Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Learning with our scholars

– May 23, 2015, 8:30 pm

We are blessed to live in a Jewish community with several members who teach at the university or college level.  Many others have deep resources of Torah and Jewish learning too.  On Shavuot we honour the moment where we all collectively stood at Mt. Sinai to receive Torah.  During the Tikkun Leil night-long session, we will examine the diverse ways in which we relate to the concepts of Torah in its broadest sense, and to the Jewish content infused in our daily lives.

Please join us for a unique experience of creative learning from the scholars in our midst and from one another.  We will share and receive Torah anew.  There will be God wrestling, discovery and exploration. To keep us going through the night, feel free to enjoy the fabulous dairy desserts, coffee and other snacks on hand.  The Tikkun Leil will wrap up with a morning Shaharit service at about 5:00 am. This special nightlong event takes place, but once per year.  It will be held in the sanctuary of Emanu-El.  Stay for as little or as long as you’d like. To give a teaching or for more information, please email Rabbi Harry or Aaron Severs.


LimmudVan – February 9, 2014

A Festival of Jewish Learning & Culture


LimmudVan is the latest in a worldwide movement of non-denominational Jewish learning/culture events.  Originating over 30 years ago in London,  England, Limmud has spread to Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Boston, Winnipeg and over 50 other locations.  Each Limmud is independently organized and invites both outside speakers and local – sometimes unknown teachers and leaders from the host community.  Our motto is Every learner is a teacher; every teacher is a learner.

LimmudVan will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014.  The Sunday of the BC Family Day long weekend – we hope to encourage out- of- towners to take the weekend and come to Vancouver and experience a Jewish learning experience unavailable to them in their home communities and we can arrange home hospitality if needed. The event will be held at King David High School in Vancouver.

The day consists of six blocks, each an hour long, plus an hour for lunch (a kosher lunch is included in the price of your registration).  Within each hour you have a choice of seven different sessions – typically covering Torah text or philosophy, Jewish history, social issues, Jewish identity or living, music or art, and a kids/family program.

That makes 42 different sessions to choose from over the course of the day.  View the full schedule,  where you can click on each colour-coded block and get a full description of the session and the bio of the presenter. If you are a teacher at your synagogue or after school or Sunday program, check out the sessions highlighted as being of special interest to educators.