows and movies like the walking dead, the xfiles, and all the superhero titles aren’t new ideas - all of them have roots in our Jewish tradition and storytelling. Join us to explore a few fun (and a little bit scary) tales that you may not have realized are a part of Judaism! We’ll ask what makes supernatural stories scary, and poke a bit into our own psyche to find out.
Images of Ruth as depicted by visual artists from the 1600’s to the present with works by Chagall, Poussin, Rembrandt, Fabritius, Michelangelo and others. Cantor Eichaker will review the inspiration, style, message and media employed by the artists. The presentation is intended to invoke exploration and discussion of the stories within the story of Ruth.
Our tradition offers many rules around purity - we will discuss and explore what it means in the 21st century.