All Night @ Sinai
May 28, 8:45pm – May 29, 7am
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Get ready to receive some Torah! This Shavu’ot, we invite you to an all-night experience of Torah, teaching and embodied practice with amazing teachers, including body practice with Sandra Razieli and music with Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman. We can’t wait to be with you on this holy night of revelation!
Teachers: Sam Berrin Shonkoff, Shulamit Wise Fairman, Gray Myrseth, Chloe Zelkha, Elliot Kukla, Jesse Noily, Jenna Stover-Kemp, Dev Noily, Chaya Gusfield and Sandra Razieli. See teacher bios below!
|8:45 – 9:00 pm||Rabbi Dev & Hazzan Shulamit||Welcome, lighting, Kiddush & blessing for study
|9:00 – 9:50 pm||Rabbi Elliot Kukla||Cripping Revelation
We will look at modern disability justice thinkers and classical Jewish texts to explore disability, illness, pandemic, and our connection to each other.
|10:05 – 10:55 pm||Professor Sam Shonkoff||Remembering and Forgetting in Revelation
With the help of some Midrashic and Hasidic sources, we will consider ways in which letting go opens our senses to the Divine.
|11:10 – 12:00 am||Rabbi Gray Myrseth||
Writing Towards Revelation
What do we imagine was revealed at Sinai? What kind of revelation could we use in our own lives right now? We’ll use text study, discussion, and creative writing prompts to explore the many-sided theme of revelation.
|12:15 – 1:05 am||Rabbi Chaya Gusfield||“Torah shall be medicine to your navel and tonic to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:18)
We will study a piece of Pirkei Avot that offers healing practices through Torah study while we send healing prayers to those in need worldwide (including ourselves) at this uncertain time.
|1:20 – 2:10 am||Jesse Noily||Zoharic Origins of All-Night Learning on Shavu’ot
We’ll look at the section of the Zohar that is recognized as the origin of this practice of Tikkun Leyl Shavu’ot – staying up all night on Shavu’ot!
|2:25 – 3:15 am||Rabbi Dev Noily||Revelation @ 3 in the Morning: Prophecy & Wisdom
We’ll join the Rabbis to explore Nevu’ah (prophecy) and Chochma (wisdom) as portals for revelation in a short and powerful Talmud text in Bava Batra.
|3:40 – 4:40am||Chloe Zelkha||Revelation Song & Poetry
A contemplative hour(ish) of song, reflection, and poetry on the subject of revelation.
|5:00 – 5:30 am||Jenna Stover Kemp||Forgotten, Remembered, Forgotten / Open, Closed, Open
We will think about the role of forgetting in the shaping of memory by examining a portion of the Sinai revelation and its treatment of idolatry (Exodus 34:11-17).
|5:30 – 5:40 am||Shulamit & Rabbi Dev||Kaddish d’Rabanan & Gratitude; chag sameach
|6:00 – 7:00 am||Everyone||Shacharit (offline)|
Join Sandra Razieli and Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman for an interlude of embodied practice and song between each study session. Our interludes will take us one more time through the seven sefirot as we move through the night into morning.
Shulamit Wise Fairman serves as Hazzan and Music Director at Kehilla Community Synagogue.
Sandra Razieli is a master yoga teacher and Jewish educator, currently living in Maui, Hawai’i.
Rabbi Elliot Kukla is a chronically ill rabbi who offers spiritual care to those who are ill, dying or bereaved at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center.
Sam Shonkoff is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Rabbi Gray Myrseth serves as Rabbi Educator at Kehilla Community Synagogue and as a lead teacher for 700 Benches: Queer Talmud for Everyone.
Rabbi Chaya Gusfield is a palliative care chaplain and spiritual director with a long and deep connection with Kehilla Community Synagogue.
Jesse Noily is a rising 3rd year undergraduate studying Religion at Oberlin College.
Dev Noily serves as Senior Rabbi at Kehilla Community Synagogue.
Chloe Zelkha is currently an Ed.M. student at Harvard, where she studies transformative experiences.
Jenna Stover-Kemp is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, writing a dissertation titled, “Forgetting to Remember: Theorizing the Role of the Forgotten in the Production of the Hebrew Bible.”