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Shavuot 5779 at FTJC

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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.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Day 1 Services and Learning Opportunities

Day 2 Services and Community Picnic


Tikkun Leil Shavuot — All Night Torah Study!

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 PM, through Sunday May 31, 7:00 AM

Location: Hebrew Tabernacle, Social Hall

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.

This year's theme: "alternarratives":

What’s the story of the Torah and the Jewish People? What is the place of narrative in Jewish tradition, both in relation to halachah, and on its own? Who tells these stories, and to whom, and why? How do our stories get retold, reassessed, and renewed? What makes them “our” stories, if at all? What if certain events had taken a different course entirely? Come be a part of this all-night reverie full of learning and storytelling, and of course plenty of coffee and cheesecake.

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.

9:20 PM -- Maariv

10:00 PM - 5:00 AM.  Schedule in progress. Please check back soon.

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


Shavuot Day 1 – Morning Services
Sunday June 9, 8:30-11:00 AM
Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall; Children's games and activities with parent supervision in Classrooms at 10:00 AM

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. We will be moving quickly through the service in order to accommodate the church, our fellow tenant at HT, that uses the space on Sundays.

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 1 – Daytime Learning Opportunities!

3:00-6:00 PM (Location TBD)
Informal and family-friendly. List of topics and teachers in formation, please check back later!


Shavuot Day 2 – Morning Services, with Megillat Ruth and Yizkor
Monday June 10, 9:00 AM
Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall; Children's services in Classrooms at 11:00 AM.

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!
Monday June 10, 12:30 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.

Sat, May 25 2019 20 Iyyar 5779