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!
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.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Tuesday, May 30, 2017— 8 pm till dawn
A Special Evening to
Discover, Explore and Wrestle with Torah and Jewish Themes (see poster)
This program will feature all-night learning, in celebration
of the moment where we all stood at Mt. Sinai to receive Torah. Come and join us and stay for as little or as
long as suits your schedule. We have an
awesome line-up of teachers to inspire and challenge your beliefs. In addition,
there will be delicious dairy desserts, coffee, tea and other goodies to keep
The evening will start at the synagogue where we will meet,
socialize and learn until about midnight.
We then migrate to a private home in Fernwood area and night owls will
certainly be in their element. The evening continues and will conclude with Shaḥarit service at about 5:00 a.m.
All are welcome.
Please see below our proposed line-up of creative learning –
8:00 pm Lincoln
Shlensky – Film clips and presentation
8:45 pm Ma’ariv
9:45 pm Dvora
Levin – Liminal journey: experiencing the universal as an unfinished poem
10:30 pm Andrew
Gow – Derekh Eretz: navigating religious architecture of supposedly secular
institutions and time
11:30 pm Julia
The Forsaken Object: Children and the Law
Walk to Ruthi Wicks’ home
1:30 am Elisheva Gray: The Olive Tree and the Wheat: Harvesting Talmud to Reflect on the Ripening Process
2:15 am Rav
Louis – Energy centres you can count on. The sefirot: an experiential encounter
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.