Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2019

Speak Truth 2Saturday June 8 at 7:30 pm in Congregation Emanu-El Sanctuary — See below for program

  • Trans Mountain Pipeline
  • SNC-Lavalin Affair
  • 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 Stone An Artist’s Show and Tell
  • Rabbi Louis Sutker A Mystical Interlude
  • Michael Tripp  Inter/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!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Expanding Torah

Drone Torah Delivery6May 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 Shaarit 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
  • Maariv
  • 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.
  • Rabbi Harry—Jewish ritual magic
  • Shaḥarit

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Save ShavuotSaturday 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.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: the lineup


Expanding our minds through Torah Learning

Saturday Night June 11, 2016 starting at 7:30pm

We will keep the learning going all night long. Join us for as much
spiritual and intellectual nourishment as you want.

The line-up is as follows:

  • 7:30pm – Joseph Sheppard:  A mindfulness exercise exploring phenomenology from Aristotle to Levinas
  • 8:30pm – Robert Oppenheimer:  A glimpse into the situations faced by First Nation children in B.C through the lens of Janusz Korczak
  • 9:30pm – Bruce Kapron:  Gersonides and the mystical mysteries of mathematical pi
  • 10:30pm – Laurel Nahshon:  Personal insights from B’Midbar (The last Torah reading before Shavuot) A Jewish take on “Be Here Now”
  • 11:30pm – Lincoln Shlensky:  Insights into the Book of Ruth
  • 12:30am – RaeAnn Brechner:  A discussion about Physicians assisted death through the lens of Hospice work and Halaḥah
  • 1:30am – Todd Litman:  The current housing crisis and sustainable community
  • 2:30am – Andrew Gow:  Polygamy and Divorce in the Halakhic tradition; Revisiting Rabbenu Gershom
  • 3:30am – Francis Landy & Rabbi Harry:  Ezekiel’s vision through the lens of Kabbalah via Joseph Gikitalia
  • 4:30am – Rabbi Louis Sutker:  Kabbalistic Breathwork and Hebrew vocalization
  • 5:15am – Shaḥarit service

This is just a taste of the amazing learning that is generated by our eclectic and
wonderful congregation.

As always, delicious dairy desserts, coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. These food items will nourish our bodies and minds as we explore, wrestle with ideas, and learn throughout the evening.

Come and join us for as little or as long as suits your schedule. The doors of your synagogue are open to you. This promises to be a night of engagement, learning and great company.

All are welcome.  Please also note the following service

  • Sunday, June 12 – Shavuot Day 1 – 5:15 am Sunrise Service 
  • Monday, June 13 – Shavuot Day 2 – 7:00 am Service with
    Yizkor around 8:30 am

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: All night Torah learning

June 11, from 7:30 pm onwards


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.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: details

Saturday Night May 23, starting at 8:30pm 

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.

Here is a taste of our lineup for learning:

  • Joelle Lake will give us an overview of Dead Sea Scrolls Study
  • Andrew Gow will be teaching about The Spiritual and Political Tensions of Jewish Life in the Diaspora.
  • Charlotte Schallie will share some of her research regarding the
    effects of attitudes towards Israel on the Jewish communities worldwide
  • Lincoln Shlensky is offering a roundup of insights into current
    events in the Middle East
  • Rabbi Harry will lead us in Vedic Breath work in a Jewish context
  • Rick Kool will offer insights into environmental awareness and
    personal practice
  • Jonathan Orr-Stav gives a sneak peek into the long lost story of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Turquoise Goddess, in which he proves who invented the alphabet. 

It is going to be a night of friendship, learning and mind
expansion you don’t want to miss it.

(image: http://iyyun.com)

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.


Shavuot Symposium on Jewish Identity


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 seversa@gmail.com

Schedule for the Evening is as follows –

  • 2100    hours             Congregation Emanu-El  Meet in Sanctuary 
  • 2330 – 0100 hours              Laurel and Gidi Nahshon’s Home*
  • 0130 – 0300 hours              Charlotte Sutker’s Home*
  • 0330 – 0430 hours              Ruthi Wick’s Home*
  • 0500     hours             Congregation Emanu-El

                                ALL ARE  WELCOME

* For addresses, see online schedule