Saturday June 8 at 7:30 pm in Congregation Emanu-El Sanctuary — See below for program
Trans Mountain Pipeline
Anti-Muslim and Anti-Refugee Attacks
Youth for Climate Action
In each of the above situations, individuals or groups of people have spoken out and taken action, at times in defiance of government, large corporations, or simply the status quo. Individuals spoke up in the face of silence, bullying, hatred and greed. The people’s courage, vulnerability, and being true to themselves may have been critiqued by others.
On June 8, please join us for a lively and illuminating evening of study in honour of the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai. The hope is to explore from a Jewish lens what it means to be an agent of positive change challenging the established order to bring more shalom, more justice, and more holiness to our world. We are privileged to have with us a stellar line-up of educators who will share their truths and insights about how Torah intersects and remains timeless and relevant in our modern world. May the truth and power of this special evening move you!!
Rabbi Harry Brechner Faith in Action, Personal Growth and Integrity, Social Justice as a form of Practice
Andrew Gow Race, Religion and Ethnicity in the Face of Right Wing Populism; How Jews, Moslems, and People of Colour can Counter the Far Right in North America and Europe
Julia Herzog The Power and Place of Personal and Family Narratives in our Inner World
Francis Landy Reflections on my recent trip to Israel with the New Israel Fund; In search of hope and shalom
Frances Rosenberg “The wave of the great stream of life swallows the voices of those without property and power – without echo.” Remembering Hedwig Dohm (1831–1919) on the centenary of her death
Devorah StoneAn Artist’s Show and Tell
Rabbi Louis Sutker A Mystical Interlude
Michael TrippInter/Intra Generational Equity, Insights from 50 Years on the Front Line
Refreshments aka coffee, snacks and of course, delicious cheesecake will be served. All are very welcome!
May 19 at 7:30 pm, Congregation Emanu-El — This year at Tikkun Leil Shavuot, our all night Torah study will focus on expanding Torah. We will hear from new voices in our community and we will explore how Torah learning can inform modern life. The learning starts on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm. You can stay for a short spell or the entire night. This is sure to be a wonderful connecting evening of sharing ideas, singing and friendship. In addition, there will be delicious dairy desserts, coffee, tea and other goodies to keep you going! The evening continues and will conclude with Shaḥarit service at about 5:00 am. All are welcome.
The line-up for our study session is the following:
Andrew Gow—How to be an engaged Jew who is not a Zionist.
Enid Elliot—About Emmi Pickler, a Hungarian Jewish educator, and loving-kindness
Catherine Bianco—Personal connection with mikveh
Nehama Shira (aka Josie Davidson)—Song circles: song leading
Devy Stone—Chickens, Jane Austen and Jewish Life
Daniel Biro—the origins of trope
Rav Louis—the sefirot and the Amidah
Francis Landy—Exploring Mount Sinai from different angles and perspectives.
Saturday May 19, 2018 — As Shabbat draws to a close and Erev Shavuot begins, join us for an awesome night of Torah learning (in its broadest sense), dairy treats to nourish you, and the camaraderie of friends new and old. We are blessed with many excellent teachers in our midst and they will engage and challenge you with their ideas. Our learning will be fueled by an array of munchies and of course, coffee! Details to follow.
Emanu-El—The Little Shul That Could—has lined up a fascinating array of scholars and
subjects to engage our minds and hearts this Shavuot.
Shavuot is the holiday where we mark the
receiving of Torah on Mt. Sinai. It is the moment in our calendar cycle where
we mark the time when all of us were present under the Mount Sinai and G.
revealed self to each of us in very personal and meaningful way. According to
tradition our ancestors slept in on the morning when we were poised to receive
As a means of cosmic repair (tikkun), we stay up all night engaged in
learning. We often define Torah in a very narrow and limiting way and forget
that biology holds Torah, mathematics holds Torah. This year’s learning will
feature congregants who are involved in cutting edge thinking in their fields.
Each presenter will present their work through the lens of Torah. The amazing
lineup will be coming out in next week’s newsletter.
You can stay for a few presenters or stay for the whole night and
join us for a sunrise service. There will be great nosh, lots of coffee and
This Leil Shavuot will be a night of friendship, learning and mind
expansion you don’t want to miss.
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.
We are a very diverse Jewish community where many of us came to Judaism after many varied life experiences and cultural journeys. This Shavuot where we celebrate the moment where we all stood at Mt. Sinai to receive Torah let’s explore together the myriad ways we relate to our Jewish identities.
The symposium will begin at 9:00 pm on Leil Shavuot, Tuesday June 3 in the Sanctuary of Emanu-El.
This is a chance to share and explore the many components of what it means to be a Jew. For night owls and the more hardcore Torah enthusiasts we will have a traditional Tikkun Leil Shavuot following the symposium that will take us into the Fairfield neighbourhood for a sampling of creative Torah learning, great dairy desserts and lots of java. The evening will conclude with the morning Shaḥarit service back at the synagogue at 5:00am.
Stay for all or some of the evening. Enjoy fabulous food, always awesome company, and learning. The essence is to celebrate and observe Shavuot and the Giving of Torah. If you are interested in providing a teaching that evening, please feel free to contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule for the Evening is as follows –
2100 hours Congregation Emanu-El Meet in Sanctuary