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
- 3:00 am Rabbi
- 4:00 am Beit
- 5:00 am Shaḥarit
TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT 5776
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
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
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.
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
- 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.