Shavuot Schedule 2020

The Center City Kehillah is offering an exciting line-up of virtual classes in the days leading up to Shavuot and during the holiday. We are also pleased to link to offerings from Center City Kehillah organizations during the holiday.

Description and registration links for all the classes are below.

Recordings of the classes and source sheets will be available here.

 

Tuesday, May 26

12:00 noon

Warrior Scholar
with Abrielle Sarah Fuerst, Wandering Fighter, LLC
We have always been a people of warriors and scholars both. This class offers the space to hold all of it: physical empowerment through martial techniques, with spiritual resilience through the words of Torah.
Click here to register.

6:00 pm

Pluralism in the text
with Rabbi Daniel Levitt, Hillel at Temple University
Although religious pluralism is a relatively new concept, this class will show how and why the Torah’s values make a compelling case for the religious value of pluralism.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Tuesday night classes.)


7:00 pm

Models of Chevruta: Is There a “Right” Way to Learn Torah?
with Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, South Philadelphia Shtiebel
Join us for an exploration of different approaches to Torah study. Does the current moment shift the way we approach learning Torah? Why or why not? Prepare to be energized about the holy act of studying Torah. If you’d like, bring a virtual background of an image that represents learning Torah to you.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Tuesday night classes.)

8:00 pm

Jews In Sports and Israel 
with Matthew Whitehorn, BZBI
You’re invited to learn about the history of Jews in American and Israeli sports. This interactive presentation will have a primary focus on baseball and basketball.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Tuesday night classes.)

9:00 pm

How do we count?
with Christine Cook Schwartz, Germantown Jewish Centre
This session will look at a selection of ways counting is used in Torah. From counting time to counting people, what is the significance of counting and numbers to the Jewish person and community?
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Tuesday night classes.)

Wednesday, May 27

12:00 noon

Preparing your Ethical Will
with Karen F. Zeitz, Esq., Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
Participants will learn how to prepare an “Ethical Will,” where you transmit values and beliefs instead of your material assets. The form can be in writing, as in traditional wills, or on video. We will study iconic Biblical deathbed scenes, and do writing and values clarification exercises.
Click here to register.

6:00 pm  

The Blossoming of Esther: Hopeful Paradigm for the Adolescent Girl
with Rabbi Gila Ruskin, Kol Tzedek
The carnival atmosphere of Purim tends to “obscure” the remarkable transformation of the character of Esther (literally the “hidden one”) who is truly the feminist heroine of her own book. As she emerges from an apparently superficial adolescent to a true stateswoman, Esther not only ends up parenting the parent, manipulating the manipulator, and ruling the ruler, she also authors the first oral law in the Diaspora.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Wednesday evening classes.)

7:00 pm

Greatness in Humility
with Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein, BeYachad, and Mekor Habracha
We are often inundated with leaders who are loud, authoritative, and take over the room. However many of our teachers have different ideas — that quiet leadership is most effective, that those who do not overwhelm us with words and bravado, but surprise us with quiet actions make the most significant impact on our lives. We will look at Ruth and Boaz, as well as other men and women from our texts that show how quietude and humility win the day and make lasting impressions.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Wednesday evening classes.)

8:00 pm

Torah and Triage: Life Lessons in a Pandemic
with Rabbi Mira Wasserman, RRC
As the the coronavirus began spreading, health workers braced for heart-stopping dilemmas: Would they have to ration ventilators? How do you choose who will have a chance at life and who won’t? We will examine Jewish sources on the value of human life, and grapple with what it means to face ethical questions for which there are no good answers.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Wednesday evening classes.)

9:00 pm

Jewish Communities around the globe during Pandemic
with William Recant PhD, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The JDC is the 911 of the Jewish world. Learn of the challenges and conditions facing international Jewry.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Wednesday evening classes.)

Thursday, May 28

12:00 noon

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Susan Zeelander, BZBI; PhD, Near Eastern Literature & Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
Did you know that the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis has a written parallel in ancient Egyptian literature?  We’ll look at the Genesis story and then the Egyptian.  What are the differences?  The similarities? Could the stories have emerged independently? What do they reflect about their cultures? And how can we read them today?
Click here to register.

6:45 pm

Erev Shavuot Community Gathering
Hear from local rabbis, see familiar faces, and feel the warmth of the community welcoming the holiday together.
Register for our erev Shavuot gathering!

8:00 pm

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel Tikkun
Classes from 8:00 pm-12:00 am led by Rabbis Abe Friedman, Annie Lewis and Ira Stone, and Anne Albert, Ph.D.
Click here for class details and to register.

A Legen-Dairy Shavuot Session 
with Rabbi Eli Freedman, Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Join Rabbi Freedman for a “legen-dairy” Shavuot study session about the connection between Torah and milk products.
Click here to find the zoom link to join this class.

Friday, May 29 (first day of Shavuot)
Recordings will be available after chag for anyone whose Shavuot observance does not include the use of technology. 

10:00 am

Shavuot: That’s so meta!
with Beverly Socher-Lerner and Aliza Egeth, Makom Community
Why does Torah not actually connect Shavuot to getting the Torah? Where in Jewish tradition do we make that connection? How is GETTING the Torah an experience recorded IN Torah?
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Friday classes.)

11:00 am

Virtual Ice Cream Party 
with Miriam Steinberg-Egeth, Center City Kehillah
Ice cream lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy their treats together while listening to a Shavuot story and sharing their favorite parts of the holiday.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Friday classes.)

12:00 pm

Kabbalistic Healing – Self-care during a pandemic, and after
with Laura Richlin, Folkshul
Join us for an introductory workshop on how to use the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah in everyday life. Learn practical exercises to improve the quality of your life, health, and relationships, along with a few meditation and healing techniques. Everyone is welcome.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Friday classes.)

1:00 pm

The Hebrew Goddess
with Steven Chervin, National Museum of American Jewish History
Judaism has always portrayed God as a male deity, right? Actually, no. Few of us are aware that belief in a goddess played a significant role among the ancient Israelites, and that a hidden “feminine aspect of God” can be discovered in the very words of the Tanakh itself. Indeed, this feminine aspect of God has experienced a rise and fall throughout Jewish tradition, and seems poised for another revival in our own day.
Click here to register. (Link is the same for all Friday classes.)