Shavuot 5777 at FTJC:Kehillah Kedoshah - Sacred Community

In smoke and fire, concealed and revealed, the Torah comes to us as a gift from God. On Shavuot, we open ourselves at night to receive the Torah, and enact our presence at Mount Sinai in the morning with Torah reading and celebration.

Join us for festival prayers, joyful and song-filled Hallel, and chanting of the Ten Commandments. Hear the once-a-year sacred poetry of “Akdamut.” And how can you miss the four-chapter, four-handkerchief love story of Ruth?

Yizkor will be held on Day 2 to honor and bless the memory of our deceased family and friends.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot — All Night Torah Study!

Tuesday, May 30, 10:00 PM, through Wednesday May 31, 5:00 AM

Location: Hebrew Tabernacle, Social Hall

As we stand again together at Sinai, this year's all-night FTJC Tikkun Leil Shavuot asks, what is a "Kehillah Kedoshah: Sacred Community"? We'll offer a series of scheduled learning sessions on this theme in the Social Hall, with additional space in the Library for independent study and hanging out -- plus coffee, cheesecake, and more in the Kitchen.

Fueled by caffeine and cheesecake, light-headed from lack of sleep, we enter an altered state of mind and body that can open us up to new insights. New friends may also be revealed as we gather, laugh, and learn.

9:30 PM -- Maariv

10:00 PM

"The Personal is Communal? Private Suffering and Sacred Community"

We'll look at how rabbinic sources navigate our responsibility as a community to address individual suffering that may be hidden from view. Lindsey Healey-Pollack is a rabbinical student and M.A. candidate in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

11:00 PM

"Edge of Heaven: Women Mourners and the Challenges They Pose to the Custom of Kaddish"

We will explore the origin and purpose of kaddish and if the halacha’s understanding of grief is gendered. Natalie Haziza is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hadar and Midreshet Nishmat. She is currently a doctoral student of clinical psychology at The City College of NY. 

12:00 AM

"Why Do I Gotta Do All This Stuff? Mitzvot as Tools for Closeness"

Think of a time you felt very close to something very good, a time you longed to be close to someone or something, and a time you felt annoyed by another person's sincerity... and come to this class! Yocheved Retig is a day school teacher with a Master's in Jewish Education from Pardes and Hebrew College. She has learned at Yeshivat Hadar, JTS, and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning.

1:00 AM

"Bikur Cholim: A Communal Mitzvah Without Boundaries"

A look at the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim, visiting the sick, through a religious and practical lens. Rabbi Jason Kirschner was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a Chaplain Resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital. 

2:00 AM

"Receiving Chesed"

Jessica Belasco is a rabbinical student at JTS.


3:00 AM

"Al Tifrosh Min-Hatzibur: Responding to Religious Cravings for Solitude" We'll explore -- personally and through rabbinic story -- the possibilities and challenges of making space for our own individual paths toward devotion and spiritual sustenance while fulfilling our obligations to live in community. Laynie Soloman is the Youth & Family Community Organizer at FTJC and is pursuing a Dual M.A. at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Talmud/Rabbinics & Jewish Education.

4:00 AM

"Coming Out of the Camp: How a Community Stays Open to the Spirit of Revelation"

As our FTJC community grows and evolves, how do we keep alive our spirit of openness, excitement, and aliveness to God's presence? We'll reach for insights from the scene of our ancestors standing at the foot of Mount Sinai. Rabbi Guy Austrian serves as rabbi and spiritual leader of FTJC.

5:00 AM Early Shacharit in the Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall


Shavuot Day 1 – Morning Services
Wednesday May 13, 9:00 AM
Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall; Children's services in Classrooms 1 and 2.

Featuring “Akdamut” (“Introductory Words”) — a strange and beautiful Aramaic poem that introduces the Shavuot reading of the Ten Commandments with sweeping theology and a vision of redemption.

Please note the early version of the service offered at 5:00 following the Tikkun Leil Shavuot (see above). All are welcome at either.

Shavuot Day 2 – Morning Services, with Megillat Ruth and Yizkor
Thursday June 1, 9:00 AM

Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall; Children's services in Classrooms 1 and 2.

Join us for Megillat Ruth, the original classic of love and loyalty — taking us from the harvest origins of Shavuot, through wrenching human relationships, to the footsteps of Messiah. We’ll also hold a Yizkor service – with psalms, readings, and the liturgy of mourning, we call to mind those who have left our world. We wrestle with the blessings and burdens of their lives and our emembering. Donations in honor of Yizkor may be made to FTJC by clicking here.

Shavuot Day 2 – Community Picnic!
Thursday June 1, 1:00 PM
Location: Cafe Lawn in Fort Tryon Park (enter from Margaret Corbin Circle and take a right on the first path toward the New Leaf Cafe).
Join us after morning services.
Bring your own dairy/pareve lunch, as well as a blanket and lawn/ball games.

Wed, February 21 2018 6 Adar 5778